3 strongest positions on the Carolina Panthers roster in 2022

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The Carolina Panthers were faced with a tough decision regarding Donte Jackson and Stephon Gilmore this offseason. The veteran cornerbacks were out of contract and considering the team’s finances, it was unlikely that the organization could keep both around.

As it turned out, the Panthers opted to extend Jackson and reward one of their own. This left Gilmore on the outside looking in and the All-Pro eventually signed for the Indianapolis Colts.

Jackson has endured some injury troubles over the years, but his production last season was immensely encouraging and this decision was obviously made with the short and long-term in mind.

The former LSU star will now look to form a productive partnership with Jaycee Horn, who could be set for a breakout campaign after his rookie season was cut extremely short due to injury.

Horn has looked the part throughout the offseason period so far. Providing there are no further concerns on the health front, this is a player that could provide the Panthers with a shutdown presence moving forward.

C.J. Henderson and Keith Taylor Jr. are two young corners that can develop into key contributors this season. Chris Westry, Stantley Thomas-Oliver III, Myles Hartsfield, and Rashaan Melvin are all competing for depth chart status, with the presence of seventh-round selection Kalon Barnes something else to keep an eye on in training camp.

Gilmore’s presence on the roster was a major boost on and off the field. But this remains a cornerback group loaded with potential, nonetheless.