Aug 28, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera stands on the sidelines during the second half of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Panthers won the game, 10-0. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers cut roster to 53 players

On Saturday, the Carolina Panthers roster was broken down to it’s final rendition. The cut leaves the roster without notable preseason standouts like Tavares King, but clearly the team had to face the reality and ruggedness of the NFL. With numerous questions already being asked about the stability of the offensive line, the Carolina Panthers decided to bring along a healthy amount of tackles and guards at the position. After four regular season games, they will have another roster decision to make regarding defensive lineman Frank Alexander. As Bryan Strickland pointed out,

“Frank Alexander, one of the top performers throughout training camp, won’t count toward the 53-man roster during his four-game suspension, after which the Panthers will have a decision to make. But such decisions sometimes take care of themselves, often via attrition.”

A crowded defensive backfield left no room for cornerback Josh Thomas. One has to wonder if Josh Norman is on a clock after last season’s decision of Ron Rivera to go with other options. In 2013, Norman was inactive for more games than he played, via Panthers.com. One solid season of bolstering a shaky secondary could pay huge dividends in proving that he belongs.

The cuts prove that this team is built on what was so successful for an NFC South division title: top-to-bottom strength at linebacker and defensive line, as well as dynamic quarterback play.

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