CHARLOTTE In the past two years, Hunter Cantwell went from prospect to suspect to a guy with a firmer grip on an NFL job than most realize.
All it took was forgetting, then re-learning, how to throw a football.
Cantwell, the former Louisville quarterback who spent 2009 on the Panthers' practice squad, has re-learned the subtle mechanics of the position. And with that, he's put himself in place to compete for a job that would belie his undrafted status.
The Panthers - a team that has long preferred quarterbacks searched for and discovered to ones bestowed - see in Cantwell a nearly tailor-made physical package for their play-action deep passing game, with the kind of humble background that has him prepared for the work ahead.
He has a chance to contribute to the legacy of a team that has willingly entrusted eight years and counting to undrafted quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Matt Moore.
Cantwell, 6 feet 4 inches tall with a shock of red hair and perhaps one of the strongest throwing arms in the league, spent the spring behind only Moore on the Panthers depth chart.