According to a report by Tom Pelissero at NFL Network, the Panthers tried out former Saints wide receiver/returner Tommylee Lewis.
Signing Lewis wouldn’t bridge the massive gap between Carolina and New Orleans in the NFC South this year. However, it would give the team another piece at wide receiver who is familiar with the concepts offensive coordinator Joe Brady will be using.
Lewis didn’t get a ton of playing time on offense with the Saints, managing just 70 offensive snaps in 2018 (7%). He totaled 20 catches, 252 yards and two touchdowns in his three seasons in New Orleans. You may recognize him from his part in the most infamous missed call in years.
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— John Ellis (@OnePantherPlace) August 15, 2020
The real value Lewis would bring is on special teams. For his career, Lewis has averaged a respectable 9.3 yards per punt return and 22 yards per kick return. If they wind up signing him, Lewis would offer another quality option as a return specialist in case Pharoh Cooper gets injured.
As far as players currently on the roster, the guy with the most to lose from a potential Lewis signing is likely DeAndrew White, who has limited experience as a receiver but can help as a returner.