Panthers Reduce Roster To 53 Players

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (PANTHERS)— The Panthers on Saturday reduced their roster to 53 players in advance of the 4 p.m. deadline, waiving 23 players and releasing two.

Notably, the Panthers waived running back Reggie Bonnafon. He played a heavy special teams role and rushed for 116 yards with a touchdown in 16 games last year.

All seven Panthers’ 2020 draft picks made the initial 53-man roster, along with three rookie undrafted free agents: punter Joseph Charlton, linebacker Sam Franklin, and defensive back Myles Hartsfield.

It’s important to remember the current roster isn’t “final.” The Panthers could make some moves over the next few days. For example, tight end looks like a position of need as there are only two on the roster (Ian Thomas, Chris Manhertz), and Thomas is currently dealing with a toe injury.

The Panthers have two players on the reserve/COVID-19 list who do not count against the 53-man roster: cornerback Derrek Thomas and guard Chris Reed.

Below is a list of all the Panthers’ Saturday transactions:

WAIVED

DT Myles Adams
DB Quin Blanding
RB Reggie Bonnafon
OT Branden Bowen
DT Woodrow Hamilton
DT Bruce Hector
OG Mike Horton
DB Jameson Houston
WR Ishmael Hyman
DB Natrell Jamerson
DE Jalen Jelks
LB Jordan Kunaszyk
DE Austin Larkin
WR Marken Michel
OT Aaron Monterio
LB James Onwualu
LB Chris Orr
WR Cam Phillips
TE Giovanni Ricci
WR Darrell Stewart
C Sam Tecklenburg
TE Colin Thompson
K/P Kaare Vedvik

RELEASED

DB T.J. Green
TE Temarrick Hemingway

With a 16-man practice squad in 2020, many of Saturday’s cuts may end up staying in Carolina. Teams can begin signing players to their practice squad at 1 p.m. on Sunday.