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June 11, 2012

Panthers sign undrafted WRs

The Panthers signed undrafted rookie receivers Michael Avila and Lamont Bryant on Monday on the eve of minicamp.

Avila, 5-9 and 170 pounds, caught four passes for 52 yards as a fifth-year senior at San Jose State. Avila tried out for the Panthers during their rookie minicamp in May.

Bryant, 6-5 and 225 pounds, played tight end at Morgan State, where he led the team with 21 catches for 371 yards and two touchdowns last fall. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds at Morgan State's pro day.

To make room on the 90-man roster, the Panthers released wideouts Chris Manno and Wes Kemp.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on June 11, 2012 at 05:05 PM | Permalink


Hate it for Chris Manno...was sincerely rooting for him to beat the odds and make the team. His story of perserverance and determination is legendary. He trains like Tim Tebow...would have loved to have him in training camp...

Posted by: old school | Jun 11, 2012 8:22:19 PM

Nice! Love to see the team picking up a couple of wildly productive college players.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 12, 2012 12:03:54 PM

Yeah really. I'm sure they're related to Jerry or Marty, or cut their grass, pick up their dry cleaning, worked at Bojangles, etc.

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Jun 13, 2012 1:05:01 PM

Actually he is Rivera's nephew I believe. But he is speedy though (sub 4 40)and was a track star as well as football in high school. That is something that might be good on special teams maybe.

Posted by: PanthersTimes | Jun 13, 2012 10:50:15 PM

Does this mean Rivera is running out of Charger players to bring in?

Posted by: Sportsdon | Jun 14, 2012 10:15:19 AM

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