We’re only three days away from the start of the Panthers’ 2021 season, so today’s countdown piece will be dedicated to the player on the roster currently wearing No. 3 — punter Joseph Charlton.
The Panthers signed the 24-year-old Charlton (6-5, 190) as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft. He played college football at South Carolina, where he owns the school record for career punting average (45.5 yards) as well as the top two single-season punting records.
Here’s a brief summary of his rookie season in Carolina, courtesy of the team’s website:
Punted in all 16 games in rookie season with Carolina, making 45 punts for a net punting average of 40.8, fourth-best for a single season in franchise history. Landed 21 punts inside the 20 for a 46.7 inside the 20 average, fourth-best in the NFL in 2020. Part of a team record for fewest punts (45) in a season in franchise history. Earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 16 at Washington.
Charlton is one of the players on the team you hope you don’t see too much on game day, but you’re glad he can at least do his job whenever he has to do it. He has a knack for pinning teams inside their own 20-yard line, which helps flip the field for the defense whenever the offense can’t get anything going (which again, hopefully that’s not much of a problem this year). If he can replicate the production he had last season, I feel like it will be difficult to complain too much about having him on the roster.
What do you think, Panthers fans? Do you think Charlton is the right guy for the punter job? Why or why not? Share your thoughts with us!