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  1. https://theriotreport.com/carolina-panthers-roster-projection-5-0/
  2. Panthers are 8th on the pecking order this year so there's a good chance one or more players we've placed a claim on today falls to us. Here are a few players that were cut today that might be a fit for us - FS DeAndre Houston-Carson (Bears): 5th round pick last year that played in 8 games as a rookie. - SS Harold Jones-Quartey (Bears): Chicago has excellent safety depth. Jones played in all 16 games and started 12 last year and finished with 78 tackles. - FS Jermaine Whitehead (Packers): Former Auburn Tiger played in only 2 games for Pack last year. Still young at 24. - SS KJ Dillon (Texans): Was drafted in 5th round last year and played in 5 games. - SS Andrew Williamson (Colts): 24 year old strong safety, stands 6"1'' and 210 lbs - OT De'Ondre Wesley (Ravens): Massive at 6'7'' 330 lbs. Could be a guard option in replacing Van Roten. - TE Blake Bell (49ers): A good blocking TE, the former QB has been disappointing since being drafted in 4th round in 2015. - DE Will Clarke (Bengals): Played in 14 games last year and finished with 4 sacks. Could be an upgrade over Wes Horton.
  3. WINNERS - Kaelin Clay : Could he possibly beat out Damiere Byrd? He's just as fast and is a bigger playmaker. - Ben Jacobs : very solid performance with 6 tackles. - Dezmen Southward : 7 tackles performance and the fact that he can play free safety gives him a spot on our 53. LOSERS - Zack Sanchez : just when he was about to make the team (maybe) he suffers a groin injury. - Joe Webb : was outplayed by Garrett Gilbert and threw 2 picks.
  4. Here is my last projection for the roster this year, including areas that may be targeted for free agency upgrades off the waiver wire. OFFENSE (26) Quarterbacks (3) Cam Newton, Derek Anderson, Joe Webb. There have been calls for Webb to jump ahead of Anderson on the depth chart, but I don't see it happening. However, if it ever did, there would be no reason to keep Anderson on the roster. He provides no value elsewhere, unlike Webb. Running backs (3) Jonathan Stewart, Christian McCaffrey, Cameron Artis-Payne. I still see Fozzy Whitaker being a casualty this year. Ron Rivera recently said that Artis-Payne was "part of the puzzle". Fozzy has been a serviceable back but cannot fill in for both Stewart and McCaffrey. CAP can. Fullback (2) Darrell Young, Alex Armah. The Carolina Panthers keep two fullbacks? I know it sounds crazy, but Armah has shown enough in preseason to deserve a jersey. Don't think of it as two fullbacks, think of it as a starting fullback and a special teams player, much like the extra linebacker that is usually kept. Offensive line (10) Matt Kalil, Andrew Norwell, Ryan Kalil, Trai Turner, Daryl Williams, Taylor Moton, Chris Scott, Tyler Larson, Amini Silatolu, Gino Gradkowski. Here is one group that could benefit from an experienced veteran free agent. The Panthers still need depth at offensive tackle. A waiver wire pickup could replace Gradkowski's spot here. Wide Receivers (5) Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Curtis Samuel, Russell Shepard, Damiere Byrd. Keeping only five receivers makes sense as McCaffrey can fill in and probably be the second best target on the field behind Greg Olsen. Tight Ends (3) Greg Olsen, Ed Dickson, Chris Manhertz. Here is another position to keep an eye on once cut downs happen. Manhertz has looked mediocre and would not be difficult to upgrade off waivers. For those of you wishing Dickson off the roster, so sorry. He is by far the Carolina Panthers best blocking tight end. DEFENSE (24) Defensive line (9) Charles Johnson, Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei, Julius Peppers, Vernon Butler, Mario Addison, Daeshon Hall, Eric Crume, Wes Horton. I have added Eric Crume here based on the amount of time he has had this preseason. The 330 pound defensive tackle has done a good job of anchoring the defensive line when needed. Linebackers (6) Thomas Davis, Luke Kuechly, Shaq Thompson, David Mayo, Jeremy Cash, Jared Norris. Ben Jacobs loses his spot to fullback Alex Armah on special teams. The remaining six linebackers are the best unit in the NFL. Period. Corners (5) James Bradberry, Daryl Worley, Captain Munnerlyn, Corn Elder, Teddy Williams. Not a perfect unit, but so much better off than at this point last season. No longer a weakness, closer to a strength. Safeties (4) Kurt Coleman, Mike Adams, LJ McCray, Colin Jones. Free agent alert. It would not be difficult to improve on the depth here. I suspect the Carolina Panthers take a good long look at more than one safety option off of the waiver wire. SPECIAL TEAMS ( 3) Graham Gano, Andy Lee, JJ Jansen There has been some scuttlebutt surrounding Palardy making the team over Lee, but I don't agree. The Panthers showcasing Palardy so much this preseason may be more of a showcasing of talent for trade potential. Solid young punters are not exactly easily found and quite a few teams could use one. Gano has won the kicking battle over Butker. Practice Squad Austin Duke, Zeke Bigger, Brian Cox, Cole Luke, Toby Johnson, Jalen Simmons, Dan France, three other guys from other teams.
