Final cuts get Panthers to 80

Tony Pike (waived/injured), Duke Robinson, Chris Massey were the final cuts to bring the Panthers roster to 80 today along with Cletis Gordon and the rest of the IR troop who joined him today.

Pike was never a fit for Rob Chudzinski's offense as he simply doesn't have the arm needed to succeed. That being said, he's a nice guy and hopefully will find a role on an NFL team that run an offense that can better suit his abilities. He's a true short pass type guy, and those players can find roles as backups. I suspect someone will take a flier on Pike to be their third stringer.

Duke Robinson is the disappointment in this group because he had so much promise. One time thought to be a potential 'steal of the draft' type player, in the end Robinson showed every bit of why he slipped as far as he did. A poor work ethic, constantly being out of shape and failing to impress in practice overshadowed his abilities as an extremely effective run blocker on occasion. What is further frustrating is that if Robinson had only applied himself I have no doubt he'd be the team's starting RG now in the wake of the Geoff Schwartz injury, but c'est la vie.

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