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Panthers 2021 season opener countdown: 62 days to go

We’re counting down the days until the Panthers kick off the 2021 season.

Carolina Panthers Training Camp Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

We’re only 62 days away from the start of the Panthers’ 2021 season, so that means today’s countdown piece is dedicated to No. 62 on the Panthers’ roster — offensive tackle Aaron Monteiro.

After spending four years playing left tackle at Boston College, Monteiro went undrafted in 2019 and signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins. His brief NFL journey to date is pretty similar to other UDFAs who bounce around practice squads for a couple of years looking for a permanent home. Here’s the highlights of Monteiro’s journey thus far, per the Panthers website:

  • May 10, 2019 - Signed as a UDFA by the Miami Dolphins
  • August 31, 2019 - Waived by the Dolphins
  • October 23, 2019 - Signed to the New England Patriots practice squad
  • October 29, 2019 - Released by the Patriots
  • November 12, 2019 - Signed to the Carolina Panthers practice squad
  • December 30, 2019 - Signed a reserve/future contract with the Carolina Panthers

After signing with the Panthers at the end of 2019 he spent 2020 getting cut from then re-signed to the Panthers practice squad a couple of times before signing another reserve/future contract with Carolina in January 2021. To date he hasn’t played in any regular season NFL games.

At 6-foot-6, 315-pounds Monteiro has decent size for a tackle. His Relative Athletic Score (RAS) of 6.48 is good enough as well. The summary of his RAS is that his Explosion Grade is “Good”, his Agility Grade is “Okay” and Speed Grade is “Okay”. Monteiro isn’t going to carve out a career based solely on his athleticism, but it’s also not going to prevent him from hanging with NFL-caliber competition.

It will be difficult for Monteiro to carve out a spot on Carolina’s 53-man roster this year. Left tackle is suddenly feeling a bit crowded with new arrival Cameron Erving, 2020 emergency starter Trent Scott, 2019 second round pick Greg Little, and rookie third rounder Brady Christensen from BYU. While the Panthers offensive line depth chart is still fluid, Ourlads lists Monteiro as a fourth-string left tackle while ESPN has him as a third-string guard.

Aaron Monteiro has managed to keep his NFL dream alive as he enters his third professional season. He’s a long shot to latch on this year, but Carolina’s front office must be keeping him around for a reason.

Poll

What will Aaron Monteiro’s role be in 2021?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Starting left tackle
    (12 votes)
  • 2%
    Makes 53-man roster as a reserve
    (4 votes)
  • 37%
    Starts on practice squad, gets promoted to 53-man roster later in the season
    (69 votes)
  • 54%
    Gets cut
    (101 votes)
186 votes total Vote Now