The Carolina Panthers added more depth to the tight end position on Tuesday after claiming Marcus Lucas off waivers, according to the team's site. He was recently waived by the Chicago Bears, who he spent time with last year on their practice squad.
Lucas was signed by the Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and the team moved him from wide receiver to tight end. He had a quiet preseason his first year with the team with only one reception for 14 yards.
However last preseason he performed much better with six receptions, 99 receiving yards and one touchdown but ended up being one of the final cuts by the team prior to last season.
Lucas has the frame to play tight end at 6'4" and 235 pounds but has an uphill climb to make the roster this year with the additions of Beau Sandland, Jake McGee and Braxton Deaver. These new players will join the established group of veterans that includes Greg Olsen, Ed Dickson and Scott Simonson.