The Carolina Panthers have decided to make an early cut today, and the player is a notable one, even if he wasn’t expected to make the roster. Per a source close to the National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson, the Panthers have released backup wide receiver Tiquan Underwood today, taking out one member fighting for a spot on the 53-man roster. There’s plenty of competition at wide receiver, and this release is great news for a young guy on the bubble like Philly Brown.
Underwood has more than enough talent to crack a roster in this league, as he has speed to burn out there as a nice situational deep threat. Unfortunately, he lacks consistency to match his speed and acceleration, with his release coming after several drops in practice. A release at this point in time isn’t a surprise, because the Panthers decided that they wanted to go with someone who has safer hands, and it’s a courtesy to Underwood, who has more time to latch onto a team and learn their playbook.
The 27-year-old Rutgers product was thrown at just once this preseason, as he quickly fell out of favor in the competition. Tavarres King looks like the situational deep threat on the back end of the WR depth chart, and he offers youth and upside to this wide receivers corps. Underwood is heading into the sixth year of his career, as he caught 28 and 24 receptions in the past two seasons while with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.