5 harsh realities facing the Carolina Panthers after Week 4 defeat

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Carolina Panthers do not have NFL-level safety depth

When starting safety Jeremy Chinn left the game early after playing just six snaps, Carolina Panthers fans were right to be concerned about the replacement who would play in his absence. What transpired proves they do not have adequate depth at the position.

Xavier Woods was solid again and is proving to be a fantastic free-agency acquisition. The pairing of him and Chinn is a high-level tandem, but the drop-off after that is stark and was evident against the Arizona Cardinals.

When Chinn left the game it meant backup Sean Chandler was thrust into a much larger role. The special teamer played 43 percent of defensive snaps and struggled throughout, losing his man Zach Ertz in the end zone resulting in a Cardinals touchdown.

Chandler is at best a practice squad player who has been erratic throughout his NFL career. Many have been confused as to why he made the roster, but a quick look at the college he attended probably answers that question.

The Panthers have Juston Burris currently on the practice squad. Someone who has been a solid starter in the league in the past, so if Chinn is forced to miss any time they would be wise to elevate him into the lineup.