CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Week 2 of my ranking and evaluation of the 21 Carolina Panthers players who are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents begins with a special-teams player.
Most reporters walk right past him on their way to talk to middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, a candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
But the Panthers don't overlook what linebacker Jordan Senn does for them.
We're into the phase of this ranking where I'll look at one player at a time. If you missed the first 10 players, let's review Nos. 12 through 21:
No. 21 quarterback Jimmy Clausen, No. 20 wide receiver Brandon LaFell, No. 19 cornerback Drayton Florence, No. 18 guard Geoff Hangartner, No. 17 linebacker Dan Connor, No. 16 linebacker Jason Williams, No. 15 tackle Bruce Campbell, No. 14 cornerback James Dockery, No. 13 defensive tackle Colin Cole and No. 12 guard Travelle Wharton.
Now to the last player outside the top 10:
11. Jordan Senn: He's made a career out of being on special teams, beginning with the Indianapolis Colts in 2008 and with Carolina from 2009 to the present. He was voted the special-teams captain in 2012 and was a big reason the team was one of the best at covering punts and kickoffs this past season. At 5-foot-11 and 225 pounds, he's not a threat to crack into the lineup at linebacker barring a rash of injuries. But for a financially strapped team looking for value and a player they know will contribute on special teams, he could be a bargain. When you have 21 UFAs, you're looking for bargains.