What areas could become potential liabilities for the Carolina Panthers during an important 2022 season for the franchise?
The Carolina Panthers are gearing up for what should be another eventful 2022 campaign full of twists and turns. Things have gone relatively well during the preparation period after solid signings, quality draft picks, and two preseason wins that could become a solid platform from which to build.
Not many in the national media are expecting the Panthers to make significant strides. Although the acquisition of Baker Mayfield from the Cleveland Browns enhances their hopes of becoming a lively outsider if everything goes well right out of the gate.
This is a crossroads campaign for Carolina in no uncertain terms. One that could ultimately determine the short and long-term future of head coach Matt Rhule when it’s all said and done.
It’s a precarious situation, there’s no getting away from that. On this topic, here are five potential liabilities for the Panthers in 2022.
Potential Liability No. 1
Carolina Panthers kicking consistency
After Zane Gonzalez was placed on season-ending injured/reserve with a serious groin injury, the Carolina Panthers have fresh doubts about the kicking position. Something that was also evident before the former seventh-round pick arrived in 2021.
Carolina recently signed Eddy Pineiro to a one-year deal, who worked with special teams coordinator Chris Tabor during their time with the Chicago Bears. He also has some solid recent form to go off, nailing all eight of his field goals for the New York Jets last season.
Hopefully, Pineiro can adjust smoothly. Otherwise, this is going to become a weak link in a hurry.