Cutdown Day

Few surprises among the Panthers finals cuts

There were a few surprises among the Panthers final cuts, most of them under the topic "who didn't get cut" rather than who did.

Probably the biggest surprise among those who were released-fullback Chad Dukes, a second year man from Pittsburgh. He was very impressive in the pre-season, but appears to have lost out to guys for whom the Panthers have regular season game tape. Brad Hoover, for instance, spent three-quarters of the pre-season on the sideline, but played well at both fullback and tailback last year.

Also surviving among running backs, veteran Richard Huntley, who has spent the entire pre-season on the sidelines with a hamstring pull. He was brought in from Pittsburgh to push Tshimanga Biakabutuka for the starting job, but never got the chance. As a result, Biakabutuka will continue to start despite two performances in which he averaged less than one yard per carry, and a case of fumbleitis.

It's no surprise that former starting quarterback Jeff Lewis is gone, it is a slight surprise, in that they didn't wait until snagging another veteran off the waiver wire. It is something of a surprise, in the short term, that boht Demeyune Craig and Matt Lytle survived. Stay tuned on that one.

Another minor surprise was the release of receiver Dialleo burks, who had a huge second half, including a touchdown catch in the pre-season finale against Cleveland.

Here is the list of cuts and roster moves as the Panthers got down to 53 players:

Dialleo Burks,WR,Eastern Kentucky

Kevin Coffey, WR, Virginia

Robert Daniel, DE, Northwestern State

Chad Dukes, FB, Pittsburgh

Ray Green, S, South Carolina

Michael Hawkes, LB, Virginia Tech

Nathan Hodel, TE, Illinois

Jeff Lewis, QB, Northern Arizona

Tim Morabito, DT, Boston College

Dusty Renfro, LB, Texas

Matt Smith, LB, Oregon

Jim Turner, WR, Syracuse

T.J. Washington, T, Virginia Tech

Jerard White, S, Massachusetts

Additionally, the club put rookie running back Dee Brown from Syracuse on the injured reserve, and defensive tackle Al Lucas on the physcially unable to perform list.

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