5 big observations from practice Day 3 of Panthers training camp

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Omar Bayless continues to impress

One player that’s really caught the eye over the first three days is Omar Bayless. The wide receiver is looking to make the 53-man roster after being denied this opportunity thanks to injury last summer and he’s laid a solid claim for the distinction judging by his early efforts.

Bayless was a hugely productive wideout at Arkansas State, which made it surprising he went undrafted in 2020. The Carolina Panthers wasted no time in picking him up off the undrafted free-agent market, which was following by the player making a huge impression during camp last summer.

A knee injury put pay to his chances of carving out a role for himself last time out. However, if Bayless can build on some positive momentum in the coming weeks, then it’ll give the Panthers a big decision to make regarding his future.

The wide receiver room is pretty crowded despite Curtis Samuel leaving in free agency to sign for the Washington Football Team. Bayless appears to have his work cut out in pursuit of notable reps when competitive action begins, so he’ll need to keep up this level of performance throughout camp and when targets come his way during the preseason.

If he can do this, then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him brought through to the regular season.