3 Panthers whose stock crashed beyond repair in Week 15 vs. Steelers

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Keith Taylor Jr. – Carolina Panthers CB

The Carolina Panthers have a history of cornerback troubles. But this season was projected to be different with 2021 first-round selection Jaycee Horn looking to breakout, C.J. Henderson gaining hype as a potential lockdown presence in training camp, and Donte Jackson looking to prove why he was worth the contract he signed in the offseason.

Unfortunately, injuries and subpar play from Jackson and Henderson have thrust second-year-pro Keith Taylor Jr. into a more visible role.

Taylor has been nothing short of abysmal during his time on the field this season. In 22 targets before Week 15, the former Washington star had given up a completion percentage of 63.6 for 224 yards and a passer rating of 112.7.

His disappointing form continued against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Taylor was victimized throughout the contest, giving up seven receptions on eight targets for a season-high 116 receiving yards and a 118.7 passer rating.

Among all defenders on the team with at least 30 targets, Taylor has given up the highest passer rating and second most yards in 2022. His 116 receiving yards conceded the last time out is also more than any Panthers player this season.

With the massive loss of former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore to the Indianapolis Colts in free agency, the Panthers hoped the young cornerback room would be able to step up and fill the void. They couldn’t have been more wrong as the group that seemed to be a strength is proving a weakness yet again.