The Carolina Panthers signed six of the 35 players who tried out for the team this past weekend at their rookie minicamp. Here is a brief overview of those six players.
Braxton Deaver, TE
Deaver was one of the more impressive players at their rookie camp this past weekend and caught the attention of Ron Rivera. According to the team's site, the Panthers' head coach said 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."
He played his college football for Duke University and in 35 career games had 75 receptions, 890 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
Rigsbee comes from Ron Rivera's alma mater of the University of California and spent five years there after redshirting as a freshman. He made 49 starts over his last four seasons, according to his bio, and showed tremendous versatility playing every position on the offensive line except left tackle.
He started his entire freshman season as left guard and the first four games of his sophomore season before switching to center for the remainder of the season. He then went on to play right tackle as a junior and then right guard in his final season with the Golden Bears.
The former Arizona Wildcat has been a part of four different NFL organizations since the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted him in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. After spending his rookie season on the Steelers' practice squad, Richardson joined the Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans but has never made it to the 53-man roster.
At 24 years of age, Richardson is still young and has the size the Panthers covet for their cornerbacks at 6'0" and 180 pounds. The Panthers released two cornerbacks on Monday (Brandon Boykin and Ras-I Dowling) which should help his chances this offseason.
Jared Barber LB
Barber grew up in Mocksville, NC before heading north to play at West Virginia for the Mountaineers and played in 44 games for them over five years. He redshirted in 2014 and didn't play the entire season but returned in 2015 to have his best season with 58 total tackles and 11 tackles for a loss.
Miles Shuler WR
The Panthers find another speedy wide receiver with the addition of Miles Shuler. He didn't have much experience as a wide receiver at Northwestern but as this scouting report notes, he has incredible speed. He ran his 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds at Northwestern's Pro Day and can contribute as a punt returner. In his collegiate career, he returned 15 punts and averaged over 11 yards per return.
The former South Carolina State University running back is a local product, growing up here in Charlotte, NC. The player nicknamed "Scoot" averaged over five yards a carry in his final season for the Bulldogs but appears to be a longshot because of the position he plays and the depth the Panthers already have. It is hard to imagine him surpassing Cameron Artis-Payne, Fozzy Whittaker or Brandon Wegher but should have a chance to make the practice squad.