Panthers training camp: 4 surprise adds to the 53-man roster

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TE. CAROLINA PANTHERS. CAMSUTTON. 1. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 87. player

Carolina Panthers Player No. 1: Cam Sutton (TE)

The Carolina Panthers are banking on Ian Thomas to step up and fill the enormous shoes left by prolific tight end Greg Olsen. This is a chance that the former Indiana star has been waiting for. And he has all the tools necessary to make the most out of this chance to see more game time.

Thomas is a tremendous athlete that could put up some quality numbers if he eradicates the silly mistakes that cost him last season. However, the lack of depth behind him is something that is a concern, especially if the 2018 fourth-round pick fails to reach his ceiling.

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Chris Manhertz is seen as more of a blocking tight end. And Temarrick Hemingway hasn’t really made any sort of impact during his time in the NFL so far.

This might leave an opening for one of the more unfancied players to make the 53-man roster. Cam Sutton falls into this category. And there is a lot to like about his skill set from a pass-catching perspective.

Sutton didn’t hear his name called in the 2020 NFL Draft. This was to be expected after playing a moderately important role during his two-year stint at Fresno State. But it is clear that the coaching staff thinks highly of him and his ability to make a smooth transition to the next level.

His sure hands and ability to create separation are standout features of his game. And if he can show-out during camp, his name might be one of the more surprising adds to the Panthers’ roster.