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Panthers 2021 season opener countdown: 74 days to go

We’re counting down the days until the Panthers kick off the 2021 season.

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The fact that there are now 74 days until the start of the Carolina Panthers’ 2021 regular season brings us to No. 74 in the roster, currently worn by offensive tackle Greg Little.

Little is the very definition of a Marty Hurney special. He was drafted early in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft after Hurney traded up with the Seahawks to take him. Little was the starting left tackle for Ole Miss his sophomore and junior seasons, so there was some hope that he’d be able to transition to the same spot in the NFL. Thus far, that has not been the case.

His rookie season never really got off the ground, as he only appeared in four games. Those did include a three game stint as the starting left tackle (with, let’s just say . . . mixed results). Eventually, multiple concussions and knee and ankle issues landed Little on injured reserve to end his rookie season prematurely. His sophomore season saw more of the same. Though he did play in a lot more games (10 compared to four), he still only started three games, still was inconsistent at best, and still ended the year on injured reserve, this time mainly due to ankle issues. If he is healthy, he’ll likely be competing for the left tackle spot with free agent signing Cam Irving. If he struggles on the outside, the Panthers may attempt to move him inside to see if he can stick as a depth piece there. Either way, this has the makings of a make or break season for Little in Carolina.