Holyfield rushed nine times for 26 yards and a touchdown, and caught two of four targets for 13 yards and another score in Thursday night's 23-13 preseason win over the Bears. He also lost a fumble.
Holyfield watched Cameron Artis-Payne start at tailback, but still got into the game on Carolina's third offensive series. On his third rush, however, Holyfield turned the ball over, making for a rough first impression. Fortunately, he rallied to catch a seven-yard touchdown to begin the second half, then ended the game with an 11-yard scoring rush. Overall, that made for a mostly positive performance as he hopes to move up the depth chart behind Christian McCaffrey.
Holyfield officially signed a contract with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Holyfield was bypassed in the 2019 NFL Draft after disappointing NFL Scouting Combine and pro day performances. He now lands in Carolina as a depth piece. The Georgia product projects to compete primarily with Cameron Artis-Payne and rookie fifth-round pick Jordan Scarlett for complementary duties behind No. 1 running back Christian McCaffrey. Holyfield's versatility could prove an advantage over Scarlett, who profiles as an inside power runner, but with only seven career receptions in college Holyfield lacks the profile to earn reps on passing downs.
Holyfield is expected to sign with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Holyfield declared for the draft as an underclassman out of Georgia but saw his stock take a significant hit after lackluster NFL Scouting Combine and pro day performances. He'll have a chance to earn a roster spot with Carolina as a depth running back and special teams player in 2019.