After 3 days and 5 practices, the Carolina Panthers rookies have completed their first experiences in a NFL camp. There was a total of about 59 players who particpated, the list of which is provided below per Charlotte.com:
WR Mike Avila*, RB Kenjon Barner, WR Brenton Bersin*, CB Brandon Bing*, T Joe Bonadies*, FB Eric Breitenstein*, TE Logan Brock*, WR Lamont Bryant, QB Colby Cameron, WR Trey Diller, RB Chris Douglas*, RT Darren Evans*, C Brian Folkers*, K Jordan Gay*, DT Linden Gaydosh*, S DeShawn Grayson*, LB Max Gruder*, T Jermarcus Hardrick*, WR Jordan Hills*, CB Nick Nixson, LB Max Holloway*, DE Wes Horton, WR Taulib Ikharo*, S Rod Issac*, LB Ben Jacobs*, DE Bryan Jean-Pierre*, LB Damario Jeffery, G Robert Jones, FB Bryson Kelly*, LB A.J. Klein, P Pete Kontodiakos*, G Edmund Kugbila, S Robert Lester, K Morgan Lineberry, DT Star Lotulelei, QB Matt McGloin*, G Tori Mobley, LS Tyler Morgan*, CB Armando Murillo*, C Korey Neal*, S Josh Nesbitt*, DE Louis Nzegwu*, DE Cyril Obiozor*, T Jaron Odom*, T Jesse Peterson*, DE Craig Roh, TE Nelson Rosario, RB Lyndon Rowells*, CB Isaiah Scott*, WR James Shaw, DT Kawaan Short, LB Quan Sturdivant*, P Ryan Tydlacka*, DT Casey Walker, WR R.J. Webb*, G Justin Wells, CB Melvin White, TE Brandon Williams, FB Michael Zordich.
The players consisted of 5 drafted players, 18 undrafted free agents, and 36 tryout players. The main point of the camp was to introduce the rookies to the speed of practice, the terminology, and to give guys who were not drafted a chance to show what they could do.
Players like Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short get the chance to work together and form a “tandem”. They got to learn each other moves and get the chance to push each other to get better. Coach Rivera stated that they play the same position but that they are very different players one is more quiet and reserved the other is very outgoing. This even came out in the interviews over the weekend. Star was very soft-spoken while Kawann was more energetic in his interviews.
One player fired up about proving themselves is AJ Kline. Kline stated in an interview to Panthers.com, “I’m just soaking up as much as I can and am trying to make a good first impression,” Klein said. “I want to show that I’m a hard worker and that I’m here for a reason, and that’s to play good football. I’m just looking forward to being able to showcase that.”
The storylines out of the weekend show that the new guys are ready to get on the field and compete. The upcoming organized team activities and training camp will give them that opportunity.