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Panthers first-round cornerback Jaycee Horn is a 'full go' for next season.
Horn missed most of the 2021 season with three broken bones in his foot, but he claims that his foot feels great and he will be ready for next season. He is an important part of a young Panthers defense, and if he can take the next step, Carolina might be a force to be reckoned with on the defensive side of the ball.
The Carolina Panthers officially placed Jaycee Horn on injured reserve Monday, according to Adam Schefter. The rookie CB broke his foot Thursday against the Texans.
The injury isn't expected to be season-ending, although the Panthers traded TE Dan Arnold and a third-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for second-year CB CJ Henderson.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Panthers rookie cornerback Jaycee Horn broke his foot against the Texans on Thursday Night Football.
The injury will sideline Horn for the time being, though it's not expected to be season-ending. The first cornerback taken in the 2021 NFL Draft, Horn has amassed five tackles and one interception through three weeks of regular-season action. Presumably, A.J. Bouye will slot into Horn's place. The 30-year-old missed the first two weeks due to a suspension and was a healthy scratch against Houston.
Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Panthers have signed rookie CB Jaycee Horn to a four-year, $21.1M contract.
Horn was the first defensive player drafted in the 2021 NFL Draft, being picked eight overall by the Panthers in the first round. The rookie CB gets a four-year deal with $21.1M guaranteed with a $12.7M signing bonus. Horn is expected to start immediately for the Panthers in a secondary that includes Donte Jackson and A.J. Bouye. Horn played in South Carolina facing some of the toughest WR's in the nation and earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2020. Carolina will hope Horn can fill the CB void left by James Bradberry who left in free agency in 2020.
The Carolina Panthers have selected Jaycee Horn with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Panthers could have gone in a number of directions with the No. 8 pick, including a number of trade scenarios. Carolina acquired quarterback Sam Darnold this offseason but decided to use their first pick on a defensive back instead of an offensive lineman or a weapon like wide receiver DeVonta Smith.