4 roster moves that backfired on the Carolina Panthers in 2022

(Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports) Scott Fitterer
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Which roster moves ended up backfiring in a big way on the Carolina Panthers during the 2022 season?

In a season that promised much if you listened to the outlandish claims of Matt Rhule, the Carolina Panthers missed the postseason and secured another losing campaign. A feeling that’s becoming all too familiar for the team’s long-suffering fanbase.

With Rhule now out of the picture, a new era dawns. One that will include a new permanent head coach and upgrades at key positions as the Panthers look to emerge from irrelevancy and into the playoff picture.

Easier said than done, obviously. And if the Panthers want to put themselves in a position to progress, they can ill afford the same poor decisions that cost them and Rhule dearly throughout his reign.

It wasn’t all bad for Carolina in 2022, but here are four roster moves that backfired massively during the previous offseason.

Roster Move No. 1

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Carolina Panthers started Pat Elflein at C

While injury played a role in this decision, the Carolina Panthers still gave Pat Elflein the majority of starting reps at center in training camp. This is despite signing Bradley Bozeman to a team-friendly deal from the Baltimore Ravens in free agency.

Elflein was solid before his campaign ended abruptly through injury. But considering the impact made by Bozeman when installed into the lineup, this move should have been made much sooner rather than by default.