5 secret weapons at the Carolina Panthers’ disposal in 2021

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Morgan Fox – Carolina Panthers DL

The production displayed by Morgan Fox for the Los Angeles Rams in 2020 came out of nowhere. His time as a three-technique defensive tackle alongside Aaron Donald proved to be the making of him and the Carolina Panthers wasted no time in acquiring the player in free agency to further strengthen their options.

Fox is a tireless worker who now has some momentum to build from. The three-tech is probably the role he’ll continue in after the Panthers let Efe Obada walk in free agency, which is a position he’s now fully acclimatized to and should thrive further next season.

Considering Fox was only on the field for 39 percent of the Rams’ defensive snaps last season, his overall production was pleasing.

With six sacks, eight tackles for loss, nine quarterback hits, 13 pressures, and no missed tackles, the former Colorado State-Pueblo standout has proven more than capable of putting up solid numbers with a commanding presence alongside him.

Fortunately for Fox, this is something the Panthers also possess.

Derrick Brown looks a dominant defensive tackle in the making after an outstanding rookie campaign. So there could be even more to come from Fox with a little extra responsibility on his shoulders.

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Opposing defenses will rightfully focus their game plans on stopping the likes of Brown, Brian Burns, and Haason Reddick. This could work in Fox’s favor as he looks to make his mark in Carolina.