5 Carolina Panthers players on the chopping block ahead of second cuts

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Martez Ivey
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Which Carolina Panthers players could find themselves on the chopping block as the organization prepares to reveal their second round of cuts?

The time is almost approaching for the Carolina Panthers to declare their next round of cuts. Those in power have until Tuesday to trim the roster from 85 to 80 players, which will see some dreams of earning a spot on the team came to an abrupt halt in the latest part of the preparation process.

This is the final round of cuts before the Panthers and others across the league get set for the final decisions – which obviously comes with turning 80 players into 53 heading into the regular season. Carolina is expected to play their starting unit for half of their preseason finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers, leaving those on the fringes with little time to make an impression.

In fairness, most of them have had all of training camp to do so. If they haven’t caught the eye by now, it’s unlikely those individuals ever will.

With this in mind, here are five Panthers players who could be on the chopping block during the second round of cuts this week.

Player No. 1

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Martez Ivey – Carolina Panthers OT

If Saturday’s game was Martez Ivery’s final audition for more involvement on the Panthers, then he didn’t exactly leave many reasons to be encouraged. The offensive tackle was sluggish throughout his time on the field, which could lead the former Florida star to become one of the names released from the organization in the coming days.

The Panthers traded Greg Little to the Miami Dolphins for a seventh-round pick. So their depth behind the starting edge protectors wouldn’t be classed as stellar by any stretch of the imagination.

That being said, Ivey’s production has left a lot to be desired and the time may have arrived for both parties to go their separate ways.