  5. As the team enters the preseason and prepares for the big cut, it is interesting to see how current cap figures play into the decisions made by the front office. I have compiled a list of players, who if are cut, will save the Panthers on cap room. Of course, a number of these players are not going anywhere. My passion is looking at the salary cap and team building. If this does not interest you, please, evacuate this thread. Charles Johnson: Cap hit (4.36), Dead Cap (0) = 4.36 mil savings. The Panthers unofficial depth chart currently has CJ listed as starting at the left DE position. He likely isn't going anywhere. Though, with Peppers, Addison, Horton, and Hall also competing for this position it is not 100%. Greg Olsen: Cap hit (10.35), Dead Cap (6.6) = 3.75 mil savings. Just skip past this. Given our lack of depth at TE and his prolific numbers, Olsen is more likely to see an extension than a cut. Graham Gano: Cap hit (4), Dead Cap (.75) = 3.25 mil savings. This is the first cut that would actually make sense. Harrison Butker is on a cheap, 7th round rookie contract. IMO, Gano is going to have to seriously outperform Butker to make his 3.25 million in cap savings worth it. I am calling this one early, Gano gets cut or traded before the season. Andrew Norwell: Cap Hit (2.75), Dead Cap (0) = 2.75 mil savings. Norwell is another player more likely to see an extension than a cut. Current backups Dan France, David Yankey, and Chris Scott have not outperformed Norwell by any stretch of the imagination and Silatolu is actually listed as the backup LT at this point. Ed Dickson: Cap Hit (2.72), Dead Cap (.67) = 2.05 mil savings. My second cut prediction from this list. While the Panthers have had difficulty finding that #2 TE, Dickson has not separated himself from Chris Manhertz, Scott Simonson, or Eric Wallace. At least not enough to justify the 2.05 million in cap savings. Julius Peppers: Cap hit (3.5), Dead Cap (1.65) = 1.85 mil savings. The prodigal son returns. While a busy DE group may limit his snaps, it is hard to imagine the front office spoiling this home-coming. Thomas Davis: Cap hit (8.25), Dead cap (6.475) = 1.775 mil savings. TD is a fascinating case. In any other franchise, his snaps are limited by up and coming talent. Between Shaq Thompson, Jeremy Cash, and the Panthers propensity to play 2 LB sets, TD would be looking at a restructure (pay cut) and eventually shown the door. However, in bizzaro Panther world, he will likely be given a raise and extension. Derek Anderson: Cap Hit (2.24), Dead Cap (.5) = 1.74 mil savings. The Panthers have painted themselves into a corner by not bringing on solid backup QB talent. DA has been performing relatively sub-par, maybe to a point of being supplanted by Garrett Gilbert. I believe there is actual competition here for the backup QB spot, though no one in the media has alluded to it. DA is 34 years old and in the final year of his contract. Kelvin Benjamin: Cap Hit (2.44), Dead Cap (.97) = 1.47 mil savings. Many comments in the media are pointing to struggles by KB. He is too valuable to cut, but could a trade be possible? With Hurney at GM, I won't say it is impossible. Seems like a move that in hindsight makes a lot of sense, but would blindside (no pun intended) the fan-base. Next year, the Panthers are going to be in a very difficult spot Cap-wise. They already have allocated 166 million towards the cap and will have approximately 11.5 million in cap space. This will be somewhat alleviated by the 15 million they are set to rollover. But, Norwell and Star will need to be re-signed. Olsen and Davis are looking for money as well. This team better be motivated to trim cap before the start of the season. I believe that starts with Gano, Dickson, and possibly DA. These moves add an additional 7 million to the rollover and leave us room to resign our own and still be flexible in FA.
