The one position that is still greatly influx for the Carolina Panthers entering their first preseason game has to be the cornerback position. The coaching staff knew this would probably take all four preseason games to really establish a depth chart but more questions than answers have arose over the past two weeks.
The reason is that Bene Benwikere entered the season expecting to be one of the starting cornerbacks on the outside. The third-year cornerback has spent the first two years of his career bouncing between the nickel position and outside based on the needs of this defense.
However, Benwikere started training camp on the PUP list due to a broken leg suffered towards the end of the regular season last year and since his return the plan appears to have changed.
This is mainly due to the emergence of rookie corners James Bradberry and Daryl Worley, who were named the starters in the Panthers' first unofficial depth chart. The fact that they were named the starters at this point, speaks volumes for their development to this point.
That is why this first preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens will be so pivotal for this position as it should hopefully provide some clarity to the cornerback position.
The top questions that if answered can help the coaching staff start solidifying the position is whether or not Benwikere will start the season at nickelback and if they have confidence in the rookies to start on the outside or if they need to rely on veteran McClain.
While a win will be great for the Panthers, the primary goal needs to be hopefully understanding what they have at cornerback.