Carolina Panthers add four undrafted free agents to roster
Carolina Panthers add two players on each side of the football following draft.
Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney and coach Ron Rivera finalized much of the 90-man roster by adding four more rookies following the NFL Draft. After turning their seven picks into one each round via some trades, the Panthers targeted many of their areas in need throughout the three day process.
On the first two days, a pass rusher (Brian Burns) and offensive tackle (Greg Little) preceded quarterback Will Grier, who was selected to provide depth and a potential future replacement for Cam Newton. The first drafted quarterback for Carolina since Newton in 2011, it will be interesting to see how his NFL future unfolds.
While safety was thought to be an issue with no real answer opposite Eric Reid, the Panthers have created what should be one of the most intense battles for a starting position during the offseason and training camp. After not selected anyone during the draft at the position, one was targeted when the Panthers signed four undrafted rookies.
Safety Corrion Ballard enters the fray with Da’Norris Searcy, Rashaan Gaulden, Cole Luke, Damian Parms, Colin Jones and Kai Nacua for either a starting position or depth. His time spent playing both free and strong safety for the University of Utah should help his chances.
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Jordan Kunaszyk, a linebacker for the California Golden Bears, also enters a crowded positional group as the team attempts to replace Thomas Davis, who was not re-signed after becoming a free agent.
On offense, Carolina continued to address some roster positions who could use depth, in addition to competition. After selecting running back Jordan Scarlett in the fifth-round, the team agreed to terms with Elijah Holyfield out of Georgia. The battle behind Chrisitan McCaffrey should also be intense as the season approaches.
Finally, even though there are plenty of young receivers on the roster vying for starting roles, Hurney placed two more into the mix. Terry Godwin was selected with the final Panthers pick in the draft and they added Nichols State starter, Damion Jeanpiere Jr. following.
Each of these undrafted prospects should be in attendance with all signed picks and tryout players in a couple weeks when rookie minicamp gets underway for the Panthers.