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August 24, 2014

Underwood and Pilares headline 10 Panthers cuts

The Panthers aren't waiting until Tuesday's deadline to cut their roster from 90 to 75 players. Receivers Tiquan Underwood and Kealoha Pilares were among the 10 players who got their walking papers Sunday.

For Underwood, it's the ninth time he's been released in his NFL career. Pilares' release means Cam Newton is the lone survivor from the 2011 draft class for the Panthers.

Underwood came to the Panthers in the offseason on a one-year deal with the hope of replacing Ted Ginn Jr. as the No. 3 receiver and kick returner. Though slightly undersized, Underwood has top-end speed.

The Panthers gave Underwood ample opportunity to earn the job, but he never played consistently. In practice he had a number of drops. Through three exhibitions, Underwood had one catch for 5 yards. He did not register a punt or kick return.

Joining Underwood and Pilares on the outs are fellow receivers Marvin McNutt and Toney Clemons. McNutt did little since being active for the regular-season finale last year. Clemons had an uphill climb to make the roster and never flashed enough to move up the depth chart.

Kelvin Benjamin, Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant are locks to make the team. Brenton Bersin sits comfortably as the No. 4 receiver while Tavarres King and Philly Brown battle for the final spot(s).

Along with the four receivers, P Jordan Gay, DT Linden Gaydosh, DE Alex Hall, T Oscar Johnson, DE Craig Roh and LB Anthony Morales were also released.

The Panthers now have 79 players on the roster. The team must cut the roster to 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday, and the 53-man roster must be decided by 4 p.m. on Aug. 30.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on August 24, 2014 at 01:03 PM | Permalink


Trade em all for some offensive line help

Posted by: Billy | Aug 24, 2014 1:27:14 PM

No surprises here, The person I think that needs to be cut is Byron "Turnstile" Bell but geniuses Gettleman and Rivera are sold on this poor NFL tackle. I feel sorry for Cam with this guy protecting his blindside.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Aug 24, 2014 1:41:30 PM

We look old and slow at WR, but we're forced to keep Cotchery and Avant. Bersin has capitalized on his targets.The last spots have to go to King and Brown. Even Lucas is above Pilares. No sense in delaying the inevitable.

Time to move on. We have too many problems to worry about loyalty.

Posted by: qdog112 | Aug 24, 2014 1:47:12 PM

Bersin has some hands on him! Coach Peoehl needs to turn him into a carbon copy of himself back in the day. A sneaky, reliable check-down receiver is what we need to keep the opposing defense on their heels...

Posted by: BigD | Aug 24, 2014 1:50:30 PM

Bersin should be the #2 or 3. Good height, hands, and blocking. He'd be a consistent possession receiver on any NFL team- probably a star on a team like the Patriots. If LaFell can look halfway decent over there, just imagine what this guy could do.

Posted by: PanthersD | Aug 24, 2014 3:00:18 PM


Posted by: malcolm | Aug 24, 2014 3:43:35 PM

it's not bell's fault he's the best option we have. guy is a solid (bargain) right tackle when you have somebody of gross' caliber on the left side. you put somebody of bell's caliber in the anchor position and it's rough. but he also needs to be given time to adjust. the guy has been a steal for the past 3 years. i'm more worried of him playing too well to be able to keep him than i am of him not being good enough to be worth keeping (as a right tackle or left tackle).

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 24, 2014 3:46:04 PM

Bersin definitely is # 2 or 3 WR. Avant is fast, just have'nt got a chance to show it. They are on the right track with WRs. Right after 2008 the O Line have not been able to fix the run. Why can't they fix it? Something have been wrong waaaaaay too long! After the Arizona have exposed them they have never been the same with run. "I Want The Run Back! "

Posted by: Stp | Aug 24, 2014 3:58:48 PM

The hole team played terrible Friday. Bell did as good as the rest.

Posted by: David B | Aug 24, 2014 4:08:33 PM

Maybe I something. I think Jerricho Cotchery should be cut too.

