Power ranking rookie performances at Panthers camp so far

(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) Derrick Brown
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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Yetur Gross-Matos /

6. Omar Bayless – WR

Omar Bayless would be much higher on this list had the wide receiver not missed considerable time with a knee injury, which will now require surgery. He has been one of camp’s star performers so far and this has resulted in rave reviews from teammates, offensive coordinator Joe Brady, and head coach Matt Rhule.

All signs point to Bayless making the 53-man roster providing his injury is not more severe than initially feared and he recovers well from his operation. This would represent a significant achievement for the undrafted wideout. But he has bigger targets in his sights going forward.

5. Yetur Gross-Matos – EDGE

Yetur Gross-Matos’ incredible physical prowess has been on display for all to see during Panthers’ camp so far. He is still a little raw in terms of development. But the former Penn State standout could be a force to be reckoned with from the word go.

Putting too much pressure on Gross-Matos early on might have a detrimental impact on his development. However, we have seen nothing yet to suggest he cannot come in on a rotational basis and make a big impact.

4. Sam Tecklenburg – OL

One of the most surprising performances from a rookie at training camp has been Sam Tecklenburg. The undrafted offensive lineman has been at the top of his game during team drills. And this has clearly impressed the Carolina Panthers and his old college coach Matt Rhule.

It might also result in Tecklenburg earning a shocking place on the 53-man roster. Not many gave him a chance heading into camp. But the coaching staff will be left with no alternative other than to include the rookie in their plans.