4 early candidates for Carolina Panthers’ training camp MVP

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Brian Burns – DE

There is plenty to like about Brian Burns’ chances of becoming one of the league’s primary pass-rushers in 2020. The Carolina Panthers are banking on the defensive end to produce the goods as the team’s No. 1 option in only his second season. And this is a challenge that could well bring the best out of him.

Burns has been working hard on improving his body during the offseason. He is visibly more muscular. And this has not impacted his elite explosiveness whatsoever if the videos from team drills are any indication.

The former Florida State standout has also made his presence felt out on the field. An eye-catching forced fumble on All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey was one memorable highlight. But the way he has guided rookie Yetur Gross-Matos during the early stages of his transition is equally as important.

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Carolina is relatively devoid of veteran leadership after letting plenty of established players go during free agency. Although Burns is only in his second year. He appears more than willing to shoulder some responsibility in their absence.

This can only mean good things for the player and the Panthers in 2020. And the sky is the limit for Burns if he reaches his ceiling.