Carolina Panthers moving rookie standout Jeremy Chinn from linebacker to safety


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers plan to move Jeremy Chinn to safety, one year after a stellar rookie season at linebacker.

It’s a move designed, in part, to help prolong Chinn’s NFL career — at 220 pounds, he’s considered undersized for a linebacker — as well as shore up the team’s vulnerable safety position.

Panthers coach Matt Rhule said the decision is contingent upon Chinn’s comfort level at the position when he gets to training camp. Chinn is currently returning from offseason cleanup surgery on his knee, so the Panthers are keeping him out of all contact work until the summer as a precautionary measure.

“Obviously he would be a big safety and he would be able to cover tight ends,” Rhule said of the impending move. “He can go fit the run too. It’s rare to have a guy that big, with that size and that intelligence level. He’s one of those guys that can fill a lot of different roles for us.”

Chinn finished second to Washington edge rusher Chase Young in the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year voting in 2020 after leading all rookies with 116 tackles and becoming the first player in the Super Bowl era to return two fumbles for touchdowns on back-to-back plays. He also had two forced fumbles, one sack and an interception.

Source : ESPN