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September 01, 2006

The 53-man roster, if I were GM

The Panthers won’t announce their cuts until Saturday afternoon. So I’ll do it for them.

Here’s what I would have as the 53-man roster:

QUARTERBACKS

Keep: Jake Delhomme, Chris Weinke and Brett Basanez.

Why: Nothing needs to be said on Delhomme and Weinke. Basanez showed promise in practices and preseason games. Haven’t seen anything but some scrambling ability from Stefan LeFors in two years and, last time I checked, the Panthers don’t want their quarterback scrambling.

RUNNING BACKS

Keep: DeShaun Foster, DeAngelo Williams, Nick Goings, Brad Hoover and Casey Cramer.

Why: Goings can be the third tailback and Cramer can be groomed as an eventual successor to Hoover. Eric Shelton can go run for 1,000 yards for Denver or show someone else why he’s a bust. Alex Haynes can be stashed on the practice squad.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Keep: Steve Smith, Keyshawn Johnson, Keary Colbert, Drew Carter, Karl Hantkon and Efrem Hill.

Why: I’d let Hankton walk, but the Panthers won’t. He can chase down kicks and punts for $800,000 a year. But keeping Hill would give them five receivers who can contribute on offense.

TIGHT ENDS

Keep: Kris Mangum, Michael Gaines and Mike Seidman.

Why: It’s a tough call between Seidman and Jeff King. But Dan Henning usually favors experience. Since Michael Gaines is inconsistent and Mangum’s getting older, Henning might favor Seidman.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Keep: Jordan Gross, Evan Mathis, Justin Hartwig, Mike Wahle, Travelle Wharton, Geoff Hangartner, Todd Fordham, Rashad Butler and Will Montgomery.

Why: Hangartner is a solid backup, who could start if needed. The other three are marginal. If a starting tackle gets hurt, they better watch the waiver wire.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Keep: Julius Peppers, Mike Rucker, Al Wallace, Jovan Haye, Kris Jenkins, Maake Kemoeatu, Damione Lewis, Jordan Carstens and Kindal Moorehead.

Why: Moorehead can play inside and outside. So can Tony Brown. But Moorehead’s experience probably gives him a slight edge for the final roster spot.

LINEBACKERS

Keep: Dan Morgan, Thomas Davis, Na’il Diggs, Chris Draft, Adam Seward and James Anderson.

Why: Keith Adams and Vinny Ciurciu are good enough to play in the league, but not on this team.

SECONDARY

Keep: Ken Lucas, Chris Gamble, Richard Marshall, Reggie Howard, Jarrett Bush, Mike Minter, Shaun Williams, Colin Branch, Nate Salley.

Why: Bush is the surprise here, but the guy used the preseason to earn a roster spot.

SPECIALISTS

Keep: John Kasay, Jason Baker and Jason Kyle.

Why: There are no other choices.

Posted by Observer Sports on September 1, 2006 at 03:48 PM | Permalink

Comments

Scott-
You are right about all of this all across just about every position, good job (for once).

Posted by: shane | Sep 1, 2006 6:24:26 PM

So if experiance matters and makes Moorehead beat out Tony Brown, how come that does not work in the Keith Adams vs. James Anderson spot? I like Moorhead and all, but Tony Brown seems more 'monster' capable than Kindral.

Posted by: Pantherfanz | Sep 2, 2006 5:32:23 AM

The experience does not work in the Adams vs. Anderson battle because both have the same amount of time in this system. Anderson has also shown a little more during the preseason.

Posted by: Dane | Sep 2, 2006 9:14:26 AM

yeah, they should have kept cramer

Posted by: Tom | Sep 2, 2006 10:04:55 PM

I can't believe that you let go the best hands in camp, in Efrim Hill, good guy, good player.

But as a Falcon season ticket holder, I'm glad to see Super Steve run back punts or Gamble fumble a few.

You guys have so much depth, I guess you just couldn't use another reciever.

Thanks,

Posted by: Raymond | Sep 3, 2006 5:50:42 PM

DeAngelo is gonna blow the feathers off those Falcons returning kicks on Sunday. I can't wait.

Posted by: DeAngeloFanMan | Sep 8, 2006 2:06:54 PM

Personally I would start Chris Weinke over Jake. He was an awesome quarterback in college. I may be wrong, but didn't he win the Heisman? Give the guy credit, he's good, George Siefert made him bad, he was drafted by the wrong guy the wrong year. Also didn't he lead a game winning drive against Detroit when Jake got hurt?

Posted by: EX | Sep 8, 2006 2:50:23 PM

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