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November 10, 2011

Panthers rookie happy for second chance

Rookie DE Thomas Keiser thought he made the Panthers' roster coming out of preseason drills. But when the Panthers claimed DE George Selvie off waivers on Sept. 4, Keiser found himself on the practice squad.

It didn't deter the undrafted free agent from Stanford, who kept hustling at practice and giving the starting offensive lineman a good look.

That work paid off this week when Keiser was promoted when LB Thomas Williams (neck) was placed on IR.

"It was definitely tough, thinking I'd made it and then getting put down before the first game," Keiser said. "But I knew the opportunity was still there to be able to become active and play for the Panthers. That was my goal and I just worked toward that."

Keiser said he has been working as a backup on several of the special teams, and getting a few defensive reps at practice.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he was excited for Keiser, whom he called the team's most productive DE during the preseason.

--Joseph Person




Posted by Observer Sports on November 10, 2011 at 11:40 AM | Permalink


How did the most productive DE from pre-season get put on the practice squad?

Posted by: Mike | Nov 10, 2011 1:08:18 PM

numbers, thats how. he was productive but you had other talent (and larger contracts) ahead of him.

Posted by: Rick | Nov 10, 2011 1:29:28 PM

True, and True Again Guys!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: nasty704 | Nov 10, 2011 1:45:59 PM

he played the most in pre season. all the starters are in for one play then are done for the game.

Posted by: zach | Nov 10, 2011 2:28:22 PM

productive against other teams practice squad players doesn't equal a roster spot. 4th quarter in the preseason vs. regular season.......anybody notice anything different between the two?

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 10, 2011 3:22:57 PM

Great picture you have posted of him, the "what is a football" is very becoming of him

Posted by: Jason | Nov 10, 2011 5:18:10 PM

many players try to make it in the N.F.L only a small percentage of them suceede. There had to be something about Keiser that caught the attention of the coaching staff that made them keep him by putting him on the practice squad I have a cousin who played in the N.F.L about 12 years maybe more, don't know if he ever started I do know that he played for three teams and he got two Super Bowl rings when he was with Miami yes when they went undefeated he was a back up offensive linesman and played special team name is Alfred Jenkins my point is that one has to have some talent to make the roster one way or another, I wish Thomas the best.

Posted by: realnard | Nov 11, 2011 2:40:34 PM

i think he is undersized but he has a great motor and his desire is off the charts.
relentless. will be an immediate contributor on special teams is my bet.

Posted by: blackkat | Nov 11, 2011 4:44:53 PM

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