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Carolina Panthers 53-man roster projection

Posted September 1

— The majority of Carolina Panthers starters watched from the sideline Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium as their teammates battled the Pittsburgh Steelers in the final game of the 2017 preseason.

Among the non-starters was quarterback Cam Newton, who has thrown only two passes – both completions – during the preseason. Newton is rehabbing after offseason surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder.

Teams have until Saturday at 4 p.m. to make final roster cuts.

This year only one roster cut will take place in the preseason, a cut-down from 90 to 53 players, which allows all players on National Football League rosters to play through the final preseason game.

Two cut-downs took place in previous years from 90 to 75, and then a final roster trimming to 53 players.

Here is the Panthers Blitz final projection for Carolina’s 53-man roster:

Offense

Quarterbacks (3)
Cam Newton, Derek Anderson, Joe Webb

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

Fullback (1)
Darrel Young

Wide receivers (6)
Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Russell Shepard, Curtis Samuel, Brenton Bersin, Damiere Byrd

Tight ends (3)
Greg Olsen, Ed Dickson, Chris Manhertz

Offensive linemen (9)
Matt Kalil, Ryan Kalil, Daryl Williams, Trai Turner, Andrew Norwell, Taylor Moton, Tyler Larsen, Amini Silatolu, Chris Scott

Defense

Defensive ends (5)
Julius Peppers, Charles Johnson, Mario Addison, Wes Horton, Daeshon Hall/Bryan Cox*

*With Hall nursing a knee injury, Cox could take the 2017 third-round pick's spot if he's placed on injured reserve.

Defensive tackles (4)
Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei, Vernon Butler, Eric Crume

Linebackers (6)
Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, Shaq Thompson, David Mayo, Ben Jacobs, Jeremy Cash

Defensive backs (9)
James Bradberry, Daryl Worley, Captian Munnerlyn, Teddy Williams, Cole Luke, Corn Elder (IR), Kurt Coleman, Mike Adams, Colin Jones, L.J. McCray

*Injuries at both the cornerback and safety position could have the Panthers looking to acquire depth players via trade or waiver wire during the cut-down period.

Specialists

Kicker (1)
Graham Gano

Punter (1)
Andy Lee (1)

Long snapper (1)
J.J. Jansen

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