The Michigan Panthers season was extremely underwhelming as I’ve stated multiple times. Throughout 2022 the Panthers would often get our hopes up and fell short of victories multiple times. However, despite the lack of team success, the Panthers did show out as individuals winning five players of the week awards and Reggie Corbin was even named to the All-USFL team.
Moving forward to the 2022 Offseason I do expect a lot of change for the Michigan Panthers, however in the short term here are five Panthers that could be on NFL radars/short-list, in the next couple of weeks.
Reggie Corbin Running Back:
How do we not put an All-USFL Running Back on this list. Reggie Corbin, bursts onto the scene and at one point was running away with the leagues rushing title. Corbin would earn a player of the week as well, along with his plethora of awards he’s earned. Corbin’s 516 rushing yards ranked 4th in the USFL despite, only playing in 8 games. Though not the biggest Corbin’s ability to contribute in the return game and change of pace ability can land him as a priority free agent once camp breaks out.
Lance Lenoir Wide Receiver:
Lenoir is intriguing because due to injuries and players not showing up was thrusted into the WR1 position. Lenoir led all USFL receivers with 88 targets and 52 receptions despite inconsistent play from 4 different QBs. Lenoir is no stranger to the NFL having played in 8 NFL regular season games, 10 pre-season games and 3 NFL franchises, before joining the Panthers. Lenoir may not be a number one receiver but can definitely contribute to the return game and on kickoff and punt teams as well. Lenoir used his time in the USFL that he could be a dependable pass catcher, hopefully teams take notice when looking for receivers once injuries start taking place.
Cole Murphy Kicker:
How do you omit a kicker whose made a 60-yard field goal? With all the kicking woes brought up by the Panthers and the USFL in general in the beginning of the season Murphy came in to immediately provide stability and an elite level of kicking through the final 6 games of the season. Moving forward the former Syracuse Orangemen should quicky be receiving phone calls upon the conclusion of the USFL season.
Frank Ginda Linebacker:
Ginda, a veteran of the NFL, XFL, and AAF was always a tackling machine however questions about his pass coverage were being in called into question. While Ginda wasn’t an all world defender against the pass he was extremely proficient against the opponents rushing attacks. Ginda, even showed promise in the pass-rush totally 1.5 sacks in limited opportunities. Ginda may be a long shot for an NFL roster due some questions about his speed and how he sheds blocks, but his instincts and leadership ability with the Panthers may allow teams to take a second look for those looking for Linebacker help.
Sean Williams Defensive Back:
The Captain as he is called among his peers was coming off of Active Duty service before beginning his professional football career. Before joining the Panthers Williams had a few workouts between the XFL’s Vipers and Defenders and also had a workout with the Patriots in late 2021. Williams boasts are very raw set of skills however, is extremely coachable and lauded by teammates for his leadership ability. While maybe lacking the play making abilities of a “dynamic” Safety (only one interception) Williams is player that could possibly land a Special Teams role on many NFL franchises.
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