Which Carolina Panthers players have forced their way into Frank Reich's plans for 2023 thanks to their efforts during the preparation period?
It won't be much longer before the Carolina Panthers' brass sits down to make final cuts. The 53-man roster won't be final until those in power scour the waiver wire for any potential additions, which seems entirely possible when one considers the aggressive nature in which general manager Scott Fitterer has gone about his business since Matt Rhule was removed from the organization.
Players are fighting for roster spots with one final chance to showcase their ability this Friday against the Detroit Lions. Others have far grander ambitions with a potential surge in responsibilities after impressing considerably throughout camp and warmup games.
Some sections of the fanbase are currently panicking about their lack of execution without adding the layer of context normally associated with this time of year. The coaching staff knows what they are doing, so expectations remain high for a group with enough talent to mount an NFC South championship push if key men stay clear of injuries.
For now, here are three Panthers players who are forcing their way into the team's plans in 2023.
Raequan Williams - Carolina Panthers DL
Much of the talk in recent days has centered on the Carolina Panthers' decision to waive Marquan McCall. While it did seem strange, those in power clearly like what they're currently seeing from Raequan Williams.
The formidable defensive lineman seems to be in with a good shot at securing his place on the 53-man roster. Williams might also fancy his chances of earning some prominent reps if everything continues in a similar manner over the next fortnight.
McCall found a new home immediately after the New England Patriots claimed him off the waiver wire. But Williams and the former Kentucky star will now be closely linked to see whether Carolina made the right call.