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Panthers reduce roster to 53 players

Reggie Bonnafon

CHARLOTTE — The Panthers on Saturday reduced their roster to 53 players in advance of the 4 p.m. deadline, waiving 23 players and releasing two.

Notably, the Panthers waived running back Reggie Bonnafon. He played a heavy special teams role and rushed for 116 yards with a touchdown in 16 games last year.

All seven Panthers' 2020 draft picks made the initial 53-man roster, along with three rookie undrafted free agents: punter Joseph Charlton, linebacker Sam Franklin Jr., and defensive back Myles Hartsfield.

It's important to remember the current roster isn't "final." The Panthers could make some moves over the next few days. For example, tight end looks like a position of need as there are only two on the roster (Ian Thomas, Chris Manhertz), and Thomas is currently dealing with a toe injury.

The Panthers have two players on the reserve/COVID-19 list who do not count against the 53-man roster: cornerback Derrek Thomas and guard Chris Reed.

Below is a list of all the Panthers' Saturday transactions:


  • DT Myles Adams
  • DB Quin Blanding
  • RB Reggie Bonnafon
  • OT Branden Bowen
  • DT Woodrow Hamilton
  • DT Bruce Hector
  • OG Mike Horton
  • DB Jameson Houston
  • WR Ishmael Hyman
  • DB Natrell Jamerson
  • DE Jalen Jelks
  • LB Jordan Kunaszyk
  • DE Austin Larkin
  • WR Marken Michel
  • OT Aaron Monterio
  • LB James Onwualu
  • LB Chris Orr
  • WR Cam Phillips
  • TE Giovanni Ricci
  • WR Darrell Stewart
  • C Sam Tecklenburg
  • TE Colin Thompson
  • K/P Kaare Vedvik


  • DB T.J. Green
  • TE Temarrick Hemingway

With a 16-man practice squad in 2020, many of Saturday's cuts may end up staying in Carolina. Teams can begin signing players to their practice squad at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

View headshots of the 53-man roster in numerical order after it was initially set on Saturday.

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