Panthers cuts to get to 53-man roster:

  • Released safety Reggie Smith 
  • Waived wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu
  • Waived guard Bryant Browning 
  • Waived wide receiver Lamont Bryant
  • Waived cornerback Darius Butler
  • Waived defensive tackle Nate Chandler
  • Waived tight end Joe Jon Finley
  • Waived wide receiver Jared Green
  • Waived safety Jonathan Nelson
  • Waived linebacker David Nixon
  • Waived defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo
  • Waived running back Tauren Poole
  • Waived safety Jordan Pugh
  • Waived offensive tackle Matt Reynolds
  • Waived tight end Nelson Rosario
  • Waived running back Armond Smith
  • Waived corner back RJ Stanford
  • Waived defensive end Ryan Van Bergen
  • Waived guard Justin Wells
  • Waived linebacker Jason Williams
  • Waived guard Zach Williams
  • Waived linebacker Kion Wilson

Panthers Practice Squad:

  • Guard Bryant Browning
  • Wide receiver Lamont Bryant
  • Defensive tackle Nate Chandler
  • Wide receiver Jared Green
  • Tight end Nelson Rosario
  • Running back Armond Smith
  • Guard Zach Williams

ArmantiMarty Hurney on why wide receiver Armanti Edwards made the team when many believed he would be cut: 

"Armanti had a very good training camp, and he played well in the preseason games."

"He's got excellent hands, he's got very good speed and he continues to get better. There's a dramatic difference between him now and last year."

"He earned that spot."

Reggie Smith, the only player released, was actually a bit of surprise to most considering he was signed in the offseason to provide depth at safety. 

"It was a numbers thing with Reggie," Hurney said. "He did a very good job, but it just came down to the fact we had chance to get an excellent special teams player in Colin Jones and we had a good young player in DJ Campbell."

The Panthers traded a 2013 seventh-round pick to the 49ers for second-year safety Colin Jones who is known as a special team ace. The Panthers' special teams had a lackluster showing in this year's preseason.

The Panthers open the season at Tampa Bay, Sunday, September 9 at 4:25 p.m.