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Panthers 2021 season opener countdown: 69 days to go

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

NFL: DEC 15 Buccaneers at Lions Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We’re 69 days away from the Carolina Panthers 2021 season opener, so that means today’s countdown piece is devoted to No. 69 on the roster — defensive end Frank Herron.

The Panthers re-signed Herron in May after releasing him after the draft as they worked to get their rookies signed. Prior to that, Carolina had signed Herron in April.

As Walker Clement noted, Herron is listed as a defensive end, but has also played defensive tackle in the NFL. He has spent time with the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, and Miami Dolphins. Herron was on New England’s practice squad when the team won Super Bowl LIII.

Herron’s positional flexibility makes him another ‘camp body with upside’ signing that fits in with Matt Rhule and Scott Fitterer’s roster building strategy, writes Clement.

That strategy is clearly oriented towards filling needs for practice more so than it is towards finding diamonds in the rough. This may well not be the last time the team signs Herron this off season.

NFL: DEC 15 Buccaneers at Lions Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Thus far Herron has earned stats in 2019 and 2020, both with the Lions, suiting up for three and four games, respectively. He has put up 10 tackles but has yet to register his first career sack.

The defensive lineman originally signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of LSU in 2018.

He has made 67 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in his four-year career at LSU.