A look at Carolina's 53-man roster

September, 1, 2013
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A look at the Carolina Panthers' 53-man roster, keeping in mind general manager Dave Gettleman is scouring the waiver wire as you read:

Quarterback (2): Cam Newton, Derek Anderson.
Comment: Jimmy Clausen release no surprise. This position is set.

Running back (5): DeAngelo Williams, Mike Tolbert, Kenjon Barner, Armond Smith, Richie Brockel.
Comment: Jonathan Stewart is on PUP, so he'll miss at least the first five games. An area Gettleman will keep a close eye on if he can find quality experience for a backup.

Wide receiver (5): Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr. Armanti Edwards, Domenik Hixon.
Comment: A big preseason finale by Ted Ginn Jr. and Domenik Hixon made it easier for the Panthers to waive injured David Gettis, who appeared a lock until he pulled a hamstring.

Tight end (3): Greg Olsen, Ben Hartsock, Brandon Williams
Comment: Perhaps the best story of the Carolina preseason was Williams, a college basketball player who came out of the NFL's regional combine program to make the roster.

Offensive line (10): T Jordan Gross, T Byron Bell, G Travelle Wharton, G Garry Williams, C Ryan Kalil, G/C Jeff Byers, G Amini Silatolu, G Chris Scott, C Brian Folkerts, T Nate Chandler.
Comment: The starters for game one appear set with Gross, Bell, Wharton, Williams and Kalil. Quality depth and injuries still a concern, which is why there are 10 players here. Can you say waiver wire?

Defensive line (9): DE Greg Hardy, DE Charles Johnson, DT Dwan Edwards, DT Star Lotulelei, DE Frank Alexander, DE Mario Addison, DT Colin Cole, DT Wes Horton, DT Kawann Short.
Comment: Solid group. A chance for rookie Star Lotulelei to start right away.

Linebacker (6): Jon Beason, Thomas Davis, Luke Kuechly, Chase Blackburn, A.J. Klein, Jordan Senn.
Comment: Easily the strength of the defense with Beason back and healthy.

Secondary (10): CB Captain Munnerlyn, CB Josh Norman, CB Josh Thomas, S Mike Mitchell, S Charles Godfrey, S Haruki Nakamura, CB James Dockery, CB D.J. Moore, S Colin Jones, CB Melvin White.
Comment: The release of veteran corner Drayton Florence means the staff is happy with the progress of Josh Norman and Josh Thomas.

Specialist (3): K Graham Gano; P Brad Nortman; DS J.J. Jansen.
Comment: Solid throughout the preseason.

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ESPN Carolina Panthers reporter

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