5 key observations from the Panthers preseason win vs. Steelers

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Carolina Panthers defense looks legit

The Pittsburgh Steelers not playing their starting unit doesn’t mask what was a dominant display from the Carolina Panthers on the defensive side of things. This is a group of which much is expected in 2021 and judging by this outing, they’re going to be extremely fun to watch throughout the campaign.

It didn’t take long for the Panthers’ defense to get into their groove. No. 8 overall selection Jaycee Horn made his presence felt early with nice pass defense, with Donte Jackson also coming up with a couple of important tackles on third down.

The defensive front looked the part and Brian Burns even managed to bring in an interception to further tip the scales in Carolina’s favor. Derrick Brown provided some nice moments on the interior and the contribution of Jeremy Chinn at safety also didn’t go unnoticed.

Not only this, but the Panthers also have some much-improved depth that’s going to come in handy during a 17-game schedule. A number of roleplayers caught the eye in the second half once the starters took a seat, which only enhances the embarrassment of riches at Phil Snow’s disposal.

Carolina’s defense should be good enough to keep them in games when the offense inevitably struggles on occasions. If everything clicks into place and injuries don’t hit their key men, expect this group to be one of the league’s more dynamic this season.