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Panthers sign former BYU receiver Micah Simon

Carolina gets the UDFA speedster on a three-year deal

BYU v Utah State Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers have signed undrafted free agent Micah Simon to a three-year, minimum salary deal. Simon entered the 2020 NFL draft after graduating from Brigham Young University, but went undrafted and was unable to latch on with a team during the pandemic. He attended his college program’s 2021 pro day where he was able to impress new Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer enough to earn a deal.

While Panthers fans can keep their fingers crossed that this is just the first in an elaborate series of moves that Fitterer is engineering to land former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, the more likely reality is that this is a blazing fast guy who offers the Panthers favorite quality: versatility. While he can’t necessarily play multiple positions he has experience across the field, having been a high school quarterback in Texas before moving to cornerback his freshman year at BYU and ultimately settling at receiver.

Oh, and did I mention fast?

Simon posted a 4.34 40-yard dash in 2021 after a year away from football. He also posted a 4.35 40 in 2020 when he had to produce his own ‘pro day’ due to the pandemic. Say what you will about 40s or times posted at non-neutral events, the kid was clearly fast enough to impress Fitterer and Joe Brady.