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Carolina Panthers Still Have Two to Sign

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 17: Hunter Cantwell #14 of the Carolina Panthers runs the ball against the New York Giants on August 17, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Panthers 24-17. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

With the latest signing of quarterback-turned-wide receiver Armanti Edwards, the Carolina Panthers have narrowed their list of “yet to sign,” to two.

Rookie second-round draft pick Jimmy Clausen, and third-round pick Brandon LaFell. The interesting thing, is it seems that up to this point, the Panthers have been signing draft picks in a reverse order. Will the trend continue — will LaFell be the next to sign followed by Clausen?

The end result of course, is what’s most important; getting both guys signed and in training camp. The order in which they sign has no significance.

The latest to come from Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer, is how second year quarterback Hunter Cantwell is climbing up the depth chart. I found this interesting.

How is a player climbing the depth chart when the team is not holding any practices at this time, and more amazingly, there is no depth chart to speak of at this time, anyway. It wasn’t until near the beginning of regular season last year, that the Panthers released the team’s depth chart. Fascinating!

Then something clicked in my mind, and it made sense. By default, Cantwell should be No. 2 on the depth chart, for the simple reason that he’s been on the team and in it’s system longer, even though he hasn’t seen any action on the field (aside from maybe 15 minutes total in preseason ’09).

Nonetheless, it makes sense that at this time; Cantwell is predicted to be where he’s at, because of a simple thing called seniority. Will it last? Cantwell is up against some stiff competition, especially if Jimmy Clausen is as in-tune to the pro-style of offense as we are all lead to believe. However, the transition from college to the pro’s is a big jump no matter how you slice it.

If nothing else, it’s good to see that for perhaps the first preseason game or two, Cantwell should see more snaps than his rookie counterparts.

In the meantime, Carolina’s got another draft pick in the bag and two to go.

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