Bersin re-signed with the Panthers on Monday, The Charlotte Observer reports.
The Panthers released Bersin before Week 4 in order to add an extra defensive lineman as insurance for Charles Johnson (quadriceps). However, the aforementioned signee, Larry Webster, was ultimately waived on Monday so Bersin could be brought back in, which may suggest the team is concerned with the status of Devin Funchess (toe).
Bersin only took the field in Week 2 of the Panthers' three games this season, and failed to record any statistic. It is unclear at this time who the Panthers will add in a corresponding roster move.
Bersin and fellow wideout Damiere Byrd likely landed two of the final spots on the Panthers' 53-man roster. With both taking a seat Thursday, Cam Newton will have just four wide receivers at his disposal in Week 1.
Bersin has occupied Carolina's final receiving spot in both of the past two seasons and appears destined to maintain that role once again. The local Charlotte product is well-versed in the Panthers' offense, as evidenced by his team-leading five catches for 69 yards in their preseason opener. Although a ribs injury suffered in that game has slowed him since, Bersin provides reliable depth behind Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Ted Ginn and Philly Brown, thus making the Panthers' fifth wideout job his to lose.
Bersin was an active participant at last Thursday's practice, but his presumed absence from Saturday's preseason affair does not bode well for his stock with the team. Currently, Bersin finds himself in a position battle with both Stephen Hill and Kevin Norwood for a depth receiver spot. If Bersin is going to lock down a roster spot with the defending NFC champs, he will need to shine bright in the team's dress rehearsal preseason game next week.
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