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

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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