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Player-by-player look at Carolina Panthers’ New-Name Secondary

Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman (24) has enough faith in his ability to call himself one of the top five cover cornerbacks in the NFL.
Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman (24) has enough faith in his ability to call himself one of the top five cover cornerbacks in the NFL. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

A look at the depth chart for the Panthers’ defensive backfield, which is trying to escape the shadow of the team’s more celebrated front seven:

Left cornerback

1. Josh Norman: Established himself as a shutdown corner in ‘14 with his play vs. the likes of Julio Jones.

2. Bené Benwikere: Excellent ball skills; ‘Big Play Bené’ can be a difference-maker when healthy.

Right cornerback

1. Charles Tillman: Former Bears standout brought his ‘Peanut punch’ ball-stripping skills to Charlotte.

2. Melvin White: Steady player has starting experience and a special teams background.

Nickel corner

1. Bené Benwikere: His size (6-foot, 195) seems better suited to cover slot receivers.

2. Colin Jones: Reserve safety one of the fastest players on the team.

Strong safety

1. Kurt Coleman: Smallish at 5-11 and 200, but not afraid to crash into ball-carriers.

2. Robert Lester: Started four games in 2013, but was on practice squad most of last season.

Free safety

1. Roman Harper: Solid against the run last season, but struggled in coverage at times.

2. Tre Boston: Former UNC safety had 84-yard interception return for TD in division clincher.

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