What do the Carolina Panthers have at cornerback in 2021?

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Carolina Panthers returning CBs

The Carolina Panthers really only have two returning corners that will make an impact, Donte Jackson and Troy Pride Jr. The pair must be happy about all the new support at the position and although Stantley Thomas-Oliver III did show growth, he is now firmly down the depth chart and with much work to do.

Jackson has solidified himself as the Panthers’ No. 1 corner in recent years, proving that he’s an above-average player in the NFL.

The former LSU star uses his freakish speed to break up passes and steal interceptions. Through three years of his career, Jackson has 10 interceptions and looked like a shutdown player when he returned from injury after the bye.

He will face competition from new rookie Jaycee Horn. However, this isn’t a bad thing because Jackson possesses the speed and skill to play slot corner if need be.

Pride Jr. showed that he could hold his own during his rookie campaign in 2020.

Being a fourth-round pick, expectations weren’t very high for the Notre Dame product and he struggled at times, but he still managed to make some plays. Pride will most likely compete for the fourth corner spot and look to prove he deserves playing time.

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With that being said, the Panthers have to be excited about the current cornerback group they’ve brought in. Hopefully, this can transition to some improved production on the field when it matters most.