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Panthers 2022 season opener countdown: 97 days to go

We’re counting down the days until the Panthers kick off the 2022 season.

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We’re 97 days away from the Panthers 2022 season opener, so that means today’s countdown piece is devoted to No. 97 on the roster — defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos.

The Panthers drafted the 24-year-old Gross-Matos (6’5, 265) in the second round (No. 38 overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft. Gross-Matos played college football at Penn State where he tallied 111 tackles, 19 sacks, 37 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries in his three years there.

Gross-Matos played in 14 games for the Panthers last season and totaled 28 tackles (18 solo), 3.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble. His 18 solo tackles last season were a career high.

Heading into his third season, Gross-Matos is a key cog in the Panthers’ pass rush and is expected to share a lot of playing time with Brian Burns and Marquis Haynes while also being a veteran mentor to rookie Amare Barno.

What are you expecting from Gross-Matos this year, Panthers fans? Share your thoughts with us!