According to multiple reports, including a tweet from Duke Head Football Strength and Conditioning Coach Noel Durfey, the Carolina Panthers signed tight end Braxton Deaver to a contract after the rookie minicamp.
Deaver was one of 35 players who were invited to tryout for the Panthers this past weekend at their rookie minicamp and would bring the team's roster up to 86 out of a possible 90 players. In his final two seasons for the Blue Devils, Deaver caught 67 passes for 783 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
The tight end did make an impression on head coach Ron Rivera and he said, according to the team's site, about Deaver:
"We liked what (Braxton) did. He assimilated nicely to our offense and seemed to understand and grip what we wanted to do mentally and did some good things athletically. He’s going to be part of our discussion later today."
The tight end position is rather deep so it remains to be seen how much room will be left on the roster behind Greg Olsen, Ed Dickson and seventh-round draft pick Beau Sandland. If he continues to play at a high level through the remainder of the offseason, he would appear to be a strong candidate for the team's practice squad.