4 UDFAs who made a big impression at Carolina Panthers camp

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Omar Bayless – WR

Omar Bayless came into training camp with the Carolina Panthers with a huge chip on his shoulder. The wide receiver failed to hear his name called in the 2020 NFL Draft despite being one of college football’s most prolific players at the position in 2019. This is something he has used to his advantage in no uncertain terms.

The wideout might be on the injured reserve list after undergoing surgery. But that should not detract from what an incredible impression he made during team drills. His ability to make clutch plays against older and more experienced opposition left its mark on head coach Matt Rhule, who is confident regarding Bayless’ long-term aspirations at the next level.

Sitting out the last few weeks of camp has undoubtedly been frustrating for Bayless. His teammates were glowing in their praise for his transition and production on the field. And even though he might not be part of the 53-man roster initially, the player could make his presence felt in an NFL environment down the line.

Bayless deserves a tremendous amount of credit for putting himself in this favorable position after coming in as an unfancied prospect. There is much work still to do if the receiver wants to fulfill his ambitions. But he is off to a good start despite his prospects with the organization looking uncertain.