Childers vies to join CCU’s Norman, Tolbert at Carolina

Lions Panthers FootballThree former Coastal Carolina University graduates didn’t have to travel far to chase their NFL dreams.

One week into the Carolina Panthers training camp in Spartanburg, three former Chanticleers are on the Carolina Panthers’ roster – newcomer Jamie Childers and returning players Mike Tolbert and Josh Norman.

Childers, whose final year as a Chanticleer was 2011, is trying to keep his NFL hopes alive. This is the tight end’s fourth year in an NFL camp after being cut by the St. Louis Rams in 2012, the New York Giants in 2013 and the Buffalo Bills in 2014.

Childers hopes to stick with the Panthers this season in a backup role behind starter Greg Olsen. He is competing for a roster spot with veterans Richie Brockel and Ed Dickson and rookies Marcus Lucas and Scott Simonson. Carolina will likely keep three tight ends.

Childers showed his athleticism at Coastal by playing both tight end and quarterback, but injuries hurt his chances to be drafted. The Mount Pleasant native hopes his return to the Carolinas will be a lasting one.

His former CCU teammate Norman is entering his fourth season after being drafted by Carolina and has found a starting role at cornerback, while Tolbert signed with the Panthers following a successful stint as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers.

The Panthers will make a series of cuts throughout training camp before getting their roster down to the NFL maximum of 53. There are currently more than 90 players in camp vying for a roster spot.

Photo courtesy of Carolina Panthers

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