Panthers reduce roster to 75

A player-by-player look at the 2015 Carolina Panthers active roster.

CHARLOTTE – Cornerback Melvin White and safety Robert Lester – players with starting experience for the Panthers – and wide receiver Jarrett Boykin are among seven players waived by Carolina to get down to the 75-man roster limit.

The team also placed wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who suffered a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago, on injured reserve.

The Panthers play their final preseason game Thursday night at the Pittsburgh Steelers and then must reduce their roster to 53 players by Saturday at 4 p.m. in anticipation of the regular season.

WRKelvin Benjamin2Florida State
WRJarrett Boykin
4Virginia Tech
DTKenny Horsley
1Mesabi Range CC
SRobert Lester
WRDe'Andre Presley
1Appalachian State
OTDavonte Wallace
1New Mexico State
CBMelvin White
DTMicanor Regis
1Miami (Fla.)

White as well as offensive tackle Davonte Wallace were waived/injured. White suffered a hamstring injury in Friday's preseason game, and Wallace has been sidelined by a concussion for a couple of weeks.

White, signed by the Panthers as a college free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft, played in 30 games with 17 starts over the last two seasons, recording 80 tackles and three interceptions. White was a starter at the beginning of last season but came off the bench for eight of the final nine games. Bene Benwikere took over as starter down the stretch, and the Panthers signed veteran cornerback Charles Tillman in the offseason.

Lester also signed as a college free agent and played a major role in 2013, recording 21 tackles and three interceptions while playing in 12 games with four starts. Last season, however, Lester spent seven games on the practice squad and played in just one game.

Boykin, a Charlotte native, spent his first three seasons with the Green Bay Packers before signing with the Panthers in March. He paced Carolina's wide receivers with nine receptions for 93 yards in the preseason. The Panthers traded for wide receiver Kevin Norwood, a 2014 fourth-round draft choice by the Seattle Seahawks, on Monday.

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