Efe Obada, Defensive end
Experience: 2 years
Height: 6’ 6”
Weight: 265 lbs
College: No College
I am sure you remember Obada as one of the few feel-good stories of the Panthers 2018 season. The Nigerian-born Obada was assigned to the Panthers as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program in 2017 and spent that season on the practice squad. He then made the roster prior to the 2018 season the first player from this program to do that) and was named NFC defensive player of the week after tallying an interception, sack and quarterback pressure in first career game played, a win over the Bengals. Obada tallied eight tackles, two sacks and one interception in 2018. Most recently, Obada signed a one-year deal with the Panthers for the 2019 season.
The Carolina Panthers have signed defensive end Efe Obada to a one year contract. This is probably the least surprising move the team will make all year. Obada is a young player who flashed talent at a position of need for the Panthers and he also happens to be from the UK, where the Panthers will be playing for the first time this season.
Obada will have a difficult time making the Panthers roster this season. but if he does he will have a homecoming game when the Panthers travel to London to play the Buccaneers in Week 6. I would imagine that would make the Panthers the London crowd favorite with one of their compatriots potentially playing in the game. I wonder if this had something to do with the Panthers being selected to play in the annual game in Europe.
I would say Mario Addison and Brian Burns are locks to make the roster and take at least two of maybe six defensive end roster spots. The number is more like five most likely. Bruce Irvin should have one but at 31 and on a one year deal is no lock to make the roster. That leaves the other rookie Christian Miller and veteran hold overs Bryan Cox Jr. and Marquis Haynes fighting for two remaining roster spots.
Don’t count Obada out though, the guy has had a long road getting to where he is. I think there is a good chance he is on the sideline when the Panthers take the field in London.