6 shining stars from the Carolina Panthers first preseason game

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Marquis Haynes – Carolina Panthers DE/OLB

Marquis Haynes found himself as an elder statesman after Matt Rhule decided to rest his starters after a tough two days of joint practices with the Indianapolis Colts. This is a responsibility he took extremely seriously judging by his production.

Hayes provided the Carolina Panthers with a polished performance. He generated pressure often and also managed to set the edge well against the run to further enhance his overall influence.

This was a big shot in the arm for Haynes, who accumulated four sacks from a rotational role in 2020. Although it’s unlikely the player sees any meaningful time in the starting lineup barring injury, there is nothing to suggest he cannot make his presence felt when called upon.

Having multiple options to utilize on the depth chart that can produce is what separates the good from the great teams. Haynes has the chance to earn a longer stay with the Panthers heading into the final year of his deal, so this is a solid foundation from which to build moving forward.

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The Panthers know what they have in Haynes. A reliable member of the team that can step in at a moment’s notice and comes up with the goods.