Earlier this week, many of the players who spent time on the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad during the 2018 season were signed to reserve future contracts by the team, which will place them on the roster for the start of the new league year in March. Now, one more player who passed through Bank of America Stadium has joined them.
On Friday, the Panthers signed cornerback Josh Thornton to a reserve future contract. Thornton, who entered the NFL in 2017 as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Utah, was signed to the practice squad in late November after the Panthers promoted cornerback Lorenzo Doss to the active roster. Thornton would be released from the practice squad a week later, and would finish the season on the practice squad of the Buffalo Bills. Thornton had previously spent time with the Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, and Houston Texans.
Thornton is the 14th player the Panthers have signed to a reserve future contract since season’s end. On Monday, the Panthers signed all nine remaining players on their 2018 practice squad, as well as four new additions: These players included running back Reggie Bonnafon, linebacker Brandon Chubb, defensive back Cole Luke, defensive back Kai Nacua, defensive tackle Elijah Qualls, guard Ian Silberman, guard Landon Turner, wide receiver DeAndrew White, linebacker Antwione Williams, offensive tackle Isaiah Battle, defensive back Quin Blanding, defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton, and wide receiver Andre Levrone.
The next several months for the Panthers will center around which players get new contracts, which do not, and which will get the opportunity to compete for a spot on the roster in training camp and the preseason. Based on the way the Panthers’ 2018 season came to an end, there is hope for those signed to reserve future contracts that they could end up having a place on the team moving forward. Multiple players on the Panthers’ practice squad were able to work their way to the active roster by season’s end, including quarterback Kyle Allen, guard Taylor Hearn, and tight end Jason Vander Laan.
The four new players that the Panthers have signed all come to the Carolinas with NFL experience. Isaiah Battle, a former member of the Clemson Tigers, has spent time with the Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, and Seattle Seahawks. Quin Blanding and Andre Levrone, meanwhile, were undrafted rookies out of Virginia who spent time in 2018 with the Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars respectively. Woodrow Hamilton, meanwhile, has spent time with the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, and New York Giants.
Over the course of the offseason, many players are likely to come and go for the Panthers as they form a roster through OTAs and into training camp in the summer.