Brian Burns

Brian Burns

25-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Carolina Panthers
Questionable
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 8/1/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Brian Burns in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a four-year, $13.54 million contract with the Panthers in July of 2019. Panthers exercised $16.01 million team option for 2023 in April of 2022.
Not participating in OTAs
DECarolina Panthers
Ankle
May 23, 2023
Burns (ankle) was present Tuesday but didn't participate in the first day of Carolina's OTAs, Mike Kaye of the Charlotte Observer reports.
ANALYSIS
This isn't surprising, as Burns underwent surgery in mid-April to repair a small fracture in his right ankle. The 2019 first-round pick sat out Week 18 last season with what was labeled as a sprained ankle, but he was able to participate in the Pro Bowl Games a few weeks later. Burns then reported discomfort at the start of Carolina's offseason program and underwent further testing which revealed the fracture. It's unclear how much offseason work he'll miss, but as yet the Panthers don't seem concerned about his Week 1 availability.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
Snap %
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#% of Team Snaps

90882%
80673%
44440%
19317%
494%
111%
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Measurables Review
How do Brian Burns' measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 5"
 
Weight
250 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.53 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.01 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Broad Jump
129 in
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
33.88 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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If Burns ever plays for a team with a positive point differential he could lead the league in sacks. The bad news is that the Panthers offense will likely remain awful, and Burns will have to continue pushing the boulder uphill. The good news is Burns is still improving even though he’s already a top talent. He has one of the league’s best per-snap production profiles among defensive ends and just turned 24 in April.
Burns might not be a household name, but that could change soon. Burns has 16.5 sacks on 1,233 career snaps — a rate of about 11 sacks per 800 snaps — and just turned 23 in April. That level of pass-rushing production shows he already has strong skills as a pass rusher, and he has elite athletic tools to build on that game. At 6-5, 249, Burns ran a 4.53-second 40 while posting a 129-inch broad jump. Pair that elite explosiveness with his huge wingspan and you have a defender with exceptional range.
Last year's 16th overall pick, Burns got off to a hot start as a rookie, totaling 4.5 sacks and returning a fumble for a touchdown across his first six games. He then underwent a minor wrist procedure and saw his snap count slide over the second half of the season, but he still finished with 25 tackles and 7.5 sacks while playing all 16 games. Entering his second year, the 6-5 speedster will hope that strength added to his 250-pound frame will help him hold up better against the run and become a more complete player, which is an intriguing thought considering his explosive upside.
Following the retirement of Julius Peppers, a franchise cornerstone who ranks fourth all-time in sacks, the Panthers unsurprisingly added to their front seven through the draft. In fact, they didn't wait long, taking Burns 16th overall. At 6-5, 249, Burns tested at an elite level prior to the draft, making him a mouth-watering prospect off the edge. In three seasons at Florida State, he posted 23 sacks, including 10 in his final year. Carolina will hope he can also stand up to more powerful players, but the opportunity for early playing time is certainly there for Burns to show his stuff. That makes the 21-year-old an intriguing commodity as he embarks on his NFL career.
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Has ankle surgery
DECarolina Panthers
Ankle
April 24, 2023
Burns underwent surgery to repair a small fracture in his right ankle last Wednesday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
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Inactive against Saints
DECarolina Panthers
Ankle
January 8, 2023
Burns (ankle) is inactive Sunday versus the Saints.
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Game-time decision Sunday
DECarolina Panthers
Ankle
January 6, 2023
Burns (ankle) is listed as questionable to play Sunday versus the Saints and is expected to be a game-time decision, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
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Gets two sacks
DECarolina Panthers
December 26, 2022
Burns finished with two sacks in Week 16's 37-23 win over the Lions.
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Back to full practice
DECarolina Panthers
December 8, 2022
Burns (knee) logged a full practice Thursday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
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