4 Carolina Panthers players who clung to their roster spot in 2022

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Cam Erving
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Cam Erving – Carolina Panthers OL

After failing to meet even modest expectations in 2021, some thought it would be the last we saw of Cam Erving in a Carolina Panthers uniform. This increased following an outstanding period of recruitment this offseason, which could see the protection become the team’s most improved positional group if everyone stays clear of injuries.

Erving was a bit-part player in camp, working with the second and third-string units more often than not. However, the Panthers opted to remove others in favor of the former first-round pick, who’ll occupy a backup role in the coming months.

This was surprising to some. But when one considers the financial implications that came with cutting Erving, keeping him around was always a possibility.

Another thing Erving had working in his favor was versatility. Erving can slot in anywhere besides center on the offensive line if injuries strike, which is something the Panthers value highly based on Matt Rhule’s previous two seasons in the role.

This will be Erving’s final campaign in Carolina. He’s out of contract in 2023 and it would be an absolute bombshell if the Florida State product was given an extension.

Responsibilities decrease for Erving next season. But that doesn’t detract from the need for him to be ready if a starter goes down.