Pitt continues to add former players as undrafted free agent signees. The latest is wide receiver Manasseh Garner, who will join the Kansas City Chiefs, per the Panthers.
Garner, a Wisconsin transfer, will join the Chiefs after starting for the Panthers as a wide receiver opposite star Tyler Boyd this past year. Garner's numbers (17 catches for 201 yards and two touchdowns) were underwhelming as he failed to adequately provide the punch necessary to make a huge impact. And while it's ancient history now (and was a minor issue to begin with to be perfectly honest), his comments about not playing for the fans after the team's disappointing loss to Akron last season didn't help endear him to fans. Garner just had a very tough year.
It's not his numbers that the Chiefs were interested in here - it's likely his versatility. Garner was able to transition to wide receiver after looking more impressive at tight end. I don't know where he'll end up in the pros, but it's difficult to see him as a wideout again.
Of all of Pitt's undrafted free agent hopefuls, Garner may not appear to have much of a shot of sticking with a team at first glace. But you have to look beyond the name and what he accomplished. It's all about finding a fit in the NFL and Garner has some versatility on his side. All he has to do is find a niche - see a guy like Henry Hynoski, who didn't look like he'd stick, either.
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