  6. Kelvin Benjamin's injury has forced the roster projection to change, but not in a way you might expect. Offense - 25 Quarterback - 3 Cam Newton Derek Anderson Joe Webb Note: Remember, Webb can also play that large possession receiver spot if needed. Running Back - 3 Jonathan Stewart Cameron Artis-Payne Jordan Todman Note: These three backs plus Mike Tolbert is enough running power to win any game on the schedule, period. Fullback - 1 Mike Tolbert Tight End - 4 Greg Olsen Ed Dickson Marcus Lucas Richie Brockel Note: With the Panthers utilizing the two tight end set more frequently, they are going to need more than two pass catching tight ends. Marcus Lucas impressed both in camp and preseason game 1, more so than Simonson. Wide Receiver - 5 Devin Funchess Corey Brown Ted Ginn Brenton Bersin Jerricho Cotchery Note: Well, I have taken Kelvin Benjamin off the list and have not replaced him. I feel the Panthers will now keep 5 wide outs, a pretty typical number across the league. Instead they will opt for a third pass catching tight end who can also contribute on special teams. Why add another receiver that is exactly like two guys already on the roster and not activate him on game days? Offensive Line - 9 Michael Oher Andrew Norwell Ryan Kalil Trai Turner Mike Remmers Daryl Williams Chris Scott Amini Silatolu Nate Chandler Note: Panthers could opt to waive Brian Folkerts and use Mike Remmers as the backup center. This frees up roster space and makes room for the day that Daryl Williams is starting (it will happen this season). Williams has been the most impressive rookie overall in camp. Defense: 25 Defensive Line - 9 Charles Johnson Star Lotulelei Kawaan Short Frank Alexander Kony Ealy Colin Cole Dwan Edwards Mario Addison Kyle Love Note: Panthers still hang on to Kyle Love due to injury concerns with Star. Love was the player that was brought up when Lotulelei was first injured in January. Linebacker - 6 Thomas Davis Luke Kuechly Shaq Thompson AJ Klein David Mayo Jason Trusnik Note: I have added Trusnik here due to how poor punt coverage teams looked in preseason game 1. Clearly the Panthers need all the special teams help they can get. Safety - 4 Roman Harper Tre Boston Kurt Coleman Colin Jones Corners - 6 Josh Norman Bene Benwikere Charles Tillman Teddy Williams Melvin White TJ Heath Note: Like Trusnik, I have added special teams ace Williams here. Carrington Byndom back on practice squad. Special Teams - 3 Kicker - Graham Gano Punter - Brad Nortman Long Snapper - JJ Jansen Practice Squad - 10 Carrington Byndom Lee Ward Damiere Byrd Brandon Wegher David Foucault Adarius Glanton Dean Marlowe Martin Wallace (unkown player) (unkown player)
  7. Kelvin Benjamin's injury has forced the roster projection to change, but not in a way you might expect. Offense - 25 Quarterback - 3 Cam Newton Derek Anderson Joe Webb Note: Remember, Webb can also play that large possession receiver spot if needed. Running Back - 3 Jonathan Stewart Cameron Artis-Payne Jordan Todman Note: These three backs plus Mike Tolbert is enough running power to win any game on the schedule, period. Fullback - 1 Mike Tolbert Tight End - 4 Greg Olsen Ed Dickson Marcus Lucas Richie Brockel Note: With the Panthers utilizing the two tight end set more frequently, they are going to need more than two pass catching tight ends. Marcus Lucas impressed both in camp and preseason game 1, more so than Simonson. Wide Receiver - 5 Devin Funchess Corey Brown Ted Ginn Brenton Bersin Jerricho Cotchery Note: Well, I have taken Kelvin Benjamin off the list and have not replaced him. I feel the Panthers will now keep 5 wide outs, a pretty typical number across the