Panthers projected defense has been stout against team’s offense during training camp

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Defensively, Carolina hopes to pick up where it left off last season while improving in key areas like red-zone efficiency and takeaways. Questions exist at pass rusher opposite Brian Burns. Yetur Gross-Matos and Marquis Haynes are repping at the right end spot while linebacker Frankie Luvu is rushing off the edge as a a strong side linebacker.

The secondary should be sticky if Jaycee Horn is healthy. He’ll patrol the slot. Veteran Donte Jackson will be don the outside along with C.J. Henderson. Safeties Jeremy Chinn and Xaiver Woods should be one of the better defensive back duos in the league.

The team expects its special teams to flip games. By signing all-decade punter Johnny Hekker and all-pro returner Andre Roberts, Carolina has invested in its special teams. Kicker Zane Gonzalez re-signed after being one of the team’s most consistent options last year.

Defense (unofficial)

LE: Brian Burns

DT: Derrick Brown

DT: Matt Ioannidis

RE: Yetur Gross-Matos or Marquis Haynes

LB: Frankie Luvu

LB: Shaq Thompson

CB: Donte Jackson

Slot CB: Jaycee Horn

CB: C.J. Henderson

SS: Jeremy Chinn

FS: Xaiver Woods

Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson, right, smiles during a conversation with former wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. on the sideline at the Back Together practice in Gibbs Stadium at Wofford College on Saturday, July 30, 2022 in Spartanburg, SC.
Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson, right, smiles during a conversation with former wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. on the sideline at the Back Together practice in Gibbs Stadium at Wofford College on Saturday, July 30, 2022 in Spartanburg, SC.

Special teams (unofficial)

K: Zane Gonzalez

P: Johnny Hekker

KR: Andre Roberts

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