Undrafted rookie Kyle Bosch has a great opportunity to prove he belongs in the NFL…
Early in the offseason expectations were the Carolina Panthers would be able to keep either offensive guard Andrew Norwell or defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. Both were due for a big pay day and it was likely general manager Marty Hurney would award one for their contributions to the team over the past few seasons.
Eventually, both ending up finding more money elsewhere and neither returned, although, Hurney did sign former Falcons and Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe. It was then that fans expected the selection of a rookie offensive lineman for the future but the NFL Draft passed without adding any such player.
Carolina then began to address the remaining needs within their roster via undrafted free agent signings. It was here that the Panthers added even more depth and potential players at various positions including three offensive linemen.
According to Bleacher Report, offensive guard Kyle Bosch has the best opportunity of making the Panthers final roster come September. The former West Virigina lineman not only has a wealth of experience on the collegiate level but can also contribute at center, if needed.
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At 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, Bosch is smaller than Norwell but has similar tendencies. He may not test at the top of the charts in any of the skills competitions but Bosch consistently gets the job done up front.
While last year’s second-round selection, Taylor Moton, is expected to be given the majority of plays early, anyone could emerge as the starter between now and the first regular season game. Coach Ron Rivera expects the competition to be tremendous and with multiple players vying for an obvious starting role, he’s right.
Norwell began his career as an undrafted free agent and was starting midway through his rookie season. If Bosch takes advantage of the opportunities he’s going to be granted, then he too could follow a similar path.
As they say, only time will tell but this battle will be one to watch all preseason long.