It has been a surprising start to the season for the Carolina Panthers. They came in as a relative afterthought in terms of anything like a winning record, but new head coach Matt Rhule has galvanized his new-look roster in a short space of time.
The likes of Donte Jackson and Rasul Douglas have performed extremely well at the cornerback spot through the first four weeks of the season. However, they could still use another capable body given the injury problems surrounding Eli Apple and the time it’s going to take for fourth-round pick Troy Pride Jr. to develop into a starting NFL player.
Adding someone like Mike Hughes might be something general manager Marty Hurney considers, especially if the Panthers can continue their winning streak at the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings could probably get the pick they are looking for from a team whose aspirations look far brighter now than they did at any stage of the preseason. But whether or not Carolina wants to take a chance on someone who cannot seem to stay healthy is another matter entirely.
That is the problem the Vikings are going to have when it comes to Hughes. The talent surrounding the player isn’t the problem, it’s convincing interested parties that the gamble on his unpredictable fitness is worth the investment.