day after the Panthers coach said all four of his quarterbacks would play in the preseason opener Youth Vernon Butler Jersey , he announced that the most important one would not.According to Joe Person of TheAthletic.com, Rivera said that both quarterback Cam Newton and linebacker Luke Kuechly would be held out of Thursday’s game at Chicago.Newton’s progressing well in his comeback from shoulder surgery, with no apparent setbacks. But they’ve monitored his workload in camp. Kyle Allen will start in his place, ahead of rookie Will Grier.Kuechly was held out of some practice time last week after he was caught in a pile Stitched Vernon Butler Jersey , but he told reporters today that he was never in the concussion protocol and the team was just being careful.Continuing to be is the smart play this early in the preseason, for players who are central to their team’s success. Every NFL team should have a trade up scenario. Here’s one for the Panthers."A week ago I would have said there are potentially two positions the Panthers would consider trading up to fill in the 2019 draft: left tackle and edge rusher. With the re-signing of offensive tackle Daryl Williams and the release of Matt Kalil it appears the Panthers are comfortable at the tackle position. That may not be a correct assumption but I’m going to assume it is for the trade up scenarios I’m about to postulate.So who would be a Panthers trading partner in a trade up? Well the Panthers favorite partner these last couple of seasons, the Buffalo Bills, are sitting seven spots ahead of the Panthers. To move from No. 16 to No. 9 would cost a second round pick. So let’s say the plan is to trade next year’s second rounder (it could be No. 64) to move up into the top ten as the first scenario. In my second round scenario the Panthers use the same pick to move up in the second round. First round trade up scenarioSo what edge rushers would be worth the price for the Panthers to trade up with the Bills to the No. 9 spot? Let’s name a couple easy ones first. Nick Bosa and Josh Allen seem obvious to me. There is no chance Bosa goes lower than third or that time Allen gets past the Buccaneers at No. 5 overall. So that leaves these four players as possibilities Youth Taylor Moton Jersey , Montez Sweat, Rashan Gary, Clelin Ferrell and Brian Burns. All three players are being pegged as top-15 players and not expected to slip to the No. 16 spot. I’ve already discussed my preference for Sweat at No. 16 before he blew up the combine. As far as Gary, even if the Panthers think he is worth the price he would still be a bit of a project as Billy Marshall points out in his profile on Gary:That leaves Brian Burns and Clelin Ferrell Stitched Taylor Moton Jersey , two contrasting players. Burns brings the speed and bend to the edge while Ferrell is more about power. Rivera could find either very useful in his 2019 defense. Yet my problem with a trade up is either could also be available at number sixteen.My final thoughts on a trade up for an edge rusher in the first are that Bosa and Allen are no brainers and three (Burns, Ferrell and Gary) of the other four, though likely to be drafted before No. 16, the Panthers should not jump up to draft them. Montez Sweat on the other hand would be worth the price. Of course there are a couple of other defensive players the Panthers could instead target in a first round trade up. There is no way Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams lasts to No. 9 but he would be well worth the price. Another possibility is linebacker Devin White from LSU. We know how Rivera covets linebackers and he has a spot open for a new starter in his 4-3 alignments. Rivera also needs a linebacker to play next to Luke Kuechly in 3-4 packages Youth Curtis Samuel Jersey , something White could play as well:If White’s only weakness is reading defenses well who better to teach him that than Luke Kuechly? Don’t overlook this scenario, the Panthers have made much more surprising moves in the past. For you skeptics though I also see a first round trade up as an unlikely scenario and not one I advocate either. I have always preferred to not trade up or down and just use my given picks wisely. But sometimes players you never think will be there come into reach and so teams have learned to be prepared for the unexpected. I’m sure every general manager has a player they decided to not trade up for that they regret in hindsight.Likewise there are examples where teams pulled traded up with that seemed like a stiff price at first but was quickly forgotten once the player performed at an elite level. Julio Jones is an example that comes to mind. The Falcons gave up five draft picks to jump from No. 27 to No. 6. It seemed steep at the time but it’s hard to say he hasn’t been worth it. Let me wind down by saying I’m not ruling out a trade up for a left tackle in the first round in spite of the Daryl Williams signing. There are a couple worth the price and when combined with my potential second round trade up scenario could result in the Panthers landing both a starting tackle and a coveted edge rusher. By trading both their 2019 and 2020 picks the Panthers can get back into the final third of the first round. Check back tomorrow for more thoughts on a second round trade up scenario.