Rapid Reactions: Hot starts for Amaré Barno, quarterbacks

Rapid Reactions: Hot starts for Amaré Barno, quarterbacks

Published August 14, 2022
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The end result was a 23-21 win over the Commanders (in the first game here at FedEx Field under that brand), with Zane Gonzalez hitting a 45-yard field goal with 24 seconds remaining after an unusual final quarter.

But there were a few bright spots early for the top of the quarterback depth chart, the Panthers forced a pair of turnovers in the first half, and rookie defensive end Amaré Barno had a hand in both in his first game as a pro.

The sixth-round pick from Virginia Tech recovered a fumble early (which was forced by Jeremy Chinn), and his pressure led to a rushed throw by Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke which was picked off by cornerback Duke Dawson.

The Panthers continue to look for depth on the defensive line — with third end Marquis Haynes Sr. inactive after a knee injury scare last week — and the early returns on Barno in training camp have been impressive.