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Panthers Sign Former Kent State Receiver Isaiah McKoy During 3rd Wave of USFL Signings

The USFL continued to fill in roster spots for the upcoming 2023 season. On September 17th many of the USFL teams signed another round of players building out roster for the upcoming training camp in spring of 2023. The Panthers who have signed nine players this offseason have recently signed former Kent St. Wide Receiver Isaiah McKoy, to add to their roster after losing Lance Lenoir and Ishamel Hyman who had signed NFL contracts.

McKoy was an All-MAC receiver while at Kent State where he amassed 123 receptions for 1750 yards and 16 Touchdowns in three seasons. Upon going undrafted in 2021, McKoy was able to sign with the Steelers and appeared in a couple preseason games before getting released during final cuts. He would latch on with the Steelers Practice Squad for a couple weeks until getting released once again. McKoy would work out for a couple teams before, the Colts signed him late in the 2021 Season, before getting released once again in favor of James Morgan. Per Spotrac he’s earned 27,400 dollars during his NFL Career.

The Panthers by signing McKoy are getting a deep threat with the ability to stretch the field. In college he averaged almost 15 yard per reception, and 25 yards per deep pass. In 2019 he was also ranked in the top-10 in the FBS in drawing Defensive Pass Interferences. For a Michigan Panthers Offense that sometime felt stagnant McKoy’s ability to draw penalties and explosiveness will be instrumental for the team moving forward.

Jul 23 2021 Pittsburgh PA United States Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Isaiah McKoy 17 participates in drills during training camp at the Rooney UPMC Sports Performance Complex Mandatory Credit Charles LeClaire USA TODAY Sports

Moving forward the Panthers have about 15 more roster spots to fill before the draft/beginning of the season. With a receiving corps made up of only Devin Ross, Marcus Simms, Joe Walker, and new signee Ladarius McElroy, the Panthers are in prime position to continue to upgrade a depleted and at times underwhelming position group. With McKoy the Panthers find a prime deep threat that compliments Walker and Ross and hopefully leads to some big plays and wins in 2023.

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Pat Rifino is a former Security Contractor turned writer. He began his writing career talking about geo-politics, and the defense industry. Now Pat writes about alt-league football, while hanging out with his dogs in his off time.

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