Previously I covered the Panthers Defense, this time I want to look at who we have trying to make the roster on the offensive side. Lets start the special teams players.
*Injured during presesaon with Packers and placed on IR for his first season.
Both Jason Baker and John Kasay are a given to make the roster. Todd Carter is trying to make the team in place of Rhys Lloyd as our kickoff specialist. So far I'm not sure if we will keep him. Then we have J.J. Jenson the long snapper. The Panthers have dedicated a roster spot to a long snapper for several years. Last year bringing in Jenson and releasing reliable Jason Kyle was a risk but in the end I think it work out fine. I personally saw Jeff King attempting long snapping during training camp and I've heard reports of other doing so. While I personally believe Jenson will be back, I'm sure the team could benefit from having a backup active instead of a dedicated long snapper.
Onto the offense after the jump...
At the end of the offseason we had 6 receivers on the roster and now we have 11 giving us a few options. Smith is a given and so is LeFell to make the roster. I think its safe to add Wright, K. Moore, and Edwards to that list. That's five receivers. Traditional Fox doesn't keep many on the roster and makes use of even less. This leaves a big question mark for some on Dwayne Jarrett. I stated previously during camp coverage that Jarrett would be on the final roster and I still stand by that statement. However, I'm still not sure where on the depth chart. I have him listed at 2nd but saying he didn't start this last game throws up a red flag.
I still wonder if they will keep 6 receivers and if they don't who is the first to be cut from the list?
|Running Backs / Full Back
I don't think the depth or final roster changed has changed from earlier in the offseason. Vaughan did look decent on Thursday but there's not room on the roster and same goes for Jackson.
After the first preseason game I think its fair to say that Clausen has passed Cantwell on the roster for the backup QB. I know some are wondering if he will pass Moore for the starter. I'm not in that camp (at least yet) but was impressed with his debut. Yet, it's a good sign that the question is out there. It's been said many times before but it's a good problem to have.
I think the bigger question will they carry four QBs this year. I'm not convinced. Pike would be the most likely to be cut but I don't know if he'd make it to the practice squad roster. Hence the dilemma.
I think I'll save myself time and quote what I wrote earlier during the offseason about the TE's: "Same as the running back, the TE position seems to be set. The question is the depth chart, but until I hear differently I would say it stays the same." Oh and Petrowski was added to the list but won't make the final roster.
|1 - LT||69||Jordan Gross||30||7|
|1 - RT||79||Jeff Otah||24||2|
|1 - RG
|1 - LG||70||Travelle Wharton||29
*Placed on IR for first season
The only question about our starting lineup hasn't changed. We are still looking for a full time RG. Bernadeau got the start last week, but they have been pushing Duke "Go Joe" Robinson since he passed his conditioning test. In addition we do have serious questions regarding our backup center. Otherwise last year proved our depth was able to setup in and continue performing.
Well there you have it, our current offensive roster. There's a lot of potential bottled up waiting to be released. We didn't see it in our game versus Baltimore but hopefully they will develop of the next few weeks and be ready to for week one.