Grading the Carolina Panthers' 53-Man Roster

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Grading the Carolina Panthers' 53-Man Roster
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Ron Rivera is all smiles now that the regular season has arrived.

The Carolina Panthers have a couple of new faces and a few surprising older ones on their roster for the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

At least 100 players wore Panthers gear at one point or another through several months of minicamps, organized team activities, training camp and the preseason, but only 53 made the final cut.

Head coach Ron Rivera and general manager Marty Hurney spent most of cut day, August 31, whittling the roster from 75 players to 53.

Seven of the final 22 players who were cut were then signed onto the Panthers' eight-man practice squad after clearing waivers on September 1.

Carolina's newest additions, safety Colin Jones and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, were on different NFL teams until this weekend.

More roster moves will be made after defensive tackle Andre Neblett returns from his four-game suspension and receiver David Gettis rejoins the Panthers from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list after the first six games.

For now, though, the team that begins its season with three divisional games and a contest against the Super Bowl champion New York Giants is in place.

Here is a look at the Panthers' 53-man roster with an overall assessment and grade assigned to each player and unit.

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