Carolina Panthers Trim the Roster to 75

The Carolina Panthers had to trim their roster down to 75 before Tuesday afternoon and made a few surprise moves in the process.

The Carolina Panthers waived seven players Tuesday morning, according to the team’s site, as well as placing Kelvin Benjamin on injured reserve to get to the 75-man roster limit. The team waived wide receivers Jarrett Boykin and De’Andre Presley, defensive tackle Kenny Horsley and safety Robert Lester.

In addition to those players, offensive tackle Davonte Wallace and cornerback Melvin White were waived/injured and defensive tackle Micanor Regis was waived with an injury settlement.

The biggest surprises in this round of cuts was Melvin White and Jarrett Boykin. White signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and started the final 11 games including the divisional playoff against the San Francisco 49ers as a rookie.

He started last year as the starter but eventually was replaced by Bene Benwikere. The team added cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Teddy Williams and White didn’t have a spot left on the roster.

The other surprise was wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, who was signed as a free agent this offseason. Boykin started the offseason slow but seemed to play better as of late with eight receptions and 77 receiving yards the last two preseason games.

However, the front office has been concerned about the wide receiver position especially with injuries to Benjamin as well as Devin Funchess, who has been battling a lingering hamstring injury. The team made a trade with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday for Kevin Norwood to help strengthen the position.

The Panthers are going to have to make another round of cuts by Saturday at 4 PM to get the roster down to the 53-man limit.

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