In their rookie seasons, Carolina Panthers cornerbacks James Bradberry and Daryl Worley ended 2016 giving Carolina a confidence boost in their ability to stabilize the Panthers secondary. In addition, the Carolina Panthers brought back Captain Munnerlyn, a league veteran viewed very highly in many fans’ eyes. With this boost into the 2017 season, will the Panthers be able to become a viable playoff contender?
THREE QUESTIONS SURROUNDING THE CORNERBACKS
1. How big will Bradberry and Worley become in Year Two?
The bread-and-butter of the Carolina Panthers arguably lies in their front seven. The second year corners for the Carolina Panthers can turn this defense into one of the best in the league. Bradberry and Worley need to make sizable progress in their second year, however the do possess the physical assets necessary to flourish, in addition to on-the-field experience. The necessary development of these two are essential in challenging the NFC South’s notorious passing attacks.
2. What kind of impact will Munnerlyn make?
Captain Munnerlyn brings veteran leadership that has been lacking in the Carolina Panthers secondary. His leadership serves as a catalyst to the young secondary’s growth this offseason. Munnerlyn’s play-making ability and presence could quite possibly be the missing piece to make Carolina’s defense dominant once again.
3. Who will provide the depth behind the starters?
When it comes to the trio of Munnerlyn, Worley, and Bradberry, Carolina secondary appears much stronger than in previous seasons. However, if injuries were to strike there still is not much depth behind them. Teddy Williams and Zack Sanchez are the only two backups with NFL game experience, however even that experience is very limited. Corn Elder was drafted in the fifth round by Carolina. Only time will tell if he can be productive, however for many, the fifth round pick was a bargain.