Carolina Panthers use Jeremy Chinn as the nickel CB
Now, this doesn’t need to happen on every down. But with Myles Hartsfield going down with a long-term injury there is a gaping hole in the slot cornerback position until veteran Pro Bowler A.J. Bouye is permitted to return in Week 3 at the Houston Texans.
The Carolina Panthers have Stantley Thomas-Oliver III and Keith Taylor Jr. who could fill the spot. They also re-signed Corn Elder to provide additional assistance if he acclimatizes back into the system quickly.
However, the Panthers might also consider getting Jeremy Chinn down closer to the line of scrimmage and occupying the role should the opportunity arise.
Chinn produced a fine first performance back in his preferred position of safety. One play, in particular, to deny Elijah Moore a big gain was proof of just what an elite defender he’s becoming.
Versatility is something big for Matt Rhule, for good or bad.
Chinn has the athletic attributes to play almost anywhere across the second level or within the secondary, which they should take advantage of against a New Orleans Saints team that relies on short-to-intermediate routes to move the chains.
As stated previously, this shouldn’t be on every down. But it’s a nice option to have at the very least.