When the Panthers pare 22 names off the roster tomorrow to reach the 53-man roster limit, they're going to be thinking about which of them to bring back. Starting Sunday, they can establish an eight-man practice squad, most of whom are usually guys who were in their camp.
To be eligible, a player can not have been on an active 45-man game-day roster for nine games in any season. (It’s not a cumulative thing, as a player who was up for six games one year and five the next would still be eligible. Also, years on injured reserve don’t count.) You can spend up to three years on the practice squad.
Here's a look at the players who'd be eligible for the practice squad on the current roster (not that they'd clear waivers without being claimed):
All the rookies, plus OL Geoff Schwartz, Mackenzy Bernardeau and Jonathan Palmer, WRs Kenny Moore, Marcus Monk and Kevin McMahan, DL Casper Brinkley and Nick Hayden, LBs Dan Connor, J Leman and Kelvin Smith, S Joe Fields and LS J.J. Jansen.
Again this list is a technicality, as a player such as Connor (or most rookies drafted in the first four rounds), would never pass through waivers unclaimed.
But it's worth noting that Hayden could hang around this way, clearing the way for them to sign another veteran DT (specifically if Corvey Irvin ends up on IR).