5 former Panthers players thriving with new teams in 2022 so far

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Haason Reddick – Former Carolina Panthers OLB

Consistent pass-rushers are hard to find. The Carolina Panthers got one of 2021 free agency’s biggest steals when Haason Reddick came into the fold, which was swiftly followed by 11 sacks last season as the former Temple star formed an exceptional edge tandem with Brian Burns.

It wouldn’t have been cheap to keep Reddick around. However, letting such a productive player leave was a massive mistake and it’s come as no surprise to see him thriving on the Philadelphia Eagles, who are arguably football’s best team right now.

In 12 games, Reddick’s cause significant disruption no matter the opposition. The No. 13 overall selection in 2017 has nine sacks, 16 quarterback hits, and 23 pressures, with six tackles for loss and three forced fumbles also enhancing his credentials considerably.

Reddick will be counted upon heavily down the stretch and when it’s time for Philadelphia to stake their postseason claim. Something that could end up with a Super Bowl if their efforts so far are any indication.

Banking on Yetur Gross-Matos stepping up to fill the void blew up in Carolina’s face. Burns has been a revelation en route to another career year, but allowing Reddick to depart was yet another poor decision under Matt Rhule’s leadership, who is thankfully no longer part of the equation.

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