Grading Panthers position groups on defense ahead of 2022 camp
By Dean Jones
Carolina Panthers safeties
This is another positional group that could be the catalyst behind the Carolina Panthers’ securing a nice season on defense in 2022. It was important for the franchise to get Jeremy Chinn more help on the backend after the former second-round pick made a smooth transition back to his college position, something those in power managed to accomplish in no uncertain terms.
The Panthers wrapped this up nice and early with the signing of Xavier Woods from the Minnesota Vikings in free agency. This came after a substantial upturn in production from the player, who was a weak link for the Dallas Cowboys in 2020 before being shown the door.
If Woods can hit the ground running, it will provide Chinn with the freedom to roam the field, rely on his superb instincts, and make things happen. This will be highly advantageous for the Panthers given how vital the Southern Illinois product is to the team despite his tender age.
Depth at the safety spot also looks better with Juston Burris, Myles Hartsfield, and the progressive Kenny Robinson all fighting for reps. It would also be a huge surprise if these young players didn’t benefit from the return of Steve Wilks, who will coach the defensive backs in 2022.
Position Grade: A
Chinn looks set for superstardom in 2022. If Woods plays his part to the level expected, then this has the potential to be one of the better safety tandems in the league.