C. J. Saunders
|No. 81 – Carolina Panthers|
|Born:||September 15, 1996|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||Dublin Coffman (Dublin, Ohio)|
|Roster status:||Practice squad|
|Career NFL statistics|
|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.
Saunders was unranked by 247Sports.com coming out of high school. He committed to Ohio State as a walk-on before the 2015 season. After getting the opportunity to play sporadically for the team, he applied for and was denied a sixth–year of eligibility.
After spending a year as a graduate assistant at Ohio State, Saunders had a mini-camp tryout with the Atlanta Falcons in May 2021. On June 1, 2021, Saunders signed with the Carolina Panthers. He was waived on August 31, 2021, and re-signed to the practice squad the next day.
Saunders coached as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 2020 after he was denied a sixth–year of eligibility.
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- Bryan, Will (June 1, 2021). "Panthers sign former Ohio State WR C.J. Saunders; waive Tommy Stevens". Panthers.com. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
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- 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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