The Panthers have a bit of a depth problem at wide receiver due to several guys — Omar Bayless, Seth Roberts, Keith Kirkwood and Tommylee Lewis — being on the shelf with injuries during training camp, so they are attempting to solve that issue by signing former XFL standout Cam Phillips according to a report from Alaina Getzenberg.
The Panthers are signing former XFL WR Cam Phillips, per a league source. Phillips played with QB P.J. Walker and was his top target. He spent time with the Bills in 2018 and was cut just prior to the 2019 season. @diannaESPN had the news first.— Alaina Getzenberg (@agetzenberg) August 26, 2020
Phillips has a bit of familiarity with current Panthers backup quarterback P.J. Walker. The two played together in the XFL and were pretty good as a duo. Phillips had 31 receptions for 455 yards and nine touchdowns in Houston’s five XFL games before the league was shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This move is most likely nothing more than a “we need a guy to catch passes during practice” transaction, but you never know — Phillips may show Matt Rhule enough during the next few days/weeks and find his way onto the final roster. It’s certainly an uphill battle, but stranger things have happened before.
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