Panthers news: Carolina to work out 'Hard Knocks' star TE Andrew Vollert
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Panthers to work out ‘Hard Knocks’ star TE Andrew Vollert

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With this year’s installment of HBO’s hit series, “Hard Knocks,” recently airing its first episode of the season, both the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams are currently serving as the subjects this offseason. However, it is now the Carolina Panthers that have made the first “Hard Knocks”–related headline as the team has reportedly agreed to work out former Chargers tight end Andrew Vollert.

Vollert, of new “Hard Knocks” fame due to his animated release from the Chargers as a result of the first episode of the season, appears to already have another potential job lined up in Carolina, according to a recent report from Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Of course, it remains to be seen as to whether the Panthers actually give the former Chargers tight end a shot or not with the abbreviated offseason soon coming to a close.

Upon being notified of his release by Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn, Vollert was not shy about putting his surprise and disappointment on full display.

“You’ve got to be [expletive] kidding me,” Vollert said.

A veteran and journeyman, Vollert previously tore his ACL during the Chargers’ preseason-opener last year before being forced to spend the campaign on the team’s injured reserve list. Originally an undrafted free agent, Vollert then spent most of his rookie season on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad before eventually joining the Cincinnati Bengals in Nov. 2018.

The 2020 NFL regular season with kickoff on Sept. 10 as the Houston Texans will battle it out with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.