4 thinnest Panthers position groups heading into 2023 offseason

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Carolina Panthers need more pass-rushers

There are a number of decisions over the past five years that the Carolina Panthers have made which aged very poorly.  Not re-signing Haason Reddick ranks at the very top.

With Reddick leaving the Panthers and helping fuel the Philadelphia Eagles to an NFC title, it was painful to watch for fans who knew they were a piece or two away from dethroning Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers atop the division even with Sam Darnold at quarterback.

Unfortunately, Carolina cannot revise history and will be left searching for edge rushers to help solidify what is a solid defensive core. When the defense was playing hard under Steve Wilks, it became evident the amount of talent they had and the upside moving forward.

The biggest issue with the current defensive roster is a top-edge rusher as well as rotational pieces to further boost their options. It would be surprising not to see Carolina address the position early on in the draft and perhaps with a veteran free agent depending on how much money they can make available.

If Carolina can generate a consistent pass rush in 2023 and keep the core of their secondary, they will be in the division hunt late into the season regardless of who lands at quarterback. This could also take Brian Burns‘ game to new heights ahead of his projected megabucks extension at some stage during the offseason.