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Panthers name first practice squad of 2017

The Panthers have found the ten players they wish to keep on the practice squad.

The Panthers have named their 2017 practice squad after a long weekend of roster decisions. In all, eleven players were brought back to the practice squad, including safeties Damian Parms and Dezmen Southward.

The Panthers have two extra slots on the practice squad right now. One of those spots is due to their participation in the NFL’s International Pathway Player Program, which allows them to keep DE Efe Obada on the practice squad for the entire year. The other spot will be used at some point, probably after the Panthers decide which players they want to cut to make room for Brad Kaaya and Demetrious Cox.

Here are the players the Panthers have added to the practice squad for the 2017 season:

2017 Panthers Practice Squad

Blaine Clausell, OL

Garrett Gilbert, QB

Keyarris Garrett, WR

Mose Frazier, WR

Bryan Cox, Jr., DE

Zach Moore, DE

Eric Crume, DT

Damian Parms, S

Dezmen Southward, S

Efe Obada, DE*

Current 2017 Panthers Roster

Offense (24)

Quarterback (3) - Cam Newton, Derek Anderson, Brad Kaaya

Running Back (4) - Jonathan Stewart, Christian McCaffrey, Fozzy Whittaker, Cameron Artis-Payne

Wide Receiver (5) - Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Russell Shepard, Curtis Samuel, Damiere Byrd

Tight End (3) - Greg Olsen, Ed Dickson, Chris Manhertz

Offensive Line (9) - Matt Kalil, Trai Turner, Ryan Kalil, Andrew Norwell, Daryl Williams, Taylor Moton, Tyler Larsen, Amini Silatolu, Greg Van Roten

Defense (25)

Defensive Line (9) - Charles Johnson, Mario Addison, Julius Peppers, Daeshon Hall, Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei, Kyle Love, Wes Horton, Vernon Butler

Linebacker (7) - Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, Shaq Thompson, David Mayo, Ben Jacobs, Jeremy Cash, Jared Norris

Cornerback (5) - James Bradberry, Daryl Worley, Captain Munnerlyn, Cole Luke, Kevon Seymour

Safety (4) - Kurt Coleman, Mike Adams, Colin Jones, Demetrious Cox

Special Teams (4)

Kicker (2) - Harrison Butker, Graham Gano

Punter (1) - Michael Palardy

Long Snapper (1) - J.J. Jansen

* - Obada will remain on the practice squad for the entire 2017 season as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program. The Panthers have a special exemption for Obada, so he cannot be added to the 53-man roster or waived at any time this year.