I've seen a ton of speculation on this forum about who we will keep, who we won't, how much space will we have, who the practice squad will be, etc. So I'm going to try to answer some of those questions, as the Panthers check in to Wofford for training camp, how will the roster look a month from now. Keep in mind, this is purely speculation, a lot will change between now and when the season rolls in. First off, our starters and backups at each position
QB: Delhomme, McCown, Moore, Cantwell
RB: Williams, Stewart, Goodson, Lee, Birmingham
FB: Hoover, Fiametta
WR: Smith, Muhammad, Jarret, Carter, Robinson, Moore, Cherry, Beavers, McMahan, Monk
TE: King, Rosario, Barnidge, Brock, Davie
OL: Gross, Wharton, Kalil, Vincent, Otah, Robinson, Bernadeau, Schwartz, Cadogan, Palmer, Williams, Gray, Geisinger, Davis, Brown (I list all OL because most are versatile)
DE: Peppers, Brown, Brayton, Johnson, Taylor, Brinkley
DT: Kemoeatu, Lewis, Irvin, Hayden, Favorite, Harvey, Williams
LB: Beason, Davis, Diggs, Johnson, Connor, Anderson, Heygood, Leman, Ivy
CB: Gamble, Marshall, Wilson, Martin, Wesley, Munnerlynn, Clark
S: Harris, Godfrey, Salley, Teal, Chiara, Fields
ST: Kasay, Baker, Lloyd, Sundberg, Jansen
The first cut is down to 75, then the final cut to 53.
First cut: Monk, Davie, Leman, Geisinger, Davis, Clark
Monk will have to work very hard to earn a spot, I think we'll stick with what we know we have in McMahan. Davie is a great blocker, but too raw, same with Monk, we know what we have with Brock. Leman has had trouble with the humidity, plus we have plenty of linebackers. Geisinger and Davis don't show as much promise as Brown and everyone else, Clark doesn't have the money and picks invested that Munnerlynn does.
Final Cut: Sundberg, Chiara, Heygood, Ivy, Williams, Harvey, Gray, Brown, McMahan, Cherry, Birmingham, Cantwell, Lee, Beavers, Moore, Fields, Williams, Palmer, Brock, Brinkley, Favorite, Munnerlynn.
Jansen has a pick invested, plus experience, so he gets the nod over Sundberg. Chiara and Fields are excess depth at a deep position, same with the linebackers Heygood and Ivy. DT Lorenzo Williams has outlived his time here, Harvey might be better than Favorite, but I don't think so, Favorite doesn't outperform anyone on the active roster, or if he does he still have PS eligibility. Gray might get a spot if he outperforms Cadogan, but in this he doesn't. Brown is the same way, as is Gary Williams and Palmer. McMahan has the misfortune of being in an exceedingly deep WR corps, same for Cherry, Beavers, and Moore. Birmingham has talent, maybe even a season of PS eligibility left, unfortunately the Panthers are to deep at RB. Lee has shown quite a bit of promise, but there just isn't room, plus it's unlikely he'd contribute much this year. Brock and Brinkley can't outperform any of the other players on the roster, their time ends. Munnerlynn was the toughest cut, it was either him, Cadogan, or Teal, but because of the depth at corner, and the fact that Teal has no PS eligibility, the Captain gets sunk. Cantwell isn't better than any of the top 3 QB's.
Practice Squad: Captain Munnerlynn, Marlin Favorite, Jamal Lee, Gary Williams/Patrick Brown, Hunter Cantwell, Larry Beavers, Anthony Heygood, Sulak : ) .
Which would leave a depth chart of......
QB: Starter-Jake Delhomme
Backups-Josh McCown, Matt Moore
RB: Starter-Deangelo Williams
FB: Starter-Brad Hoover
WR: Starter-Steve Smith, Muhsin Muhammad.
Backups-Dwayne Jarret, Jason Carter, Mike Goodson, Ryne Robinson.
TE: Starter-Jeff King.
LT: Starter-Jordan Gross
Backups-Travelle Wharton, Gerald Cadogan
LG: Starter-Travelle Wharton
C: Starter-Ryan Kalil
RG: Starter-Keydrick Vincent
Backups-Duke Robinson, Geoff Schwartz
RT: Jeff Otah
Backups-Either Jordan Gross or Duke Robinson/Geoff Schwartz
RDE: Starter-Julius Peppers
LDE: Starter-Tyler Brayton
Backups-Everette Brown, Charles Johnson, Hilee Taylor
NT: Starter-Maake Kemoeatu
Backups-Nick Hayden, Corey Irvin
UT: Starter-Damione Lewis
Backups-Corey Irvin, Nick Hayden
WLB: Starter-Thomas Davis
MLB: Starter-Jon Beason
SLB: Starter-Nai'l Diggs
FS: Starter-Charles Godfrey
Backup-Quinton Teal, Sherrod Martin?
SS: Starter-Chris Harris
K: Starter-John Kasay
P: Starter-Jason Baker
Returner: Starter-Ryne Robinson
Backups-Mike Goodson, Jason Carter.
Gunner/Specialist-Dante Wesley, Sherrod Martin.
A couple notes, all the linebackers could play pretty much anywhere, and an alternate theory of Hayden on the PS and Favorite on the active roster was considered.