The first thing David Foucault did after the Carolina Panthers signed him Monday was call his parents back in La Prairie, Que.
"They cried," the 6-foot-8, 320-pound tackle from the University of Montreal said in a phone interview Wednesday from Charlotte, N.C.
The 25-year-old francophone speaks spotty English, but easily conveyed the emotion of that memorable call to his parents.
"I'm really proud to show my parents I can do it. And I'm very happy that my parents are proud of me."
The NFL club had invited Foucault (pronounced FOO-koh) to try out at their rookie camp Friday and Saturday. He impressed straight away, and at the key position along the O-line.
"They put me at left tackle for all the plays," Foucault said.
The Panthers' veteran left tackle of recent seasons, Jordan Gross, retired earlier this year, and depth is thin across the O-line.
Foucault said the most difficult part of rookie camp was not so much the on-field speed and power adjustments, but rather the intensified, accelerated learning trajectory.