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Panthers 2019 season opener countdown: 43 days to go

We’re 43 days away from the Carolina Panthers 2019 season opener, so that means today’s countdown piece is devoted to No. 43 on the roster — linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk.

Jordan Kunaszyk was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Panthers following the 2019 NFL Draft. He played college football at Cal.


Here’s a quick rundown of his college career, courtesy of his profile on the team’s website:

Played for three seasons at California (2016-18) after transferring from American River College. In three seasons at Cal, he played in 34 games with 19 starts and tallied 273 tackles to finish eighth on Cal’s all-time tackle list while adding 18.0 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, four interceptions, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In 2018, earned All-America second team honors and All-Pac 12 first team accolades. National semifinalist for Lott IMPACT Trophy. Led the conference and ranked third in the nation with 7.3 solo tackles per game and ninth nationally with 11.4 total tackles per game.

It’s highly unlikely that Kunaszyk will crack the starting rotation at linebacker with the team’s switch to a hybrid defense that features more 3-4 looks as well as being behind Luke Kuechly and Shaq Thompson on the depth chart, but Kunaszyk could make enough of an impact on special teams during training camp to warrant a spot on the practice squad for the 2019 season. He’ll most likely end up being one of the guys who gets cut at the end of the preseason, but he could be a guy to watch out for during the second half of the team’s four preseason games to see if he stands out enough to earn a roster spot.

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