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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Final Cuts Are In; Analysis

WAIVED:

CANTWELL, HUNTER QB LOUISVILLE
CRUMMEY, ANDREW G MARYLAND
CULBERSON, QUINTON LB MISSISSIPPI STATE
GUY, TRENT WR LOUISVILLE
HISATAKE, RAY G HAWAII
IRVIN, CORVEY DL GEORGIA
IVY, MORTTY LB WEST VIRGINIA
JACKSON, RASHAWN FB VIRGINIA
MOORE, KENNY WR WAKE FOREST
PETROWSKI, JAMIE TE INDIANA STATE
(INJURED)
SAVAGE, DANTRELL RB OKLAHOMA STATE
STANFORD, R. J. DB UTAH
TYLER, TANK DL NORTH CAROLINA STATE
VAUGHAN, JOSH RB RICHMOND
WARE, SEAN LB NEW HAMPSHIRE
WILSON, C. J. DB BAYLOR
WITHERSPOON, BRIAN DB STILLMAN


TERMINATED VESTED VETERANS:

MOORE, ERIC DL FLORIDA STATE
PETITTI, ROB T PITTSBURGH


INJURED RESERVE:

DAVIS, C.J. G PITTSBURGH
FRANCISCO, AARON SS BRIGHAM YOUNG
ROBINSON, DUKE G OKLAHOMA STATE


It's tough to see Robinson go on IR. Apparently he'd played with a torn MCL, and with Otah already hurt there was no room to wait. CJ Davis had a shot at making the roster, but was hurt also - that leaves Tim Duckworth on the roster (for now, I suspect, but maybe not terribly long), and the OL sitting at 8 players.

Francisco was waived, he won't spend the year on IR. Fellow vets Eric Moore and Rob Petitti were let go, Moore having excelled but without room. Petitti just wasn't good enough.

Carolina kept 6 WR, including all three draft picks - Armanti Edwards, Brandon LaFell, and late riser David Gettis. They also kept Charly Martin, apparently taking up the Wallace Wright role. This, everyone, is why you have depth - a guy you picked up late last year who's actually a great fit for what you want, who wouldn't have sniffed the roster otherwise.

CJ Wilson didn't make the cut, having never been surpassed by Robert McClain but not outlasting him in cuts. Of all the cuts, Wilson's the most surprising - I'd felt that both this and last year, he was a better corner than Captain Munnerlyn.

Tyler's cut was most surprising to most; to me, it's somewhat surprising, but more surprising that both Hayden and Neblett made it. Hayden was better than Corvey Irvin, but that said more of Irvin.

There's not a lot surprising of the cut LBs, but Nic Harris and Jordan Senn both did make the roster, a pair of smaller WLB types that have speed, but might never last from scrimmage. These are special teams moves, undoubtedly. This pair, with Martin and backup SS Marcus Hudson, will undoubtedly be active and make up our special teams core.

Speaking of special teams, Todd Carter made the roster - Carter's a solid kickoff guy, but unspectacular. Think Rhys Lloyd 2009, not 2008.

So, of 2010 draft picks, all but RJ Stanford made it. Andre Neblett becomes a rare UDFA to make a John Fox team. Meanwhile, 2009 takes it on the chin - Corvey Irvin not sticking, and Duke Robinson out for the year after not being able to seize the job.
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