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Xavier Legette is already dealing with injury issues in OTAs

Panthers first-round WR Xavier Legette missed Carolina’s OTAs (offseason team activities) on Wednesday as a precaution, according to head coach Dave Canales.

Expectations are high for Legette in his rookie season as he hopes to eventually emerge as QB Bryce Young’s No. 1 target as the year progresses. He was impressive early in practice and showed why the organization made the choice to select him.

It’s wise for the team to be cautious, but you don’t want a potential star to deal with an injury so early in his career.

Canales said Legette “looked sharp” and had a “moment in practice where he slowed down a bit,” hence the precaution.

During his senior season at South Carolina, Legette caught 71 passes for 1,255 yards and seven touchdowns. He was one of the most athletic receivers in this draft class and served as a perfect addition to a receiver room that featured accurate route runners like Adam Thielen and Diontae Johnson.

Legette is raw and has tremendous potential, and he will need these practice sessions to hit the ground running at the NFL level. He had just one season of truly exceptional production, though the Panthers clearly believed in his ability.

Injuries can persist, especially to the receiver, so everyone hopes this is just a blip and not an indication of future problems. After a disastrous 2-15 season last year, Carolina hopes to break through and possibly compete for a playoff spot in a relatively weak NFC South division.

The Panthers have OTAs on May 31, June 3-4 and June 6 before mandatory minicamp begins on June 11.

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