Panthers sign nine undrafteds, none of whom play tackle

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The Panthers went through the entire draft without selecting a tackle (despite it being their biggest need), and they didn’t bother signing any undrafted rookies there either.

The team announced agreements with nine undrafteds, including: Michigan State linebacker Denicos Allen, Ohio State wide receiver Philly Brown

Texas cornerback Carrington Byndom, Florida Atlantic linebacker Adarius Glanton, Missouri wide receiver Marcus Lucas, Ohio State guard Andrew Norwell, Alabama-Birmingham running back Darrin Reaves, West Virginia defensive tackle Shaq Rowell and Miami center Jared Wheeler.

They’re also going to invite 25 to 35 players to minicamp this weekend on a tryout basis.

The Panthers needed upgrades at both tackle spots after Jordan Gross’s retirement, but appear content to left overmatched right tackle Byron Bell take that spot, and let players including Garry Williams and Nate Chandler also compete for a starting job.

15 responses to “Panthers sign nine undrafteds, none of whom play tackle

  1. There are vets on the couch they could bring in as upgrades. Vets will shake loose after cuts. Guess they’re okay with a patchwork line. Bell can’t play LT, though. That will be someone not currently on the roster.

  2. Both of Cam’s ankles have to be hurting upon hearing this news. Shaky at WR and shaky tackles… what’s going on with the Cats? It’s quite a mystery.

  3. Carolina won’t be getting their starting tackle until final cuts are made. Not really a horrible way to go. They’ll get a guy that has playing experience and without the rookie mistakes and butterflies.

  4. With no timing/practice/game experience with his receivers, and the OT situation, Cam’s gonna either be runnin for his life or be on his back an awful lot this season.

  5. Gettleman is camped out at Bojangle’s and Krispy Kremes to find offensive linemen.

    Word has it, he’s holding tryouts at Wal-Mart’s parking lot for WRs and DBs.

    Lunch will be served.

  6. I do not understand Gettleman’s drafting logic at all and turnstile Bell is not the answer at LT. There is no answer at RT neither but Gettleman and Rivera seem content with thier joke of an offensive line except for Kalil. Go figure?

  7. Gettleman is more interested in drafting defensive and running backs that he does not need. Treating Steve Smith like a piece of trash is going to come back to haunt the Panthers also.

  8. I don’t think we are shaky at WR. As a group, Cotchery, Avant and Underwood are better than LaFell, Ginn and Hixon. The wild card is how will Benjamin do replacng Smith. We got some depth at all defensive positions in the draft. Amini Silatou is coming back from injury to play LG, and had showed great promise before his injury. Considering that one year ago today, Nate Chandler was a defensive lineman, he did OK on the O-line last year. He’ll be better with a year of experience. Left tackle is the only truly glaring weakness (a big one, to be sure). Considering that we are in cap jail thanks to the stupid contracts the newspaper-reporter-turned-GM gave out, DG has done a decent job of at least keeping the talent level loss to a minimum. And last year, Rivera finally proved he could coach.

    If we had to start today, we might slip a little, but I’m certain we will finally have our first ever back-to-back winning seasons.

  9. Kelvin Benjamin
    Jericho Cotchery
    Jason Avant
    Tiquan Underwood

    Greg Olsen
    Ed Dickson
    Could be MUCH worse than that.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the 2014 offense puts up better numbers than the 2013 squad.

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