We have another round of OTAs in the bag and though we didn't squeeze much insight from last week's activities it seems a good time to throw out another 53 man roster prediction. We will call this one the June edition with obviously more to come as we get closer to TC and the preseason.
The Panthers have improved their depth without a doubt which makes this prediction difficult. I'm sure some of my inclusions and cuts will cause discussion but that is what we are here for. I'll try to explain my thinking on some of these.
If not Clausen then I expect a 3rd QB be on the roster but its' not a lock. I wouldn't mind just two QBs myself.
FB (1): Mike Tolbert
Tolbert is essentially the 3rd RB as well.
I think there is still a need for a solid blocking TE in this offense hence Hartsock sticks but he is no lock.
Though I list only four WRs its supplemented with special team returners Joe Adams and Keoloha Pilares.
Though the Panthers typically only carry four DTs I think this is an area of concern warranting an extra player.
Tucker sticks just for ST ability.
It hurts me to say it but yes I'm predicting Thomas Davis hangs up his cleats.If not then I see Jason Williams being the odd man out here.
Tough to cut RJ Stanford but given Butler is young and the better athlete he sticks though he doesn't win the starters job.
Another tough cut is Jordan Pugh though Martin is no lock given his poor 2011 season.
Special Teams (5):
K: Olingo Mare
P: Brad Nortman
PR: Joe Adams
KR: Keoloha Pilares
LS: JJ Jansen
Key Cuts: LB Thomas Davis (retires), WR Armanti Edwards, S DJ Campbell, CB RJ Stanford, RB Josh Vaughan, DE Eric Norwood, S Jordan Pugh, T Lee Ziemba, FB Richie Brockel, WR Seyi Ajiratutu, WR Darvin Adams.
I don't know the rules for the practice squad so no prediction on that yet but I imagine S DJ Campbell would be one entry along with WR Darvin Adams, OG Zack Williams (IR last season) and maybe Lee Ziemba if he qualifies.