The Michigan Panthers are bringing back a friendly face at Wide Receiver. Ish Hyman returns to Panthers after being waived by the Green Bay Packers in training camp of 2022 due to injury. Hyman returns to the Panthers for year two in the USFL and his 3rd year in Alt-Football.
Hyman joined the Panthers on May 9th of last season. The former James Madison Alum spent time with the AAF’s Orlando Apollos in 2019, before having stints with the Browns, Bucs, and Carolina Panthers from 2019 to 2021. He recorded 4 receptions for 60 yards in the AAF, and 2 receptions for 34 yards in the NFL. Hyman looked to be having a strong NFL camp for the Packers this past August recording 2 receptions for 17 yards and 11 yards on a rushing attempt. Ultimately, an injury landed him on injured reserve only to see him get waived in early September. Per Spotrac, Hyman has earned $295,536 throughout his NFL career,
While with the Michigan Panthers despite being a late addition Hyman was an instant spark for the team. He finished the sixth in receiving yards (158) despite only playing in four games. His presence was instantly felt, as an injured receiving corps was instantly upgraded. Hyman returning brings him as a prime candidate for a breakout season for the Panthers coming into Year 2.
The Panthers come into 2023 with seven new additions in their receiving corps. With continuity always seeming to be an issue in spring leagues due to high turnover the ability to bring back a familiar face like Hyman is extremely advantageous for who the Panthers use at the QB1 spot for the upcoming season. Hyman becomes the 8th USFL player to transition to the NFL and then return to the USFL. Currently there are 8 other USFL players who have not been signed to NFL, XFL, USFL or CFL teams still on the market. Currently the Panthers roster sits at 65 players going into 2023.