Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Ron Rivera have been quick to mention Rakim Cox when they talk about their plans at defensive end for 2016.
Cox, who spent last season on the practice squad, participated at rookie minicamp and showed his explosiveness.
“It feels good to know that they potentially see something in me. I performed here last year in this minicamp and did well, “Cox said. “So the fact that they’re saying my name and kept me around this past year shows that they see something in me, and I’m going to prove it to them.
“I’m going to do that, and going into camp and preseason I’m going to show out and the future should be bright.”
At 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, Cox is a classic right defensive end in Carolina’s system. He mostly played that position during minicamp.
Cox stood out in the preseason against the Buffao Bills when he had two quarterback hurries and a sack in the final series of the exhibition.
“Really liked what we saw from Rakim. A lot of it goes back to what everybody saw in the preseason,” Rivera said. “He’s explosive, he’s quick off the ball. He has good hand usage. The thing about him is he’s a guy that just needs opportunities. We kept him on the practice squad and he showed his growth.”