Carolina Panthers player No. 4: DaVonte Lambert – DE
This was arguably the biggest chance of DaVonte Lambert’s career. He joined the Carolina Panthers after a series of standout displays in the XFL that provided plenty of reasons to be encouraged heading into training camp.
Lambert was not able to build on this momentum. He saw other players at the defensive end position outplay him during team drills and there was little surprise when the Panthers decided to waive him last week.
The edge rusher was possibly heading into the last chance saloon regarding his ambitions to become an NFL roster member. Lambert also cleared waivers to officially put him on the free-agent scrapheap once again. And this is a blow that his career may not recover from.
Carolina’s defensive front has the potential to be an area of real strength next season. The interior will be manned by veteran Pro Bowler Kawann Short and No. 7 overall pick Derrick Brown, with the likes of Brian Burns, Stephen Weatherly, and second-rounder Yetur Gross-Matos set to provide considerable pass-rushing pressure.
Lambert was unable to convince the coaching staff he was worthy enough for a place on the rotation following a fortnight of padded drills at camp. His chances of making the roster might have been slim, to begin with, but there is no disguising the fact that the player’s performances during camp were disappointing when one considers what was at stake.