Panthers Release Three Rookies Following Minicamp

The Panthers released three undrafted rookies following minicamp
The Panthers released three undrafted rookies following minicamp / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Panthers officially released a trio of undrafted rookies following minicamp over the weekend. New Haven TE Kevin Foelsch, Ole Miss CB DeShawn Gaddie, and Tulane OLB Darius Hodges were all waived, Carolina announced on Monday.

Rookie minicamp was the organization's first chance to get a glimpse at both drafted and undrafted players on the practice field. While some, like first-round WR Xavier Legette, shined and excited the coaching staff, some undrafted players couldn't prove they earned a contract in the three-day camp.

None of these three rookies were expected to make the roster, though they could still wind up joining another team or on someone's practice squad.

Panthers News: Carolina Releases Three Undrafted Rookies

Carolina enjoyed an excellent draft, reshaping the offensive foundation around QB Bryce Young with talented and versatile playmakers. Legette, second-round RB Jonathon Brooks, and fourth-round TE Ja'Tavion Sanders should help the offense improve, as will free-agent acquisition Diontae Johnson.

With a better offensive line and much-improved skill-position group, new head coach Dave Canales has the chance to build around Young and leave last year's 2-15 record in the past.

Odds are high for multiple undrafted rookies to eventually find their way on the Panthers' roster. Some could start on the practice squad or inactive roster while developing, but nearly every team in the NFL has contributors from this pool.

These three players won't make the cut, though there are still others worth watching. We'll update you throughout the rest of the offseason as news becomes available. Carolina sits at just +750 to make the playoffs this season at FanDuel Sportsbook, but they can take a large step towards contention by identifying some building blocks in this rookie class.

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