Panthers Rookie Camp

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While most were out celebrating Cinco De Mayo, the Panthers were out grinding in the city of Charlotte. Here the Panther’s recent draftees, undrafted free agents, practice squad players, offseason signees, tryout invitees, and staff took to the practice field for the first time this year. In the mix were 35 guys on a tryout vying for the final few spots on the 90 man roster. Three of the tryout guys (Linebackers Kyle Kragen and Alex Bazzie and defensive tackle Garbriel Mass) were able to secure deals with the Panthers. They joined:


  • RB Christian McCaffrey (1st Round, 8th Overall)
  • WR Curtis Samuel (2nd round, 40th overall)
  • OT Taylor Moton (2nd round, 64th overall)
  • DE Daeshon Hall (3rd round, 77th overall)
  • CB Corn Elder (5th round, 152nd overall)
  • FB Alex Armah (6th round, 192nd overall)
  • K Harrison Butker (7th round, 233rd overall)
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  • LB Ben Boulware
  • WR Fred Ross
  • DE Bryan Cox
  • WR Austin Duke
  • CB Cole Luke


  • S Brian Blechen
  • S Travell Dixon
  • WR Keyarris Garrett
  • RB Jalen Simmons
  • DT Eric Crume
  • TE Eric Wallace


  • WR Mose Frazier
  • QB Garrett Gilbert
  • CB Jeff Richards
  • OT Pearce Slater


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After two days in shorts and helmets, it was evident, both Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel brought speed and quickness that’s been lacking since the departure of wide receiver Steve Smith. Taylor Moton took snaps at both right and left tackle.  Daeshon Hall looked as advertised in his 6-foot-5 frame.  Corn Elder took reps at outside corner, but majority were at the nickel.  Fullback project Alex Armah took all his reps in the backfield blocking for the running backs.  The surprise was wide receiver Fred Ross who appeared to be the third best receiver on the field, even outperforming practice squad standout Keyarris Garrett.

Highlight of the camp has to be  former Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware. Boulware was so excited to report on Thursday, the undrafted rookie arrived 90 minutes early and took a nap in his car until they unlocked the gates.

Next up on the schedule is Phase 2 of offseason workouts, followed by 3 weeks of OTAs, and 3 days of Minicamp. However, Christian McCaffrey will be unable to be with the team until June due to a weird NFL rule involving Stanford and something about school.