Just a little more than a week ago, tight end Jason Reese was out of a job after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On Sunday, the former Missouri Tiger found a new home. The Carolina Panthers added the tight end to give more depth to their receiving core. The only problem is, he has little experience. Reese went undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft right before signing with Bucanneers just a couple of days later. Except, his time in Florida didn’t last long, Reese eventually got cut by Tampa Bay on August 10th. Rightfully so, the cut was most likely due to his ability to adjust to the faster NFL play style.
Obviously, bouncing from team to team before your rookie season isn’t a good start to an NFL career. Nevertheless, Reese is somewhat used to it after having a similar path when he played in college. Last season, as a senior at Missouri University, Reese played in 12 games while only making three starts. Still, with a minimal workload he was able to make the best of his opportunities. Senior year Reese tallied five receptions for 134 yards and three touchdowns. It was his most productive season. Over the course of his four-year career, he totaled just 29 receptions for 369 yards and five touchdowns.
Although Reese didn’t compose the most stats or play a significant role at Missouri, perhaps he can make still make a solid contribution to the Panther’s organization this season. And the only way do that is to make a splash in the preseason. Right now, there are several other tight ends on Carolina’s roster, leaving a chance that Reese may still be cut. However, maybe the tight end can figure it out and make his time well spent down in Charlotte, NC. Perhaps he will earn playing time on special teams making big time plays.