Although the 2020 season wasn't what fans hoped it would be both on and off the field, there were a bunch of notable bright spots on this young Panthers team.
In the absence of Christian McCaffrey, we watched a mix of inexperienced and experienced running backs flourish. Mike Davis stepped in and performed as he went for 1,000 all-purpose yards. Rookie Rodney Smith also played a key role, scoring the first touchdown of his career in the season finale.
On defense, the Panthers' first-, second-, and third-round picks flourished and stamped their roles on this team. Jeremy Chinn, a contender for some defensive rookie honors, instantly made a name for himself as a leader and one of the league's young defensive stars.
There's an old saying that goes, 'There's beauty in the struggle.' Despite all of the challenges in 2020, the future seems bright for the Panthers. Under the direction of head coach Matt Rhule, fans should be excited for what's to come.
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