4 Panthers players facing a fight for contract extensions in 2023

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Myles Hartsfield – Carolina Panthers DB

Considering the injuries currently enveloping the Carolina Panthers’ secondary, one expects Myles Hartsfield to be on the field plenty over their remaining fixtures. The Ole Miss product has been a prominent feature since Steve Wilks’ promotion, but it remains to be seen whether or not his indifferent form justifies a new deal in 2023.

Hartsfield’s story is a nice one. Plucked from the undrafted free-agent pool in 2020, the versatile defensive back fought hard for not only a roster spot but was also given key reps right out of the gate to further enhance his status.

It’s been inconsistent from Hartsfield more often than not in 2022. Especially in coverage, with the player giving up 68.2 percent of targets thrown his way and a 114.5 passer rating when targeted, which isn’t exactly ideal.

The good thing for Hartsfield is that he should continue getting opportunities for the rest of 2022. Donte Jackson is out for the season and then some with a torn Achilles and Jeremy Chinn is also working his way back from a spell on injured/reserve, which needs to be managed carefully upon his expected return this weekend at the Baltimore Ravens.

Hartsfield should treat this as a seven-game audition for a longer commitment. Something that is hanging in the balance based on his production since joining the Panthers.