DURHAM, N.C. – Former Duke tight end Braxton Deaver has been invited to rookie minicamp with the Carolina Panthers.
A Charlotte, N.C., product, Deaver was a member of the Blue Devils for six years after rehabbing through a variety of injuries that caused him to miss the 2012 and 2014 campaigns. He was granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA on November 10, 2014. For his career, Deaver appeared in 38 career games (19 starts) and caught 75 passes for 890 yards (11.87 ypc) and six touchdowns.
Deaver finished with two or more catches in 23 games, including a career-high seven grabs against North Carolina in 2013. He tallied 35 or more receiving yards in eight games with a personal-best 116 versus Texas A&M in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl.
As a senior, Deaver played in 12 games and earned four starting assignments. He hauled in 21 passes for 183 yards (8.71 ypc) and two TDs. He thrived late in the campaign, catching a season-high four passes against Miami and Pittsburgh with a year-best 46 receiving yards versus the Hurricanes. Deaver also tallied TD grabs against Virginia and Indiana.
During his junior year of 2013, he was a third team All-ACC choice by both the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and the league’s head coaches and earned a place on ESPN’s ACC and national All-Bowl Teams. Deaver’s seven catches for 65 yards at North Carolina helped Duke clinch the ACC Coastal Division championship. His 116 receiving yards in the Chick-fil-A Bowl were good for the eighth-highest single-game receiving yardage total by a TE in school history and marked the most receiving yards by a tight end in a 2013 bowl contest. Deaver also excelled against Virginia during the regular season with a three-catch, 96-yard, two-TD performance. He caught a game-winning, 47-yard TD pass from QB Brandon Connette with 11:44 remaining in the fourth period as Duke rallied from a 22-0 deficit in the second quarter for a 35-22 victory.
Blessed is an understatement. Excited to announce that I will continue my NFL dreams with the @Panthers. Time to ball.— Braxton Deaver (@TheDeavo89) May 1, 2016