4 Carolina Panthers key to C.J. Henderson’s success following trade

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Which key figures within the Carolina Panthers will play a crucial role in cornerback C.J. Henderson becoming a success with the organization?

C.J. Henderson’s arrival to the Carolina Panthers comes with a significant amount of intrigue. The cornerback has endured a rough start to his NFL career, but the organization has given him a supreme vote of confidence by acquiring the former No. 9 overall selection from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for tight end Dan Arnold and a third-round pick.

This seems to be a low-risk move considering the talent at Henderson’s disposal. Even though things didn’t quite go according to plan in Jacksonville.

One thing that’s come into question where Henderson is concerned is his love for the game. His time with the Jaguars was full of accusations surrounding his commitment to the cause, which the Panthers are hoping can be rectified in a more progressive environment.

We’ve seen this already with the likes of quarterback Sam Darnold. And there is an immediate chance for Henderson to make a splash with Jaycee Horn now on the reserve/injured list thanks to a broken foot.

There is much work to do for this trade to come off. Here are four Panthers that will be key to Henderson’s success in Carolina.

Key Figure No. 1

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Evan Cooper – Carolina Panthers CBs coach

Don’t underestimate the role Evan Cooper probably played in the Carolina Panthers pulling the trigger on C.J. Henderson. The defensive backs coach worked closely with the Florida product in the past and clearly feels he can be the spark that ignites the cornerback at the next level.

That will be easier said than done if reports about his work ethic are correct. But this represents a fantastic opportunity for Henderson within a franchise on the up that he must take full advantage of.

Cooper knows what makes Henderson tick. However, the Panthers can ill-afford the player to become a distraction when things are currently going so well.