2018 rookie minicamp roster set

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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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