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May 12, 2013

Panthers set to sign tryout players from weekend minicamp

The Panthers have already started adding to their roster following the completion of this weekend's rookie minicamp.

So far, two signings are known. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Saturday he expects the team will sign four or five players from the pool of 36 who tried out.

Just like the first two rounds of the draft, Carolina added to its defensive line by signing lineman Linden Gaydosh, per his agent. Gaydosh, a former standout at the University of Calgary, was selected first overall by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in last week's Canadian Football League draft.

The 6-foot-3, 314 pounder helped lead the Calgary Dinos to four consecutive Canada West titles.

Gaydosh was among the players who stood out to Rivera after the camp's second practice session Saturday afternoon.

"He looked really good. Thought he did some really nice things," Rivera said.

Here's an article from a Canadian perspective on what it means for a CFL team to lose its top overall draft pick to an NFL team--at least for training camp. 

The team is also set to sign kicker Jordan Gay from Division-III school Centre College. Gay kicked and punted at Centre but was listed as a kicker at the Panthers' minicamp.

He went 8-for-17 on field goals and 32-for-32 on extra points last season while kicking a school-record 53-yard field goal.

Gay will go into training camp competing against incumbent starter Graham Gano, who signed a two-year deal with the team last season. Last training camp, newcomer Justin Medlock unseated incumbent Olindo Mare for the starting job before getting released midway through the season.

Check back for updates on other Panther signings. An official team announcement isn't expected until late afternoon Monday at the earliest.

For the list of tryout players, undrafted free agents and draft picks who participated at this weekend's camp, click here.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on May 12, 2013 at 05:29 PM | Permalink


8 for 17?

Posted by: EFord | May 12, 2013 5:52:41 PM

I heard from several coaches that he was as impressive as Star and KK!

Posted by: steve jones | May 13, 2013 12:26:31 AM

8 for 17 at a Division 3 school? It's not like he was kicking in stadiums with 20,000 screaming fans with a national television audience watching. If he doesn't come out kicking 60 yarders, there's no reason for him to be here.

Posted by: Smitty | May 13, 2013 10:36:22 AM

What about Morgan Lineberry is that three kickers on roster

Posted by: jbw | May 13, 2013 12:11:50 PM

Why hire a guy who wasn't even a winner at a div 3 school? there are plenty of kickers available who much better resumes. Gentleman is not very impressive early on. We may be screaming for Hurney soon.

Posted by: Holmes | May 13, 2013 1:43:15 PM

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