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Undrafted rookie receiver for Carolina Panthers catches Ron Rivera’s eye

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Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver Marcus Lucas (83) keeps his eyes on the ball as he tips it into the air and then makes the catch during the team's practice at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg on Saturday.

SPARTANBURG Undrafted Carolina Panthers rookie receiver Marcus Lucas is quietly having one of the best camps among his peers.

Lucas, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound receiver, made two nice catches on Tuesday to add to his collection of good hands plays in the past week.

“He runs good routes, has got good hands, shows good concentration,” Rivera said. “He’s a young guy who’s enthusiastic at practice. I like his attitude and work ethic. Watching him when they’re yelling for someone on the show team he’s one of the first ones to jump up. Those catch your eye as a coach. And then you see him do something well it catches your eye even more.”

Lucas had a successful final two seasons with the Missouri Tigers. He led the team in receiving yards (509) in his junior year and was second on the team in receptions (58) and yards (692) in his senior year.

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