The Panthers’ roster cuts certainly came with some surprises, but here are the biggest takeaways from Saturday’s moves.
1. Two kickers?
“We are fortunate enough to have two kickers that we really like,” Hurney told reporters on Sunday. “We’ll just see how that develops.”
It appears the kicking competition is not over just yet, as the two will compete in practice this week as Hurney explores the trade market for either Gano or Butker.
Hurney did tell reporters that if both kickers were still on the roster by Sunday, “you would think Graham Gano would be the kicker at this point.”
2. Panthers cut fan favorite and preseason MVP Joe Webb
After Webb was released, the Panthers claimed rookie quarterback Brad Kaaya off waivers on Sunday. Kaaya was a sixth-round pick out of the University of Miami, and he will serve as the Panthers’ third-string quarterback this season, likely inactive for games unless Cam Newton or Anderson get injured.
3. Rookie Alex Armah wins the fullback job, or does he?
The Panthers waived Armah on Sunday, after claiming rookie safety Demetrius Cox off waivers. Armah passed through waivers unclaimed and was signed to the Panthers’ practice squad.
4. Greg Van Roten survives final cuts
“He’s a guy we basically brought in with three other guys the first day of camp to work out because we needed numbers,” interim general manager Marty Hurney said.
Van Roten is not convinced the Panthers ever intended to sign him at that tryout.
“I don’t think Carolina planned on signing me, honestly, but I had a really good workout and impressed them,” Van Roten said. “Then I had a good training camp and they kept me around.”
Van Roten is a versatile offensive lineman that can play any of the five spots along the line. He will primarily serve as depth at the three interior spots, however.