league. Instead they will opt for a third pass catching tight end who can also contribute on special teams. Why add another receiver that is exactly like two guys already on the roster and not activate him on game days? Offensive Line - 9 Michael Oher Andrew Norwell Ryan Kalil Trai Turner Mike Remmers Daryl Williams Chris Scott Amini Silatolu Nate Chandler Note: Panthers could opt to waive Brian Folkerts and use Mike Remmers as the backup center. This frees up roster space and makes room for the day that Daryl Williams is starting (it will happen this season). Williams has been the most impressive rookie overall in camp. Defense: 25 Defensive Line - 9 Charles Johnson Star Lotulelei Kawaan Short Frank Alexander Kony Ealy Colin Cole Dwan Edwards Mario Addison Kyle Love Note: Panthers still hang on to Kyle Love due to injury concerns with Star. Love was the player that was brought up when Lotulelei was first injured in January. Linebacker - 6 Thomas Davis Luke Kuechly Shaq Thompson AJ Klein David Mayo Jason Trusnik Note: I have added Trusnik here due to how poor punt coverage teams looked in preseason game 1. Clearly the Panthers need all the special teams help they can get. Safety - 4 Roman Harper Tre Boston Kurt Coleman Colin Jones Corners - 6 Josh Norman Bene Benwikere Charles Tillman Teddy Williams Melvin White TJ Heath Note: Like Trusnik, I have added special teams ace Williams here. Carrington Byndom back on practice squad. Special Teams - 3 Kicker - Graham Gano Punter - Brad Nortman Long Snapper - JJ Jansen Practice Squad - 10 Carrington Byndom Lee Ward Damiere Byrd Brandon Wegher David Foucault Adarius Glanton Dean Marlowe Martin Wallace (unkown player) (unkown player) View full article
  8. As part of their Undrafted series, NFL Network is spotlighting Panthers RB Brandon Wegher. It seems Wegher is getting more than just local attention for his late game heroics. Parallels have been drawn between him and another undrafted running back, Arian Foster of the Texans. There is a path for Wegher to make the Panthers 53 man roster. I have it detailed here on a possible projected roster.
  9. As part of their Undrafted series, NFL Network is spotlighting Panthers RB Brandon Wegher. It seems Wegher is getting more than just local attention for his late game heroics. Parallels have been drawn between him and another undrafted running back, Arian Foster of the Texans. There is a path for Wegher to make the Panthers 53 man roster. I have it detailed here on a possible projected roster. View full article
  10. Now that the Carolina Panthers training camp is underway, a clearer picture of the Panthers roster is starting to emerge. This roster assumes that Panthers GM David Gettleman will keep all 2015 draft picks. Here is what seems to be shaping up according to reps taken. Offense - 26 Quarterback - 2 Cam Newton Derek Anderson Note: Joe Webb is a very valuable player. This is a tough call, but to add Webb is to subtract from another position. Not easy to do. Running Back - 4 Jonathan Stewart Fozzy Whitaker Cameron Artis-Payne Jordan Todman Fullback - 1 Mike Tolbert Tight End - 3 Greg Olsen Ed Dickson Richie Brockel Note: Brandon Williams is on the bubble this season, and has yet to take a training camp rep due to injury. Wide Receiver - 6 Kelvin Benjamin Devin Funchess Corey Brown Ted Ginn Brenton Bersin Jerricho Cotchery Note: Ron Rivera has eluded to keeping 6 or 7 receivers. These have been my 6 all along. Offensive Line - 10 Michael Oher Andrew Norwell Ryan Kalil Trai Turner Mike Remmers Chris Scott Daryl Williams Amini Silatolu Brian Folkerts Nate Chandler Note: The Panthers have been grooming Mike Remmers as a center. They