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Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson squeals in delight as the defense continues to prevent the offense from scoring during Back Together practice at Gibbs Stadium at Wofford College on Saturday July 30, 2022 in Spartanburg, SC.

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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 takeout. Questions exist at pass rusher against Brian Burns. Yetur Gross-Matos and Marquis Haynes pick up in the right spot as linebacker Frankie Luvu rushes to the edge as a strong side linebacker.

The secondary should be sticky if Jaycee Horn is healthy. He will patrol the slot. Veteran Donte Jackson will be on the outside with CJ Henderson. Safeties Jeremy Chinn and Xaiver Woods should be one of the best defensive back pairings in the league.

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

Defense (unofficial)

LE: Brian Burns

Technical Lead: Derrick Brown

Technical Director: Matt Ioannidis

RE: Yetur Gross-Matos or Marquis Haynes

LB: Frankie Luvu

LB: Shaq Thompson

DC: Donte Jackson

Credit card location: Jaycee Horn

CD: CJ Henderson

SS: Jeremy Chinn

FS: Xavier Woods

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Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson, right, smiles during a chat with former wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. on the sidelines during Back Together practice at Gibbs Stadium at Wofford College on Saturday July 30, 2022 in Spartanburg, SC. Melissa Melvin Rodriguez [email protected]

Special teams (unofficial)

K: Zane González

P: Johnny Hekker

KR: Andre Roberts

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Minnesota native Ellis L. Williams joined the Observer in October 2021 to cover for the Carolina Panthers. Previously, he spent two years reporting on the Browns for Cleveland.com/the Plain Dealer. Having escaped the cold winters, he is delighted to consume football, hoops, music and films in the Queen City.