The Carolina Panthers have released eight players according to the team’s site on Sunday as they work to get down to the 75-man roster by Tuesday afternoon. Included in this first round of cuts was offensive tackle Tony Hills, wide receivers Paul Browning and Avius Capers, defensive end Steve Miller, linebacker Kevin Reddick, tight end Dallas Walker, fullback Lee Ward and punter Matt Wile.
The two most surprising players in this group of cuts was Kevin Reddick and fullback Lee Ward. Reddick was on the Panthers roster last year and is the only player in this group who has played in a regular season game. As the article noted, Reddick was the player who recovered the fumble by Ted Ginn Jr. in the playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals a season ago.
Undrafted rookie Lee Ward was considered a player who had a decent chance to make the roster based on a strong offseason. The former Stanford Cardinal is an excellent run blocker but doesn’t have much experience carrying or catching the ball out of the backfield. In his three seasons with Stanford he had one carry and only four receptions.
Browning was signed at the beginning of training camp and took Stephen Hill’s roster spot after he suffered an ACL injury. The undrafted rookie out of Colorado State-Pueblo, a Division II college, spent a few weeks earlier this offseason with the Cleveland Browns before being cut.
The other player the Panthers released was wide receiver Avius Capers, who played his college football at Johnson C. Smith and is a Charlotte native. He participated in the team’s rookie minicamp but wasn’t signed to the roster until a few days before training camp.
Follow me on Twitter @BrandonCroce.