5 big observations from first Carolina Panthers scrimmage at Colts

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Brian Burns and Haason Reddick show flashes

If the offensive line found life difficult during the first scrimmage against the Indianapolis Colts, the complete opposite occurred on defense. Big things are expected of the Carolina Panthers’ defensive front in 2021, who’ve started as they mean to go on throughout the preparation period so far.

Two players that were reportedly in a ruthless mood throughout the session were Brian Burns and Haason Reddick. The edge-rushing tandem had their way with Indy’s tackles, getting into the backfield almost at will to throw plenty of confusion in Jacob Eason and Sam Ehlinger’s direction.

This is hugely encouraging for the Panthers. Burns and Reddick could be a special pair with a strong start to the season, which could be the springboard for bigger and better things for a defense that could become one of the NFL’s most exciting this time around.

Couple this with some nice plays from Derrick Brown and from the backend courtesy of Jeremy Chinn, and there is a lot to like about Carolina’s spine on defense judging by early indications.

Keeping everybody healthy is crucial.

If the Panthers get fortunate with this, then the sky is the limit.

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Healthy competition is building between Reddick and Burns. The pair have already wagered a golf cart on who generates the most sacks next season, which means there should be no bigger winner than defensive coordinator Phil Snow.