The Carolina Panthers claimed rookie wide receiver Tavarres King off waivers today. To make room for King, the Panthers released injured cornerback D.J Moore.
King was a fifth round selection by the Denver Broncos in the 2013 NFL Draft, but failed to make their roster. The Broncos put him on the practice squad to start the season, but promoted him last week to their 53 man roster to prevent the Green Bay Packers from signing him. However, they would end up releasing him again after they activated Von Miller, who was returning from his suspension.
King is an intriguing player with decent size (6-0) and speed (4.47-40). I scouted King prior to the 2013 Draft, and here were some of my thoughts:
King is an underrated wide receiver. I think he’s a poor man’s DeAndre Hopkins. Their game styles are very similar. Like Hopkins, King can get down the field and make plays. He also has good route running ability and good hands. I think he’s a solid third or fourth round prospect.
King probably won't see too many snaps in the Panthers offense. Although he might see a few snaps in the slot, this seems more like a move to address the depth at wide receiver, just like the Marvin McNutt signing two weeks ago.
Here is some college tape of King: