Burlington, Ontario’s Mercer Timmis has accepted an invitation to Carolina Panthers rookie mini-camp, which takes place from May 13-15.
That comes on the heels of the Canadian playmaker being selected in the second round, 14th overall by Hamilton’s Tiger-Cats in the 2016 CFL Draft.
Carolina will be looking at Timmis as a running back when he gets to Charlotte. It’s the second NFL rookie mini-camp the six-foot-one, 208-pound offensive weapon will attend in as many weeks, Timmis went to New York Giants rookie mini-camp from May 6-8.
The last two Canadians invited to Panthers rookie mini-camp impressed and earned contracts with the team. 2013 No. 1 CFL Draft pick, defensive lineman Linden Gaydosh was chosen by the Ticats on May 6 that year and less than a week later signed with Carolina. He spent a season with the Panthers before coming back north to the Hammer. Canuck offensive lineman David Foucault, drafted fifth overall by Montreal in 2014, got a contract from the Panthers and he’s been there ever since.
Panthers general manager David Gettleman, who has been with the team since 2013, inked both Gaydosh and Foucault to those post-rookie mini-camp pacts.
Timmis – seen as a dynamic player with the football in his hands – has a chance to be the next Canadian to earn a deal from Carolina.