CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers have several rookies who could contribute this season, including two that had big college careers on offense.
That’s where we’ll begin Saturday’s mailbag.
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@DNewtonESPN: The easy answer would be wide receiver Devin Funchess. The second-round pick out of Michigan showed during offseason workouts he can play all three wide receiver positions, and he looked good doing it. He showed at 6-foot-4 he can help create mismatches being on the field with 2014 first-round picks Kelvin Benjamin (6-5). I really expect him to play a big role. Fifth-round pick Cameron Artis-Payne, at the moment, is considered a complement to starting running back Jonathan Stewart. He's still behind Fozzy Whittaker and Darrin Reaves when it comes to reps. But let's say Stewart is injured. I don't see Whittaker or Reaves being elevated to the every-down back. I do see Artis-Payne in that role. He proved in leading the SEC in rushing at Auburn last season he's tough and durable. So people aren't sleeping on Artis-Payne as much as his role at the moment is less than that of Funchess.
@DNewtonESPN: Wide receiver Stephen Hill looked good enough that coach Ron Rivera mentioned him and Jarrett Boykin as players who stood out during organized team activities. I saw it in Hill. I didn't in Boykin. But then, media weren't allowed at every practice. The final receiver spot could come down to one of those two or Brenton Bersin. The good news for Carolina is that final cut will be tough. It really wasn't last year. If Hill plays well enough to make the roster, it will be like getting an extra draft pick basically for free.
@DNewtonESPN: Just OK. Nothing to make me think the undrafted rookie out of James Madison will make the final 53-man roster, but Dean Marlowe is giving himself a chance to at least make the practice squad. He's not a speedster, which probably kept him from being drafted.