6 studs and duds from the Carolina Panthers’ loss vs. Broncos

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Jeremy Chinn – Carolina Panthers OLB

Although it proved to be a disappointing outing for the Carolina Panthers, Jeremy Chinn was once again one of the true shining lights and further enhanced his Defensive Rookie of the Year credentials.

The former Southern Illinois standout was all over the field and worked exceptionally hard to try and cover the mistakes of others. He seemed to be the only one playing with any sort of fire at one stage and came up with what could have been a game-altering forced fumble hit on Drew Lock that almost led to a touchdown from defensive linemen Efe Obada.

Carolina’s offense couldn’t live up to its end of the bargain. But should not detract from what an outstanding contribution Chinn made to the contest.

He is the second most important player on the Panthers defense behind stud pass-rusher Brian Burns after just 13 games in a professional environment. He was on the field for every single defensive snap and managed to record eight tackles, one sack, one quarterback hit, and one forced fumble as a result of his outstanding efforts.

Chinn is a superstar.

There is no disputing this fact now.

Pro Football Focus finally seems to be recognizing this and has moved Chinn’s grade up from the low 40s at the start of the campaign to 63.8 after Week 14. Green Bay will be another stern test of his credentials, but the do-it-all defender goes into the game brimming with confidence even if others on the roster do not.