4 thinnest Panthers position groups heading into 2023 offseason

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Carolina Panthers must improve at QB

The most important position on the field and the Carolina Panthers’ depth chart currently has just Matt Corral and Jacob Eason under contract. Something that will obviously change as the offseason develops.

Corral is still unknown but looked objectively awful in the preseason before suffering a season-ending injury that denied him a chance to join Carolina’s quarterback carousel. Even if his reps were mismanaged by Matt Rhule during camp.

Eason has a great arm but hasn’t been able to keep the football out of harm’s way or deliver it with enough consistency to become anything more than a backup. The Panthers need to do something drastic at the position after three years of P.J. Walker, Cam Newton, Teddy Bridgewater, Eason, Sam Darnold, and Baker Mayfield all taking turns as the starter.

Newton was clearly set up for failure in his return. Mayfield was a disaster and Darnold was a rollercoaster, to put it mildly. Carolina needs to bring in new faces in free agency and the draft, keeping their eyes on the top draft picks with an open mind to trading up.

Landing a franchise quarterback is obviously the ultimate goal for a team that is desperate for an answer. Something that’s already been discussed at length by general manager Scott Fitterer in recent weeks.