5 games that will define Panthers CB Jaycee Horn’s 2022 season

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Carolina Panthers vs. San Francisco 49ers

  • Jaycee Horn vs. Deebo Samuel

As it stands right now, Deebo Samuel is still on the San Francisco 49ers. The relationship between the two might be fractured, but with teams spending their money elsewhere and the 2022 NFL Draft now firmly in the rearview mirror, it would be a shock if the do-it-all weapon moved despite a clear willingness to do so.

If Samuel is still leading the Niners’ pass-catching weapons next season, then his physicality might be too much for someone like Donte Jackson when they come up against the Carolina Panthers.

That would not be the case where Jaycee Horn is concerned.

Horn likes nothing more than mixing it up in coverage. This is also an area where Samuel thrives, so it would be a fascinating battle to watch if things stay as they are.

Samuel is reportedly not keen on his usage at the running back position. Something that is renowned for shortening careers and the All-Pro is still looking for a huge payday on the final year of his rookie deal.

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Horn would need to be at his very best to cope with Samuel’s supreme threat. But just who will be targeting the wideout is a mystery with Jimmy Garoppolo still on the books and Trey Lance’s development under increased scrutiny.