Until Tommy Stevens finds meaningful playing time, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
The Panthers waived Stevens on Tuesday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. The 24-year-old was promoted from the practice squad ahead of Week 17 and had four carries for 24 yards during his NFL debut against the Saints, filling a Taysom Hill-like role. Stevens, a seventh-round pick of the Saints last April, is once again in search of a new team ahead of training camp.
Stevens played one game as a rookie, rushing four times for 24 yards in Week 17's loss to the Saints. Stevens was actually drafted by New Orleans in the seventh round last year, but he landed on Carolina's practice squad in mid-November. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder played quarterback in college but has been groomed for a utility role in the NFL, hence his backfield cameo (four carries, 24 yards) in the Panthers' season finale. Given his unique skill set, it'll be intriguing to see whether the team opts to bring Stevens back for the 2021 campaign.
The Panthers signed Stevens to the active roster Saturday, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports. Stevens is set to make his NFL debut in Sunday's matchup against the Saints, who selected him in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft. While Stevens is officially listed as a tight end, he played some quarterback in college, and the Saints drafted him for Taysom Hill-like purposes. It's unclear exactly how he'll be utilized in Week 17, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Stevens utilized in a gadget role.
The Panthers signed Stevens to the practice squad Monday. This transaction was made in response to Monday's news that Teddy Bridgewater suffered an MCL sprain in this past Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay. If Bridgewater is forced to miss any time, P.J. Walker is expected to start under center while Will Grier serves as the backup. Stevens will be kept around in case of an emergency.
Stevens was released from New Orleans' practice squad Tuesday, per the NFL's official transaction log. The 23-year-old failed to make the Saints' season-opening roster and remained with the organization on the practice squad, but he's now been let go. Stevens was a seventh-round pick during the 2020 draft out of Mississippi State.
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|1||09/12||New York Jets||29||24.75|
|2||09/19||New Orleans Saints||10||19.00|
|7||10/24||@New York Giants||3||17.63|
|9||11/07||New England Patriots||5||17.88|
|11||11/21||Washington Football Team||6||17.88|
|16||12/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||19.80|
|17||01/02||@New Orleans Saints||10||19.00|
|18||01/09||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||19.80|
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