News Blitz: 9/2/2017 – The Final 53

The Panthers trimmed their roster to 53 today with several key players being cut from the team.

Among the significant cuts: Punter Andy Lee, Quarterback and Special Teams ace Joe Webb and local favorites Austin Duke and Ben Boulware.

Brenton Bersin was sent to Injured Reserve.

It is the first time the team has gone with only two quarterbacks since the 2013 season.

At running back in addition to Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey the Panthers kept Fozzy Whittaker, Cameron Artis-Payne and rookie draft pick Alex Armah.

At Wide Receiver rookie Curtis Samuel made the cut as well as Russell Shepard, Damiere Byrd and Kaelin Clay.

Drew: This just in…. Panthers traded WR Kaylen Clay to the Buffalo Bill per Adam Shefter

Other players to make the team: Rookie Taylor Moton and Greg Van Roten on the offensive line.

Jeremy Cash, Jared Norris and Ben Jacobs at linebacker.

Rookie Corn Elder and Cole Luke made the team at Cornerback.

As mentioned earlier, Andy Lee was waived making Mike Palardy the Panthers’ punter.

Interestingly enough the Panthers are keeping two kickers on the 53-man roster – for the moment. Reports have come in that the team is receiving interest in both kickers. As of the 4PM Saturday deadline, both Graham Gano and Harrison Butker are still with the Panthers.

Other significant moves throughout the league:

The Broncos have cut Safety TJ Ward. The current roster has only Colin Jones as backup at the Safety position. Ward would add needed depth and bring veteran experience to the Panthers’ secondary which currently lists only 3 players at the Safety spot.

Ashlyn: The Bengals have traded Former Panther cornerback Bene Benwikere was traded to Dallas Cowboys

Now, where’s what everyone is writing about around the web.

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Panthers reportedly showing interest in TJ Ward

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We will have a full podcast next week where we will preview the first regular season game against the 49ers. Kickoff is at 4:25PM on Sunday September 10th.

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