Carolina Panthers: Can UDFA Omar Bayless make roster in 2020?

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How can Bayless make the Panthers roster in 2020?

The Carolina Panthers’ wide receiver room is loaded with talent in 2020. Although they did not boost this area of the field during the draft, they made some notable free-agent additions that should help them going forward.

Robby Anderson has enjoyed a standout career to date and signed a two-year, $20 million deal that included $12 million guaranteed to prize him away from the New York Jets. Slotting him opposite D.J. Moore will give new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater two formidable outside weapons that should produce the goods when called upon.

The franchise resisted the temptation to trade Curtis Samuel during the draft. This gives Carolina a good intermediate route weapon that can come up with game-changing plays. Pharoh Cooper and Seth Roberts also penned short-term deals with the Panthers. But there could be space for a development prospect such as Omar Bayless on the roster.

The wideout was primarily used as a vertical route running in college. This is something he used to great effect despite his relative lack of speed compared to the more elite products entering the NFL this year.

If Bayless can refine his route running, then there is real potential regarding the player. He has a big frame that comes to life in the red zone, which is somewhere the Panthers could make use of him during the early stages of his development.

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Much will depend on what sort of impression Bayless makes in training camp, which could get underway a lot later due to the social distancing measures surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. If the prospect can show the same application he displayed during his final year of college, he has every chance of making the 53-man roster.