Carolina Panthers

Panthers might be shopping for a safety

CHARLOTTE -- The Carolina Panthers knew going into the season safety was going to be a weak spot.

The players they kept Saturday illustrate how much of a problem it still could be.

The Panthers kept four safeties, starters Chris Harris and Deke Cooper, injured Nate Salley and undrafted rookie Quinton Teal. While each of them have their merits, it's hardly a star-studded group, and one that they'll likely be looking to add to in the coming days.

"I don't know. We obviously look, not at position, but any player that comes up that has a chance to make us better," Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said when asked about the chance to add there.

• GOOD STORIES STICK: Two players who were viewed as spare parts by some held on to make the team -- defensive end Otis Grigsby and wide receiver Chris Horn.

Horn was out of the league last year after getting cut by New Orleans, and was released by Kansas City eight times as he bounced back and forth from practice squads and camp rosters.

Grigsby went to camp with the Panthers last year, but they cut him at the final roster reduction. They brought him back to the practice squad the final two weeks of the year, and then added him to this year's roster. He's also been in camp with Miami and Atlanta, but hasn't played in a regular-season game.

• EXTRA POINTS: Teams have until this morning to put in claims on players released Saturday, and the Panthers will know at noon who cleared. That's when they'll likely start assembling their practice squad.

Among the players cut, expect them to try to retain offensive lineman D'Anthony Batiste, wide receiver Taye Biddle, guard Bobby Harris and safety C.J. Wilson. They'll add another quarterback, though that might or night not be Dalton Bell, who was in camp.

The Panthers released 21 players Saturday and placed offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges on the reserve/suspended by team list.

A look at the 21 who are no longer here:

QB Dalton Bell, RB Eric Shelton, FBs Steven Jackson and Billy Latsko, TE Chad Upshaw, WRs Taye Biddle and Kevin Youngblood, OLs Kenyatta Walker, D'Anthony Batiste, Rueben Riley, Thed Watson and Bobby Harris, DE Dave Ball, DT Gary Gibson, LBs Mickey Pimentel and Phillipe Gardent, CBs Christian Morton and Derrick Strait, Ss Cam Newton and C.J. Wilson.

DT Stephen Williams was placed on injured reserve.

A look at the Panthers projected depth chart, after Saturday's final cuts. More changes could still come in the next few days, but this is what they have to deal with for now:

PANTHERS ROSTER AS OF Sept. 1, 2007

Total of 53 on roster (plus suspended OL Jeremy Bridges)

Offense

QB -- Jake Delhomme, David Carr

RB -- DeShaun Foster, DeAngelo Williams, Nick Goings, Alex Haynes

FB -- Brad Hoover

WR -- Steve Smith, Keary Colbert, Ryne Robinson

WR -- Drew Carter, Dwayne Jarrett, Chris Horn

TE -- Jeff King, Michael Gaines, Dante Rosario

LT -- Travelle Wharton, Rashad Butler

LG -- Mike Wahle, Will Montgomery

C -- Justin Hartwig, Geoff Hangartner

RG -- Ryan Kalil, Evan Mathis

RT -- Jordan Gross, Jeremy Bridges (susp)

Defense

DE -- Julius Peppers, Charles Johnson, Otis Grigsby

DT -- Maake Kemoeatu, Kindal Moorehead

DT -- Kris Jenkins, Damione Lewis

DE -- Mike Rucker, Stanley McClover

SLB -- Thomas Davis, James Anderson, Brandon Jamison

MLB -- Dan Morgan, Adam Seward, Tim Shaw

WLB -- Jon Beason, Na'il Diggs

CB -- Ken Lucas, Curtis Deloatch

CB -- Chris Gamble, Richard Marshall

FS -- Deke Cooper, Quinton Teal

SS -- Chris Harris, Nate Salley

Special Teams

K -- John Kasay

P -- Jason Baker

LS -- Jason Kyle

Injured reserve

QB -- Brett Basanez, DE Rondell Biggs, DT Stephen Williams.

Reserve/Non-football illness

WR -- Josh Davis (appendix)

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