Panthers set for rookie minicamp

CHARLOTTE – The Panthers' two-day rookie minicamp begins Friday, giving coaches their first chance to work with the players they spent months scouting and evaluating.

"I can't wait," head coach Ron Rivera said, speaking on behalf of the entire staff.

In addition to six Panthers who were on the roster before the draft -- wide receiver Brenton Bersin, defensive linemen Craig Roh and Casey Walker and offensive linemen Andrew McDonald, Derek Dennis and Oscar Johnson -- the group participating includes six 2014 draftees, nine undrafted rookie free agents and 35 tryout players.

Each draft class forms a unique bond during the course of their rookie season, and the 2014 class will look to build camaraderie right from the start this weekend.

"It's pivotal for us to come together and solidify ourselves as a class," said third-round draft choice Trai Turner. "We are going to show the organization that they made the right decision in picking us."

For all of the newcomers, the objectives are simple.

"Just learn and work," second-round pick Kony Ealy said.

Draft choices like Ealy and Turner have a sense of security at this rookie minicamp. But the undrafted rookie free agents and tryout players understand that this could be their only shot at impressing an NFL coaching staff and ultimately making an NFL roster.

Last year, linebacker Ben Jacobs, defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh, wide receiver Brenton Bersin, wide receiver R.J. Webb and center Brian Folkerts were signed after taking part in tryouts.

Below is a list of the tryout players.

Pos Name Ht Wt Age Exp College Hometown
P Shawn Powell
6-4 245 25 3 Florida State Rome, Ga.
WR Keenan Davis 6-2 218 23 1 Iowa Cedar Rapids, Iowa
QB James Vendenberg
6-3 224 24 1 Iowa Keokuk, Iowa
QB Cody Stroud
6-2 206 23 R McNeese State Montgomery, La.
LS Dax Dellenbach
6-1 244 24 1 Florida State Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
CB Kamaron Riley 6-1 194 24 R Mid American Nazarene Hawkinsville, Ga.
RB Noel Devine 5-7 180 26 1 West Virginia Fort Myers, Fla.
FB Harvey Unga
6-0 237 27 1 Brigham Young
Provo, Utah
CB Pat Lee
6-0 196 30 5 Auburn Miami, Fla.
RB Kendial Lawrence
5-9 194 23 1 Missouri
Rockwall, Texas
CB Chris Hawkins
6-0 186 28 2 Louisiana State Walker, La.
CB Conroy Black
6-0 182 25 1 Utah
Miramar, Fla.
S Cody Grimm
5-11 203 27 4 Virginia Tech Fairfax, Va.
S Tom Nelson 5-11 202 27 3 Illinois State Arlington Heights, Ill.
FB Dorin Dickerson
6-1 226 26 4 Pittsburgh
Imperial, Pa.
S Frank Crawford 6-0 179 23 R UNLV Miami, Fla.
TE Dallas Walker 6-5 231 26 1 Western Michigan
Madison, Miss.
LB Jonathon Sharpe
5-11 230 24 1 North Greenville
Conway, S.C.
LB Billy Boyko
6-2 239 22 1 Lehigh Northhampton, Pa.
LB Alex Means
6-5 235 24 1 Air Force
Mankato, Minn.
LB Anthony Morales
5-10 230 23 R Weber State
Edmond, Okla.
LB Darin Drakeford
6-0 238 22 1 Maryland
Washington, D.C.
C Jared Singleton 6-1 310 23 R Wofford College Lugoff, S.C.
T David Foucault
6-8 320 25 R Montreal
LaSalle, Quebec
G Shea Allard
6-5 304 24 1 Delaware Wareham, Mass.
G Bryan Collins
6-3 301 23 1 Southern Methodist
Keller, Texas
TE Joel Murphy
6-6 270 25 1 Baker St. Louis, Mo.
WR Malcolm Beyah
5-11 200 24 1 Middle Tennessee State Chamblee, Ga.
TE LaDon Hudson
6-3 214 23 R Mid American Nazarene
San Francisco, Calif.
TE Brandon Ford
6-3 245 24 1 Clemson Wando, S.C.
DT Micanor Regis
6-2 304 24 1 Miami (Fla.) Pahokee, Fla.
DE Monte Taylor
6-4 265 25 1 Cincinnati Los Angeles, Calif.
DT Delano Johnson
6-4 266 26 1 Bowie State
Baltimore, Md.
DE Marquis Frazier
6-3 276 26 1 Southern Methodist Garland, Texas
OT Jamil Williams
6-7 330 22 R West Texas A&M
Charlotte, N.C.

The tryout players don't count toward the roster limit of 90, which the Panthers reached earlier this week when they claimed defensive tackle Drake Nevis off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Nevis, selected by Indianapolis in the third round of the 2011 draft, played two seasons for the Colts before spending time with three teams last season. The 6-1, 310-pounder has played in 26 career games with three starts.

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