Lamont Bryant waived, Panthers sign two new players

Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

The Panthers made some last-second roster tweaks prior to training camp.

The Carolina Panthers announced Wednesday that they have waived wide receiver Lamont Bryant, and in his place added two new players -- offensive guard Garrett Chisolm, and tight end Dominique Curry. This fills Bryant's vacated roster spot, as well as Thomas Austin, who was waived on Monday.

Bryant was a very raw receiver, but has unmatched size at the position. He was recently placed on the non-football injury list, which likely contributed to his release today. It's surprising to see the Panthers didn't elect to bring another wide receiver to camp, and the team now have a very weak back-end of their roster at the position.

Chisolm was more recently with the San Francisco 49ers, where he was placed on injured reserve just seven months later. He finished the 2012 season on injured reserve. This followed a 2011 season where he was recovering from a torn ACL, where he was a staple on the Miami Dolphins' practice squad.

Dominque Curry is officially listed as a wide receiver in his NFL.com profile, but according to the Panthers' release he'll be a tight end. He's 6'2", 223 pounds and has spent his first two seasons with the St. Louis Rams as a UDFA, before being released and signed to a future/reserve contract with Detroit -- he was released a month ago.

Opinion on the moves depends entirely on Lamont Bryant's health. If his situation was bad enough to keep him out of training camp, then no harm, no foul. If not, it looks like they just exchanged a raw wide receiver they knew, for a raw wide receiver they know nothing about -- and threw in a mediocre guard swap to boot.

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