Panthers waive tackle Zach Banner
The Panthers are going to spend much of the preseason evaluating offensive line depth, and they cut one guy loose Thursday.
The team announced they had waived Zach Banner, who was claimed off waivers in March.
As far as Beckham participating in the minicamp, Shurmur said yeah, possibly. We will have to see when we cross that bridge. Do not expect Beckham, coming off a fractured left ankle, to be given medical clearance for next week’s camp.
We talk frequently, Shurmur said. We’ll visit how he is doing and put him out there and give him a little bit more as we go.
CB Eli Apple continued his strong spring. He ran with Sterling Shepard into the end zone to break up a fade thrown by Eli Manning.
Tyvon Branch was with the Cardinals in 2017, but saw his season come to an end with a torn ACL. The Cardinals also had Tyrann Mathieu last year, but cut him in a cap move and he’s moved on to the Texans. Antoine Bethea, Budda Baker and Rudy Ford are their returning safeties from last year.
Boston had 79 tackles and five interceptions with the Chargers last season. He was previously with the Panthers, where he played for current Cardinals coach Steve Wilks.
There were still three players from the 1998 draft, and Cleveland’s Shane Bieber was promoted and started Thursday to make it three players from the 2016 draft. Those form the edges of a bell curve that peaks from 2008-13, which accounts for 519 of the players in the majors. That is 64.6 percent of all drafted players, or roughly two out of every three in 2018.
A wider period, rather than one draft, is needed for examination, because high school players could take longer to reach and establish themselves in the majors than those from college.
In the period before the trade deadline, when teams need to augment their rosters, the most common player promoted this year is coming from that period of drafts, notably 2011-13, which account for the most of any three-year period (300 players).