Which Carolina Panthers players find themselves on a worrying career path heading into the 2023 off-season?
The Carolina Panthers are about to embark on their first offseason with Frank Reich as head coach and general manager Scott Fitterer calling the shots. No longer does the dark cloud of Matt Rhule’s incompetence threaten to complicate matters, there are sound football men in place and a clear thought process that leaves reasons for encouragement.
There are some significant needs that must be addressed and not much available money right now. The introduction of new coaches with their own ideas could also impact current Panthers players positively if everything goes well during the preparation period.
Carolina season was a tale of two halves in 2022. There was the time before Rhule was fired and the encouraging strides made under Steve Wilks that almost came with a shock division title.
Despite this, here are four Panthers players who are now on a worrying career path heading into 2023.
Player No. 1
Donte Jackson – Carolina Panthers CB
This has nothing to do with Donte Jackson‘s production, which was solid if not spectacular after getting a new deal from the Carolina Panthers in 2022. However, a serious injury suffered by the cornerback means he might not even get back to his old self.
Jackson tore his Achilles and faces a long road back to health. But considering how much he relies on explosiveness and sharp changes in direction, it remains to be seen whether or not the LSU product returns to anything like the player we’ve seen since entering the league.