Panthers Draft: How Tre Boston can help Jeremy Chinn’s development

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Jeremy Chinn, Panthers Draft
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The Carolina Panthers moved back into the second round to take safety Jeremy Chinn, and a current roster member can be a huge help during his early development.

One of the most eye-catching moves made by the Carolina Panthers during the NFL Draft was trading up to land safety Jeremy Chinn. The Southern Illinois product is an electrifying prospect that has the potential day-one starter in 2020.

He is a tremendously gifted athlete who fits into the mold of what new head coach Matt Rhule wants to bring to the Panthers’ defense. They picked players that can play in multiple positions and there now appears to be plenty of energy on the defensive side of the ball.

Chinn will undoubtedly go through some growing pains during his rookie campaign. This is generally expected of players operating in the secondary and will be especially evident in an NFC South that is littered with potent passing weapons.

The prospect will be thrown in at the deep and it will be up him to make sure he is really for the challenges that lie ahead. There will be a veteran presence to lean on opposite Chinn at the back end that can play a vital role in his development.

Tre Boston made a return to the Panthers in 2019 on a one-year deal that was eventually worth $2.38 million. He made the most out of his opportunity with the franchise and played well enough to secure a long-term extension this offseason.

The safety penned a new three-year, $18 million contract that included an $8 million signing bonus and a further $8 million guaranteed. This keeps him in Carolina 2023 and gives the Panthers a dependable option to put alongside an explosive player like Chinn.

Boston is a former fourth-round pick who knows what it takes to rise from relative obscurity to carve out a successful NFL career. This is something Chinn should utilize at every opportunity as he looks to follow in the veteran’s footsteps.