Grading every Panthers positional group after Week 1 of free agency
By Noah Bryce
Carolina Panthers defensive ends
The defensive end position looks like a masterpiece in the works for the Panthers after the additions that have been made. All that with Brian Burns still on the roster.
The signing of Hasson Reddick took all the headlines from an otherwise quiet offseason and for good reason. The former Arizona Cardinal had 12.5 sacks last season to go with 43 solo tackles. While that production was certainly a huge jump from the past, if they can capture some of that magic again next season the Carolina Panthers will be feared by offensive lines league-wide.
The addition of veteran Morgan Fox took somewhat of a backseat in the news cycle, but he’s a reliable piece to place behind the dynamic duo of Brian Burns and Reddick, which is something that shouldn’t be ignored.
With six sacks in only two starts last season, the former Los Angeles Ram has shown he can thrive in the backup role and also as a three-technique on the interior when required.
Fan-favorite Efe Obada is the only player set to depart from the 2020 roster at the defensive end position but with these additions he became expendable. If the Panthers can make a deal with their second sack producer from a season ago the team should, but it is ultimately a vanity signing more than anything else if they do.
This position is absolutely stacked for next season and should put a huge smile on the face of every Panthers fan together with one of sheer terror for any quarterback on the schedule.