Panthers roster hopefuls reflect as they await their fate


CHARLOTTE -- For some, waiting is the hardest part. For others, there's peace in knowing there's no longer any control over the situation.

The guys on the bubble have submitted their applications. Now we all wait to see who gets the jobs.

Here's what some of those guys had to say after the preseason finale against Pittsburgh.

RB Elijah Holyfield: "I put it all out there, so now I just sit back and wait and know it's out of my hands now. I just control what I can control. … First game I was so nervous I could barely see, and then as you get out there you kind of get used to it. … I'm not feeling any type of way. I'm just controlling what I can control and not trying to think about it too much. I did all I can do, and now it's just time to see what happens."

The undrafted rookie finished the preseason with three total touchdowns -- two receiving and one rushing. He had 19 rushes for 79 yards.

DE Efe Obada: "We'll just wait and see, you know? I have no regrets. I feel like I made improvements. If I have the opportunity to be on this team I am going to be a factor. That's it. I felt my weakness was run game and I really developed that. Rushing the passer is constantly something to work on. But I'll be in the moment, rest up and wait till I know."

Obada finished the preseason with nine tackles and 0.5 sacks. He was more disruptive than those numbers indicate, especially in the last two games.

CB Cole Luke: "I guess we'll see. My plan coming into camp was to give it my all and finish with no regrets. Obviously, it could always be better and it could always be worse. I left it all out there and that was my main goal. It took a little time to adjust after moving around a bit the past three years. But overall it went pretty well. I've done everything I could. I'm not going to fuss about it. My first year in the league I was stressing like crazy. I realized there is nothing else you can do. Everything you've already done is going to provide the outcome."

Luke finished with five tackles and one pass defensed.

RB Reggie Bonnafon: "I've got some family in town, so I'll be relaxing. I'll let the rest take care of itself. At this point, I feel like I left it all out on the field. I put in a lot of work. I feel confident in that. Whatever their decision is, I'll be fine with it."

Bonnafon finished with 11 rushes for 51 yards and 13 catches for 139 yards.

K Joey Slye: "I personally don't think I'm going to have an issue playing somewhere. It just depends where. I hope it is going to be here. I've built a lot of connections here. We'll just see what happens over the next 48 hours."

Slye converted 7-of-8 field goal attempts. His one miss was blocked, and his longest conversion was a 59-yarder in the finale.

LB Jordan Kunaszyk: "I gave it all I could. I can look myself in the mirror and know that I did everything I possibly can. God has a plan for me. I pray that it's here. I can learn from some great veterans, one of the best linebackers to ever play the game. I'm pretty hard on myself and I expect great things. I showed major growth. There are plays I wish I would have made. But they are learning opportunities and I'm working to get grow on special teams. I struggled there a bit in the preseason. I'll continue to work on that."

The undrafted rookie recorded his first interception against the Steelers. He also recorded 18 tackles and a sack.

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