Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/2/12
The Carolina Panthers' roster for the 2012 season does not officially have to be cut down to 53 players until August 31, but it’s never too early to take a crack at how that roster will shape up.
 
Quarterbacks: Cam Newton, Derek Anderson, Jimmy Clausen

Running Backs: DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Tauren Poole

Fullbacks: Mike Tolbert, Richie Brockel

Wide receivers: Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Louis Murphy, Joe Adams, Kealoha Pilares

Tight Ends: Greg Olsen, Gary Barnidge, Ben Hartsock

Offensive Tackles: Jordan Gross, Byron Bell, Garry Williams, Bruce Campbell

Offensive Guards: Geoff Hangartner, Amini Silatolu, Mike Pollack, Bryant Browning

Centers: Ryan Kalil, JJ Jansen (LS)

Defensive Ends: Charles Johnson, Greg Hardy, Frank Alexander, Thomas Keiser, Antwan Applewhite

Defensive Tackles: Ron Edwards, Sione Fua, Terrell McClain, Frank Kearse, Andre Neblett

OutsideLinebackers: Jon Beason, James Anderson, Jason Williams, Eric Norwood

MiddleLinebackers: Luke Kuechly, Jordan Senn

Cornerbacks: Chris Gamble, Captain Munnerlyn, Josh Norman, Brandon Hogan, Darius Butler

Safeties: Charles Godfrey, Sherrod Martin, Haruki Nakamura, Reggie Smith

Kickers: Justin Medlock

Punters: Brad Nortman
 
Surprise Cuts: WR David Gettis, WR Armanti Edwards, OLB Thomas Davis, K Olindo Mare, OT Jeff Otah

David Gettis looked to be an emerging star during the 2010 year as he flashed playmaking potential as flurry of quarterbacks from Matt Moore to Brian St. Pierre threw to him. However, he has now shown that he cannot stay healthy and will be cut due to injury, not performance.

The Panthers traded up to the third round in the 2010 NFL Draft to grab Armanti Edwards, a former quarterback from Appalachian State, with high hopes that he would step up and become a great slot receiver and punt returner.

He has struggled during his short career fielding punts and catching the ball and even though he has looked improved in camp this year, it is just too crowded to wait for him to live up to his potential.

ACL injuries and now an apparent calf injury have sidelined OLB Thomas Davis and his promising career. Davis is a premier talent when healthy, but his body has not been able to handle the physical toll of a complete NFL season.

Olindo Mare was brought in before the 2011 season to become the heir apparent to long-time fan-favorite John Kasay, but struggled mightily with late-game kicks and well, kicks in general. His touchbacks were his strongpoint, but when you can’t make 40-yard field goals consistently, you get cut. Plus, Justin Medlock is cheaper and has pushed Mare to the limit in camp.

After a botched trade with the New York Jets, OT Jeff Otah is back with the Panthers, but not for long. He wants to continue playing, he says, but has shown no effort in camp, during the season, or in life in general, that proves his words. 

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