Good afternoon fellow Panthers! I'm OptimusPrime52 aka @PFF_JustinGoad. I had the pleasure of meeting the CSR staff at the training camp meet-up. It was a great experience and I really respect how much work these guys put into bringing all of us a little bit closer to the Panthers on a daily basis. I have been on a couple CSR Radio shows recently and plan on attending tonight. I thought a way-too-early 53 might be fun to discuss during the show.
This is a "what I think will happen when healthy" 53 and doesn't necessarily represent what I'd like to see happen. Plenty can and will change through 4 preseason games. Roster cut downs from other teams could radically reshape our O-line and secondary. Health issues with Stewart, Kugbila, etc will also factor into the decision making process.
QB (3) 1) Cam Newton 2) Derek Anderson 3) Jimmy Clausen
FB (1) Richie Brockel
Special teams (3)
P (1) Brad Nortman
LS (1) JJ Jansen
K (1) Graham Gano
Last 4 on the team: Joe Adams, Brandon Williams, Jason Williams, Nakamura
First 4 off the team: Pilares, Gettis, Kearse, Colin Jones
I could easily see them keeping Nate Chandler on a projection basis. He doesn't look ready to play offense yet. I could also see Hicks or Scott being kept due to the black hole at RG.
Adams, Pilares, and Gettis are all competing for one spot.
I wouldn't keep Nakamura solely for special teams, but they will.
Game-day Inactive list
The inactive list is likely to be game-plan specific unless injuries become a factor (which always happens). This list factors in Ginn starting at KR/PR. I'd like to see Clausen traded so we could open a spot up for someone else, but we are likely to keep 3 QBs.
1) Brandon Williams or Hixon/Edwards
2) Brockel or Hartsock
3)Adams or Barner
4)Bruce Campbell or Byers
5) Lester (or DJ Moore against a TE heavy team)
6)Addison and/or Jason Williams
7) Designated spot for whoever is injured that week.
Sections 1, 2, and 3 could be interchangeable based on offensive game-plan.Sections 5 and 6 could be interchangeable based on defensive game-plan.
Fun with names
We have multiple players with the following first names: Jordan, Charles, DJ, Mike, Brandon, Josh, Frank (if Kearse makes the roster), and Colin (if Jones makes the roster). There are three players with the last name Williams. We also have a Jon, Nate (if Chandler makes the roster), and a Jonathan. But Bruce Campbell trumps the name game until further notice (but only real names; Kraken controls the nicknames around here).
I'll happily answer questions on the thread or on twitter @ PFF_JustinGoad