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Carolina Panthers sign former Penn State running back John Lovett

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The Carolina Panthers are having a bit of a Penn State flavor under head coach Matt Rhule. After using a fourth-round draft pick to draft Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith and signing special teams standout Drew Hartlaub to an undrafted free agent contract, the Panthers added one more Nittany Lion to the mix with running back John Lovett.

Lovett signed with the Panthers as another undrafted free agent, according to NFL analyst and reporter Matt Lombardo, via Twitter.

Lovett transferred to Penn State from Baylor last year and was expected to be a solid contributor to the Penn State running game along with Noah Cain and Keyvone Lee. All three were listed on the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award, but Penn State’s entire running game was a disappointment in 2021. Not one player recorded a single 100-yard rushing game. Lovett was used in a backup role for the majority of the season and didn’t appear in every game due to an early-season suspension.

Of course, Rhule is very familiar with what Lovett has to offer on his roster, as Rhule was once Lovett’s head coach at Baylor.

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