Panthers depth chart focus: Is the CB room lacking experience?

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Donte Jackson and Jaycee Horn
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Jaycee Horn – Carolina Panthers CB

The excitement for the return of Jaycee Horn is palpable. In such a small sample size a season ago, we saw the quality that the former South Carolina stud possessed and he undoubtedly has the skills to be a lockdown cornerback.

Unfortunately for Carolina Panthers fans, Horn suffered a freak non-contact injury in Week 3 at the Houston Texans, breaking his foot and prematurely curtailing his rookie season.

After seeing videos of Horn working out in the offseason, the player looks back to his best. The No. 8 overall pick a year ago told reporters during recent media availability that he felt like a rookie again after missing the majority of his first campaign.

It’s pretty clear that Horn will be CB1 when the season gets underway. This brings a newfound pressure that the South Carolina product looks more than ready for.

During his first two games, Horn will find himself covering Amari Cooper and Jarvis Landry or potentially even Michael Thomas. This is a stark improvement of quality compared to 12 months ago.

Horn has shown the talent and the player certainly has All-Pro potential despite being just 22 years old and with a mere 2.5 NFL games under his belt. Expectations could not be higher for the player, who looks every bit the alpha in 2021.