Posted by: Lloyd | Aug 24, 2014 4:23:57 PM


Posted by: Jack | Aug 24, 2014 5:13:34 PM

I can't understand why they run such deep drops and slow passing plays, especially with a weak O-line and new receivers. Newton holds the ball way too long, while Brady dinks ad dunks 6-10 yards per play all the way into the end zone. If I can see this then why can't pro coaches? We will probably struggle to score all year.......

Posted by: SN | Aug 24, 2014 5:32:01 PM

Latest news is that Cam has a rib fracture. You should keep third string quarterback Joe Webb. Don't let him get away!!!

Posted by: observations | Aug 24, 2014 6:23:07 PM

I agree with you SN. If we don't wake up and change our game, the season will be over quick. I also say give Bersin a shot at #2, and definitely keep Webb, especially with Cam getting hurt.

Posted by: raz101 | Aug 24, 2014 6:36:26 PM

By the way, Bersin appears to be the type of receiver that would go to a New England or Denver and create havoc. If we do not wake up and learn how to use him, we will eventually lose him, wind up playing against him when someone else picks him up (and you know they are looking!), and we'll regret it in the future.

Posted by: raz101 | Aug 24, 2014 6:38:41 PM

About 4 years ago there was a WR for the Packers that got a shot as the #3 wide-out. Hw was behind Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. He's now the #1 WR for Green Bay and a really really good possession receiver, with good route skills and blocking abilities. His name is Jordy Nelson and I see the exact same type of player in Brenton Bersin. Unleash him now as the #3 and let Avant be the #4. It's his time to make a name for himself. So lets get this going now while he's still young. Lets not waste a hidden gems talent.

Posted by: bb1130 | Aug 24, 2014 7:34:31 PM

SN and RAZ, you're right to an extent. Shula's offensive plan has to be smarter. But it's also about Tom Brady-having a QB with a quick mind who can read the D and recognize the open man. I'm not sold on Cam's ability to do this consistently.

Posted by: PanthersD | Aug 24, 2014 7:42:05 PM

Cut Joe Webb he isn't worth a roster spot

Posted by: Panthers1995 | Aug 24, 2014 7:48:04 PM

Again, why did the front office sign Underwood? I asked this from the get go. Pilares release understandable. But the team actively went after Underwood in the off season. They must have taxable money that they have to spend or lose like the state does.....

Posted by: Hotspur | Aug 24, 2014 8:12:10 PM

go get Jacoby Ford, Jets just cut him. Speed and experience, good return man too.

Posted by: Pantherz | Aug 24, 2014 8:18:12 PM

Ive said it before and ill say it again Bersin should start opposite benjermin he has great hands and is crafty like prohl was in his day ...Hes a great move the chains receiver and should be playing with the first team at least as the # 3 receiver.This guy is showing hes ready now.

Posted by: joe | Aug 24, 2014 8:29:25 PM

We need production out of our multi-million dollar back field , the o-line has to create holes and we need to chip block and wham block with tight end Dickson or B.Williams in motion to create oppertunities for our backs...Gees get creative why don`t ya. we need aggressive run plays ,throw passes to stewart as a quick drop off for Cam.As for the O-line coach if you have a defense that`s coming off the edge and getting his way with your tackle,I challenge you put a tight end in motion coming down the line at him and soon as he engages with the tackle have that 250 tight end drill him from the side and bar b q them ribbs it wont take but a couple times and he`ll back off and Cam will get the time he needs to make the play.

Posted by: anonymous | Aug 24, 2014 8:51:19 PM

Jack's comments above are right on target. Our passing game is vintage 1978...long, vertical routes that take forever to develop. No way any offensive line can hold up under the onslaught they're going to face this year. The scheme is flawed!! Hopefully, the coaching staff will look at New England's approach and implement changes to take pressure off Cam and the O-line.

Posted by: Terry | Aug 24, 2014 9:04:37 PM

I can still play if needed.

Posted by: Jake Delhomme | Aug 24, 2014 10:02:10 PM

At least we won't see "smoke" passes to Steve Smith for 0 yards this year. That stopped working a few years ago. Our offense seems so bland and boring. I always think they hide the good stuff in the preaseason, but then week 1 comes and it is the same stuff. I think we have enough talent, it just seems they are constrained within a boring scheme....

Posted by: SN | Aug 24, 2014 10:06:35 PM

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