Carolina Panthers drop former 2020 Saints draft pick Tommy Stevens
The Carolina Panthers announced Tuesday night that they have given up on quarterback / tight end Tommy Stevens to open a spot for wide receiver CJ Saunders, who was officially dealt with in Wednesday’s wire update. league transactions. Now, the former Penn State and Mississippi State quarterback is looking for a new opportunity in the NFL.
His professional career began in New Orleans, where Stevens was the subject of a controversial game between the Panthers and the New Orleans Saints. He and his agent had already made an unwritten rookie contract with Carolina, where he would reunite with his former coach Joe Brady; not to be outdone, Sean Payton devised a last-minute trade to ensure Stevens lands with the Saints. But he struggled to convert to a tight end and was released from the practice squad mid-season.
Stevens only played in the 2020 regular season finale, ironically playing against the Carolina Saints. He gained 24 rushing yards in four carries to close the game. He is one of many fringe-NFL-grade passer with an athletic edge to be marketed as an ideal fit for the “Taysom Hill role,” similar to the Jaguars’ Tim Tebow, but it remains to be seen whether one other team will give him a chance after washing up with two other teams.