Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers sign familiar faces to practice squad

The Panthers signed 10 familiar faces to their practice squad Sunday.

All were cut by the team Saturday as Carolina beat the deadline to get its roster to 53 men.

Safety Robert Lester, who started four games for the Panthers last season, headlines the group after being released Saturday.

Lester, an undrafted free agent last year, started the year on the practice squad before being signed to the active roster for the final 12 games of the season. He was the odd man out of the Panthers safety corps, but the team wanted to keep him on the expanded practice squad.

The NFL expanded the number of players on the squad from eight to 10 this year. New rules also allow teams to sign a maximum of two players who have earned no more than two accrued seasons in the league. That rule allows for Lester and linebacker D.J. Smith to be on the squad.

Receiver Tavarres King joins Lester and Smith as the biggest names on the practice squad. King was the first man off the wide receiver depth chart on cuts Saturday. He was signed by the Panthers last year off Denver’s practice squad and was inactive for all 10 games for Carolina.

Cornerback Carrington Byndom, linebacker Adarius Glanton, receiver Marcus Lucas, tackle Andrew McDonald, running back Darrin Reaves, defensive tackle Micanor Regis and defensive tackle Casey Walker round out the practice squad.