Jaycee Horn turns on the style during practice Day 5 of Panthers camp

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Jaycee Horn
(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Jaycee Horn /

Carolina Panthers cornerback Jaycee Horn turned on the style during practice Day 5 at Carolina Panthers training camp on Monday.

The Carolina Panthers could have something really special in Jaycee Horn.

He’s acclimatized to his new surroundings incredibly well and the cornerback already looks like the superstar everyone hoped after the Panthers selected him No. 8 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Horn has the look of a true alpha about him. After an impressive start to training camp, the player really turned on the style during Day 5 drills to only heighten excitement about what he can bring to the franchise.

Horn is growing in stature with every passing day. He managed to get his hands on two picks during 7-on-7 drills – which will grab the headlines – but his polished positioning in coverage throughout was even more encouraging, according to multiple media sources in attendance.

It’s a tremendous start. But that’s all.

Things are going to get more competitive and physical when the pads go on from tomorrow. The latest positive step forward ahead of preseason games and competitive action beginning next season.

Jaycee Horn will relish every challenge coming his way in 2021.

Horn is going to relish this, make no mistake about that.

One only has to look through his college production at South Carolina to see just how competitive the corner is. The more on the line, the better Horn seems to perform.

The rookie was the main beneficiary during a sloppy day overall for the offense. Ball security and timing were way off and head coach Matt Rhule has much work to do with this group before they take the field Week 1 against the New York Jets.

As for Horn, expectations have only grown.

Nothing new to him, obviously.

Horn has been around NFL locker rooms for most of his life. Even though being the son of a former Pro Bowl wide receiver comes with additional pressure, but it’s also allowed the player to transition well judging by his early efforts at camp.

Keeping on an even keel with be important for fans where Horn is concerned.

Even though his start to life with the Panthers has been ultra-impressive, one cannot forget the level of struggles first-year cornerbacks normally go through against bigger, faster, and more imposing wide receivers at the next level that punish even the slightest mistake.

That being said, Horn might just be the exception.

Although we won’t know for sure until business picks up.


Lining up against Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore is a great building block for the player. Horn will be tested severely throughout camp and should also gain some valuable experience in the preseason before he makes his official NFL debut.

Carolina’s defense has wasted no time in making their presence felt at camp. They’ve dominated the offense more often than not and Horn’s arrival only compliments the wealth of talent already at Phil Snow’s disposal.

Horn might be the best cornerback the Panthers have ever had when it’s all said and done.

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Obviously, this is a big statement to make considering he’s yet to play a competitive down. But Horn has everything one looks for in a shutdown corner and this is something Carolina simply hasn’t had for quite some time.