3 winners and 3 losers from the Carolina Panthers initial 53-man roster

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Who are the three winners and three losers from the Carolina Panthers’ initial 53-man roster ahead of the 2021 season?

The Carolina Panthers are just a little over a week away from opening up the 2021 NFL season against the New York Jets, and the roster is officially down to 53-players in addition to the practice squad, which can fill up to 16 spots.

The NFL is a tough business and it’s hard to see players who put in effort every offseason and preseason end up being cut. But that’s the nature of the business.

A total of 27 players were cut by the Panthers to finalize their initial roster. With waiver claims and free-agent pickups happening as the season goes on, more players could lose their spots if they don’t perform.

Guard Michael Jordan (no, not that one) was the Panthers’ lone waiver claim from the Cincinnati Bengals.

Of the current roster, 15 of Carolina’s 18 draft picks since head coach Matt Rhule was hired last year remain on the 53. In comparison, the Panthers only have two left from their seven-player draft class in 2019.

Another thing that also shouldn’t be overlooked is Carolina is now averaged as the second-youngest team in the NFL.

Without further ado, here is a look at three winners and three losers following the final cuts of the offseason.