Until Jason Vander Laan finds meaningful playing time with the Panthers this fall, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
The Panthers signed Vander Laan from their practice squad Wednesday, Bryan Strickland of the team's official site reports. Vander Laan's spot on the 53-man roster comes following the placement of kicker Graham Gano (knee) on injured reserve. The 24-year-old will provide depth at the tight end position behind Ian Thomas and Chris Manhertz going forward.
Vander Laan (shoulder) didn't participate in Friday's practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. Vander Laan finds himself in a crowded field of five players battling for a spot behind starter Greg Olsen. Since Olsen should see the lion's share of targets at the position, Vander Laan could potentially carve out a roster spot by focusing on his run-blocking abilities.
Vander Laan signed a contract with the Panthers on Monday. Vander Laan saw action in four games with the Colts in 2017, also spending plenty of time on the team's practice squad. After being cut loose by the Colts earlier in May, Vander Laan now heads to Carolina, where he's still likely a long shot to make the final roster. Vander Laan will need to impress throughout offseason activities and training camp to earn a spot as added depth at tight end.
Vander Laan was waived by the Colts on Monday. Vander Laan spent the 2017 campaign alternating between the Colts' active roster and practice squad, seeing the field in four total games. He failed to make much of an impact and will now look for a new organization after being released Monday. Considering Vander Laan's struggles to earn snaps the last two years, he'll have a tough time becoming fantasy relevant elsewhere in the league.
Vander Laan (concussion) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans. Vander Laan did not participate at practice again this week and hasn't made the necessary progress to clear the concussion protocol. The 25-year-old will finish the 2017 with zero targets in four games with Indianapolis.
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