We’re less than a week from game 1 and things are finally starting to settle down. Following the roster cuts that every team must make are the requisite additions. Practice squad spots, other teams’ cuts, there’s plenty of pickups that happen at this point, and the Panthers have made a few.
In what might be considered the most shocking addition: the Carolina Panthers signed QB Brad Kaaya after he was cut from Detroit’s roster. You’d be forgiven for not quite knowing what they’re getting with this one.
Kaaya was drafted in the sixth round of this year’s draft out of Miami. He ended his Miami career as the school’s all-time leader in passing yards, ahead of Hurricane great Ken Dorsey, in one fewer year. He’s a big strong guy that has abilities Panther’s fans should like. He is, however, a raw talent. He threw for 220 yards on 16-of-29, with two touchdowns and one interception. If he learns effectively behind Cam, he could be a solid backup in the future, and maybe more.
Carolina also picked up former Michigan State safety Demetrious Cox, released from the Bengals. Cox was undrafted in this year’s draft after his senior year. Cox’s college stats are not mind-blowing in any way, but he should add to the defensive back depth that is sorely needed.
At the beginning of the year Cox was involved in a criminal case revolving around the alleged assault of a taxi driver. A plea deal was reached but those in charge of the NFL definitely have their eye on the allegations.
In other roster news: 10 players were signed to the practice squad.
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