Panthers depth chart focus: Is there enough at DE in 2022?

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Brian Burns
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Marquis Haynes – Carolina Panthers DE/OLB

Marquis Haynes is a player that has done a lot with very little over his career so far. The Carolina Panthers used the edge defender as a rotational piece and after the player left his mark, it was expected that the Ole Miss product would look for more playing time elsewhere once he hit the free-agent market.

As it turned out, the Panthers managed to get an extension agreed with Haynes. Money was obviously no issue – the deal states that – so the promise of increased reps was something that probably tipped the scales in Carolina’s favor.

Looking at the team’s options right now, it appears as if Haynes is No. 3 on the depth chart behind Brian Burns and Yetur Gross-Matos. This is sure to come with more than the 21 percent snap share on defense he was given in 2021.

With seven sacks over the last two seasons, Haynes is another that could enjoy a significant upturn in numbers once his time on the field increases. Something the Panthers will need in no uncertain terms after Haason Reddick left for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Haynes is a physical rusher with a tireless motor and always seems to be in the right place at the right time. These traits could make his recent extension look like tremendous value when it’s all said and done.