The Carolina Panthers closed their Rookie Camp last Sunday, and this is just the beginning for their 2012 season.
“It was a good three days for us,” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said. “Now that we’ve gotten a good look at these guys, we’ll take the next couple of days and evaluate. If we think anybody will help us, we’ll sign them.”
Out of the 56 players at camp, 32 were tryout players, and if the Panthers add any of the tryout players, then a man from the 90 man roster will be cut. 90 is the maximum at this point of the year.
Luke Keuchly apparently looked athletic and large out there on the Rookie camp practice field, and surely there were some future Carolina Panthers out on that field with him.
When Guard Will Blackwell accepted the rookie camp invite, he had to make some quick changes having to do with his wedding. He and fiancee, Laura Cummings, were supposed to marry the weekend of rookie camp, switched things quickly to the previous weekend.
“It actually wasn’t that stressful for me,” Blackwell said. “I didn’t have to do the planning – my wife and her mother did the bulk of it. She wanted me to be as clear-minded as possible when I came up here.
“We got engaged in October, and we set the date around then. We knew rookie camp was going to either be last weekend or this weekend, so we kind of took a shot in the dark and missed.”
To all the rookies who tried out, even if they did not make the team, then hopefully the experience will serve them well in the rest of their career.