There’s an intensity to how Jackson and his teammates on the Panthers’ defense are taking on this year’s camp at Wofford. Of course, there’s always the push to pick off passes and force fumbles, but a particular sense of urgency lingers as Carolina’s defense looks to make a jump in 2022.
Perhaps, as Jackson put it, there’s a desire to get some recognition. The Panthers did finish second in the league last year in total defense, a jump from 18th the season before. This year they’re looking to get more takeaways and an improvement in the red zone (areas they finished 26th and 30th last season, respectively), and setting the mentality in training camp is up first.