Giovanni Ricci

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

Giovanni Ricci News

Makes one catch

Ricci caught one of two targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 22-14 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Ricci has now hauled in a pass in consecutive games, but his 31 yards on the campaign evidence his tepid stock as a fullback/reserve tight end.

Sep 26, 2022 4:29 PM EST


Sheds injury designation

Ricci practiced at full capacity Friday and carries no injury designation ahead of Carolina's Week 1 matchup versus Cleveland, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Ricci has been dealing with a hip injury he suffered during the Panthers' preseason finale, but he appears to have put that behind him. The NFL sophomore from Western Michigan will likely operate primarily on special teams, but he should see some snaps as a lead blocker for Christian McCaffrey or Chuba Hubbard as well.

Sep 9, 2022 11:25 AM EST



Practices in limited capacity

Ricci (hip) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, Darin Gantt of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Ricci suffered the injury during the preseason finale, but he'll have a chance to suit up in Week 1 after returning to practice Wednesday. The undrafted fullback out of Western Michigan appeared in 16 games for the Panthers as a rookie and operated mostly on special teams. If healthy, he figures to garner a similar role in 2022.

Sep 7, 2022 11:49 AM EST


Ruled out

Ricci has been ruled out for the remainder of Friday's preseason finale against the Bills due to a groin injury, Schuyler Callihan of SI.com reports.

Analysis: The extent of the injury remains unclear. The undrafted fullback out of Western Michigan appeared in 16 games for the Panthers as a rookie and operated mostly on special teams. Barring his health, he figures to garner a similar role again in 2022.

Aug 26, 2022 6:41 PM EST


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 ESPN.com 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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