The Carolina Panthers roster was four players over the league-mandated limit of 75, so the organization placed a few players on injured reserve today. Quarterback Matt Blanchard, tight end DC Jefferson, center Kevin Matthews and wide receiver De’Andre Presley were all placed on IR, according to Aaron Wilson.
None of these moves are surprising due to injuries, and the Panthers will now have an even tougher task ahead slicing 22 more players by August 30th.
De’Andre Presley was an early standout during mini-camps, but was placed on the PUP list due to a stress fracture. The Panthers’ front office must have a bit of confidence that the former Appalachian State QB can eventually contribute as a converted WR.
If the Panthers do decide to roll with three quarterbacks this season, Joe Webb should be the third-string QB over Blanchard. Blanchard did not impress very much during the preseason, but insurance at a vulnerable position is a prudent decision.
With Cam Newton‘s injury looming fresh in the minds of the coaching staff, stashing Blanchard (concussion) on the IR is a wise move.
The Panthers will now have to shift their scouting minds to the final preseason game, and hours of game tape to figure out how to narrow down the roster to 53 players over the next four days. There will certainly be a few decisions that fans and the media will question along the way since the competition has been very tight this year.
There were a few ex-Panthers that were released during the first wave of cuts already. James Anderson and Jordan Senn are currently unemployed, and could find a way to onto the Panthers’ Special Teams unit, if the price is right.
Thursday night will be an entertaining game to watch.
Lots of players looking for a roster spot, but only a limited amount of slots available. Additionally, Carolina hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers in game three of the regular season at The Bank. Pretty confident both coaches will play their cards close to their chest this coming Thursday.