4 key observations from Panthers joint practices with Patriots Day 2
By Dean Jones
Carolina Panthers CB Jaycee Horn stands out
The Carolina Panthers have taken things slowly with Jaycee Horn this offseason. Soreness in his surgically repaired foot following conditioning tests in training camp meant it’s been a gradual process for the cornerback, but the coaching staff ramped things up considerably on Day 2 of joint practices with the New England Patriots.
Horn was electrifying in one-on-one drills, coming up with an exceptional interception. This was matched by outstanding coverage during the team portion of practice, although Nelson Agholor got up to beat the South Carolina product and Myles Hartsfield for a touchdown on a memorable play.
Carolina is still limiting Horn’s reps in readiness for the new campaign. It’s also unlikely that the former No. 8 overall selection will see any time on the field during their remaining preseason fixtures.
However, all signs point to Horn being ready to make a lasting contribution when the regular season begins. Something will be like a new signing after the gifted defensive back managed just 2.5 games in 2021.
This was another prime example of what Horn can bring to the Panthers. Hopefully, his injury complications are a thing of the past and he can firmly establish himself as one of the league’s best cover corners next season.