View photos of rookies as they try on helmets on their first day at Bank of America Stadium.
CHARLOTTE – The Panthers’ seven draft picks will take to the practice field for the first time Friday for the start of rookie minicamp, and they’ll have company.
The two-day camp will also feature Carolina’s four undrafted rookies, 10 players already on the roster and 12 invited tryouts (see table below). That adds up to 33 players, including 11 rookies.
Head coach Ron Rivera said this year’s camp will emphasize classroom instruction more than on-field work, but the players are scheduled to be on the practice field for two short sessions Friday and one Saturday.
The group of 10 players with some NFL experience is headed by quarterback Kyle Allen, who led the Panthers to a victory in last year’s finale, and also includes four of the eight players the Panthers signed from the Alliance of American Football (tight end Marcus Baugh and offensive linemen Parker Collins, Brandon Greene and Kitt O'Brien). Allen, running back Reggie Bonnafon and guard Dorian Johnson were with the Panthers last season, while wide receiver Andre Levrone, safety Quin Blanding and linebacker Jonathan Celestin signed future contracts with Carolina after last season.
Carolina's eight AAF signings are among the reasons the Panthers have a smaller group of tryouts this year. The Panthers already have 88 players on the 90-man roster.
|S Tyson Graham||South Dakota|
|CB Channing Stribling||Michigan|
|TE Ethan Wolf||Tennessee|
|LB Danny Ezechukwu||Purdue|
|TE Nick Truesdell||Grand Rapids|
|DE Bijhon Jackson||Arkansas|
|DT Tymere Dubose||Kentucky|
|DT Ulric Jones||South Carolina|
|CB Anthoula Kelly||Fresno State|
|TE Cannon Smith||Clemson|
|LB Sione Teuhema||Southeastern Louisiana|
|CB Bryce Cheek||Akron|