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Rushil Vashee

Carolina Panthers 53-man roster prediction after 1st preseason game

The preseason is a chance for players to impress coaches and audition for a spot on the 53-man roster. Throughout the Carolina Panthers’ first preseason win over the Washington Commanders, many did just that—boosting their chances of making the final cut.

With just over two weeks left until the roster cut deadline, here is our latest prediction of which players will make Carolina’s 53-man roster.

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*All players are listed in the order we expect to see them on the final depth chart.

Quarterbacks (3)

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  • Baker Mayfield
  • Sam Darnold
  • Matt Corral

Running Backs (3)

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  • Christian McCaffrey
  • D’Onta Foreman
  • Chuba Hubbard

Wide Receivers (7)

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  • DJ Moore
  • Robbie Anderson
  • Terrace Marshall, Jr.
  • Rashard Higgins
  • Shi Smith
  • Brandon Zylstra
  • Andre Roberts

Tight Ends (3)

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  • Ian Thomas
  • Tommy Tremble
  • Giovanni Ricci

Offensive Line (9)

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  • Centers (2): Bradley Bozeman, Pat Elflein
  • Guards (3): Austin Corbett, Michael Jordan, Cade Mays
  • Tackles (4): Taylor Moton, Brady Christensen, Ikem Ekwonu, Cameron Erving

Defensive Line (9)

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  • Defensive ends (5): Brian Burns, Yetur Gross-Matos, Marquis Haynes, Sr., Amaré Barno, Darryl Johnson
  • Defensive tackles (4): Derrick Brown, Matt Ioannidis, Daviyon Nixon, Bravvion Roy

Linebackers (6)

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  • Shaq Thompson
  • Damien Wilson
  • Frankie Luvu
  • Cory Littleton
  • Brandon Smith
  • Julian Stanford

Cornerbacks (5)

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  • Donte Jackson
  • Jaycee Horn
  • CJ Henderson
  • Keith Taylor Jr.
  • Kalon Barnes

Safeties (5)

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  • Jeremy Chinn
  • Xavier Woods
  • Juston Burris
  • Myles Hartsfield
  • Sean Chandler

Special Teams (3)

  • Kicker: Zane Gonzalez
  • Punter: Johnny Hekker
  • Long Snapper: JJ Jansen
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