First for the easy one. FB Mike Zordich is listed at the #2 FB but I'm sure he will be moved to IR soon. The fact Zordich is still listed was my first clue the chart really is out of date. Now for the more difficult changes.
LG Chris Scott will jump Tori Mobley and possibly Hayworth Hicks. I'm not saying any of those three will make the 53 though. Likewise Justin Wells moves up to #2 RT with the probably season long loss of Bruce Campbell. If Garrett Chisholm can play at all he will never get a better chance to prove himself over the next two weeks.
I think WR David Gettis should be listed at #2 behind LaFell with Ginn moving over to the other side #3 behind Smitty. At 6'3" 220 lbs Gettis is a big physical receiver more in the mold of LaFell than any of the other WR on the roster.
If you think about formation as well, and you want to move Smitty to the slot then Gettis is more suited to play the outside. Edwards on the other hand is better suited in the slot when Smitty is playing the outside. Hixon should instead be #4 behind even Pilares until he can get on the practice field.
RB Tauren Poole surpasses Armond Smith for #4, if not higher. I'm not saying Barner will be cut, hardly. Just that Poole has looked good in there, slightly better than Smith IMO.
Turning to the defense, let's start with the closest to the top and work our way down.
At DT I see Sione Fua moving over to #2 NT. I realize he is a popular target for ridicule around here but he has played better this preseason. Plus he seems better suited for the NT spot versus the DT. But flame away...;)
The Panthers staff may disagree with me on this one but I really liked the look of Wes Horton (R, 6'5" 265 lbs) rushing the passer. He is currently listed at #3 behind Mario Addison (3, 6'3" 260 lbs) who hasn't looked bad but he hasn't made the plays Horton has.
Last but not the least controversial is CB Josh Norman getting the starting nod over Captain Munnerlyn when in the base 4-3 package. Norman has a nose for the ball and this defense needs that. He hasn't been taking the kinds of risks we saw early last season. This move doesn't impact the Panthers remaining schemes either given Norman plays the outside now when he subs in on the nickel package.
I'm not predicting any changes here as I think Ginn will end up our return specialist with the emergence of Gettis and Edwards.
|K||Graham Gano||Morgan Lineberry|
|P||Brad Nortman||Jordan Gay|
|KO||Graham Gano||Jordan Gay|
|H||Brad Nortman||Jordan Gay|
|PR||Ted Ginn||Joe Adams||Armanti Edwards|
|KR||Ted Ginn||Kealoha Pilares||Kenjon Barner||Armond Smith|