The Carolina Panthers need depth at the position….
Elijah Hood is certainly an interesting story. Claimed off waivers from the Oakland Raiders on May 8, the former UNC star now has a chance to play in front of a home crowd of sorts. Listed as a running back, he may have to find another position if he wants to get a chance to play for the Carolina Panthers.
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In his weekly “Grill Bill” segment on Friday, Bill Voth of Panthers.com indicated that he believes Hood could possibly find some playing time at the fullback position.
"What could be more intriguing to watch as we go through the spring and summer is if Elijah Hood can gain some traction at fullback."
Hood made a name for himself at the high school level. He won the Hall Trophy in 2013 (given to the nation’s best high school player that year) as well as being named a USA Today High School All-American. He was named to the First team All-ACC in 2015 and Third team All-ACC in 2016. Simply put, this guy can play. He just has not gotten a chance to show his skills at the National Football League level.
It is interesting that fullback is a position that is being considered for Hood. When you really think about it, it makes sense. The Carolina Panthers are full at the running back position. There is no way (unless he balls out during training camp) that he is guaranteed a spot there. Fullback however is a different situation.
Per the most recent depth chart from OurLads.com Alex Armah is the only fullback on the roster at this time. Armah could use competition at the position and given Hood’s athletic ability, he could very easily slide into the No. 2 spot.
Hood could certainly earn a spot on the roster. The only question is where he will play. I think fullback is a very logical option and a position that should be considered by the team. He has talent and it should not go to waste.