The Redskins signed wideout Rashad Ross to their practice squad and released wideout Marvin McNutt from the squad. The team also announced that receiver Leonard Hankerson (knee) and defensive end Stephen Bowen (knee) returned to practice after being on the PUP list.
The Redskins elevated safety Akeem Davis from the practice squad to the active roster. They released corner Richard Crawford and wideout Nick Williams from the squad and added defensive lineman Derrick Hopkins, receiver Marvin McNutt and tight end Je'Ron Hamm to the squad.
The Panthers waived or released nine players: receivers Toney Clemons, Kealoha Pilares and Marvin McNutt, linebacker Anthony Morales, defensive ends Alex Hall and Craig Roh, punter Jordan Gay, offensive tackle Oscar Johnson and defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh.
Jerricho Cotchery and rookie Kelvin Benjamin will start while Jason Avant works as the third receiver. That's the prediction of how the Panthers will re-stock their receiving corps according to the Charlotte Observer. The paper thinks Tiquan Underwood might have cost himself an opportunity after dropping a lot of passes through the OTAs. Rarely-used receivers Marvin McNutt and Tavarres King don't look like full-time players just yet. The paper suggested Brenton Bersin as a candidate to step into a small role -- the 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver is a favorite of Cam Newton's and he knows every receiving spot, which the coaches like. Carolina's offense figures to use more two-tight end sets with Greg Olsen and Ed Dickson the primary weapons.
The Panthers have let their top four receivers depart, leaving quarterback Cam Newton with an extremely inexperienced group of wideouts. Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt sit atop the depth chart. Neither has caught an NFL pass. Top free agent receivers, including hometown favorite Hakeem Nicks, signed elsewhere, though James Jones remains available. Look for Carolina to select multiple receivers in the draft. At least Newton has tight end Greg Olsen returning. He led the team with 73 catches for 816 yards and six touchdowns last year.
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