Jaycee Horn – Carolina Panthers CB
When one examines all the Carolina Panthers players snubbed for the Pro Bowl, Jaycee Horn is atop the list. The cornerback returned to full health after missing 14 games as a rookie and immediately established himself as one of the league’s most consistent shutdown players at the position.
Considering how much time Horn missed thanks to a broken foot suffered at the Houston Texans in 2023, his progress is remarkable. Teams are already actively avoiding his side of the field, which is a far bigger sign of respect than a Pro Bowl selection could provide the former first-round pick.
Horn is giving up just 52.7 percent of targets thrown in his direction. He’s brought in three interceptions, has a 55.0 passer rating conceded when targeted, and is currently on seven passes defended with three games remaining.
The South Carolina product leads the NFL in yards allowed, catches conceded, and has yet to give up a touchdown according to Pro Football Focus. Pro Bowl voting is contentious at best, with a player’s reputation and popularity often coming before actual production when it matters most – something that’s done Horn no favors whatsoever.
There’s no doubt Horn deserved a Pro Bowl honor, at the very least. Especially when one factors all the elements into the equation regarding team importance and his unfortunate rookie year.
The good news for fans? This is going to motivate Horn even further in the years ahead.