With the addition of OL Tim Duckworth (formerly of the Saints), Monday, the Panthers roster sits at 80 players. Today the cuts start, and the roster needs to get trimmed to 75. Who do you think will be the first to go? I apologize in advance if one of these guys is your cousin, went to your alma mater or shares the same barber, but these are the guys who, in my view, aren't likely to survive the day.
Here's the list of players that I think the cuts will come from:
In the spirit of Jaxon's2009 post on the first roster cuts, here are 9 guys who I think are likely candidates:
#18 - WR - Oliver Young - No catches through three preseason games, and correct me if I'm wrong but I don't even remember seeing him on the field at receiver.
#19 - WR - Dexter Jackson - He's managed a couple preseason receptions, but I can't get the image of him lying on the ground during the Clausen interception out of my brain. He's got speed in spades, but this isn't Oakland.
#26 - RB - Dantrell Savage - Unless I missed something, I didn't see him in at RB even in "garbage time."
#27 - CB - CJ Wilson - This position is just too deep and I think he's already had his chance to make it.
#49 - LB - Sean Ware - If you don't have a LB jersey number in the 50s, you aren't likely to make the team. =)
#62 - G - Ray Hisatake - Too deep at this position and no special teams value at 300 lb.
#68 - DT - Andre Neblett - See Ray Hisatake.
#97 - DE - Hilee Taylor - If you only manage one tackle through three preseason games playing defensive end, you're done.
#77 - G - Andrew Crummey - Someone's got to go at guard. The Panthers wouldn't drop Duckworth a day after signing him, would they? (Talking to you, Jaxon)
Is there anyone that you think should be added or removed from the list?