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Rivera's restructuring of the roster.

Jul 24 2012 06:06 PM panther4life Carolina Panthers
A list of the most notable additions.

From AFC West(Rivera's old division)
Bruce Campbell-via 2012 trade
Louis Murphy-via 2012 trade
Ron Edwards- 2011 free agent addition

Former Chargers(Rivera's previous team)
Antwan Applewhite-2011 free agent addition
Mike Tolbert-2012 free agent addition
Seyi AJirotutu-probably won't make roster this year

other notable additions
Greg Olsen for 3rd round pick from bears
Geoff Hangartner-2011 free agent addition
Orlindo Mare-11 free agent addition
Derek Anderson 11 free agent addition
Ben Hartstock- 11 free agent addition
Thomas Keiser-undrafted 2011 rookie
Byron Bell-undrafed 2011 rookie
Frank Kearse-2011 waiver claim
Darius Butler-2011 waiver claim
Haruki Nakumara-2012 Free agent
Reggie Smith-2012 Free agent
Mike Pollack-2012 Free agent
Kenny Onatolu-2012 Free agent


Rivera's Draft picks
2011
Cam Newton
Sione Fua
Terrell Mcclain
Kealoha Pilares
Brandon Hogan
Lee Ziemba
2012
Luke Kuechly
Amini Silatolu
Frank Alexander
Joe Adams
Josh Norman
Brad Nortman
D.J Campbell-slim chance of making active roster

*you can shave the worst of that list off and still have over half of our 53 man roster

The most recognizable names we have released, let walk in free agency or traded since his arrival
Kasay
Wharton
Dan Connor
Otah
Richard Marshall
Mike Goodson
Matt Moore
Jason Baker
Mack bernadeau
Everette Brown
Jeff King
Duke Robinson

2 more who probably won't make it out of training camp.
Armanti Edwards
Jordan Pugh

leaving only these players from the previous regime
Gross
Kalil
Smith
Lafell
Gettis
Stewart
Williams
Clausen
Barnidge
Gary Williams
Beason
Anderson
Davis
Senn
Johnson
Hardy
Neblett
Gamble
Munnerlyn
Godfey
Martin
Stanford
J.J Jansen

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Pretty darned big "left from previous regime"

I get it though... The Big Cat is doing BIG things, and soon, he/WE will start seeing great returns! Cough cough LOMBARDI
Incredible what a new coach will do. Cut the dead weight and replace with high potential players.
that is quite a list
JJ Jansen* (grammar nazi)

I would not rule out Armanti making this team and it appears you did not. I know most of the huddle is down on this guy but in Hurney's eyes he's a second year player. On paper he doesn't make it but if Gettis gets stashed on IR or PUP and one or two other guys go down, you could see him squeeze in.

I don't see Stanford or Pugh sticking. I would LOVE for Mare to get cut. Even if we go with someone young. I could stomach a 1st year guy missing a big FG. It just pisses me off when a kicker making almost as much as Cam, in his late 30s misses.

JJ Jansen* (grammar nazi)

I would not rule out Armanti making this team and it appears you did not. I know most of the huddle is down on this guy but in Hurney's eyes he's a second year player. On paper he doesn't make it but if Gettis gets stashed on IR or PUP and one or two other guys go down, you could see him squeeze in.

I don't see Stanford or Pugh sticking. I would LOVE for Mare to get cut. Even if we go with someone young. I could stomach a 1st year guy missing a big FG. It just pisses me off when a kicker making almost as much as Cam, in his late 30s misses.

nice catch.
To Hurney's ( and to some degree Fox) the "core" plyers have remained although there have been a couple of key additions in Kuekly, Newton, Olsen and I hope Tolbert and Silatolu. I think the problem with the old regime is that once you were in the inner circle you were somewhat protected. In contrast, Rivera will kick you to the curb if you don't produce.



Incredible what a new coach will do. Cut the dead weight and replace with high potential players.

BINGO you have my respect

Incredible what a new coach will do. Cut the dead weight and replace with high potential players.


Peace armanti. Hopefully you saved your $$
Nice list.
Armanti is as good as gone. Gettis, should be fine. They're just playing it safe, making sure he's 100% before the season starts.

Smith
LaFell
Gettis
Pilares
Adams
Murphy

Don't think they'll keep more than 6 WRs.

leaving only these players from the previous regime
Gross
Kalil
Smith
Lafell
Gettis
Stewart
Williams
Clausen
Barnidge
Gary Williams
Beason
Anderson
Davis
Senn
Johnson
Hardy
Neblett
Gamble
Munnerlyn
Godfey
Martin
Stanford
J.J Jansen


Those are most of the starters....but Chico is adding much better talent in the back up roles and building a good foundation.
Rivera is like Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse. Taking over the place and cleaning house - nothing personal,just bitness.

Armanti is as good as gone. Gettis, should be fine. They're just playing it safe, making sure he's 100% before the season starts.

