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Panthers not getting much from fourth-rounders

Edmund Kugbila AP

It wasn’t a good day to be a Panthers fourth-round pick.

In getting to the 75-man roster limit, the Panthers put 2013 fourth-rounder Edmund Kugbila on injured reserve, and waived/injured 2012 fourth-rounder Joe Adams.

(Of course, they can’t be blamed that their 2009 fourth-rounder, Mike Goodson, was just suspended four games — he’s a Jet now.)

Kugbila was a project anyway, coming from Division II Valdosta State, but he couldn’t stay on the field upon arrival with a collection of injuries. They were hoping he’d come in and compete for a starting job at right guard with the cut-early Geoff Hangartner, and now they’re scrambling a bit.

Adams was drafted to be their punt returner, but got in coach Ron Rivera’s doghouse last year because of his fumbling problem and never came out.

The Panthers also waived-injured defensive tackle Frank Kearse.

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5 Responses to “Panthers not getting much from fourth-rounders”
  1. ingraven says: Aug 27, 2013 4:10 PM

    Frank Kearse? Any relation to Jevon?

  2. 89bottomline says: Aug 27, 2013 4:18 PM

    I don’t think so. He was a 7th round pick out of Alabama A&M I think.

  3. patch24680 says: Aug 27, 2013 4:51 PM

    We never should have let Hangartner go in the first place. They should have let this Kugbila guy go at the beginning of training camp. He’s always injured!

  4. slammincamnewton says: Aug 27, 2013 5:50 PM

    I’m sorry but being serious about drafting a Div 2 guard in the 4th round and expecting him to start is a joke. That line is screwed and Wharton isn’t the answer.

  5. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 27, 2013 8:33 PM

    Adams has shown real potential as a good punt returner and he can be a decent option at WR. Not sure how a lame duck coach can afford to have a “doghouse”. Rivera needs all the help he can get.

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