Carolina Panthers No. 4: D.J. Moore and Donte Jackson challenging each other
One of the more eye-catching videos posted by the Carolina Panthers from their full pace drills on Friday was the individual battle between D.J. Moore and Donte Jackson. Both are No. 1 options at their respective positions. And coming up against each other in this sort of setting is tremendous preparation for the new campaign.
Jackson will be tasked with covering the opposition’s best receiving threat on almost every down. This is a challenge he appears more than ready for. And the former LSU star has been working exceptionally hard over the offseason period to make sure he is up to the challenge.
Pitting his skills against a wideout who could be set for superstardom in 2020 is sure to stand him in good stead when Jackson comes up against the likes of Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Julio Jones, and Michael Thomas next season. Moore is coming off a breakout year despite a lack of consistency from the quarterback spot in 2019. And bigger things could still be to come with the presence of Teddy Bridgewater under center.
Having Moore and Jackson pushing each other during team drills is only going to benefit the Panthers. Both players have huge expectations on their shoulders in 2020. And this sort of competition could be the catalyst behind them reaching their targets.
It is a shame that fans cannot see more of this in person. But safety is of paramount importance. Getting sneak peeks from the Panthers’ social media team is only whetting the appetite more for the upcoming campaign. And it will hopefully see Moore and Jackson play to a level not before seen from the duo.