4 Carolina Panthers players who desperately need to develop in 2023

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Matt Corral – Carolina Panthers QB

Through no real fault of his own, Matt Corral‘s rookie campaign was a non-starter. Some severe rep mismanagement from Matt Rhule in training camp relegated him to bystander duties behind Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold, with a serious foot injury ending his campaign abruptly before Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns.

Corral is expected to be ready for off-season activities. But it’s hard to look at his current situation with much promise under a new coaching staff led by Frank Reich.

This could go either way for Corral, in all honesty. The Carolina Panthers thought enough of the signal-caller to move up and take him No. 94 overall, but Reich might have a completely different opinion of his capabilities when push comes to shove.

Of all Carolina’s players, Corral needs to hit the ground running more than most. Additional reinforcements are coming at the quarterback position in some shape or form, which is a challenge the Ole Miss product must be ready for.

The fact Corral stayed engaged despite rehabbing his injury is a positive sign. Even if performances on the field during practices and scrimmages throughout the summer could be the deciding factor.

It’s been a luckless start to Corral’s NFL career. He’ll be hoping that changes in pursuit of winning Reich over this offseason.