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Tyler Gaffney’s Carolina Timeline, and How the Panthers Suddenly Lost Him

[icon_list][icon_list_item type=”calendar”]May 10 – The Panthers use their 6th-round draft pick on Stanford RB Tyler Gaffney.[/icon_list_item][icon_list_item type=”calendar”]May 17 – Gaffney is in Charlotte for a two-day rookie minicamp. [/icon_list_item][icon_list_item type=”calendar”]May 18 – Gaffney signs his rookie contract, which includes a $96,600 signing bonus.[/icon_list_item][icon_list_item type=”calendar”]May 27-29, June 3-5, June 9-10 – The Panthers begin OTA practices without Gaffney.*[/icon_list_item][/icon_list]

*Due to an NCAA rule, Gaffney has to remain at Stanford, a quarter system school, until his classes are finished.

[icon_list][icon_list_item type=”calendar”]June 11-12 – After wrapping things up in Palo Alto, Gaffney joins the Panthers for their final two OTAs.[/icon_list_item][icon_list_item type=”calendar”]June 17-19 – Gaffney participates in minicamp.[/icon_list_item][icon_list_item type=”calendar”]July 24 – Players report to camp. RB Jonathan Stewart, who tweaked a hamstring while working out a few days earlier, is ruled out for “a week or two.”[/icon_list_item][icon_list_item type=”calendar”]July 25 – During his first play at Fan Fest, Gaffney injures his left knee while running a sweep.[/icon_list_item][icon_list_item type=”calendar”]July 26 – An MRI reveals Gaffney tore the lateral meniscus in his knee. The Panthers announce he will undergo surgery and be placed on injured reserve.[/icon_list_item][icon_list_item type=”calendar”]July 27 – Gaffney is waived-injured.*[/icon_list_item][/icon_list]

*NFL rules state if a team wants to put a player on the IR before the first round of cuts, they have to send him through waivers. In theory, this prevents teams from stashing guys on the IR before they have to cut down to 75. Other teams can make a waiver claim on such a player, but a move like that is rare.

[icon_list][icon_list_item type=”calendar”]July 27 – The Panthers sign RB Fozzy Whittaker.*[/icon_list_item][/icon_list]

*Including Stewart’s injury, the Panthers are down two running backs with a month to go before the cut to 75. They need to bring someone in to help take reps. In order to stash Gaffney safely at the end of August, they could release one of their 16 offensive lineman or 12 defensive backs. Instead, Gaffney’s on waivers.  

[icon_list][icon_list_item type=”calendar”]July 27 – The Panthers sign S Tom Nelson, bringing them back up to the 90-player limit.[/icon_list_item][icon_list_item type=”calendar”]July 28 – After putting in a waiver claim, the Patriots are awarded Gaffney, a now former Panther.*[/icon_list_item][/icon_list]

*For a sixth-round pick and $96,600, the Panthers received one rookie minicamp, two OTA practices, one minicamp and one training camp play.

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5 thoughts on “Tyler Gaffney’s Carolina Timeline, and How the Panthers Suddenly Lost Him”

  1. Steve Danner BenProehl  pretty sure this is what SB nations panthers blog wrote right after the draft:
    Bene Benwikere, CB, San Jose State
    The Panthers made a
    surprising decision to trade up and get “their guy”, in this case a
    completely under-the-radar small school cornerback. Coach Ron Rivera and
    defensive backs coach Steve Wilks secretly worked out Benwikere before
    the draft, and it’s clear that they liked Benwikere enough to justify
    using a fifth and seventh round pick on him. Benwikere isn’t the biggest
    or fastest cornerback, but in many ways he’s similar to Melvin White as
    a read and react zone cornerback who can play the ball in the air.
    Benwikere will
    compete for the slot cornerback role in the Panthers defense. Even if he
    doesn’t win the job as a rookie, he’ll still be solid depth at one of
    the weakest positions on the Panthers roster.

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