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Terrell McClain needs to step up his game in order to win a spot on the defensive front
This position is crowded and will be interesting to see who gets the starting nod. Veteran Ron Edwards was to be the leadership on the line but went down with an injury in camp last season. This forced the Panthers to play rookies Sione Fua and Terrell McClain.
The baptism by fire approach did not go as well as Coach Rivera would have liked as Fua logged only nine tackles and McClain 19. Both ended up on the injured reserve themselves leaving the Panthers no choice but to bring in DTs Andre Neblett, Ogemdi Nwagbuo and Frank Kearse. There will be a lot riding on the line (no pun intended), and this battle could determine who stays on the roster and who will be given their release.
Note: Neblett could be a wild card for a backup position and possibly a starter. However, his recent suspension for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances could leave him on the outside looking in and needing to play like an animal in training camp to secure a roster spot.