Gaulden is in the mix for the starting free safety job, Max Henson of Panthers.com reports.
Gaulden was selected in the third round of the 2018 draft out of Tennessee, and after registering 17 tackles in his rookie campaign, he's put himself in a position to potentially open the 2019 season as the starting free safety alongside Eric Reid. "The one position is the free safety spot," stated head coach Ron Rivera. "We've got to see who is going to step up and take that lead." Even if Gaulden doesn't emerge as the starter, he could see time as a nickel or dime corner for the Panthers this year.
Gaulden will see the opportunity to take reps in the slot this offseason, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Gaulden spent most of his rookie season as a reserve option in Carolina's secondary, ending the year with 17 tackles and one pass defended over 15 games. The 2018 third-round pick logged 144 defensive snaps. He'll compete with Corn Elder for reps in nickel packages this offseason.
Gaulden (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Gaulden was inactive for Sunday's win over the Ravens due to an ankle injury, but appears to have fully progressed through his recovery. The rookie third-round pick has not played more than 15 defensive snaps since Week 3, and will serve as a reserve member of Carolina's secondary against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Gaulden (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.
Gaulden's injury prevented him from practicing Thursday and Friday, resulting in him carrying a doubtful designation into the weekend. The reserve safety hasn't been a major part of Carolina's defensive backfield rotation during his rookie season, logging no more than 27 defensive snaps in any given week.
Gaulden (ankle) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Gaulden is nursing an ankle injury of undisclosed severity, and he appears on track to miss Sunday's game against Baltimore. If the rookie is unable to suit up, Colin Jones will serve as Carolina's primary backup at the safety position in Week 8.