Predicting Carolina Panthers 53-man Roster

The Carolina Panthers are halfway through the preseason and are quickly approaching the first roster cutdown date on September 1st. Publisher Brandon Croce breaks down what he believes the 53-man roster will look like at the start of the regular season for the Panthers.

OFFENSE

 

First String

Second String

Third String

Wide Receiver

Jarrett Boykin

Ted Ginn Jr.

Jerricho Cotchery

Left Tackle

Michael Oher

Nate Chandler

 

Left Guard

Andrew Norwell

Amini Silatolu

 

Center

Ryan Kalil

Brian Folkerts

 

Right Guard

Trai Turner

Chris Scott

 

Right Tackle

Mike Remmers

Daryl Williams

 

Tight End

Greg Olsen

Ed Dickson

Brandon Williams

Wide Receiver

Devin Funchess

Corey Brown

 

Quarterback

Cam Newton

Derek Anderson

Joe Webb

Running Back

Jonathan Stewart

Cameron Artis-Payne

Jordan Todman

Fullback

Mike Tolbert

Lee Ward

 

 

Notes

  • Kelvin Benjamin is currently still on the roster and will have to remain on the roster until after the first round of cuts on September 1st. Any player put on injured reserve right now, is automatically put on waivers and the Panthers would absolutely lose him. However, after this first round, I would expect him to end up on injured reserve and not count against the 53-man roster.
  • The hardest decision when cutting the roster down to 53 players was at the running back position. Brandon Wegher has played incredibly well this preseason and it would be tough to leave him off the roster. However, the Panthers basically have three players at the position guaranteed spots in Jonathan Stewart, Cameron-Artis Payne and Jordan Todman, who is the number one kick returner. When you add in Mike Tolbert, who is more a running back than fullback, the Panthers have four running backs. This is why Fozzy Whittaker and Wegher were both left off the 53-man roster.

 

DEFENSE

 

First String

Second String

Third String

Left Defensive End

Charles Johnson

Mario Addison

Rakim Cox

Left Defensive Tackle

Star Lotulelei

Colin Cole

 

Right Defensive Tackle

Kawann Short

Dwan Edwards

 

Right Defensive End

Kony Ealy

Wes Horton

 

Outside Linebacker (SAM)

Shaq Thompson

A.J. Klein

 

Middle Linebacker (MIKE)

Luke Kuechly

David Mayo

 

Outside Linebacker (WILL)

Thomas Davis

Jason Trusnik

 

Left Cornerback

Charles Tillman

Carrington Byndom

 

Nickelback

Bene Benwikere

   

Free Safety

Roman Harper

Colin Jones

 

Strong Safety

Kurt Coleman

Tre Boston

 

Right Cornerback

Josh Norman

Melvin White

 

 

Notes

  • The one surprise on this side of the ball would be the addition of Rakim Cox. The Panthers pass rush has been non-existent for the most of the preseason and the only player who has been able to get pressure is Cox. The loss of Alexander really helped his chances to make the team and keeping five pass rushers would not be a huge surprise for this group.
  • For right now, Kony Ealy is the starting right defensive end but that is due more to the fact that the team doesn’t have any other options. Ealy has struggled this preseason and if he wants to continue to start will need to improve leading up to the regular season.
  • Another roster battle will be between Carrington Byndom and Teddy Williams for that backup cornerback position. The Panthers signed Williams due to his special teams play but Byndom has more experience playing cornerback. With only six cornerbacks, if you count Colin Jones, it doesn’t leave much of a buffer for injuries.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

 

First String

Second String

Punter

Brad Nortman

 

Kicker

Graham Gano

 

Long Snapper

J.J. Jansen

 

Punt Returner

Ted Ginn Jr.

Jordan Todman

Kick returner

Jordan Todman

Ted Ginn Jr.

 

 

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