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Panthers 2021 season opener countdown: 7 days to go

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

Carolina Panthers Training Camp Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

We’re only seven days away from the start of the Panthers’ 2021 season, and since the Panthers currently don’t have a player wearing No. 7, today’s countdown piece will be dedicated to one of our most recent acquisitions (who will wear No. 73 for Carolina) — guard Michael Jordan. (No, not that one.)

The Panthers claimed the 23-year-old Jordan (6-6, 315) after he was waived by the Bengals during their roster cut-down on August 31. Jordan was taken in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft (No. 136 overall) by the Bengals. He played college football at Ohio State.

Here’s a brief summary of his time in Cincinnati, courtesy of the Panthers’ website:

In 2020, played in 14 games with 10 starts at left tackle for Cincinnati. Saw action in 13 games with nine starts for the Bengals in 2019…Played every snap and started at left guard in season opener.

And here’s a look at his college career, also courtesy of the Panthers’ website:

Spent three seasons (2016-18) at Ohio State, before forgoing his senior season and declaring for the NFL Draft. Earned first team All-America honors in 2018. Played in all 41 possible games as a Buckeye, and helped team to two Big Ten championships (2017 and ‘18), a berth in the College Football Playoff (‘16) and a Rose Bowl victory (‘18).

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule gave the impression that he sees Jordan as a developmental talent rather than a player who will immediately be inserted into the rotation, so I’m not sure how much playing time he will get this season. Based on Rhule’s comments mentioning the word ‘developmental’ when talking about Jordan, there’s a pretty decent chance that he’ll be inactive every week unless the Panthers need him for depth due to injuries (which hopefully won’t be an issue), but we could see more of him in 2022 if Rhule likes how he develops throughout the year.

What do you think, Panthers fans? What are you expecting from Jordan this year? Do you think this was a good pickup for Carolina? Why or why not? Share your thoughts with us!