Carolina Panthers practice squad member Efe Obada will return for the 2018 season…
The NFL has been increasing their relevance on an international scale for the past few seasons. In addition to adding multiple games in Europe, the league has also recently extended opportunities for participation to various international born players, similar to Efe Obada who joined the Carolina Panthers last year via the new International Player Pathway Program.
Last season, the NFC South division was granted an additional practice squad position for one such player. The spot would be available for an entire season but whomever was selected could not be promoted to the active roster.
Obada, a defensive end, was originally signed to the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 as a free agent. He participated in preseason games and for a part of the season as a member of the practice squad before being released. Since, he earned time with two other NFL franchises before being awarded this opportunity with Carolina and the NFL prior to the 2017 season.
In addition to the four players who were selected last season as additional members for each of the NFC South practice squad teams, the NFL expanded the program this year. In a random draw, the AFC North was selected as the division to carry an extra overseas player on their practice squad this season.
Following are each of the players who have been named for participation in this program.
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CHRISTOPHER EZEALA, FB (Germany) – Baltimore Ravens
MORITZ BÖHRINGER, TE/WR (Germany) – Cincinnati Bengals
TIGIE SANKOH, DB (UK) – Cleveland Browns
CHRISTIAN SCOTLAND-WILLIAMSON, TE (UK) – Pittsburgh Steelers
ALEX GRAY, TE (UK) – Atlanta Falcons
EFE OBADA, DE (UK) – Carolina Panthers
ALEX JENKINS, DE (UK) – New Orleans Saints
ERIC NZEOCHA, LB (Germany) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Full press release available from the NFL here.