The Panthers signed long time veteran DT Dwan Edwards after being cut by the Bills. Edwards was a cap casualty who couldn’t make the final roster after the Bills moved to the a new defensive scheme. He should immediately be inserted into the starting lineup. Dwan Edwards spent 5 years with Ravens before the last 3 in Buffalo. Last years 3rd round pick Terrell McClain was waived to make room on the roster.
In other news, Ron Rivera stated that he doesn’t expect to have any key players out for the Panthers week one contest. That is obviously great news with several key players coming back from injury. Jonathan Stewart injured his ankle in the Panthers third preseason contest against the Jets. He was carted off, but looks to have avoided a very serious injury. He may be limited to a snap count but he already splits carries with DeAngelo Williams so his role should be the same. Steve Smith has been sidelined with a foot infection for a while now, but returned to practice today. He is especially critical for the success of Cam Newton because of how thin the WR position is for the Panthers. The key to the defense, Jon Beason should also be available after being hindered by a hamstring injury. He returned to practice on Sunday as well, so he should be good to go next weekend.
The Panthers made their final cuts on Friday, included among them were CB Darius Butler and WR Seri Ajirotutu. Butler is a former second round pick who started 6 games with the Patriots last season. He has talent, but was a major reason New England struggled so much in pass protection. It is not a good sign for Ajirotutu that he can’t crack this thin WR corps. Jimmy Clausen made the squad and will likely sit behind both Newton and backup Derek Anderson. The former second round pick is unlikely to see the field.