With the NFL offseason drawing closer to its end, the Carolina Panthers have had some serious winners and losers. While it's always important to impress the coaching staff, playing time is not secured during mini-camps.
That isn't to say that a young player cannot show strides of improvement, but rather that they must demonstrate their progression once the regular season draws closer.
With concerns at wide receiver, along the offensive line and in the secondary, the Panthers need unproven players to step up this season. If the majority of Carolina's fringe players fail to make a difference, the Panthers will have an up-hill battle in regards to competing for a playoff berth this season.
This is the time to be optimistic, but the Panthers will need a few breaks in order to satiate the expectations of the fanbase.
Whether it was a strong performance at OTAs or an injury that is keeping a player on the sidelines, there have been plenty of intriguing storylines for Panthers fans.