5 major observations from Carolina Panthers final roster cuts in 2022

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What were some major observations from the final round of roster cuts made by the Carolina Panthers ahead of the 2022 season? 

The Carolina Panthers have finalized their roster after an eventful day of final cuts. There could be more additions on the way via the waiver wire if those in power feel like it will benefit the franchise, but this group will form the core of what could potentially be a much-improved campaign in 2022.

General manager Scott Fitterer kicked things off on Monday with two trades, securing do-it-all weapon Laviska Shenault Jr. from the Jacksonville Jaguars and getting something in return for Dennis Daley, who was likely to be cut before a deal was struck with the Tenessee Titans.

It was a dramatic day with some surprises. There were plenty of difficult decisions made by the Panthers, which highlights the increased competition for places throughout the summer following a strong period of recruitment.

With this in mind, here are some major observations from the Panthers’ final round of roster cuts in 2022.

Major Observation No. 1

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A strong offseason was not enough for Tae Hayes to make Carolina Panthers’ roster

Given how late in the day Tae Hayes joined the Carolina Panthers this offseason, for the cornerback to feel unlucky about not making the team is a testament to how well he performed and adapted in such a short space of time.

The former Appalachian State standout took advantage of every rep in practice and during the preseason, coming up with some huge contributions to put himself right in contention. Had the cornerback room not been so deep, there’s every chance Hayes would be on the 53 right now.

Carolina will likely bring Hayes back onto the practice squad. However, there is a good chance another team takes a long look based on how he performed throughout the summer.