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3 cut candidates on the Panthers’ roster bubble entering 2021 training camp

Panthers, 2021 training camp

The Carolina Panthers have been busy acquiring young talent for the last couple of years. They should steadily get back into the playoff race but we’ll see how quickly this roster can learn and adapt in the NFL, as the 2021 training camp nears. The defense looks solid and could be in for a much improved season, while the coaching staff is excited about the offense and what Sam Darnold can do with a new group.

This team might not make the 2021 NFL Playoffs, but they should still be competitive. The Panthers are more likely to finish in the middle of the pack this year. This isn’t an ideal spot but it shows the team is improving. To do that though, the Panthers will need the best roster available throughout the regular season.

With training camp just around the corner, the Carolina Panthers will be evaluating their young roster. There will be cuts made, but it will lead Carolina to have the best team moving forward. A handful of players will have to compete for a spot on the final roster, giving the Panthers better depth. With that said, here are three cut candidates on the Panthers roster entering training camp.

Phil Hoskins, defensive tackle

Phil Hoskins was drafted in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Even so, he’s not guaranteed to make the final roster. He is a part of a solid defensive line group in Carolina, so Hoskins will have his work cut out for him. Hoskins played three years at Kentucky before getting drafted. He finished his collegiate career with 53 total tackles, four sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one interception.

Hoskins seems to be a nose tackle built to stop the run. His lack of versatility may come back to bite him as Carolina will want the best guys on the team. The Panthers have a solid defensive line group right now, led by Derrick Brown, Daviyon Nixon, Bravvion Roy, and DaQuan Jones. It’s hard to imagine Hoskins beats anyone out in camp, as he specializes in just one position in the front seven.

Stantley Thomas-Oliver III, cornerback

The Panthers’ cornerback room has suddenly become crowded which should lead to better pass coverage. Carolina selected Jaycee Horn with their first pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, who has the potential to be a star in the league. Some other notable names at the cornerback position are Donte Jackson, AJ Bouye, and Rashan Melvin.

With that said, Stantley Thomas-Oliver III might just be the odd man out. He had an unimpressive rookie campaign in 2020, posting just seven tackles in the 10 games he played. The Panthers’ secondary will be much improved, as they have four solid players at the position. Carolina has a talented group of corners on their roster and Thomas-Oliver III won’t be needed.

Caraun Reid, defensive tackle

Another defensive tackle that is on the roster bubble. Caraun Reid is entering his eighth season in the league, but it appears his career is coming to an end. He put up decent numbers back in 2015 with the Detroit Lions but has failed to reach that potential ever since. Carolina is deep with defensive lineman and Reid looks to be on the outside looking in entering training camp.