PFF names Yetur Gross-Matos as Panthers’ most improved player of 2023

Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Yetur Gross-Matos picked a good year to have a good year.

Pro Football Focus NFL analyst Zoltán Buday recently named the most improved player for each team following the 2023 season. For the Panthers, he lands on Gross-Matos—who had his best pro campaign on the last year of his rookie deal.

Buday writes:

It is not easy to highlight someone on the 2023 Carolina Panthers who has significantly improved compared to previous seasons. However, while Gross-Matos missed time due to an injury, he recorded career-high pass-rushing, run-defense and overall grades in his fourth NFL season.

As far as those PFF grades go, the 25-year-old received a 65.2 in pass-rushing, a 66.4 in run defense and a 65.4 overall. And as far as the traditional numbers, he also hit highs in sacks (4.5), quarterback hits (10) and tackles for a loss (seven).

Gross-Matos benefitted from his new role as a stand-up linebacker in defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero’s 3-4 base. But with one headed for free agency and the other possibly drawing outside interest, the Panthers may be going into 2024 without two of their few bright spots from 2023.

Story originally appeared on Panthers Wire