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Carolina Panthers Sophomore Spotlight: Ryan Delaire

The Carolina Panthers signed Ryan Delaire during the 2015 season but the second-year defensive end should make his biggest impact this upcoming season.

The Carolina Panthers signed defensive end Ryan Delaire off the Washington Redskins' practice squad during the 2015 season.

Before the Carolina Panthers

Season Games Total Tackles Tackles for a Loss Sacks Forced Fumbles
2014 12 64 14.5 11.0 3

*Stats courtesy of Towson University

What the Analysts Said

Delaire could add weight and look to become a base end in a 4-3, but he flashed the athleticism and strength to warrant a look as an edge-setting 3-4 outside linebacker with explorable traits as a pass rusher. His NFL Scouting Combine and personal workouts might determine whether or not he is drafted.

-Lance Zierlein,

2015 Season

Games Total Tackles Sacks
2015  9 8 2.5

Ryan Delaire was not selected in the 2015 NFL Draft and was signed as undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers however was cut prior to the start of the regular season. He then joined the Redskins' practice squad before the Panthers' signed him after Charles Johnson was placed on injured reserve.

He made an immediate impact with this team and in his first game as a member of the Panthers, against the Bucs, had two sacks and five tackles. However, he was not able to follow that game up and over the remaining eight games of the year he only had three tackles and .5 sack.

2016 Season

Even though Delaire had a strong first game with the Panthers, he was behind joining the team during the 2015 season. However, with a full offseason with the organization the second-year pass rusher should be able to really make his impact felt with this team.

Delaire most likely won't be able to work his way up to a starting roler for this team. However he could play a similar role to Mario Addison as a situational pass rusher that can really utilize his speed and quickness.

There is a great deal of pressure on this position entering this season with an inexperienced secondary. The coaching staff will want to keep his players fresh and this could mean more snaps for Delaire.

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