Smith
LaFell
Gettis
Pilares
Adams
Murphy

Don't think they'll keep more than 6 WRs.


If you run 4 wide sets and have only 6 receivers on the team you better hope no one gets hurt. Since Adams and Pilares will return kickoffs and punts as well, I wouldn't be surprised if they keep 7 and stash a few on the practice squad.
Smith, LaFell, Gettis, Murphy, Pilares, Adams

I also see us keeping these 6 WRs on the active roster and two more on the practice squad. Maybe AE will replace Clausen as 3rd QB :P !?

If you run 4 wide sets and have only 6 receivers on the team you better hope no one gets hurt. Since Adams and Pilares will return kickoffs and punts as well, I wouldn't be surprised if they keep 7 and stash a few on the practice squad.



I understand your logic, I just think we'll be keeping an extra D-lineman this season. I could be wrong though.
I think they will have 6 wrs active..very few 5 wr sets to justify 7 active on Sundays. Even with injury a 3 wr set is the usual look with 3 TEs possibly active.

I like most every move the last two seasons and the depth is and seems to be much improved.

Rivera has been a godsend in that he is not afraid to make changes and quickly move on.

Special Teams is so improved that I would think they will be one of the top 3 coverage units. If The KR/ PR game improves slightly it will be a major improvement.

The Defense just by probability should be improved from last season. I do not expect them to be Elite but just having a taller cb at no.2 to swat down passes on third down will make a huge difference.....along with much improved and aware safety play.

I think they will have 6 wrs active..very few 5 wr sets to justify 7 active on Sundays. Even with injury a 3 wr set is the usual look with 3 TEs possibly active.


No one said we will have a 5 WR set but when Pilares and Adams are primarily returners first and receivers second you don't really have 6 receivers you have 4 receivers and 2 guys who can catch the ball but are not primary receivers. Adams may end up being a good receiver but that remains to be seen. Pilares is a returner for sure. So that gives you 4 primary receivers, 1 potentially good receiver and a guy who has made very few catches in his history. If we go with 6 active guys if will only be because Gettis is on the PUP list and doesn't count. When he comes back it isn't a guarantee we cut one of the other 6 guys.

I like most every move the last two seasons and the depth is and seems to be much improved.

Rivera has been a godsend in that he is not afraid to make changes and quickly move on.

Special Teams is so improved that I would think they will be one of the top 3 coverage units. If The KR/ PR game improves slightly it will be a major improvement.


It is almost like Rivera had a plan, then stuck to it. He knows exactly what he is looking for. You have to admire a coach that stays the course.

I think adaptable when I think of Rivera. He learns from every experience, and is willing to try anything. Rivera is not your fathers' NFL Head Coach. He thrives at finding ways to best utilize his talent. He is the polar opposite of the old school that was Foxy.

If the D can force the punts, Adams will do his level best to do something special with them. Special Teams are now special in these parts. And that all happens because of depth and talent. Another asset of Rivera.

Question his decisions here and there. But there is no question we are a vastly improved team.

One last thought. Considering the train wreck that was the Panthers' two years ago... Rivera took that core and tweaked it into a legitimate contender. Well, that and drafting Cam.
I could see Ajiritutu making the team. Again, it's partly injuries but they seem to like him.

I could see Ajiritutu making the team. Again, it's partly injuries but they seem to like him.



He did nothing but ride the pine last year. I would rather keep Armanti than him.
He played in 14 games last year....It might not be a sexy name but they used him a ton on special teams.

He played in 14 games last year....It might not be a sexy name but they used him a ton on special teams.


Which would seem to say that he had better show up this year. If he needs to play STs, and we upgraded STs, he may have little to no wiggle room. He may need to show that he may/could finally be that guy we have been waiting to see at WR. Or, I could be grasping at straws?

He has experience, knows the system, and has proven to be an asset. Is that enough to keep him around? We shall see during the next month or so. Part of me is pulling for him.

He played in 14 games last year....It might not be a sexy name but they used him a ton on special teams.

He played a whopping 48 snaps out of a possible 1074 offensive snaps. 27 of those came in week 17 when Naane was out. He was targeted twice with one reception for 4 yards.

We are loaded now with players who can play special teams and I can't recall him doing 1 good thing on special teams last year. There is absolutely no way we waste a roster spot on this guy.
He is the only Wide Receiver we have that plays the "Karl Hankton" position. We have two returners, two receivers and after that it's up in the air. There is no reason for you to quote his offensive snaps or give your memory about his special teams performance. You don't keep a 6th or 7th receiver to catch 30 balls. If you carry that many it's for special teams. We don't go 5 wide. We keep Olsen on the field and even Shockey in the past. This isn't Madden. You don't sign the guys with the highest overall rating. Everyone needs to fill a role.
Rivera is just bringing in high character, and hard working guys. Hopefully it equates to some wins on the field