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Sep 1, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line lines up against the Carolina Panthers defensive line during the first half of the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest thing on every panther fans’ mind, who is going to be Cam’s backup? And should Cam go down, is this guy capable of winning games?

The Panthers finish their preseason tonight at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers and there’s a lot at stake for guys fighting for a roster spot. With so much turnover at the bottom of the roster, many guys have their final “audition” tonight. Let’s take a look at a few position battles leading into the regular season and guys who could see themselves on the outside looking in, come cut day.

 

Backup QB

CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 16: Kyle Allen (7) quarterback of Carolina during a preseason NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Carolina Panthers on August 16 , 2019,at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

It’s no secret that the backups have struggled mightily for the majority of the preseason, but Greg Olsen says we all need to calm down. Will Grier and Kyle Allen are the front runners for the backup spot but the QB that’s played the most consistent this preseason is Taylor Heinicke. I couldn’t imagine the Panthers cut Grier having just used a 3rd round pick on him in this year’s draft so I’m betting it’s between Allen and Heinicke when cut day comes around. Rivera is going to want to get a look at all 3 QB’s tonight though, to see if anyone can separate themselves from the pack.

 

Backup RB

With Artis-Payne not showing much in his tenure here, the door is wide open for Jordan Scarlett, Elijah Holyfield, and Reggie Bonnafon. Bonnafon has played the best this preseason and is making a real push to make the 53 man roster. most experts project Scarlett to back up CMC and the 3rd spot to be between Holyfield and Bonnafon.

 

Last WR Spot

Terry Godwin started strong this preseason but has since cooled off. While I do project him to be the 6th receiver on the roster, Jaydon Mickens, Rashad Ross, and Aldrick Robinson are all making a push and tonight is a big night for all of them. Look for these 4 guys to play a lot tonight against the Steelers.

 

Slot CB

The Panthers have struggled in the slot the past few years but there are a few guys fighting to prove the deserve to be there. Javien Elliott and Rashaan Gaulden are the favorites to win the job with Corn Elder and Cole Luke on the edge of the roster bubble. Elliott has played well but there’s been a lot of praise around Gaulden’s ability to change positions from safety to slot CB. Either way, I see both Gaulden and Elliott making the roster.

Tune in tonight @ 7 to watch the Panthers take on the Steelers!

 

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