By Eric D.Graham
Updated: September 5, 2011

NORTH CAROLINA, (BASN)–The NFL preseason is officially over.

And the four game dress re-hearse is done. Now, it’s time for the difficult front office decisions to begin.

The big business of getting a roster down from 80 players to 53 will be painful.

It will be an around the clock decision-making process with several sleepless nights until the opening kickoff.

During this laborious long hour process, dreams will be deferred. Egos will be crushed. Playbooks will be collected. Helmets will be hung up. And careers, will come to an unhappy ending.

The chaotic caffeine drinking procedure will be an adreline rush of: Who gets signed. Who gets cut? Whose contract got waived? And who got released from other teams around the league.

Decisions, however won’t be biased off of emotions. They will all be calculated.

Why? Because teams will be looking for the best player money can buy.

Yes, money matters in this modus operandi. And all teams have a budget.

But, remember this, teams are not just looking for the best players in the league.

They are trying to find the best players that fit their team and their overall scheme.

As you can see, the battle for 53 is a difficult one.

Hopefully, you will make the cut in the process.

HERE IS THE 53-man roster for the Carolina Panthers as of 6p.m. Saturday


QB (3) Cam Newton, Jimmy Clausen, Derek Anderson

RB (5) DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Mike Goodson, Jerome Felton, Richie Brockel

WR (6) Steve Smith, Brandon Lafell, Armanti Edwards, David Clowney, Kealoha Pilares

TE (3) Greg Olson, Jeremy Shockey, Ben Hartsock

OL(9) Jordan Gross, Travelle Wharton, Ryan Kalil, MacKenzy Bernadeau, Jeff Otah, Byron Bell, Bryant Browning, Lee Ziemba


DE (5) Charles Johnson, Greg Hardy, Eric Norwood, Thomas Kaiser, Everette Brown,

DT (3): Sione Fua, Terrell McClain, Andre Nebiett

LB(8): Jon Beason, Thomas Davis, James Anderson, Jordan Senn, Dan Connor, Omar Gaither, Thomas Williams, Jason Williams

CB (3): Chris Gamble, Captain Munnerlyn, R.J.Stanford

S (5): Charles Godrey, Sharrod Martin, Sean Considine, Jordan Pugh, Kevin Payne.


K: Olindo Mare

P: Jason Baker

LS: J.J. Jansen