Carolina Panthers final 2020 roster projection: Defense

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Safety (4)

  • Tre Boston
  • Jeremy Chinn
  • Kenny Robinson
  • Juston Burris

The Carolina Panthers will need their safeties to perform at a high level and mask some of the problems that could emerge on the outside. This is going to be critical for their chances of overall success.

Tre Boston enjoyed a career season in 2019 and is now one of the defensive leaders following veteran departures and a three-year, $18 million extension. He performed superbly well in the clutch and should be able to make a big difference and guide younger members of the roster in the process.

Free-agent signing Juston Burris has made an impressive start to life in Carolina. It would be a surprise if a starting position was not his during their Week 1 clash against the Las Vegas Raiders and he did perform well for the Cleveland Browns last time out without getting an extension.

The situation regarding Jeremy Chinn is nothing short of fascinating. The player comes into the NFL with a tremendous amount going for him. But where the Panthers decide to put the athletic and versatile player is something that has yet to be determined.

Chinn could play at safety, as a slot cornerback, or even as an outside linebacker should the opportunity arise. His desire to be a defensive weapon rather than be tied to one position is another strong indicator that the second-round pick is going to be used where he is most effective.

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Kenny Robinson comes into the league from the XFL and he should fill one of the primary backup roles. His contribution on special teams is also going to be useful thanks to his speed and athleticism.