Latest Mailbags: Panthers, Jaguars

Here are some additional mailbag stances as the weekend closes.

  • Fifth-round pick Cameron Artis-Payne will be the Panthers‘ No. 2 running back behind injury-prone Jonathan Stewart, notes’s David Newton. The ESPN scribe expects the Auburn runner to leapfrog veteran backup Fozzy Whittaker on the depth chart. Newton expects undrafted free agent Brandon Wegher, an NAIA product and former Iowa transfer, to outwork Whitaker for the No. 3 job.
  • Newton anticipates Devin Funchess to slot in as the No. 2 wideout alongside Kelvin Benjamin at some point this season, which would give the Panthers one of the largest starting tandems in the game. Also viewed as a potential tight end, Funchess’ potential to play inside and outside gives him an edge on Philly Brown, Ted Ginn and Jerricho Cotchery, according to Newton.
  • Cornerback Nick Marshall will have the best chance of the Jaguars‘ undrafted free agents at making the roster, writes’s Michael DiRocco. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Marshall will be making the rare transition from quarterback to cornerback, doing so after two years of leading the Auburn attack. DiRocco expects one of the UDFA linebackers to stick, along with possibly running back Corey Grant, he of a 4.27-second 40-yard dash clocking.
  • In a battle of undrafted signal-callers, DiRocco expects Stephen Morris to edge out Jake Waters for the Jags’ No. 3 quarterback job behind Blake Bortles and Chad Henne. A former Miami quarterback who signed with the Jags in 2014, Morris suited up for six games last season. Waters started for two seasons at Kansas State before coming to Jacksonville this month.
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