Panthers trim roster to 53

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CHARLOTTE – Rookie draft picks Zack Sanchez and Beau Sandland were among cuts made to reach the 53-man roster limit Saturday.

Sanchez, the Panthers' fifth-round draft choice from Oklahoma, was competing for playing time at nickel cornerback. Sandland, the Panthers' seventh-round pick from Montana State, was looking to provide depth behind veteran tight ends Greg Olsen and Ed Dickson.

The team also released defensive tackle Kyle Love and waived running back Brandon Wegher.

Love played in 15 games with two starts for Carolina in 2015, recording three sacks and 19 tackles. Wegher was inactive for all but one game in 2015 but was hoping to provide depth at running back and value on special teams.

Guard Chris Scott has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. He will be eligible to return to the active roster on October 3.

Below is a complete list of the cuts.

WAIVED
POSPLAYERS
EXPCOLLEGE
SMarcus Ball2Memphis
LBBrian Blechen1Utah
DTEric Crume1Syracuse
STravell Dixon1Washington
WRKeyarris GarrettRTulsa
TEMarcus Lucas1Missouri
DEArthur Miley1Southern
CBZack SanchezROklahoma
TEBeau SandlandRMontana State
RBJalen SimmonsRSouth Carolina State
DTRobert Thomas1Arkansas
TEEric Wallace1Seattle
DELarry Webster2Bloomsburg
RBBrandon Wegher2Morningside College
GDavid Yankey2Stanford
CBLou Young1Georgia Tech
TERMINATED/VESTED VETERAN
POSPLAYER
EXPCOLLEGE
SStevie Brown6Michigan
DTKyle Love5Mississippi State
INJURED RESERVE
POSPLAYER
EXPCOLLEGE
LBBen Jacobs4Frenso State
WRKevin Norwood3Alabama
OTJordan RigsbeeRCalifornia
SUSPENSION
POSPLAYER
EXPCOLLEGE
GChris Scott5Tennessee

View photos of Carolina's 53-man roster entering the regular season.

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