The Panthers announced the acquisition of Smith-Marsette via a trade, in which the teams swapped conditional seventh-round picks.
The Panthers’ wide receiver corps has been grappling with injuries to key players such as Terrace Marshall, D.J. Chark, and Laviska Shenault. Smith-Marsette’s addition will provide much-needed depth as the team gears up for the approaching Week One.
The 6’1, 185 pound Smith-Marsette showed some talent this preseason, emerging as the league’s second-leading receiver in terms of yards.
Over the span of three games, he caught nine receptions for an impressive 195 yards and scored two touchdowns. He averaged 21.67 yards per reception, including a pair of notable 40-plus yard plays.
Smith-Marsette initially entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick for the Chicago Bears in the 2021 draft. During his rookie year, he made five catches for 116 yards and scored two touchdowns across eight games.