4 Carolina Panthers who could pull a Shohei Ohtani and play both ways

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Jeremy Chinn – Carolina Panthers S

  • Safety to wide receiver

As a rookie last year, Jeremy Chinn proved to be an athletic freak, playing both linebacker and safety for the Carolina Panthers.

This season, head coach Matt Rhule says Chinn will play more safety, which is his natural position. But if the Panthers ever asked him to play on offense, he would be the guy that could probably slot in as a receiver.

Chinn not only has experience scoring touchdowns, which he did twice on defense in one game last year for Carolina at the Minnesota Vikings, but his ability to read defenses in the secondary could make for a relatively easy transition on offense.

Heck, he played defensive back and running back when he was in high school in Fishers, Indiana. That speed could be seen when he converted a fake punt for 28 yards last year with the Panthers.

In college at Southern Illinois, Chinn also played two positions at cornerback and safety. Something else that demonstrates the exceptional athletic attributes he brings to the table and the reason Carolina moved back into the second round to acquire his services in 2020.

Considering he’s done it multiple times, Chinn is the most obvious choice to play on both sides of the ball if asked. And he could be successful doing it, too.