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Carolina Panthers Position Analysis: Cornerback

The cornerback position is the one that the Carolina Panthers enter training camp with the most uncertainty about. The team no longer has Josh Norman and will be looking to an inexperienced group led by Bene Benwikere to solidify the position. Brandon Croce breaks down the cornerback position for the Panthers.

Carolina Panthers Cornerbacks

Name Height Weight College
Bene Benwikere 6-0 200 San Jose State
James Bradberry 6-1 210 Samford
Robert McClain 5-9 195 Connecticut
Shaquille Richardson 6-0 190 Arizona
Zack Sanchez 5-11 185 Oklahoma
Teddy Williams 6-1 210 Texas-San Antonio
Daryl Worley 6-1 205 West Virginia
Lou Young 6-1 205 Georgia Tech

Training Camp Battles

Robert McClain vs. James Bradberry vs. Daryl Worley

The most talked about training camp battle for the Carolina Panthers is sure to be the starting cornerback job opposite Bene Benwikere. There are three players who will be vying for that spot between veteran Robert McClain and rookies James Bradberry and Daryl Worley.

Entering training camp, McClain would probably have the edge over the other two players. The Panthers signed him during the season last year and he was named the starter after Charles Tillman was lost for the year in the final regular season game. McClain started every playoff game. He played well for this defense and finished with 18 tackles and five passes defended. Now that he has a full offseason to learn this defense and get familiar with the calls, he should be even better entering training camp.

However, he doesn't have the ideal size for the position and could be physically over-matched against some of the bigger wide receivers in the division like Tampa Bay's Mike Evans. This is one of the advantages the two rookies will have as both are 6'1" compared to McClain who is 5'9".

It would not be a surprise to see McClain at least start the year as the starting cornerback and see the rookies see snaps throughout the course of the year. 

Player to Watch

Teddy Williams

One player to watch this training camp is Teddy Williams, who was signed as a free agent last offseason. Williams is tied among the cornerbacks for the most experience in the NFL with five years but only has 16 career tackles, 13 of which came last year. Even though he has the most years in the league, he has never really played much cornerback and was signed for his play on special teams.

However, with the team drafting three cornerbacks, the Panthers may not have the luxury of keeping a player like Williams just for special teams. This training camp Williams is going to need to prove that he can contribute at cornerback if he wants to make it through the final roster cuts. 

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