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Kevon Seymour has a head start on knowledge Panthers defense – if not teammates’ names

Cornerback Kevon Seymour (29) has a head start on playing in the Carolina Panthers defense because he spent training camp with the Buffalo Bills, coached by former Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.
Cornerback Kevon Seymour (29) has a head start on playing in the Carolina Panthers defense because he spent training camp with the Buffalo Bills, coached by former Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. AP

Cornerback Kevon Seymour is so new to the Carolina Panthers organization that he doesn’t even have a locker with the rest of his position group.

Seymour, traded to Carolina from Buffalo for receiver Kaelin Clay and a 2019 seventh-round pick on Saturday, actually has been lumped in with the receivers because of the lack of an extra locker with the cornerbacks.

Despite being as fresh as he is, Seymour has been working with Bills head coach Sean McDermott, who formerly was the defensive coordinator in Carolina, all spring. That means Seymour thinks he has a pretty solid handle on the current Panthers defense, which won’t look too different from when McDermott was its coordinator.

“I’m super fresh, but I’ve kind of picked up the system already,” he said on Tuesday. “I’m real familiar with it. So I mean, I’ll be playing fast out there. ...

“It’s very similar (to McDermott’s Buffalo defense).”

Seymour added that he enjoyed playing for McDermott, although their time together was brief.

“I loved Coach McDermott. He’s a hardworking man, you know, we worked hard over there,” he said. “He’s a good dude, but he’s definitely about his business.”

Seymour, a 2016 sixth-round pick, competed at nickel in Buffalo with former Panthers corner Leonard Johnson. He will be expected to back up Munnerlyn in the nickel as well as Daryl Worley on the outside.

“I’m here to play nickel and corner, whatever I can do to contribute to the team’s success, I’m willing to do it,” he said.

The versatility Seymour now has was not something he’s always been able to tout – he used to be a more traditional cornerback while at USC.

“I picked that up along the way last year,” he said. “I played a little nickel and on the outside, wherever they needed me. I’m capable of doing it here.”

One thing Seymour may want to brush up on quickly is the names of his new teammates. When asked by the Observer what he thought of veteran nickel Captain Munnerlyn, Seymour didn’t know which player Munnerlyn was until reminded of his smaller size – notoriously a sensitive topic for Munnerlyn.

“Oh! Cap!” Seymour laughed, eventually. “He’s a good dude. He brings a lot of energy.”

Jourdan Rodrigue: 704-358-5071, @jourdanrodrigue

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