4 big differences to expect from the Panthers defense in 2021

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Carolina Panthers will give Jeremy Chinn more freedom

Moving Jeremy Chinn back to safety after starring as an outside linebacker during his rookie season might seem like a strange decision to some. But the possibilities are endless when it comes to how the former second-round pick can be utilized.

Firstly, Chinn won’t be your stereotypical player at the position. He is simply too gifted for that.

The Carolina Panthers know this too. They traded up to acquire him in 2020, after all.

Now that Chinn can see the entire field from the backend, it should give him even more freedom to be around the football consistently. His off-the-charts athleticism is a significant upgrade on anything Carolina currently has at the safety spot, with his mere presence sure to bring better production out of Juston Burris for good measure.

Expect to see Chinn literally everywhere.

His prowess at the line of scrimmage shouldn’t go away entirely – especially in obvious running situations. Providing his ability in coverage improves, Chinn could end up going against tight ends or slot receivers in specific situations.

Having such a dynamic, do-it-all defender is a luxury most NFL teams don’t have.

Making the most out of Chinn is a top priority for the Panthers. If he contributes even more in his second season, a trip to the Pro Bowl won’t be far behind.