Carolina Panthers: 4 protected practice squad candidates

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Carolina Panthers Player No. 2: Omar Bayless – WR

Omar Bayless is catching the eye during training camp. Second-round pick Jeremy Chinn is the latest player to come out and highlight just what sort of impact his fellow rookie has made in a short space of time. And it is clear the former Arkansas State standout is boosting his chances of making the 53-man roster with each passing day.

The Carolina Panthers made Bayless one of their top priorities following the draft. And judging by his final season in college, it is not hard to see why.

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Bayless was dominant for the Razorbacks in 2019 to emerge as college football’s most prolific receivers. This resulted in the player hauling in 93 receptions for 1,653 yards and 17 touchdowns. His yards-per-catch average of 17.8 was another indication of just what a force he was last time out.

More will be needed at the next level. And there are some who question his ability to create separation against more imposing defensive backs.

The strength in depth within the Panthers wideout room is another element to consider. And this could make Bayless an option for the protected practice squad tag.

There is every chance Bayless can do enough during team drills to make a serious claim for the roster. But with no preseason games to showcase just what of impact he can make at the next level. It would be a shot in the dark for the coaching staff.

Putting him on the practice squad with no risk of losing him in 2020 is a tempting proposition. And it would allow Bayless time to develop at his own pace.