Carolina Panthers 53-man roster prediction after 2022 minicamp

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Carolina Panthers safeties

  • Jeremy Chinn, Xavier Woods, Juston Burris, Kenny Robinson, Myles Hartsfield (S/CB).

When one examines the Carolina Panthers from a defensive standpoint, it’s hard not to be impressed by their options throughout the secondary. This is evident at the safety spot, with depth looking much improved and the organization hopefully having a productive starting tandem to rely on throughout the 2022 season.

Jeremy Chinn is obviously the focal point after catching the eye considerably over his first two seasons in the league. He was named as a Pro Bowl alternate last time around after going over 100 tackles once again and more could be on the way in the coming months if further improvements are made under new defensive backs coach Steve Wilks.

Chinn will have a new partner in the form of Xavier Woods, who was signed in free agency from the Minnesota Vikings. The former sixth-round pick is a productive starter who bounced back in fine fashion last season, so anything like the same level of performance is going to help enormously.

Veteran Juston Burris was brought back as a rotational piece and hopes remain high for Kenny Robinson after some serious strides were made last season. Myles Hartsfield should also get a roster spot as a cornerback/safety hybrid for defensive coordinator Phil Snow to call upon.

Among those missing out in this scenario are Sean Chandler and Sam Franklin, who didn’t do enough to convince anybody they were capable in 2021.