5 Carolina Panthers players with most to prove in Week 2 at NY Giants

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Tommy Tremble
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Tommy Tremble – Carolina Panthers TE

Ian Thomas’ improved contribution in the passing game was welcome in Week 1. The tight end position has been devoid of any real consistency since the Carolina Panthers allowed Greg Olsen to leave in 2020 free agency, but this was a step in the right direction for a player that’s flattered to deceive of late.

Thomas emerging as a surprising factor only highlighted Tommy Tremble’s continued lack of involvement. The former third-round selection brought in one reception for a single yard, with his 44.7 overall grade from Pro Football Focus another strong reflection of how the Notre Dame product performed across all areas.

Many were expecting Tremble to step up and make a bigger contribution in 2022. While that might be the case, nobody truly knows for sure despite the outstanding athletic attributes at the player’s disposal.

Tremble played 18 snaps on offense and a further 20 on special teams. Considering how Thomas caught the eye, he might be expecting similar involvement this weekend.

Carolina took a leap of faith with Tremble at No. 84 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. There have been flashes to suggest he can become a valuable contributor, but for him not to unseat Thomas on the depth chart is bitterly disappointing.