5 key observations from Carolina Panthers joint practices with Ravens

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Carolina Panthers defense shows out

It’s no secret that the Carolina Panthers are expecting big things from their defense next season. Some gifted young talent has been bolstered with exciting recruits in free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft, so it would be a huge shock if significant improvements weren’t made in the coming months.

The defensive front has caught the eye throughout training camp. But the secondary also left a notable mark in their joint practices against the Baltimore Ravens.

Things got a little chippy on occasions. Something that was evident at the Indianapolis Colts and in keeping with the complete shift in mentality within Phil Snow’s unit.

It was a day to remember for the Panthers defense to formally close out training camp. They terrorized whichever quarterback was under center on their way to five interceptions during a dominant session in Spartanburg.

This is all very encouraging. Even though it’s still early days.

Getting off the field on third down was a constant source of frustration for the Panthers in 2020. Hopefully, with the options now available this can become a thing of the past.

It’s a case of so far, so good for Carolina’s defense.

They know how much is on their shoulders given the questions surrounding Sam Darnold and the protection in front of him. This is a challenge the group seems to be relishing judging by their production this offseason on the whole.