The Carolina Panthers parted ways with seven players Tuesday and officially placed Kelvin Benjamin on injured reserve, narrowing their roster to 75 players before the afternoon deadline.
Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, a Butler High graduate who played three seasons with Green Bay, was the biggest name on the cut list. Boykin played well in exhibitions for Carolina but didn’t show the same consistency in training camp and practice.
Boykin had battled with Brenton Bersin for what seemed like the final roster spot earlier in the preseason. But Bersin went ahead of Boykin on the depth chart because of his consistent hands. Boykin would have occasional drops.
Releasing Boykin now, rather than hanging on to him through the final exhibition, will give him a better chance to catch on with a team in need.
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Carolina waived/injured cornerback Melvin White, an undrafted third-year player who had 17 starts in 30 games, including a playoff start in the home loss to San Francisco after the 2013 season.
White’s job was in jeopardy this preseason with the addition of Charles Tillman and the late emergence and versatility of cornerback Teddy Williams.
White’s release means the Panthers have turned over three-fourths of the secondary that started six of the first seven games last season. Cornerback Antoine Cason was cut in December, and safety Thomas DeCoud was let go shortly after the season.
The Panthers also released defensive tackle Kenny Horsley, safety Robert Lester and receiver De’Andre Presley, who had previously been on the team’s physically unable to perform list with a shin injury. Carolina waived/injured offensive tackle Davonte Wallace (concussion) and cut defensive tackle Micanor Regis (quad) after reaching an injury settlement with him.
The Panthers had to wait until Tuesday to place Benjamin, who tore his ACL on Aug. 19, on the IR. Before Tuesday, Carolina would have had to waive/injured Benjamin and expose him to waivers, where a team would have undoubtedly claimed him.