|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 235 lb.|
|Born:||December 15, 1996|
|Drafted:||2020 / Rd. 7 (240)|
Stevens played one game as a rookie, rushing four times for 24 yards in Week 17's loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Stevens was actually drafted by New Orleans in the seventh round last year, but landed on Carolina's practice squad in mid-November. The 6-5, 235-pounder played quarterback in college, but has been groomed for a utility role in the NFL, hence his work as a ball-carrier in the Panthers' season finale. Given his unique skill set, it'll be interesting to see whether the team opts to bring him back for the 2021 campaign.
The Panthers signed Stevens to the active roster Saturday, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: Stevens is set to make his NFL debut in Sunday's matchup against the Saints, who selected him in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft. While Stevens is officially listed as a tight end, he played some quarterback in college, and the Saints drafted him for Taysom Hill-like purposes. It's unclear exactly how he'll be utilized in Week 17, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Stevens utilized in a gadget role.
The Panthers signed Stevens to the practice squad Monday.
Analysis: This transaction was made in response to Monday's news that Teddy Bridgewater suffered an MCL sprain in this past Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay. If Bridgewater is forced to miss any time, P.J. Walker is expected to start under center while Will Grier serves as the backup. Stevens will be kept around in case of an emergency.
Stevens was released from New Orleans' practice squad Tuesday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
Analysis: The 23-year-old failed to make the Saints' season-opening roster and remained with the organization on the practice squad, but he's now been let go. Stevens was a seventh-round pick during the 2020 draft out of Mississippi State.
Stevens cleared waivers Sunday and signed with the Saints' practice squad, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: The rookie seventh-rounder is considered a run-blocking tight end after catching just 14 passes over four seasons at Mississippi State. While he was unable to secure a roster spot, and he could get promoted to the active roster if one of Jared Cook, Josh Hill or Adam Trautman are unavailable.
Stevens was waived by the Saints on Saturday, Amie Just of Nola.com reports.
Analysis: The former quarterback-turned-tight-end looked like he'd have a good shot of making the final roster due to his unique skillset, but that wasn't the case. Before joining the Saints, he drew some interest from Carolina.
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