Jaycee Horn – Carolina Panthers CB
Jaycee Horn didn’t hear his name called much by the commentators during Week 1. But that is certainly no bad thing for a rookie cornerback experiencing his first taste of competitive NFL action.
The No. 8 overall selection wasn’t overawed by the occasion by any stretch. Something that wasn’t unexpected considering how well Horn adjusted to a professional environment throughout the offseason.
If there was one slight on Horn, it was the fact he gave up a touchdown to wide receiver Corey Davis. But on this throw, the coverage was actually pretty good.
Nothing really Horn could do about the throw or catch in that situation.
This was a very encouraging start for Horn, who the Carolina Panthers are hoping will become the shutdown corner they’ve been craving for quite some time.
His tandem with veteran Donte Jackson already looks like it could be highly productive. Especially if the defensive front continues to generate the sort of pressure we saw in Week 1.
Horn isn’t going to back down from any challenge. It was telling that the Jets didn’t target the South Carolina product as much as first-year-pros normally get treated, which could be an indication of how highly the player is already regarded in league circles.
Overall, it was a good start from Horn. One that the Panthers hope continues long into the future.