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Jordan Gross becomes seventh Panthers player in Hawaii

Panthers Wrapup Football AP

By the end of the week, there may be more Panthers in Honolulu than Charlotte.

Left tackle Jordan Gross was named to the roster Monday to replace 49ers left tackle Joe Staley, who pulled out because of an injury, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.

Gross becomes the Panthers’ seventh player in the game, along with quarterback Cam Newton, fullback Mike Tolbert, center Ryan Kalil, middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, defensive end Greg Hardy and long snapper J.J. Jansen.

The Panthers coaching staff is also there, with Ron Rivera set to lead the team picked by captain Jerry Rice.

Earning the honor puts a little more light on one of the Panthers’ most intriguing decisions of the offseason.

Gross’ contract voids after last year’s restructuring, and he’s said if he’s going to play again, he’s only playing for the Panthers. That doesn’t give him much of what you’d call leverage, but he played well enough last season to make them consider bringing him back, while they address other contractual matters (such as Hardy’s pending free agency) this offseason.

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5 Responses to “Jordan Gross becomes seventh Panthers player in Hawaii”
  1. qcbearsfan says: Jan 21, 2014 8:56 AM

    Big fan of Cam’s, but he was not worth of the Pro Bowl this year. A whopping 24 passing TDs with a 61% completion percentage. That ties him with the likes of Carson Palmer and Ryan Tannehill.

    Don’t get me wrong, he’s a game changer, and his legs make him a threat more so than most other QBs, but he definitely did not have a Pro Bowl season.

  2. pilot2011 says: Jan 21, 2014 9:00 AM

    Jordan will play for next to nothing to stay in Charlotte. How often will a pro bowler say that? Re-sign him already!

    Get a receiver in round 1, safety/corner round 2.

    Get your stud tackle in the 2015 draft.

  3. jgedgar70 says: Jan 21, 2014 9:05 AM

    Gross was certainly better this year than in several recent years, but I think this is one of those “appointment by reputation” deals. I hope we can land a stud left tackle in the draft and put Gross back at right tackle next year. Gross isn’t an elite player anymore, but he’s a damn sight better than Byron Bell will ever be.

  4. jiggybone says: Jan 21, 2014 10:54 AM

    Last I checked Cam had 24 passing touchdowns and 6 rushing touchdown equaling 30 touchdowns. Obviously that was good enough for someone to think he was Pro Bowl material. Stop hating on Cam.
    #PantherNation
    #KeepPounding

  5. chazatlas says: Jan 21, 2014 7:17 PM

    They all deserve it. Next year NFC Championship and hopefully beyond!

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