Carolina Panthers: Position Battles Become More Clear with Roster Cuts

Knox Bardeen@knoxbardeenNFC South Lead WriterAugust 28, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 11:  Kicker Olindo Mare #10 of the Carolina Panthers closes his eyes after missing the go ahead field goal against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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When the Carolina Panthers cut their roster down to 75 players Monday, they solved the issue over which kicker the team would keep and helped whittle down the competition at wide receiver—at least for the time being.

The Panthers waived 10 players, released two more and sent one each to injured reserve and the physically unable to perform list, the team announced.

Former Canadian football star Justin Medlock and veteran Olindo Mare have been involved in a heated battle for the team’s kicking duties. In the end, Mare missed a number of field goals in practice, according to reports from the Charlotte Observer, and Medlock’s range and accuracy won the job over Mare.

Medlock will handle field goals while rookie Brad Nortman will punt since the Panthers released veteran Nick Harris.

After Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell, the Panthers are searching mightily for a third receiver to take the reins. David Gettis has been attempting to come back from injury and the team traded for Louis Murphy. Seyi Ajirotutu, Armanti Edwards and Kealoha Pilares have all played a role in the competition.

The Panthers removed Gettis from the equation Monday, adding him to the PUP list. He’ll miss the first six weeks of the season for sure and then Carolina will have three weeks to evaluate his status for either the active roster or injured reserve.

After Murphy’s touchdown catch Sunday night, he may be the front-runner, but the Panthers still have until Friday for further evaluation.

To get to the league-mandated 75-player roster limit, the Panthers made the following transactions:

  • Released punter Nick harris
  • Released kicker Olindo Mare
  • Waived wide receiver Darvin Adams
  • Waived offensive guard Roger Allen
  • Waived wide receiver Michael Avila
  • Waived wide receiver Brenton Berslin
  • Waived offensive guard Will Blackwell
  • Waived defensive end Eric Norwood
  • Waived running back Lyndon Rowells
  • Waived tight end Greg Smith
  • Waived running back Josh Vaughan
  • Waived wide receiver Rico Wallace
  • Added cornerback Brandon Hogan to injured reserve
  • Added wide receiver David Gettis to the PUP list