The Carolina Panthers open their 2019 training camp on Thursday evening. Compared to last season, this season is shaping up to be more difficult for an unknown player to crack the final roster. However, I feel these three undrafted and unknown players have the best chance at Carolina Panthers glory.
Former Appalachian State center Parker Collins finds himself on a team that may decide to keep a little more depth at center given the injury history of starter Paradis. Collins spent the NFL offseason playing for the Atlanta Legends of the AAF where he played well enough to earn a training camp invitation. Should Collins not crack the final roster, I feel he could be a shoe in for a practice squad position where he could still be a backup center injury contingency.
Brandon Greene is another player invited to training camp after a solid AAF performance. At Alabama, Greene was an athletic guy that spent time at both guard and offensive line and contributed to two national championships. He is currently listed at 6’5 and 295lbs which puts him squarely in the mix at guard for the Panthers. The Panthers love athletic guards that can pull to the outside for Christian McCaffrey and Cam Newton. Greene could have the athleticism in this regard to earn himself a jersey.
Tight End Ethan Wolf from the Tennessee Volunteers earned a training camp invitation after trying out for the Panthers during their rookie camp earlier this year. I have a soft spot in my heart for players who work their way into an NFL training camp. It speaks to their resolve, something that must be calculated into their chances to make the team. With Greg Olsen once again coming off of a foot injury, the Carolina Panthers know they must keep a pipeline of tight ends. Wolf could become that third string tight end that also contributes on special teams.