Bersin will miss the rest of the offseason program after undergoing surgery on his left ankle, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports. "He had a spur removed from his ankle," head trainer Ryan Vermillion said. "We felt like this was the best time to do it. He'll miss minicamp, but he'll be fine and ready to go for training camp."
As OTAs proceeded, it was apparent that Bersin was dealing with discomfort in his left ankle, and the procedure was ordered up to make sure he'd be ready by the time training camp kicks off. A wide receiver in name, he fits in the majority of his snaps on special teams, where 113 of his 176 overall snaps were earned in 2016. If he's able to fend off the likes of Damiere Byrd and Keyarris Garrett during the preseason, Bersin would be in line for a similar role in the fall.
Bersin was set to become a restricted free agent March 9, but will now remain with the Panthers through the 2017 season. The receiver has accumulated 24 catches for 287 yards and one touchdown during his first three years in the league. He is also a contributor on special teams, where he will likely make the most impact this coming season.
Bersin caught two passes (on six targets) for 17 yards in 10 games played this season.
Bersin has served as a depth receiver and special teamer over the past three seasons. Although he topped the 100-yard mark in both of his first two years in Carolina, he hardly factored into the Panthers' plans on offense this term, and will now become a restricted free agent.
Bersin's reception was surprisingly his first of this season, but his mere 22 career catches prior to Sunday evidences the depth role he's filled for the
Bersin re-signed with the Panthers on Monday, The Charlotte Observer reports.
The Panthers released Bersin before Week 4 in order to add an extra defensive lineman as insurance for Charles Johnson (quadriceps). However, the aforementioned signee, Larry Webster, was ultimately waived on Monday so Bersin could be brought back in, which may suggest the team is concerned with the status of Devin Funchess (toe).
|P2||8/19/17||@ TEN||3:00 pm|
|P3||8/24/17||@ JAC||7:30 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/26/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|