Panthers establish practice squad


CHARLOTTE – Rookie cornerback Zack Sanchez and rookie tight end Beau Sandland, the two 2016 draft picks waived in the final roster cutdown, head the Panthers' 10-man practice squad.

The Panthers also signed two of their undrafted rookies. Wide receiver Keyarris Garrett showed significant signs of progress late in the preseason, and running back Jalen Simmons - a Charlotte native - ran hard throughout the offseason.

All of the players added to the practice squad went through training camp and preseason with Carolina. Safety Marcus Ball and linebacker Brian Blechen were on Carolina's practice squad at the close of last season.

SMarcus Ball2Memphis
LBBrian Blechen1Utah
DTEric Crume1Syracuse
STravell Dixon1Washington
WRKeyarris GarrettRTulsa
CBZack SanchezROklahoma
TEBeau SandlandRMontana State
RBJalen SimmonsRSouth Carolina State
DELarry Webster2Bloomsburg
GDavid Yankey2Stanford

Practice squads expanded from eight players to 10 in 2014, and beginning this year four spots can be used on players who have one or two accrued seasons toward free agency. The Panthers chose to add just one player - Ball - that qualifies under that exception. Otherwise, players can't have any accrued seasons unless they have spent fewer than eight games on the 46-player gameday roster.

A player-by-player look at the 2016 practice squad.

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