Former Coastal Carolina tight end Jamie Childers wrapped up his collegiate career more than three years ago, but he hasn’t given up on his pursuit of making it to the NFL.
Childers, who has bounced around the practice squads of several organizations, was invited for a tryout at the Carolina Panthers’ rookie minicamp this weekend, his agent Joel Turner said.
“They’ve got a spot for somebody at that position and so they’re going to take a look at Jamie and they’re bringing in at least another tight end if not two for the rookie minicamps, so I’m sure one of those guys will [be offered a contract],” Turner said.
Childers, 26, stands 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds and converted from quarterback to tight end during his time with the Chanticleers. He compiled 30 catches for 451 yards and four touchdowns over his final two seasons.
His impressive physical attributes and athleticism have landed him several looks already, but Turner said bad luck has stunted those opportunities.
“I can’t speak for him, but I just know his desire to play because he knows he’s talented enough and he’s had a couple tough breaks along the way,” Turner said. “His rookie year at St. Louis he had a calf injury that kept him from doing anything, so he was cut. Year two he goes to the New York Giants and they don’t utilize him in the passing game at all and just let him block and even used him a little at fullback, so that was not something that allowed him to showcase his athleticism.”
Childers also spent time on the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad last year.
He attended the NFL’s Veteran Combine in Arizona in March as way to stay on teams’ radar, and because he still counts as a rookie due to lack of service time in the league, he was eligible to be brought in for the Panthers’ three-day rookie minicamp this weekend.
“This gives him one more opportunity to show these guys what he can do,” Turner said.
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