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Panthers 2021 season opener countdown: 4 days to go

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

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We’re only four days away from the start of the Panthers’ 2021 season, and since the Panthers currently don’t have a player wearing No. 4, today’s countdown piece will be dedicated to one of our most recent acquisitions (who currently does not have a number for Carolina) — quarterback James Morgan.

The Panthers claimed the 24-year-old Morgan (6-4, 230) after he was waived by the Jets on August 31. Morgan was selected in the fourth round (No. 125 overall) by the Jets in the 2020 NFL Draft and spent the 2020 season with New York, but did not see any playing time. He played college football at Florida International.

Here’s a brief summary of his college career, courtesy of the Panthers’ website:

Played two seasons at FIU (2018-19) after transferring from Bowling Green where he played two seasons (2016-17). At FIU, threw for 5,312 yards and 40 touchdowns against just 12 interceptions. Had a career year in 2018 when he had 2,727 yards passing and 26 touchdowns for a rating of 157.6, leading Conference USA in pass yards per attempt and passer rating.

Morgan is on the practice squad as the ‘emergency’ quarterback, so it’s unlikely that he’ll see any action this year for the Panthers in 2021 (unless we are hit with a really bad string of luck). While we probably won’t see him this season, he could be a developmental project for Matt Rhule and there’s a chance we’ll see him next preseason if Rhule likes what he sees from him at practice this year.

What do you think, Panthers fans? Do you think this was a good pickup for Carolina? Why or why not? Share your thoughts with us!