Carolina Panthers News and Rumors: Jack-of-All-Trades Defender Jeremy Chinn Could Be Available at Trade Deadline

Jeremy Chinn can play safety, nickel corner, and linebacker. Will the Carolina Panthers move him before the NFL's Oct. 31 trade deadline?

Earlier in his career, Jeremy Chinn, the Carolina Panthers‘ second-round pick in 2020, looked like he was going to be a steal based on his athletic ability and movement skill.

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Could Panthers S Jeremy Chinn Be on the Move?

The former Southern Illinois defensive back, who finished second in Rookie Defensive Player of the Year voting in 2020, showed the ability to cover tight ends and make plays on the ball.

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In Year 1, Chinn played linebacker but was moved to free safety in Year 2 by then-defensive coordinator Phil Snow.

For whatever reason, his play started to regress in his third season. And while he started all 11 games he was available for last year, a league source who graded his tape said that the special play that Chinn displayed earlier in his career hasn’t been as evident.

This season, the new coaching staff under head coach Frank Reich and defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero began using big nickel formations with Chinn as the third safety. And because of injuries at the position, Chinn has been playing more snaps than expected.

Carolina made no attempt to extend Chinn’s contract this season, a league source said. With his future with the team past this year unsettled, Chinn would make an attractive trade candidate for a team that needs a safety who can handle a variety of roles.

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