Position preview: Cornerbacks

Last season, young cornerbacks showed tremendous promise, and the future of the position is in good hands. But some veterans have been added, one in particular that boasts an extraordinary resume and is eager to prove he has more to offer.

RETURNERS

Josh Norman
Emerged as Panthers' top cornerback and played at elite level late last season. ... Recorded career-high two interceptions and 11 passes defensed along with 38 tackles and one forced fumble in 2014. ... Enters fourth season aiming to solidify status as a top-flight cornerback.

Bene Benwikere
Fifth-round draft choice played in 10 games with six starts as a rookie. ... Recorded 38 tackles, seven passes defensed and one interception. ... Flourished in the nickel role but has ability to perform at outside corner as well.

Melvin White
Started 17 games over the last two seasons, recording 80 tackles, three interceptions and 11 passes defensed. ... Former undrafted free agent has ideal size and will look to battle for spot in rotation.

Carrington Byndom
Undrafted rookie was elevated from the practice squad and played in three regular season games and both postseason games. ... Coaches and front office have been encouraged by what he's shown in limited action.

Lou Young
Had stints on the practice squad for Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars and Panthers in 2014. ... Played in 49 games with 34 starts at Georgia Tech, recording 134 tackles, four interceptions and 12 passes defensed during four-year college career.

RECENTLY ROSTERED

Charles Tillman
Two-time Pro Bowler has played in just 10 games over last two seasons due to right triceps injury. ... Career totals include 36 interceptions, 119 passes defensed and an astounding 42 forced fumbles. ... After 12 seasons as a starter for Chicago Bears, he'll compete to lock down starting spot in Carolina.

Chris Houston
Given chance to restart career after not playing in 2014 while recovering from toe injury. ... Started 12 games for Detroit Lions in 2013 and recorded two interceptions and nine passes defensed. ... Seven-year veteran has 13 career interceptions and 80 passes defensed.

Teddy Williams
Played in seven games for Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars in addition to appearing on Arizona Cardinals' practice squad. ... Four-time All-American sprinter at Texas-San Antonio brings tremendous speed to special teams units.

ROOKIES

Garry Peters
Undrafted free agent played in 45 games with 17 starts at Clemson. ... Recorded 106 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and 27 pass breakups during four-year career. ... Missed all of organized team activities nursing a sore hamstring and will need to assert himself quickly in training camp.

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