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2018 rookie minicamp roster set

CHARLOTTE – The Panthers will have 28 tryout players joining their draft picks, undrafted additions and a handful of returning players and offseason signings at rookie minicamp, which begins Friday at Bank of America Stadium.

Wide receiver DJ Moore (first round, 24th overall), cornerback Donte Jackson (second round, 55th), safety Rashaan Gaulden (third round, 85th), tight end Ian Thomas (fourth round, 101st), defensive end Marquis Haynes (fourth round, 136th), linebacker Jermaine Carter (fifth round, 161st), linebacker Andre Smith (seventh round, 234th) and defensive tackle Kendrick Norton (seventh round, 242nd) will make their debuts in Panthers gear. So too will seven college free agents.

Six players who spent time on Carolina's 2017 practice squad -- tight end Evan Baylis, linebacker Zeek Bigger, linebacker Richie Brown, wideout Austin Duke, defensive end Efe Obada and safety Damian Parms  -- will participate, as well as three others who were signed this offseason -- running back Elijah Hood, guard Dorian Johnson and offensive tackle Korren Kirven.

Below is a complete list of the tryout players. Last year, Carolina signed three invited tryouts to the roster. The Panthers currently have four open spots on their 91-man roster (Carolina has 91 spots due to Obada's international player exemption).

**TRYOUT PLAYERS**
Pos Name Ht Wt Age Exp College Hometown
G Kareem Are 6-5 315  24 1 Florida State Elmont, N.Y.
DE Sterling Bailey 6-4 280  25 1 Georgia Gainesville, Ga.
LB Zeek Bigger 6-0 235 25 1 East Carolina Gastonia, N.C.
WR Da'Ron Brown 6-0 200 26 1 Northern Illinois Chicago, Ill.
CB James Caine 5-11 185 28 1 Pittsburg State St. Louis, Mo.
C Lucas Crowley 6-2 300 23 1 North Carolina Ponte Vedra, Fla.
TE Steve Donatell 6-5 240 24 1 Western Kentucky Highlands Ranch, Colo.
G Quinterrius Eatmon 6-6 315 26 1 South Florida Pritchard, Ala.
C Kyle Friend 6-0 295 24 1 Temple Carlisle, Pa.
CB Ty Griffin 5-11 195 22 R Oregon Powder Springs, Ga.
WR Dre Hall 5-10 195 23 R North Alabama Columbia, Tenn.
WR Bug Howard 6-4 220 23 1 North Carolina Rochelle, Ga.
FB Joey Iosefa 5-11 245 26 1 Hawaii American Samoa
DT Merrick Jackson 6-1 300 23 R Minnesota Belleville, Ill.
S Jarnor Jones 6-3 205 24 1 Iowa State Lithonia, Ga.
OT Landon Lechler 6-7 310 24 1 North Dakota State Beach. N.D.
DT Ashaad Mabry 6-4 265 25 1 Texas-San Antonio San Antonio, Texas
WR Phil Mayhue 6-2 210 23 R Memphis Sicklerville, N.J.
FB Tyler McCloskey 6-0 240 23 1 Houston Houston, Texas
QB Marcus McDade 6-2 225 26 1 Sacramento State Oakland, Calif.
LB Jonathan Petersen 6-0 240 25 R Michigan State Miami, Fla.
RB Kalif Phillips 5-9 220 24 1 Charlotte Kannapolis, N.C.
G Norman Price 6-4 310 23 1 Southern Miss Vicksburg, Miss.
DE Joby Saint Fleur 6-4 250 25 1 Northwestern Oklahoma St Winter Haven, Fla.
DE Karter Schult 6-3 260 24 1 Northern Iowa Tripolo, Iowa
S Malik Smith 6-0 195 22 1 San Diego State Compton, Calif.
CB Mike Stevens 5-10 185 22 R North Carolina State Charlotte, N.C.
CB Brad Watson 6-0 190 22 1 Wake Forest Round Rock, Texas

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