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June 19, 2013

Canadian DT Gaydosh hopes to crack Panthers final roster

The Panthers were the only NFL team that called the Canadian Football League's No. 1 overall pick, and he hopes he can stick with Carolina through training camp.

In an article on Panthers.com, defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh said while he was flattered to be the top pick in Canada's top football league, his dream is to play in the NFL.

"It was a great honor and something that will always be dear to me, but I'd like to move on from that and move up and play the highest level of football that I can," he said.

Along with the weather, the biggest adjustment for Gaydosh has been getting closer to the ball on the line. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said during rookie tryout camp that he and the coaches had to push Gaydosh closer to the ball when lining up due to Canada's different rules.

"I'm still getting used to the ‘no-yard' coming from Canadian rules," Gaydosh told Panthers.com. "We've got a one-yard neutral zone area in Canada, so you have a little more time to read and react. Here, it's just bang, right in your face as soon as the ball is snapped."

Making the final cut come late August will be a task for Gaydosh considering the Panthers' situation with interior defensive linemen. Dwan Edwards and first-round pick Star Lotulelei enter training camp as the starting DTs while veteran Colin Cole and second-round pick Kawann Short are their immediate backups. 

Siona Fua, a 2011 third-round pick, and Frank Kearse figure to be on the third string while starting defensive end Greg Hardy has played tackle in obvious pass situations the past year.

There's such a logjam at defensive tackle that the team flipped Nate Chandler to the other side of the line so he'd have a better shot of staying on with Carolina.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on June 19, 2013 at 08:25 AM | Permalink


Take off, eh?

Posted by: G-Dub | Jun 19, 2013 12:16:20 PM

Its aboat time we had depth at DT

Posted by: dh | Jun 19, 2013 12:32:46 PM

Cut Fua now....give this guy a chance.

Posted by: YeahRight | Jun 19, 2013 3:54:19 PM

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