4 key observations from Panthers 2022 training camp practice Day 7

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Carolina Panthers defense is bringing physicality

When the pads go on, the physicality increases. Something that’s been especially evident within the Carolina Panthers throughout the second week of camp.

While this threatens to boil over sometimes, it also saw the defense come to life with some notable turnovers on Wednesday. Donte Jackson came up big with a forced fumble on running back D’Onta Foreman and the secondary also made their presence felt despite being short of options at cornerback with Keith Taylor Jr. and Duke Dawson on the sidelines.

Obviously, things got a little chippy. Jeremy Chinn’s hit in the back of Robbie Anderson was rough and resulted in the former second-round pick sitting out a play immediately afterward, but the wide receiver bared no ill-will and indicated it’s all part of the player’s intensity that makes him so special.

This is all part of the process, even though turnovers and mistakes represent a fine line for head coach Matt Rhule during his analysis.

"“As much as anything else, it’s a fine line for me, I’m really upset we’re putting the ball on the ground, really excited we’re punching it out. I think in 7-on-7 we had three come out, and that’s all got to change.”"

Carolina’s defense has an edge to it with an abundance of athletic, hungry individuals capable of greatness. Coming up against them on a daily basis is only going to assist the offense when competitive action arrives.