July 31, 2013
TE Brandon Williams off to good start at Panthers camp
When the Panthers cut reserve tight end Nelson Rosario on Tuesday, it was good news for more than just Zack Pianalto, the former North Carolina tight end who took his roster spot.
It also was an encouraging sign for rookie tight end Brandon Williams, who is fighting for the third TE spot behind Greg Olsen and Ben Hartsock.
Williams is the epitome of a project. The former Oregon player has been out of football since the spring of 2011, when a collision in the Ducks' spring game led to the discovery that Williams had a spinal condition.
After graduating from Oregon, Williams actually played basketball last winter at Portland Bible College. After hiring a new agent and getting cleared medically, the 6-4, 250-pound Williams went to the super regional combine in Dallas, where the Panthers spotted him.
He missed OTAs and minicamp following minor knee surgery, but has had a good start to camp.
Williams doesn't have blazing speed, but he's fast and athletic enough to get downfield and make plays in the passing game. He's also strong enough to hold up at the point of attack, which was the downfall of Rosario, the former UCLA wideout.
Williams had a nice lock-out block on LB Ben Jacobs earlier this week.
Olsen insisted in the spring the Panthers didn't need to add another tight end following the loss of Gary Barnidge to Cleveland in free agency.
Williams still has a long way to go before making the team. But given his interesting background and promising start to camp, he bears watching.
Posted by Observer Sports on July 31, 2013 at 11:50 AM | Permalink
In the words of QCB...."never heard uv em"! But seriously, seems like he has good size to go get balls in the red zone, so hope it works out.
Posted by: Smitty | Jul 31, 2013 12:56:58 PM
Portland Bible College.
I could see this guy playing with an "Elevation Church" sticker on his helmet. CLT would eat that up.
Posted by: big gulps | Jul 31, 2013 1:58:37 PM
We should have kept Nelson Rosario IMO. Could have easily been the 2nd string TE on the team. Who cares if he can't block that well. That's what we have lineman for...just bring in hartsock on blocking packages.
Posted by: Taurus | Jul 31, 2013 3:04:50 PM
That's why u have linemen yes... Until a blitz comes. Then ya got audible and get others to pick up the block. Mainly the TE and RB will be responsible for. Unless u just don't care about protecting our franchise QB then keep that scrub Rasario. But then again why do u need him in the passing game? That's what WR's are for. Muahahahaha
Posted by: Christoph | Jul 31, 2013 11:10:33 PM
I tend to agree with Olsen who said (above quoted) ¨ Olsen insisted in the spring the Panthers didn't need to add another tight end following the loss of Gary Barnidge to Cleveland in free agency.¨ ...But IMO, we might want one on the other side, who can block better than Olsen and that is not a knock on Olsen but a fond memory of one TE with a mean streak, Shockey ... find me another young Shockey and I will shut up and go away ... which will be suggested by some future commentator at any rate
Posted by: mike in nicaragua | Aug 3, 2013 11:53:04 PM
"Portland Bible College.
I could see this guy playing with an "Elevation Church" sticker on his helmet. CLT would eat that up."
-----hahahahhahahahahahahahahha, so true. That is one popular cult here in CLT for sure.
Posted by: Frank the Tank | Aug 6, 2013 3:10:06 PM
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