ESPN’s all-rookie team included not one, but two members of Carolina’s 2018 draft class. Despite a disappointing 2018 campaign, the Carolina Panthers have displayed a plethora of promise for the future. Rookies Donte Jackson and D.J. Moore have a lot to do with that. They were selected to ESPN’s all-rookie team, which featured talents such as Saquon Barkley, Baker Mayfield, and other rookies who performed well on the big stage in 2018. Moore and Jackson were on that list, not as honorable mentions, but as front-runners. That says a lot about their performances for our Panthers this past season.
Donte Jackson is “like that!” (as he says…) Jackson was overlooked as he was selected 55th overall in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The rookie cornerback played with a huge chip on his shoulder, and his performance this season displayed that. Jackson had 74 combined tackles, four interceptions, and one forced fumble as he started every game for the Panthers. He lead all rookie corners in interceptions this season.
Watch as he takes a Drew Brees interception to the house on an attempted two-point conversion:
D.J. Moore also exceeded expectations with his rookie season. Moore was Carolina’s first pick in last year’s draft, so he received high expectations almost immediately after he was drafted. Luckily, his on-field performance didn’t disappoint. He had 788 receiving yards and two touchdowns, along with 172 rushing yards. And let’s remember this: Cam Newton’s shoulder injury prevented Moore from having more opportunities on deep routes. Imagine the damage Moore can do once Cam is back at one-hundred percent. It’s exciting to see that there’s “Moore” potential waiting to be unleashed.
Watch Moore display his tremendous athleticism as he takes this catch for six against the Falcons:
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