Edwards practiced Friday after missing Thursday's practice with a groin injury and is as probable for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If Edwards can play, it will create an interesting decision for the coaching staff when it comes to deciding which wide receivers will be active.
There's also a decision to be made along the offensive line, where Byers is being pushed by veteran
"Right now with Jeremy, the biggest thing is his conditioning," Rivera said. "The first couple of periods at practice, he looks good. Then as you go on to period three, period four, he loses his legs. He's looked better every day, until the latter portions of practice."
Improvements made by several wide receivers have created a logjam there, where
"You'd like to be able to have six wide receivers active, but you can't, so we'll have to make a decision," Rivera said. "A lot of things hinge on Armanti's health.
"He strained his groin in practice Wednesday, so we gave him the day off (Thursday). He came in this morning saying he felt better and wanted to take some snaps. It was probably the best thing to do, so we can see how he is."
Rivera also likes the progress made by Adams, who has been working to regain the coaches' trust since turning the ball over twice against the New York Giants.
"I've been very pleased with him," Rivera said. "He was pretty dog-gone consistent."
Edwards is one of eight Panthers listed as probable. The only player sure to be inactive is defensive end
With Applewhite out and fellow defensive end
"Nate's been fun to watch," Rivera said of the former practice squad player who started out as an offensive player at UCLA. "He's a young guy that could really grow as a player, especially at 305 pounds and running around and playing the way he does. He's also very versatile."