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Panthers WR Ishmael Hyman Joins Packers, Becomes 21st USFL Player To Be Signed

It was a busy day for the player personnel department of the Michigan Panthers. After losing Lance Lenoir and Tino Ellis to the Eagles and Dolphins, the Panthers are now going to be without Wide Receiver Ishmael Hyman, who was announced by Paul Bretl to have signed with Packers. Hyman joins Sal Cannella, and Osirus Mitchell as two other USFL Stars, who are now on the Packers.

Hyman joined the Panthers during week 3 of the 2022 USFL Season, following the release of Jeff Badet. Despite playing in only four games Hyman, would have an immediate impact on the Panthers injured receiving corps. Hyman recorded 15 receptions for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns, during his four-game audition with the Panthers. Hyman is most noted for his performance against the New Jersey Generals, in which he recorded 5 receptions for 62 yards and an impressive 25-yard touchdown from Josh Love.

This will be Hyman’s 4th NFL franchise, as the former James Madison Receiver, has played with the Browns, Bucs, and Panthers. Hyman was also a part of the Orlando Apollos of the AAF in 2019. With the Packers Hyman still only 26, is in prime position to earn a roster spot with Sammy Watkins, and Christian Watson on PUP. Before signing with the Packers Hyman also had a workout with the Colts on Monday.

Hyman running drills during the 2019 AAF Season

The Panthers Personnel Department must have known that players were getting ready to transition with Hyman being one of five Panthers to work out for NFL teams this week. With the 3rd Panther now gone the Panthers have signed four more players who will begin working with the 2023 Panther staff for year 2 of the USFL. Regardless, Hyman was a player that I’m sure Head Coach Jeff Fisher was excited to have for a full season. Despite, the glaring needs to enhance the Panthers receiving corps I’m sure Panthers coaches are excited to see Hyman get another shot at the NFL.

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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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