could opt to release Brian Folkerts and keep on an extra tackle like Martin Wallace. Defense: 24 Defensive Line - 9 Charles Johnson Star Lotulelei Kawaan Short Frank Alexander Kony Ealy Colin Cole Dwan Edwards Kyle Love Mario Addison Note: Considering recent injuries, Panthers opt to keep DT Kyle Love. Linebacker - 5 Thomas Davis Luke Kuechly Shaq Thompson AJ Klein David Mayo Note: The competition between Klein and Glanton is pretty strong. Could be a coin flip. Glanton could lose out due to practice squad eligibility. Safety - 4 Roman Harper Tre Boston Kurt Coleman Colin Jones Corners - 6 Josh Norman Bene Benwikere Charles Tillman Melvin White Carrington Byndom Lou Young Note: Lou Young quietly having an impressive camp. Special Teams - 3 Kicker - Graham Gano Punter - Brad Nortman Long Snapper - JJ Jansen Practice Squad - 9 Lee Ward Damiere Byrd Brandon Wegher Martin Wallace David Foucault Marcus Lucas Adarius Glanton Dean Marlowe
  11. Now that the Carolina Panthers training camp is underway, a clearer picture of the Panthers roster is starting to emerge. This roster assumes that Panthers GM David Gettleman will keep all 2015 draft picks. Here is what seems to be shaping up according to reps taken. Offense - 26 Quarterback - 2 Cam Newton Derek Anderson Note: Joe Webb is a very valuable player. This is a tough call, but to add Webb is to subtract from another position. Not easy to do. Running Back - 4 Jonathan Stewart Fozzy Whitaker Cameron Artis-Payne Jordan Todman Fullback - 1 Mike Tolbert Tight End - 3 Greg Olsen Ed Dickson Richie Brockel Note: Brandon Williams is on the bubble this season, and has yet to take a training camp rep due to injury. Wide Receiver - 6 Kelvin Benjamin Devin Funchess Corey Brown Ted Ginn Brenton Bersin Jerricho Cotchery Note: Ron Rivera has eluded to keeping 6 or 7 receivers. These have been my 6 all along. Offensive Line - 10 Michael Oher Andrew Norwell Ryan Kalil Trai Turner Mike Remmers Chris Scott Daryl Williams Amini Silatolu Brian Folkerts Nate Chandler Note: The Panthers have been grooming Mike Remmers as a center. They could opt to release Brian Folkerts and keep on an extra tackle like Martin Wallace. Defense: 24 Defensive Line - 9 Charles Johnson Star Lotulelei Kawaan Short Frank Alexander Kony Ealy Colin Cole Dwan Edwards Kyle Love Mario Addison Note: Considering recent injuries, Panthers opt to keep DT Kyle Love. Linebacker - 5 Thomas Davis Luke Kuechly Shaq Thompson AJ Klein David Mayo Note: The competition between Klein and Glanton is pretty strong. Could be a coin flip. Glanton could lose out due to practice squad eligibility. Safety - 4 Roman Harper Tre Boston Kurt Coleman Colin Jones Corners - 6 Josh Norman Bene Benwikere Charles Tillman Melvin White Carrington Byndom Lou Young Note: Lou Young quietly having an impressive camp. Special Teams - 3 Kicker - Graham Gano Punter - Brad Nortman Long Snapper - JJ Jansen Practice Squad - 9 Lee Ward Damiere Byrd Brandon Wegher Martin Wallace David Foucault Marcus Lucas Adarius Glanton Dean Marlowe View full article
  12. Now that the Carolina Panthers offseason workouts are complete, here is my projected roster lineup based on first hand observations and reps received. Offense - 26 Quarterback - 2 Cam Newton Derek Anderson Running Back - 4 Jonathan Stewart Fozzy Whitaker Cameron Artis-Payne Jordan Todman Fullback - 1 Mike Tolbert Tight End - 3 Greg Olsen Ed Dickson Brandon Williams Wide Receiver - 6 Kelvin Benjamin Devin Funchess Corey Brown Ted Ginn Brenton Bersin Jerricho Cotchery Offensive Line - 10 Michael Oher Andrew Norwell Ryan Kalil Trai Turner Mike Remmers Jonathan Martin Daryl Williams Amini Silatolu Brian Folkerts Nate