Grading Panthers position groups on defense ahead of 2022 camp

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Carolina Panthers CBs

The Carolina Panthers have invested heavily in their cornerback options since Matt Rhule became head coach. A trend that continued this offseason when the team extended Donte Jackson to prevent him from hitting the free-agent market.

Jackson has flashed real promise – perhaps even shutdown capabilities – since joining the Panthers as a second-round pick out of LSU. Availability is an issue for the speedy corner at times, but there is every chance he can progress further in the confidence that Carolina made him one of their core foundational pieces.

Another major positive for the Panthers this offseason is the return to health of Jaycee Horn. The No. 8 overall selection looked like a real alpha before a broken foot in Week 3, so getting him back will be like a new signing and something that can offset the loss of Stephon Gilmore in free agency.

C.J. Henderson and Keith Taylor Jr. could also develop into productive players on the rotation. If they can do this, it would give the Panthers a foursome to be reckoned with barring injury.

Position Grade: A

This is dependent on Taylor and Henderson making strides and the projected starting partnership remaining fit for an entire campaign. Should these scenarios come to fruition, the sky’s the limit for Carolina’s cornerback unit.