Cade Mays – Carolina Panthers OL
Much has been made about the positive progress across the offensive line in 2022. However, if Austin Corbett and Brady Christensen’s injury rehabilitations suffer some bumps in the road, then depth is a little concerning heading into the offseason.
Obviously, this won’t go unnoticed by Scott Fitterer and other influential figures. Further pieces will be added and perhaps Cam Erving gets a team-friendly extension, but Cade Mays’ development is another important element to factor into this equation.
Mays was a project sixth-round selection last year who became a willing learner. He progressed steadily as the season went on without seeing much time on the field aside from special packages, but there was a lot to like about his production when finally given prominent reps in Week 18 at the New Orleans Saints.
Much will depend on Corbett and Christensen’s hopes of being ready for Week 1. But the Panthers must have a contingency plan or two in place, so Mays’ familiarity with offensive line coach James Campen could make a huge difference in the pursuit of more involvement.
The former Tennessee star has to impress a new set of eyes outside of Campen. This might be difficult – especially if additional competition arrives as expected – but Mays’ high character and work ethic indicate he won’t shirk any challenge coming his way.