Chandler Defense - 24 Defensive Line - 8 Charles Johnson Star Lotulelei Kawaan Short Frank Alexander Kony Ealy Colin Cole Dwan Edwards Mario Addison Linebacker - 5 Thomas Davis Luke Kuechly Shaq Thompson Adarius Glanton David Mayo Safety - 5 Roman Harper Tre Boston Kurt Coleman Dean Marlowe Colin Jones Corners - 6 Josh Norman Bene Benwikere Charles Tillman Melvin White Carrington Byndom Teddy Williams Special Teams - 3 Kicker - Graham Gano Punter - Brad Nortman Long Snapper - JJ Jansen Practice Squad - 10 Lee Ward Garry Peters Damiere Byrd Brandon Wegher Terry Redden Martin Wallace David Foucault Rakim Cox Marcus Lucas Brian Blechen Notes: Panthers keep one less linebacker and one additional safety due to popularity of "Buffalo" package. Glanton currently higher on depth chart than Klein.CB Teddy Williams retained mostly for Special Teams abilities. Joe Webb not retained due to Cam Newton's improved health and other special teams additions added in offseason. All draft picks on regular roster until Gettleman shows otherwise. Nate Chandler retained for backup RT/G role. Versatility gets him a jersey. Brian Folkerts / Chris Scott position up in the air with Remmers taking backup center snaps. Folkerts as the only listed backup center on roster gets the spot for now. This is, by far, the most difficult year to make cuts to the roster in recent memory. Talent level is up, good players have to be released due to the numbers. Other teams will be signing cut Panthers players.
  13. Now that the Carolina Panthers offseason workouts are complete, here is my projected roster lineup based on first hand observations and reps received. Offense - 26 Quarterback - 2 Cam Newton Derek Anderson Running Back - 4 Jonathan Stewart Fozzy Whitaker Cameron Artis-Payne Jordan Todman Fullback - 1 Mike Tolbert Tight End - 3 Greg Olsen Ed Dickson Brandon Williams Wide Receiver - 6 Kelvin Benjamin Devin Funchess Corey Brown Ted Ginn Brenton Bersin Jerricho Cotchery Offensive Line - 10 Michael Oher Andrew Norwell Ryan Kalil Trai Turner Mike Remmers Jonathan Martin Daryl Williams Amini Silatolu Brian Folkerts Nate Chandler Defense - 24 Defensive Line - 8 Charles Johnson Star Lotulelei Kawaan Short Frank Alexander Kony Ealy Colin Cole Dwan Edwards Mario Addison Linebacker - 5 Thomas Davis Luke Kuechly Shaq Thompson Adarius Glanton David Mayo Safety - 5 Roman Harper Tre Boston Kurt Coleman Dean Marlowe Colin Jones Corners - 6 Josh Norman Bene Benwikere Charles Tillman Melvin White Carrington Byndom Teddy Williams Special Teams - 3 Kicker - Graham Gano Punter - Brad Nortman Long Snapper - JJ Jansen Practice Squad - 10 Lee Ward Garry Peters Damiere Byrd Brandon Wegher Terry Redden Martin Wallace David Foucault Rakim Cox Marcus Lucas Brian Blechen Notes: Panthers keep one less linebacker and one additional safety due to popularity of "Buffalo" package. Glanton currently higher on depth chart than Klein.CB Teddy Williams retained mostly for Special Teams abilities. Joe Webb not retained due to Cam Newton's improved health and other special teams additions added in offseason. All draft picks on regular roster until Gettleman shows otherwise. Nate Chandler retained for backup RT/G role. Versatility gets him a jersey. Brian Folkerts / Chris Scott position up in the air with Remmers taking backup center snaps. Folkerts as the only listed backup center on roster gets the spot for now. This is, by far, the most difficult year to make cuts to the roster in recent memory. Talent level is up, good players have to be released due to the numbers. Other teams will be signing cut Panthers players. View full article
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