If you thought the cornerback position was the big question coming into the off season, the situation got even cloudier today as the Panthers released Brandon Boykin.
Boykin was penciled in as the starting nickel corner this season after being signed in free agency just 2 months ago.
With Josh Norman gone, both starting cornerback positions and the nickel corner is up in the air.
It is believed that Bene Benwikere will move to the outside from the nickel position to solidify one of those starting CB positions, but he is coming off a broken leg.
The most tenured player in the CB room now is Robert McClain who has played in 66 regular season games with Atlanta and Carolina. McClain was re-signed by the Panthers last season after Benwikere broke his leg. He would then move to starter for the playoffs after Peanut Tillman tore his ACL in the regular season finale. He would start all 3 playoff games as the left corner including Super Bowl 50.
McClain could once again be the starter opposite Benwikere OR could it be Lou Young? Young spent much of last season on the practice squad, but was signed to the 53 man roster right before the playoffs after Tillman's injury. Coaches have spoken very highly of him and he now has a shot to make a big impression.
OR could one of the 3 drafted rookies step up and play a major role in 2016?
Clearly James Bradberry, Daryl Worley, and Zack Sanchez have impressed since coming into the doors at Bank of America Stadium just 14 days ago to see a veteran like Boykin just get released.
If you thought CB was a question, what do you do at safety opposite starter Kurt Coleman.
Last year's starter Roman Harper has yet to be signed by the Panthers and is still a free agent. This position may be Tre Boston's to lose at this point. This season will be Boston's 3rd after spending his first 2 behind Harper. Last year, Boston had 21 tackles in the regular season and 1 INT in the playoffs against Arizona in the NFC Championship.
After that, you have names like Colin Jones, Marcus Ball, and Dean Marlowe.
Now that's A LOT of questions.
Good news is this team has plenty of time to figure this out as they still have OTAs, mini camp, and training camp to get this all figured out.
And we will find out who can really play as they have to go up against reigning MVP Cam Newton every day at practice. It will be up to that wide receiving corp of size and speed with the likes of Kelvin Benjamin, Greg Olsen, Ted Ginn, Devin Funchess, and Philly Brown to help weed out those who can't cut it..
Let the competition begin...
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