Carolina Panthers: 4 options if Tre Boston opts-out in 2020

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Jeremy Chinn, Carolina Panthers
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Carolina Panthers Option No. 1: Juston Burris/Jeremy Chinn/Kenny Robinson combination

The Carolina Panthers selected two safeties in their historic all-defense NFL Draft. Should Tre Boston eventually decide to opt-out, it could see these rookies get some substantial time on the field.

Jeremy Chinn is a supremely gifted athlete that the Panthers wanted so much they traded back into the second round to take the former Southern Illinois standout. The player has the versatility to impact the game anywhere on the backend. And it is going to be interesting to see just how defensive coordinator Phil Snow utilizes his outstanding skill set next season.

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Chinn has already labeled himself a defensive playmaker rather than just your stereotypical safety. But if Boston sits out the season, it would be a shock if this wasn’t the position he started at from the opening day.

Carolina also brought in free-agent Juston Burris on a two-year, $8 million deal from the Cleveland Browns. He has plenty of experience in the NFL. And he played well enough in 2019 to earn a respectable 69.4 grade from Pro Football Focus.

Another intriguing option is their fifth-round draft pick, Kenny Robinson. The safety made a real impression during his time in the XFL. And he is another that could come in on a rotational basis behind Burris and Chinn.

Boston opting out is the worst-case scenario for the Panthers. But they have a talented core that could temporarily fill the void. This would also give Chinn and Robinson some invaluable experience that will stand them in good stead going forward.