Several hours after being waived by the Panthers on Monday morning, defensive end Thomas Keiser said he expects to land on his feet.
Keiser was the biggest name among the cuts made by the Panthers following their rookie minicamp this past weekend. Offensive lineman Zack Williams, a sixth-round pick in 2011, and two undrafted rookies South Carolina linebacker Damario Jeffery and Sam Houston State wideout Trey Diller also were waived.
Williams release leaves the Panthers with just three picks left from the 11 draft quarterback Cam Newton, defensive tackle Sione Fua and receiver/returner Kealoha Pilares.
Mondays moves created roster space for the Panthers to sign eight tryout players who participated in the rookie camp. A ninth kicker/punter Jordan Gay will sign this week.
Undrafted out of Stanford, Keiser tied Greg Hardy for second on the team with four sacks as a rookie in 2011. But injuries to both elbows limited Keiser to four games in 2012 when Hardy had a breakout season with 11 sacks.
The 6-foot-4 Keiser, who played between 262-265 pounds, is a bit of a tweener. He played defensive end in a 4-3 scheme early in his college career before moving to outside linebacker when the Cardinal switched to a 3-4.
Keiser said he was preparing to play both positions for the Panthers this season, and could well end up with a 3-4 team.
When I said goodbye to coach (Ron) Rivera, he said getting up in a 2-point stance could work out for me, Keiser said.
With the No. 1 pick : The Panthers signed a No. 1 pick Monday from the Canadian Football League. Defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh, a University of Calgary standout who was the first pick of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, leads the list of eight tryout players who landed spots with the Panthers.
The team added three receivers and a tight end, including former Wofford wideout Brenton Bersin, a Charlotte native who was in the Panthers training camp last year.
The other signees are wideouts R.J. Webb of Furman and Louisiana Techs Taulib Ikharo, tight end Logan Brock, center Brian Folkerts, defensive end Louis Nzegwu and linebacker Ben Jacobs.
Kicker coming back: Gay hopes to return to Charlotte on Tuesday after his last final at Centre College, a Division III school in Kentucky. Gay made only 8 of 17 field goals as a senior, but caught the Panthers eye with a strong showing at the super regional combine at Dallas.
Gay advanced to Dallas from a regional combine in New Jersey, where female kicker Lauren Silberman also participated. Silberman hit two short kickoffs before bowing out with a leg injury.
She did bring a lot of media, which is pretty cool, said Gay, who did not elaborate on her performance. No comment, really.
Gays signing will put the Panthers roster at 90 players, the maximum for teams in the offseason.
Besides returning kicker Graham Gano and punter Brad Nortman, the Panthers also signed undrafted kicker Morgan Lineberry. Gay isnt sure whether Carolina will use him as a punter or kicker.
He said he hit a 56-yard field goal during minicamp. After Sundays last practice, Gay flew back to Kentucky to take his finals.
Asked how he did, Gay, an economics major, said: Well enough to graduate. Thats the goal.
Out and about: A group of Panthers players will travel to Fort Bragg on Tuesday to host a football camp for children on base. The camp is part of the NFLs Play 60 health and fitness initiative for youths.
On Wednesday, several players and coach Ron Rivera will take batting practice before the Charlotte Knights 7:15 p.m. game against Louisville.
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