The Carolina Panthers began the league wide roster cuts by waiving the following players:
QB Colby Cameron DE Louis Nzegwu
P Jordan Gay LB Ryan Rau
K Morgan Lineberry G Justin Wells
S Ricardo Silva WR Dale Moss
CB Nick Hixon
While three players were placed on waived/injured:
T Bruce Campbell WR Kealoha Pilares
FB Michael Zordich
The first nine players are no longer with the team, while those placed on the waived/injured list have the chance to stay on the Panthers injury reserved list if no other team in the league chooses to pick them up. Campbell, Pilares, and Zordich are all currently injured; with Campbell suffering from a season ending rotator cuff injury early in camp, Pilares with a knee injury he suffered in the Baltimore Ravens game, and Zordich tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the preseason opener against the Chicago Bears.
The first nine players waived all make sense, except for Louis Nzegwu. All players are in positions where they were only brought in for competition. Nzegwu may have been the only waived player who made an impact with the team. Nzegwu accounted for three sacks in the preseason, two against the Chicago Bears and one against the Philadelphia Eagles, as well as one forced fumble against the Eagles. Louis Nzegwu should be brought up as a backup on any team who needs help on the Defensive line, he truly has potential.
As for the waived/injured players, Zordich a UDFA rookie who was not expected to make the final roster, so no surprises there. However, I am surprised by the Pilares choice. He showed some potential as backup with a few catches in the past season as well as on the Special Teams unit, see his touchdown catch against the Atlanta Falcons last year as well as his kick return for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions two years ago.
Bruce Campbell was a quality backup on the Offensive Line, but after he suffered his injury, he becomes helpless to the team deprived of quality Offensive Lineman. His absence also showed the lack of depth the Panthers have on the Offensive Line, something Rivera has finally stated:
Rivera says team will determine if they will look outside the organization for help on the O-line after Thursday’s game vs. Steelers.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) August 24, 2013
Obviously former Panther Travelle Wharton would be a great fit into any Offensive Line in desperate need of help, with the Panthers being a prime example.
In other news, Edmund Kugbila, Joe Adams, Chase Blackburn, and Captain Munnerlyn were all back at practice yesterday. It has also been confirmed via Twitter that Chris Scott will be replacing Amini Silatolu on the Offensive Line against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday.
Yeah, Travelle Wharton would be helpful.