5 players who should make the Panthers practice squad if released

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Phil Hoskins – Carolina Panthers DT

Much like the situation with Kenny Robinson, someone is going to end up disappointed on an exceptionally strong defensive front when final cuts are made. This is an area where the Carolina Panthers have an abundance of talent, so a good player or two is going to end up looking for a new home or being stashed on the practice squad.

One player that immediately jumps out is Phil Hoskins.

The seventh-round pick has shown there might be something to work with thanks to his big frame and ability to generate pressure, but it’s a case of others ahead of him on the depth chart also performing to or above expectations at training camp.

Derrick Brown and DaQuan Jones are slotted to start, that’s not up for debate.

It would also be a surprise if the Panthers didn’t take through Bravvion Roy and fifth-rounder Daviyon Nixon as their primary rotation pieces. So it all depends on whether they feel another interior lineman is needed on defense.

The Kentucky product would feel agreived if he doesn’t get on the roster initially. Hoskins is also a likely pickup by another team on the waiver wire that will no doubt come up in discussions before a final decision on his future is made.

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Hoskins is guaranteed to be a practice squad player with a ton of upside in this situation. But waiving him is a massive gamble if the coaching staff does see a potential future for the player in Carolina long term.