Carolina Panthers: Key players to watch against the Bengals

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 10: Devin Funchess #17 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 10: Devin Funchess #17 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /
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CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 17: James Bradberry #24 of the Carolina Panthers talks with a referee between plays against the Miami Dolphins during the game at Bank of America Stadium on August 17, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 17: James Bradberry #24 of the Carolina Panthers talks with a referee between plays against the Miami Dolphins during the game at Bank of America Stadium on August 17, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

James Bradberry

As mentioned previously, the Bengals have one of the best wide receivers in the game with A.J. Green. The former first round pick is playing good football to start the season and has 11 receptions, 161 yards and four touchdowns.

The fact that the Bengals will be without Joe Mixon, the team may look to the passing game to keep the offense going. This means the Panthers’ defense could be in store for a heavy dose of A.J. Green.

Fortunately for the Panthers they have a rising star at cornerback in James Bradberry. The Panthers’ starting corner is coming off a strong performance against Falcons’ Julio Jones, who was held to only five receptions for 64 yards and no touchdowns.

These are the types of games the Panthers had in mind when they drafted James Bradberry in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He has shown flashes of being that shutdown corner but it would be great to see him string strong performances in back to back games against some of the top receivers currently in the league.