The Carolina Panthers begin their 2018 journey at Wofford College in beautiful Spartanburg, SC on Thursday with the start of training camp. Before camp begins, let’s take a closer look at the 91 men* who will participate in the next few weeks of grueling practices in preparation for the season.
To make this easier to follow, the players will be broken down by position group and listed in alphabeitcal order.
Running backs (7)
Wide receivers (12)
Tight Ends (5)
Jason Vander Laan
Greg Van Roten
Offensive tackles (5)
Defensive ends (9)
Bryan Cox, Jr.
Defensive tackles (8)
There you have it, Panthers fans—the current 91-man roster.
I’m almost positive the Panthers will release a few of the extra receivers/linemen to bring in camp bodies at kicker and punter so Gano and Palardy don’t wear their legs out in camp.
I’m also confident that this 91-man roster will change several times over the next few weeks as Ron Rivera churns the bottom third of the roster to search for hidden gems. We’ll keep you posted when such churns happen.
*- Efe Obada doesn’t count against the team’s 90-man roster as part of the NFL International Pathway Program. He will once again be the 11th member of the practice squad and cannot be activated to the 53-man roster or released this season.
Update: According to Bill Voth, the Panthers can place Obada on the 53-man roster this year. If they choose not to, he will have to clear waivers before he can be added to the practice squad. The Panthers can then use the IPPP exception to keep him as the 11th man on the practice squad, but then would not be able to add him to the 53-man roster at any point this season. They could also add him to the practice squad without the IPPP exception, but would lose the 11th practice squad slot and Obada could be poached by another team. (h/t to carolinallday for bringing this to my attention)
**- Chris Manhertz will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
***- Amini Silatolu is listed on the roster as a tackle but is currently penciled in as the starter at left guard.