Carolina Panthers

Panthers begin waiver wire maneuvers Sunday by adding backup quarterback, safety

Quarterback Brad Kaaya, a pro-style passer out of Miami, was drafted by the Detroit Lions 215th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, but was cut earlier this week.
Quarterback Brad Kaaya, a pro-style passer out of Miami, was drafted by the Detroit Lions 215th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, but was cut earlier this week. AP

The Carolina Panthers claimed a couple of young players they hope will develop Sunday, adding former University of Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya and undrafted rookie safety Demetrious Cox.

To make room on the 53-man roster, the Panthers waived rookie fullback Alex Armah and placed rookie cornerback Corn Elder (knee) on injured reserve.

Elder, a fifth-round pick from Miami, is not eligible to return from IR. Elder needed to be on the active roster after Sunday’s 4 p.m. deadline to be able to come off the IR list later this season.

Armah, a sixth-round pick who was a defensive player in college, could be back on the Panthers’ practice squad if he clears waivers. In the meantime, the Panthers’ roster does not include a fullback.

Kaaya, a pro-style passer out of Miami, was drafted by the Detroit Lions 215th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, but was cut earlier this week.

Kaaya started all 38 games in three years at Miami, finishing as the Hurricanes' all-time leading passer with 9,968 yards and 69 touchdowns with 24 interceptions.

Carolina released its third quarterback, dual-threat Joe Webb, earlier this week.

Cox was claimed off waivers from Cincinnati, where the former Michigan State captain signed as an undrafted free agent. Cox played cornerback and safety for the Spartans, but the hope is he can add depth to the Panthers’ safety position.

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