5 Carolina Panthers backups who aren’t getting talked about enough

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Micah Simon – Carolina Panthers WR

It’s been a colorful route to this point for Micah Simon, who’s been given a chance to make the Carolina Panthers 53-man roster after impressing those in power at BYU‘s pro day. The wide receiver showed a tremendous combination of speed and route-running ability and general manager Scott Fitterer wasted little time in bringing the player on board.

As stated previously, there is an embarrassment of riches at wideout where the Panthers are concerned. Simon has his work cut out forcing his way into the team’s plans, but he offers something a little bit different that could end up being of use somewhere down the line.

Stashing Simon on the practice squad is a viable option if he doesn’t do enough initially. Making such a big leap with little in the way of pro experience was always going to be difficult, so giving up on him too soon could be an error.

Simon will be one of the young players to watch closely at camp. He’s benefitted from rookie minicamp and voluntary OTAs, but the stifling climate of Wofford College in Spartanburg is the sternest of tests and something he needs to be ready for.

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Simon needs to relax, take everything in his stride, and most importantly, make the most of chances when they come. If he ticks all these boxes, anything can happen.