Carolina Panthers sign Marvin McNutt, make other roster moves


Carolina Panthers helmet lays on the field during training camp held at Wofford College. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers have made a flurry of roster moves today, with the most notable of them being the signing of WR Marvin McNutt off of the Miami Dolphins practice squad. McNutt was waived to the practice squad following 53-man roster cuts, and he wasn’t able to stick with either the Philadelphia Eagles or Miami Dolphins in two seasons (his time in Philly was very disappointing). However, the Iowa Hawkeyes product has plenty of natural talent, so this could prove to be a very worthy gamble for the Panthers. Plus, they could definitely afford to add depth at receiver, and McNutt seems like a better use of a roster spot than Armanti Edwards anyway.

What’s so frustrating about Marvin McNutt is the mental errors, and he could be a good receiver in this league if he can pull it all together. That certainly hasn’t happened yet, but McNutt undoubtedly has the tools to be something in this league. He is fast, has a 6’3″, 216 pound frame, and it only takes a quick glance at his highlight reel or stat sheet out of Iowa to see how good he can be.

Another Iowa Hawkeyes product was signed to the Carolina Panthers today in Jeff Tarpinian, but he was signed to the Panthers practice squad. Tarpinian spent most of his time with the New England Patriots, and he’s a really nice addition to the p-squad. Tarpinian is a good core special-teamer, and he plays solid run defense as a backup LB.

The Panthers also announced the promotion of center Brian Folkerts to replenish depth on the interior of the offensive line, and they re-signed Ben Jacobs to the practice squad after the LB cleared waivers.

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