4 painful realities the Carolina Panthers must face in 2022 and beyond

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Scott Fitterer and David Tepper
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Carolina Panthers need a reset at TE

Moving forward with the Carolina Panthers’ current tight end options is a recipe for disaster. This is an area that’s decreased significantly since Greg Olsen departed in 2022 free agency, which those in power must rectify to hopefully provide the offense with a big boost next season.

It’s not been profitable from a pass-catching standpoint for Ian Thomas, who’s failed to reach the heights of his rookie campaign despite the player’s blocking coming on leaps and bounds. The same applies to Tommy Tremble, who flashes on occasion but cannot find the right consistency to increase confidence in his abilities in a starting position.

Whether it comes via free agency or the 2023 NFL Draft, the Panthers need a complete reset regarding their tight ends. Given how tight money is, then finding a dynamic individual from the college ranks would be beneficial.

Just what this means for Tremble and Thomas remains to be seen. However, there is no room for sentiment when it comes to NFL roster building and now general manager Scott Fitterer’s influence can grow without Matt Rhule, this change should occur as a matter of urgency.

If this isn’t deemed a big priority by the Panthers, the front office should rethink their off-season plans. They hoped for more with Thomas and Tremble, but the reality hasn’t matched the confidence placed in them by the coaching staff.