4 thinnest Panthers position groups heading into 2023 offseason

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Carolina Panthers could need help at RB

Christian McCaffrey is with the San Francisco 49ers and D’Onta Foreman could hit free agency at the perfect time. If an extension cannot be sorted out, it leaves the Carolina Panthers without a starting running back.

Foreman was the surprise breakout player of the season for Carolina. But paying the veteran back is a huge risk the Panthers must heavily consider with great options in the draft and free agency.

Chuba Hubbard was solid as a backup but is currently the only reliable option Carolina has signed for the 2023 season. However, the performances of Raheem Blackshear when he was scooped off the Buffalo Bills practice squad indicate further improvements could arrive.

Out of his last three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, head coach Frank Reich had his offense top ten in rushing attempts in two of those campaigns. This is a trend that might continue in a different environment.

Having a balanced offense is Reich’s philosophy. For that to happen, Carolina needs to add a starting running back and at least one reliable depth option if Foreman departs.

Saquon Barkley and Josh Jacobs headline this year’s top free-agent running backs, though Carolina’s best path is likely through the draft. Swinging big in free agency at this position is something those in power shouldn’t consider given the recent situation with McCaffrey.