4 Carolina Panthers entering the 2023 offseason on a short leash

(Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports) Ian Thomas
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Which Carolina Panthers players are entering a pivotal off-season period on a short leash in 2023?

Despite having negative cap space and zero answers at quarterback, the Carolina Panthers have plenty of reasons to feel optimistic when it comes to the 2023 off-season. The NFC has arguably never been wider open and the franchise has the second-best cap situation in the division behind the Atlanta Falcons.

Frank Reich is a solid hire, giving Carolina stability they haven’t had to start a season since Cam Newton was still in his prime. With this change comes a new level of expectation and pressure for players who were brought in under Matt Rhule’s tenure.

The Panthers will need to make cuts to open up cap space and bring in talent to run Reich’s system. This leaves a number of players under immense pressure heading into the offseason.

Not only must they fit in with a new head coach and system that will attempt to push Carolina back into playoff contention. But it’s impressing completely new sets of eyes across what looks to be a phenomenal coaching staff.

Aside from the obvious cuts Carolina will make, others stand out as pieces that are in trouble of either losing their role or becoming a surprise roster cut.

With the tone of this team being changed, there will be surprising moves and players sliding down the depth chart. With this in mind, here are four Panthers entering the 2023 off-season on a short leash.