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May 09, 2013

Tryout players a necessity under new CBA

We started today asking Twitter followers what players are deserving of the Panthers' Hall of Honor, playing off Scott Fowler's blog that questioned why the Panthers' Hall is such a lonely place.

The Hall currently has 25,002 inductees, although 25,000 of the honorees are ceremonial – the team's PSL owners. Only two have statues – Mike McCormack, the team's first president and GM, and the late Sam Mills.

From that discussion, we move to the other end of the spectrum – the 35 to 40 guys coming to Charlotte this weekend to participate in the rookie minicamp as tryout players.

The NFL's new CBA put stricter guidelines on offseason workouts and minicamps. As such, teams have to bring in tryout players to have enough to line up for drills.

In the Panthers' case, they will have their five drafted players, 13 undrafted rookies, a handful of first- and second-year players (tight end Nelson Rosario among them) and the 35 or so players trying out.

There are a few familiar names among those on tryout contracts:

--ex-Penn State QB Matt McGloin, who tried out at the Redskins' minicamp last weekend;

--former North Carolina linebacker Quan Sturdivant, Arizona's sixth-round draft choice in 2011 who was on Kansas City's practice squad last season;

--Brenton Bersin, the former Wofford receiver who was in the Panthers' training camp last season.

All face long odds. The Panthers only signed one player from their tryout camp last year – offensive lineman Justin Wells, who signed in August following an injury to former offensive tackle Lee Ziemba.

Wells, a 6-4, 316-pound guard from Saint Augustine's, remains on the roster.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on May 9, 2013 at 03:48 PM | Permalink


Quan Sturdivant WAS rated as a low 2nd or high 3rd round pick. He was the second or third best-rated inside linebacker in the draft.
He had a hamstring issue that caused some problems in the combine.
If I recall correctly, Justin Wells PLAYED in the last game of the season ... where D-Will set a team record for rushing.

Posted by: john solis | May 9, 2013 5:05:57 PM

Robert Lester and Colby Cameron are not tryout players but better yet undrafted free agent signings that I will be keeping a close eye on.

Posted by: Cire Salgoud | May 10, 2013 2:03:12 PM

So what happened to Lee Ziemba? I thought he had a shot to make the team - did he retire or what?

Posted by: DOM | May 10, 2013 3:50:32 PM

Ziemba: • Signed to the Colts practice squad on December 18, 2012.
• Signed by the Colts to a reserve/future contract on January 8, 2013.

Posted by: Sean | May 10, 2013 4:38:06 PM

Indianapolis Colts reporters do not project Ziemba to make the team or, in any case, be a factor. It would be a little crazy to draft him, release him and have him be a stud with Indy.

Posted by: Kevin Greene | May 11, 2013 10:47:00 AM

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