Many of the roster spots were determined by the performances of those who saw some playing time against the Steelers in the last preseason game. Taking a look at who made the team:
A Look at the QB’s (2)
QB – Cam Newton & Derek Anderson
D. Anderson “Winning breeds winning.” D.A. got things “rolling” on his first drive with the offense capping it with a T.D. Unfortunately, Clausen could not get anything going with the third and fourth string guys. Clausen would be one of the players released. The Panthers had to part ways with Jimmy, deciding to only keep two QB’s on the roster. Jimmy was moved to the Waived/IR spot, some have guessed that either the Jets or the Bills may take a look at Jimmy. If Jimmy is picked up, Colby Cameron might be put on the practice squad.
The Panthers kept (10) on the O-Line : (3) Centers; (2) LT’s: Jordan Gross and Nate Chandler; (2) LG’s : Amini Silotolu and Travelle Wharton; (2) RG’s: Garry Williams and Chris Scott; (1) RT’s: Byron Bell ; Garry Williams sub.
A Look at Center (3)
C- Ryan Kalil (arguably the best in the league); Jeff Byers (*hurt—knee injury); Brian Folkerts Exp: 1; College: Washburn.
With Travelle Wharton on the field it allowed the coaches to move around some players and an opportunity to take a look at the O-Line. Byron Bell was moved over to left tackle, where he took a few snaps. Rivera liked what he saw from Garry Williams, playing Guard and Tackle. “I think there were a lot of positives,” said Rivera. Wharton will help out the O-Line as well as guys like Chris Scott and Nate Chandler, who showed “some good things.” The hope is also to get back Amini Silatolu.
Depth at FB (2)
FB’s- Mike Tolbert; Richie Brockel. Both players can be used to pick up the tough needed yards. Tolbert’s expected to play early in the season, hopefully week one.
Depth at RB (3)
RB- DeAngeloWilliams; Kenjon Barner; Armond Smith; Jonathon Stewart (PUP)
I thought the backs (Poole and Smith) “handled the work load pretty good,” said Rivera. Rivera would like to see Poole “secure the ball a little bit better.” The Panthers decided to waive Poole. Rivera said he would also like to see Smith run with a “little more vision.” “They both did a good job and they both contributed on special teams,” said Rivera. Smith has more ability on Special Teams.
Depth at TE (3)
TE’s- Greg Olsen; Ben Hartsock; Brandon Williams. I am excited about this group. They have the ability to put up some big numbers.
Depth at WR (5)
WR- Steve Smith; Brandon Lafell; Armanti Edwards; Ted Ginn Jr.; Domenik Hixon
“It’s pretty impressive,” said Rivera. Rivera still knows that there is a need to fix some things but I think he is impressed with what can be. Ted Ginn “did a nice job”; Hixon “it was great to see him out there; that’s why we brought him.” “He’s a great target and made some big plays for us,” said Rivera. Rivera “thinks both of those guys are great additions to what we want to do as far as our offense is concerned.” Ted Ginn blows the tops off of coverage’s. Rivera: “That’s what were looking for.”
Out were A. Edwards and Gettis—both with hamstring injuries. Gettis was surprisingly put on Waived/IR.
The Panthers kept (9) on the D-Line:
(5)DE’s : Mario Addison; Frank Alexander; Greg Hardy; Wes Horton; Charles Johnson These guys have a lot of talent. Looking for sack leaders in the double figures.
(4) DT’s: Colin Cole; Dwan Edwards; Star Lotulelei; Kawaan Short. Star and Short continue to improve. They can put up some big numbers as the season progresses.
Depth at LB (6)
LB’s- Jon Beason; Chase Blackburn; Thomas Davis; A.J. Klein; Luke Kuechly; Jordan Senn
Beason is still getting his reps and making strides to get back into his Pro-bowl caliber. Rivera likes what he is seeing out of Beason. “I saw a great athelete out there running around; trying to make something happen. It was a lot of fun to watch.” Beason, coupled together with Kuechly and Thomas Davis, those three can be very “formidable”, said Rivera. Rivera thinks our front seven can be “pretty good.” He also thinks that the back seven has done “a nice job” as well.
Rotation is key when the season starts. It allows your players to have a “breather.” With the depth at the linebacker position, the Panthers can rest easy and allow some of their LB’s to rest knowing the array of talent that they have this year. Chase Blackburn can step in and give one of the trio’s a rest.
Depth at DB (10)
(2) LCB’s – Josh Thomas and James Dockery; (4) RCB’s- Captain Munnerlyn; Josh Norman; D.J. Moore; Melvin White; (1) SS- Mike Mitchell; (3) FS’s- Charles Godfrey; Haruki Nakamura; Colin Jones
Any suprises??? Let us know what you think of the 53-man roster and the upcoming season!! #Keep Pounding
Written By: Phillip Boyce