Receiver DeAndre Presley was in uniform Wednesday for the first time since this summer’s organized team activities, and the Carolina Panthers have three weeks to decide what they’ll do with him.
Presley, a former Appalachian State quarterback, suffered a stress fracture in his shin this summer and was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp.
He converted from defensive back to receiver in the offseason, but he didn’t have much time to work at receiver after suffering shin splits.
“I think during OTAs, not knowing what it was, it was just taking it one step at a time,” Presley said. “The pain was still there. I guess it’s just taking it one step at a time and not letting it bother me mentally.”
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Wednesday, Presley worked with the receivers and fielded punts with starting returner Philly Brown and practice squad receiver Willie Snead.
“I pray to God that I get an opportunity to do it this year, and that’s something that we’ll hopefully find out in the next two or three weeks,” Presley said.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicated the team won’t rush a decision on Presley. Carolina has 21 days to activate him from the PUP list, and until it does he does not count against the 53-man roster.
“He earned the opportunity based on what he did last year for us in terms of being on the practice squad, working hard,” Rivera said. “He was having a good OTAs and minicamp until he had the shin splints problem. We want to see what he has, and after three weeks we’ll make a decision.”