3 Panthers Players in Danger of Losing Their Starting Jobs in the 2020 NFL Season

Zach Brunner
Three Panthers at risk of losing their starting jobs.
Three Panthers at risk of losing their starting jobs. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images
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It's the start of a new era for the Carolina Panthers. Long-time head coach Ron Rivera was let go, as was quarterback Cam Newton. The two are replaced my Matt Rhule and Teddy Bridgewater, respectively, and are forced to compete in a tough NFC South.

When going up against quarterbacks Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Matt Ryan, the Panthers will have to be on their game in order to stay relevant. These are the three players most in danger of losing their starting jobs in 2020, whether it be due to the new coaching regime or getting out-played during the season.

1. Stephen Weatherly, DE

Stephen Weatherly was paid $8 million guaranteed this offseason.
Stephen Weatherly was paid $8 million guaranteed this offseason. / Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

The Panthers paid a guaranteed $8 million to bring in Stephen Weatherly from the Vikings. Weatherly was a seventh-round draft pick and has started seven games for Minnesota in four seasons. While he will begin as the starter, second-round rookie Yetur Gross-Matos should quickly make a name for himself, and could find himself in the starting position before season's end.

2. Corn Elder, CB

Corn Elder is the current starter by default.
Corn Elder is the current starter by default. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Corn Elder should be the starting cornerback by default, as of now. While he may being the yer as the starter, fourth-round rookie Tony Pride Jr. has all the makings to be a starter for Carolina. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, and he also ran track for Notre Dame. Pride can develop into a playmaker in the Panthers secondary.

3. Graham Gano, K

Graham Gano missed last season with a leg injury.
Graham Gano missed last season with a leg injury. / Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Two years removed from leading the NFL with a 96.7 percent field goal rate, veteran kicker Graham Gano is at risk of losing his job. Gano missed all of last season, after being put on season-ended IR with a leg injury during the preseason. Joey Slye filled in for him and even signed a 1-year extension with Carolina in February, which doesn't bode well for Gano's health.


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