Ron Rivera looks on during team activities and thinks to himself "we need to add a few more UDFA WR's, just to shake things up." Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
Well, that didn't take long. After making a roster move earlier today that saw the departure of UDFA WR's Chris Manno and Wes Kemp, the Panthers have replaced those two players with - you guessed it - two more UDFA WR's.
According to a report by Panthers.com's David Monroe, the Panthers have signed WR's Michael Avila (San Jose State) and Lamont Bryant (Morgan State). Both receivers are expected to participate in the team's mini-camp, which begins tomorrow.
Here's Monroe's breakdown of the two receivers:
Avila (5-8, 168 pounds) played in 32 games with one start for the Spartans and made 31 catches for 247 yards. He also returned seven punts for 35 yards and 15 kickoffs for 303 yards.
A two-time first-team All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference selection for the Bears, Bryant (6-5, 229 pounds) produced 44 receptions for 677 yards and four touchdowns in 34 games. He is projected to line up at wide receiver in the NFL after playing tight end in college.
Avila was part of the Panthers rookie tryout back in May, and Bryant worked out for the team last week. Apparently both of these guys bring something to the table that neither Manno nor Kemp could bring, and at this point I'm going to just stop trying to figure out what is going through Rivera's head when it comes to WR's, because apparently he either has no idea what he wants, or he changes his mind about what he wants in a WR more than he changes his underwear. Either way - he's changing the WR's a lot, and for no apparent reason as far as we know.
But, I'm sure there's a reason for it, and once we figure that out we'll be sure to share it with you here at CSR. Stay tuned for the next edition of WR Musical Chairs when we cut more UDFA's to replace them with different ones, a move that I predict will take place sometime during mini-camp.