5 Panthers players that must perform better at NY Giants in Week 2

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Jeremy Chinn – Carolina Panthers S

Jeremy Chinn hasn’t had the kind of highlight-reel-worthy performance that many expected out of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate of just two seasons ago. But that doesn’t mean the young safety cannot play a vital role for the Carolina Panthers long-term.

A player that can line up at either safety or linebacker – and some consider is better off at the second level – is a true rarity in the NFL. Chinn does both at an elite level.

This hybrid style of play is what leads to the third-year player being used closer up to the line of scrimmage to assist in run defense. An area that Carolina has been abysmal, to say the least.

After giving up 217 total rushing yards in Week 1, looking ahead to the threat of a healthy Barkley who just amassed 164 yards of his own has every Panthers fan shuddering in their seats.

This team needs run-stopping help, especially considering how Saquon Barkley performed in Week 1. With a less than explosive passing attack to contend with in New York, this is the perfect opportunity for Chinn to lend a hand more often than not.

There is a trade-off to be had with the stoutness of Carolina’s pass defense. But that is a sacrifice needed considering the Giants’ offense goes with Barkley.

After seeing Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt run riot in Week 1, the Giants are going to be drooling as they watch the tape of how many bad plays this defense made during their season opener. Something Chinn and his teammates must be ready for.