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Make or Break Training Camp for Two Carolina Panthers

Training camp is less than one week away and this year's camp is going to be especially important for these two Carolina Panthers.

Brenton Bersin

Thanks to a variety of circumstances the past couple of years, former Wofford wide receiver, Brenton Bersin, has been able to sneak his way onto the Carolina Panthers final 53-man roster. Unfortunately for him however, his duration with the team may be coming to a close. 

Bersin has been known to have one of the best set of hands on the team. Sadly for him, this praise hasn’t resulted in an increase in production on the field. Even with Panthers, number 1 wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, being absent due to injury during the entire 2015 season. Bersin only appeared in 9 games and recorded 9 receptions for 119 yards. Both the receptions and yardage amounts are last among the eligible wide receivers on the Panthers roster who registered a stat last season.

Many expected with the loss of Benjamin, Bersin would step up and have a larger role on the team, unfortunately for Bersin, this just was not the case. 

Bersin has become notorious the past few years as being a training camp superstar and one of quarterback Cam Newton’s favorite targets throughout the offseason. If Bersin has a chance at making the final roster he will need to replicate his previous camps and show he can contribute on the field when the pre-season starts. Otherwise Bersin’s days in Carolina could be numbered.

Wes Horton 

Wes Horton is entering his fourth year with the Panthers and easily coming off of his worst year with the team. He was cut early in the season to make room for back-up left tackle David Foucault and then re-signed a few days later. He then saw a slight increase in playing time but then a month later was suspended for PED use. The Panthers then released him after his suspension but brought him back onto their practice squad during their playoff run. 

After starting 15 of 16 games in 2014 and posting a solid stat line of 26 total tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 forced fumble, Horton was looking to build off that entering the 2015 season. Obviously, this didn’t go as planned. 

Luckily for Horton, the starting defensive end position can be his for the taking this training camp if he shows he can produce once again. He will have to climb past returning team captain, Charles Johnson, who is returning on a one-year prove it deal, and Kony Ealy coming off of a performance in the Super Bowl that could have won him the MVP award in the big game. 

However, nothing is set in stone yet. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Horton was able to sneak into win the starting spot from one of those two. Yet, if Horton shows incapable to do this, I feel as if the Panthers will look in another direction, seeing Horton’s time with the Panthers come to an end.

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