C. J. Saunders

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C. J. Saunders
No. 81 – Carolina Panthers
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1996-09-15) September 15, 1996 (age 25)
Dublin, Ohio
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Dublin Coffman (Dublin, Ohio)
College:Ohio State
Career history
As player:
  • Carolina Panthers (2021–present)*
As coach:
  • Ohio State (2020)
    Graduate assistant
Roster status:Practice squad
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

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C.J. Saunders (born September 15, 1996) is an American football wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State.

College career[edit]

Saunders was unranked by 247Sports.com coming out of high school.[1] He committed to Ohio State as a walk-on before the 2015 season.[2] After getting the opportunity to play sporadically for the team, he applied for and was denied a sixth–year of eligibility.[3]

Professional career[edit]

After spending a year as a graduate assistant at Ohio State, Saunders had a mini-camp tryout with the Atlanta Falcons in May 2021.[4][5] On June 1, 2021, Saunders signed with the Carolina Panthers.[6] He was waived on August 31, 2021, and re-signed to the practice squad the next day.[7][8]

Coaching career[edit]

Saunders coached as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 2020 after he was denied a sixth–year of eligibility.[9]


  1. "C. J. Saunders Recruiting Profile". 247Sports.com.
  2. "C. J. Saunders 247". 247Sports.com.
  3. Kurelic, Bill. "NCAA denies C.J. Saunders 6th year of eligibility". Bucknuts.
  4. Murphy, Patrick. "Former Ohio State receiver C.J. Saunders receives invite to Atlanta Falcons rookie camp". Bucknuts.
  5. Baird, Nathan (11 May 2021). "Former Ohio State football receiver C.J. Saunders gets NFL opportunity in Atlanta Falcons' mini camp". Cleveland.com.
  6. Bryan, Will (June 1, 2021). "Panthers sign former Ohio State WR C.J. Saunders; waive Tommy Stevens". Panthers.com. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  7. Gantt, Darin (August 31, 2021). "Panthers reduce roster on Tuesday morning". Panthers.com.
  8. Gantt, Darin (September 1, 2021). "Panthers announce practice squad signings on Wednesday". Panthers.com.
  9. Baird, Nathan (4 August 2020). "Ohio State football's C.J. Saunders denied sixth year of eligibility, will instead join coaching staff". Bucknuts.

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