Giovanni Ricci

Carolina Panthers
Tight End #87
Carolina Panthers
Tight End #87

Giovanni Ricci News

Inks extension with Carolina

Ricci agreed to a one-year contract extension with the Panthers on Monday.

Analysis: Ricci played in 16 games for Carolina in 2021 and saw most of his action on special teams. The fullback should have a similar role for the Panthers in 2022, assumes he retains his roster spot in spring training.

Jan 10, 2022 2:53 PM EST

Cleared to play in Week 8

Ricci (concussion) has been cleared to play for the Panthers' in their Week 8 contest with the Falcons on Sunday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ricci suffered a concussion in Week 6 versus the Vikings and was forced to exit that game early. The fullback was ruled out of Week 7 action but will look to make his return to the field in Week 8, after getting cleared from concussion protocols Friday. Expect Ricci to play a minimal role in the Panthers' offense Sunday against the Falcons.

Oct 29, 2021 10:32 AM EST

Ruled out for Week 7

Ricci (concussion) won't play Sunday against the Giants, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ricci will still need to clear concussion protocol before he's eligible to return to the field. The rookie fullback and tight end has featured exclusively in a blocking role on offense, though Ricci has also carved out a consistent role on special teams. Given his usage up to this point, Ricci's absence will go unnoticed in fantasy circles.

Oct 22, 2021 10:18 AM EST

Unavailable for practice

Ricci (concussion) missed practice again Thursday.

Analysis: The 25-year-old remains in concussion protocol, causing him to miss a second consecutive. He suffered the injury in Week 6 versus Vikings, exiting the contest early. His chances for suiting up Sunday against the Giants are slim, but he still has one more practice Friday to make an appearance.

Oct 21, 2021 2:54 PM EST

Operating as blocking tight end

Ricci has been active for both of the Panthers' first two games of the season, logging no targets across 27 total offensive snaps.

Analysis: As the lack of targets illustrate, Ricci, a second-year player out of Western Michigan, has been deployed mainly as a blocker at tight end or out of the backfield over his limited work on offense. The 24-year-old looks like a core special-teams player at this stage, as he's played 39 snaps between the Panthers' coverage and returns units. Ricci isn't entirely devoid of pass-catching upside -- he hauled in 51 balls for 642 yards and eight touchdowns in his final season of college in 2019 -- but it'll take multiple injuries at tight end before he takes on any sort of meaningful role on offense.

Sep 23, 2021 11:51 AM EST

Inks future contract

The Panthers signed Ricci to a reserve/future contract Monday, Will Bryan of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Ricci failed to make the active roster in Carolina after posting a 51-642-8 line in his senior season at Western Michigan. The 24-year-old will run it back in 2021 with hopes of securing a depth role.

Jan 4, 2021 2:04 PM EST

Cut by Panthers

Ricci was waived by Carolina on Saturday, David Newton of reports.

Analysis: The undrafted free agent out of Western Michigan was vying for a reserve tight-end role, but the Panthers opted to keep just two tight ends -- Ian Thomas (toe) and Chris Manhertz. Ricci proved to have pass-catching upside in college, hauling in 51 passes for 642 yards and eight touchdowns in his senior season, so the Panthers may look to develop him on the practice squad.

Sep 6, 2020 8:51 AM EST

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