Carolina Panthers: 5 Cuts Who Deserve a Roster Spot
5 Carolina Panthers Cuts Who Deserve A Roster Spot
No one likes to be left out, especially in sports. It's a kind of heartbreak that few can rival, one that eats at your pride and shatters your confidence. It is not the end though, not by a long shot. Those who persevere can rise above their shortcomings, turning their weaknesses into strengths. They say Michael Jordan cried after he was cut by his high school basketball team, and we all know what came to be of that man.
Determination is one of the greatest qualities one can show, greater than speed or strength will ever be. That's what sports are all about: overcoming adversity. Every game your team trots out for, the opponent is the antagonist to your protagonist. Each new obstacle merits an adjustment, every setback calls for someone to step up. Who has the guts to step up? Who can make the play when the game is on the line? Who can sacrifice for their teammates? The players that can answer those questions are the players that teams will always have a spot for.
Getting cut is never personal. It isn't about whether a certain coach likes you as a person or whether you're the most popular among your teammates. Getting cut is a business decision, one that is as much about money as it is about how the player played. As such, many good players get cut, either because of younger talent coming in or because they simply aren't worth the money, or even due to injury problems in the past. The Carolina Panthers cut a few such players, ones that will surely bolster another roster soon:
5. Brenton Bersin
My fellow Wofford alum will make the roster someday. Brenton Bersin tried out for the Panthers last year, but the result remains the same. Bersin was signed to the practice squad on Sunday, where he will continue to try and show his worth. Bersin might have been better had he not been handcuffed by coach Ayers' triple-option offense at Wofford, where he still managed to tie a school record with nine touchdown catches, a record he shares with Panthers owner and founder Jerry Richardson.
4. Ben Jacobs
The Panthers' may have the best linebacker group in the NFL top to bottom. They can't beat the 49ers' starting unit with Patrick Willis, NaVarro Bowman and Aldon Smith, but the Panthers' linebacker depth is ridiculous. Ben Jacobs played well in the middle during the preseason, especially against the run, but it would have been hard for him to beat Chase Blackburn, Jordan Senn and A.J. Klein. He'll be a solid contributor for another team.
3. Kealoha Pilares
The fact that there are three wide receivers on this list shows how much deeper the Panthers have gotten at receiver, and the fact that Kealoha Pilares is on this list shows how good Ted Ginn Jr. is as a returner. Pilares was the Panthers' best return man before Ginn arrived, being the first Panther to return a kickoff for a touchdown since Rod Smart in 2003. Pilares wasn't terribly great as a receiver, but he does have the potential to be a kick returner on another team.
2. David Gettis
David Gettis suffered due to the Panthers' newfound depth at wide receiver, not to mention an ill-timed hamstring injury. Gettis never saw the field in the Panthers' final preseason game against the Steelers, so he had no chance to contest Ted Ginn Jr.'s amazing 149-yard, two-touchdown performance. While Gettis doesn't have the speed he used to have, he can still play a Plaxico Burress-type role with another team, using his size to excel in the red zone.
1. Drayton Florence
The 11-year veteran seems to be running out of juice. Josh Norman kind of ran him out of town with his phenomenal preseason, but Drayton Florence was projected to be a starter this season. I like him more as a backup than James Dockery or Melvin White, but then again, Dockery and White are a lot cheaper and younger. Florence can definitely make an NFL roster, just not one with Josh Norman on it.