During the spring, the Panthers’ coaching staff insisted time and time again that Hunter Cantwell was a legitimate contender for the team’s No. 2 quarterback job, behind Matt Moore. Cantwell worked ahead of second-round pick Jimmy Clausen in OTAs.
By the preseason opener, it’d become clear Cantwell posed no challenge to Clausen. Clausen ran the second-team offense exclusively, playing well.
Now, Cantwell has been waived. The Panthers have instead kept sixth-round rookie quarterback Tony Pike as a third-stringer.
Other early Panthers cuts include offensive tackle Rob Petitti and linebacker Mortty Ivy.