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

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Carolina Panthers Player No. 3: Trenton Cannon (RB)

Another notable pickup by the Carolina Panthers this week was Trenton Cannon. The running back provides something a little different top what the roster currently has behind undisputed No, 1 option Christian McCaffrey. And how he fits in initially will tell us plenty about his chances of making the team.

Cannon has a dual-threat presence in the backfield. And he has performed solidly for the New York Jets before they decided to part ways with the player. There appears plenty of competition for backup roles in Carolina during training camp. But his time on the field as a rookie leaves plenty of reasons to be encouraged.

His time with the Jets saw Cannon secure 113 rushing yards, one touchdown, and seven first downs from 38 carries. He also accumulated 17 receptions, 114 receiving yards, and four first downs to further reflect his promise.

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The former sixth-round pick saw foot and ankle injuries hamper his progress during his sophomore year. But Cannon represents an intriguing option providing these troubles are behind him.

Reggie Bonnafon remains the favorite to secure the No. 2 running back spot. The likes of Jordan Scarlett and Mike Davis also harbor ambitions. But the latter’s $3 million in base salary with no dead cap if he is released might not see him stick around.

Cannon’s impressive skill set should come across from the outset. And he has a good chance of being a surprise member of the 53-man roster providing he catches the eye.