Panthers claim linebacker Ryan Rau off waivers

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The Carolina Panthers added another linebacker to their roster Wednesday by claiming Ryan Rau off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.

Rau was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Portland State University by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012. He was released by the Eagles at the end of training camp but re-signed to the team’s practice squad, where he spent most of the season. He was elevated to the active roster in December and appeared in four games for the Eagles and made three tackles.

He was released by the Eagles in April before being claimed by the Browns the next day. The Browns then placed Rau on waivers Wednesday. The Panthers also waived/injured tight end Logan Brock.

5 responses to “Panthers claim linebacker Ryan Rau off waivers

  1. He stood out last year in Eagles training camp and during the preseason games easily outplaying LB Casey Matthews. Coach Reid went with the draft pick on the final cuts. Reid never did have a clue on how to build a quality LB core in a 4-3.

    If the Panthers give him a chance I think their fans will begin to appreciate his play like many Eagle fans once did. He projects as a half decent backup inside LB that plays a nice downhill game.

  2. I saw this guy play in the Big Sky conference under Jerry Glanville. The one thing that stands out is that he doesn’t miss tackles. He may not be the biggest linebacker but he’s a tough guy with glue on his hands.

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