Zane Gonzalez thought there was a possibility he might wind up with the Carolina Panthers following a strong tryout with the team this past June in which he was “pretty much perfect” on his field-goal and extra-point attempts. Gonzalez will assume kicking duties this week when the Panthers host the New Orleans Saints in an early NFC South showdown. Carolina signed him after abruptly parting ways with rookie Ryan Santoso — a move that saved the Panthers a future seventh-round draft pick.
NFL bettors are already beginning to take a position on some of this weekends' games.
Michael Thomas is still recovering from offseason ankle surgery.