4 encouraging signs the Panthers can take from 2022 offseason

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Carolina Panthers have Jaycee Horn back

Another extremely encouraging sign for the Carolina Panthers this offseason has nothing to do with their free-agent signings or draft picks.

It’s the return of Jaycee Horn.

The No. 8 overall selection in 2021 made a hugely positive start to his pro career before Horn’s campaign was cruelly cut short with a broken foot during Carolina’s game at the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football in Week 3.

Horn has worked hard to get himself back to full health. And judging by his offseason workout videos, the cornerback has not lost any of his elite footwork or explosiveness heading into his sophomore year.

The Panthers decided to re-sign Donte Jackson and let Stephon Gilmore leave in free agency. This means more is expected of Horn in 2022, but it is a challenge that the cornerback is sure to relish.

There is no doubt Horn will be looking to make up for some lost time. He has some eye-catching matchups across the schedule, so providing there are no further complications the South Carolina product is a potential NFL Comeback Player of the Year candidate.

Horn is a true alpha. A player who talks big but backs it up and his presence will be a significant asset to the Panthers next season and long into the future.