5 key observations from second Panthers scrimmage at Colts

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Carolina Panthers DL dominates

Things look promising for the defensive front. They are growing in stature with every passing practice and Friday’s session was another real indication of just how dominant this group can be this season.

It was a much better day for the Carolina Panthers overall. Matt Rhule undoubtedly made his feelings known after a lackluster first practice with the Indianapolis Colts, which brought about the correct response from this young group of players.

The Colts boast a formidable offensive line even without All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson in the lineup. So for the Panthers’ front four to be causing disruption was highly encouraging.

Brian Burns and Haason Reddick led the way on the edge. Something we should see a lot of when the real action begins en route to the duo potentially becoming a dynamic tandem in 2021.

The same applies to the interior. Derrick Brown and DaQuan Jones looked the part and were complimented by some impressive reps from fifth-round pick Daviyon Nixon, who is clearly rising in confidence.

This is going to help the secondary out enormously. Providing there are improvements against the run in the coming weeks, then Carolina’s defensive front will be a force to be reckoned with.