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Carolina Panthers DE Morgan Fox looks to be a shrewd acquisition

When former Colorado State defensive end Morgan Fox was signed to a two-year deal from the Los Angeles Rams this past offseason he was expected to be a solid addition. But we didn’t see the same hype surrounding the arrival compared to when the Carolina Panthers acquired Haason Reddick.

However, in the first two games of the season, Fox has shown he has the skillset to be a key part of a dominant defensive line.

While Fox’s stats don’t jump out at you through two games, he’s totaled three tackles and half a sack.

However, operating alongside Brian Burns coming off the edge, the duo has been getting excellent pressure. Even going up against an excellent tackle pairing of Ryan Ramczyk and Terron Armstead who both have multiple Pro Bowl selections to their name.

Fox gets things accomplished that don’t show up on the stat line. It was his pressure on Jameis Winston that forced the former Florida State star to throw the ball away resulting in an intentional grounding call.

It’s easy to go under the radar defensively in LA when you’re operating alongside the best defensive player in the league in Aaron Donald. And again this may be the case in Carolina with potential stars like Burns and Reddick taking the accolades.

However, don’t underestimate the important role Fox is playing on this impressive Panthers defense.