How these Carolina Panthers perform Thursday night may impact their roster status moving forward.
The Carolina Panthers and every other NFL team must cut their current 90-man rosters down to 53 before 4:00 PM ET on Saturday (8/31). With all teams playing in their final preseason contest on Thursday (8/29) night, almost immediately following the final whistle some players will learn their fate for Week 1 of the regular season.
For fans, the preseason may not pose much to get excited about as these preliminary games are filled with backups and rookies learning to adjust in professional football. However, consider the fact that 32 teams exist with 22 total starters on offense and defense. This equals 704 players who rank near the top in terms of being guaranteed a position but 2,880 (90 x 32) total candidates take part in preseason play.
For the remaining 2,176 individuals these games are all they have. Hoping to impress coaches enough, proving they can execute what they’ve shown in practice and perform when it counts – these four live opportunities end this week. Whether each has done enough to fill a special teams or back-up role will soon be determined.
Continue to see a few such Panthers to watch in the preseason finale.