Panthers 2021 season opener countdown: 65 days to go

We’re only 65 days away from the start of the Panthers’ 2021 season, so today we’re talking about No. 65 on the roster — offensive lineman Dennis Daley.

The Panthers selected Daley in the sixth round (No. 212 overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft out of South Carolina, where he was a two-year starter at both left tackle and guard for the Gamecocks. Daley transferred to South Carolina in 2017 after two years at Georgia Military College, where he was also a two-year starter (2015-2016).

The 24-year-old Daley (6-6, 325) played in 14 games for the Panthers (with nine starts) in his rookie season and was part of the offensive line that helped Christian McCaffrey become the third player in NFL history to eclipse 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in the same season. In 2020 he appeared in five games (with three starts) at left guard before being placed on injured reserve in December after sustaining a concussion.

The Panthers currently list Daley as a guard on the team’s roster page, so I would expect to see him compete with Pat Elflein for the starting left guard spot during training camp this summer, and he should at least be penciled into the 53-man roster as a depth piece — due to his experience at both tackle and guard — if he doesn’t crack the starting lineup.

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