Now that the Panthers’ Rookie/Free Agent camp is over, which players appear to have
survived? 58 players were invited (7 draftees, 12 players who were not drafted but were signed,
7 free agents, and 32 invitees on 3-day contracts.) Based on current reports, 15 remain on the
90 player roster.
The roster will have to be whittled down eventually to 53 players plus 5 practice squad players.
However last year, as in past years, 78 different players were activated at least once during the
season. A team will usually experience around 15 injuries that will cause a shuffle of roster personnel.
Most teams have players in reserve that they can tap once the 58 man roster has dried up. With
the new CBA rules concerning injured reserve, the status is changing so that players would be
allowed back sooner instead of being lost for the rest of the season.
Let’s look at these 15 new players:
Brentsen Bersin WR 6-3 210 Wofford R (Local hero who might stick)
Will Blackwell G 6-3 310 LSU R (2-year All American)
Nate Chandler DT 6-4 294 UCLA R (Started out as a Tight End)
Jared Green WR 6-1 Southern R (Father is Darrell Green)
Wes Kemp WR 6-3 223 Missouri (Speed and size, high intelligence)
Chris Manno WR 6-1 196 Hofstra 1yr (Originally signed by KC, played several years of pro baseball)
Tauren Poole RB 5-10 209 Tennessee R (Was projected to be drafted rounds 5/6)
Matt Reynolds OT 6-4 305 Brigham Young R (Was projected to be drafted in rounds 3/4)
Rico Wallace WR 6-3 210 Shenandoah R (Big numbers in Division III, a real sleeper)
Ryan Van Bergen DE 6-4 290 Michigan R (Combine numbers better than college production)
Princeton MCarty RB 5-7 197 Idaho R (Very fast– 4.38, played in a passing offense)
Lyndon Rowells HB 5-9 207 Humbolt State R (Special team skills)
Greg Smith TE 6-4 245 Texas R (Ranked the 26th best TE)
2 players came out of other programs:
Armond Smith RB 5-9 194 (Former Mid South West Offensive Player of the Year)
Joe John Finley TE 6-6 261 Oklahoma (Good receiving skills)
13 of these 15 players are offensive players and 7 are Wide Receivers or Tight Ends, and after the
Giants found Victor Cruz on the small college level many teams decided to take a look also. The
Panthers may have found one young man many think is a sleeper who stands a great chance to
not only make the team but play a significant role in the future– Rico Wallace out of Shenandoah
College, 6/3 220 lbs. Look for Matt Reynolds, Will Blackwell, and Tauren Poole to stay around a while.