The Carolina Panthers opened their offseason workouts today and is the first step for the players in preparation for the 2015 season. The front office has been active this offseason bringing in a number of players and there was plenty of new faces today. This may not be good news for these four player, who need a strong offseason and may have to fight for their roster spot.
The Carolina Panthers had big plans for Bersin in 2014 as he was the team’s primary return man as well as their fourth wide receiver. However, the team certainly looks like it is ready to move in another direction with the additions of Ted Ginn Jr. and Jordan Todman. Both of these players are experience returners and should be considered the favorites as the starters.
This could leave wide receiver as Bersin’s only option to make an impact on this team however that position has become rather crowded with the additions of Ginn Jr. as well as Jarrett Boykin. These two players, alongside Kelvin Benjamin and most likely a wide receiver in the Draft, leaves only one spot left for a wide receiver. Bersin could be on the outside looking in alongside this next player.
Similar to Bersin, it is a numbers game for the veteran wide receiver. Jerricho Cotchery signed with the Panthers last offseason did not produce as much as would be expected finishing the year with 48 receptions, 580 yards and one touchdown.
At this point in the offseason, I would consider Cotchery to be fourth on the depth chart and he would probably drop to fifth if the team drafts a wide receiver at the end of the month. The Panthers may be more inclined to keep a player like Philly Brown who is still young compared to the 12-year veteran Cotchery.
Melvin White started the year as the Panthers’ starting cornerback and started the first four games and six out of the first seven games. However, he quickly was passed on the depth chart by Bene Benwikere when he returned from his injury. White finished the year playing only a total of 24 snaps over the final five games.
This offseason the team brought in Charles Tillman and Teddy Williams, who is primarily a special teams player but is listed as a cornerback. If the Panthers bring in a cornerback in the Draft they would have at least eight cornerbacks on the roster. Even though White is only entering his third season in the league, he certainly will be fighting for a job this offseason.
Similar to Melvin White, offensive tackle Nate Chandler started the 2014 season as a starter but could find himself cut before the 2015 season. The Panthers signed Chandler as an undrafted free agent as a defensive linemen.
However about halfway through the 2013 season he switched to offensive guard and then in 2014 was named the starting right tackle. He struggled at the position before his season was cut short due to injury.
This offseason he will face tough competition if he hopes to earn a starting spot on the offensive line. So far the Panthers have brought in Michael Oher and Jonathan Martin, who have started at both tackle positions, in addition to Mike Remmers who played very well at right tackle last year.
The Panthers are also expected to add an offensive tackle or two in the upcoming NFL Draft. This position is becoming very crowded and this does not seem to bode well for Chandler.