Manhertz Helps Panthers

Cardinal Spellman High School graduate Chris Manhertz used his blocking from the tight end position to help the Carolina Panthers collected 350 yards of offense in a 33-31 victory over the New York Giants.

The Panthers ran for 118 yards and passed for 232 yards.

Manhertz did not play football in college. Instead, he played basketball at Canisius College in Buffalo.

Spellman Grad with Panthers

Cardinal Spellman High School graduate Chris Manhertz will be in action Sunday when the tight end and his Carolina Panthers host the Cincinnati Bengals.

Manhertz is looking for his reception of the season with the Panthers, who are without starting tight end Greg Olsen due to a broken right foot.

Manhertz, who played basketball at Canisius in Buffalo, is in his third season with the Panthers and started four of 16 games last season, finishing with two receptions for 17 yards.

Manhertz, 26, was signed as a undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills in 2015. After the Bills released him, the New Orleans Saints signed him and placed him on their 2015 practice squad. He started two of three games for the Saints in 2016 before being released and picked up by the Panthers.

NFL: Manhertz Makes Panthers

Cardinal Spellman High School graduate Chris Manhertz is the No. 2 tight end for the Carolina Panthers.

Manhertz entered the preseason as the No. 3 tight end on the team’s depth chart. He’ll serve as the backup for Greg Olsen, who has averaged over 75 receptions during the last five seasons.

Manhertz, who played collegiate basketball at Canisius College in Buffalo, caught one pass for 10 yards in seven games for the Panthers and New Orleans Saints in 2016. He spent the entire 2015 season on the Saints practice squad.