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Panthers begin trimming roster to 53 players with 13 early cuts before deadline

The Panthers have started the roster trimming process that must be completed by 4 p.m. ET today.

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The Panthers are trimming their roster to the league mandated 53-player limit before today’s 4 p.m. ET deadline and have made 13 cuts so far this morning.

There are several surprises on this list, notably quarterback Will Grier and edge rusher Christian Miller, who both had decent-to-good showings during camp and the preseason and figured to be in the team’s plans for 2021. Miller’s fate was probably sealed when the Panthers traded a 2022 sixth round pick to the Bills for defensive end Darryl Johnson yesterday, while Grier is likely the victim of a roster philosophy that values having two quarterbacks instead of three to allow for more depth elsewhere on the roster.

Several of these players would be candidates to return to the Panthers as part of the practice squad if they clear waivers. Sam Tecklenburg, C.J. Saunders, Spencer Brown and Aaron Monteiro immediately stand out as guys the team likes and would potentially want to keep around if they aren’t picked up by other teams.

Stay tuned throughout the day for more roster news, and to keep track of all the roster cuts, you can check out the roster cuts tracker that will be updated throughout the day as moves are made.