Panthers promote QB Garrett Gilbert from practice squad

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The Panthers opened Monday with three quarterbacks on their 40-man roster and they’ll close the day with four.

The team announced that Garrett Gilbert has been promoted to the active roster from the practice squad. Safety Dez Southward was dropped from the roster in a corresponding move.

Gilbert was a Rams sixth-round pick in 2014 and spent time on the practice squad or offeseason rosters for the Patriots, Lions and Raiders before signing with the Panthers this year. He signed to the practice squad after failing to make the 53-man roster.

Gilbert joins Cam Newton, Derek Anderson and Brad Kaaya on the active roster, which suggests that there’s something else going on right now. There could be an injury, another roster move could be planned or someone may have been poised to poach Gilbert and the Panthers decided to promote him before that could happen.

7 responses to “Panthers promote QB Garrett Gilbert from practice squad

  1. The Green Bay Packers are looking for QB’s and the Panthers have already given a kicker away to the Kansas City Chiefs.

  2. briang123 says:
    October 16, 2017 at 9:19 pm
    Whoever wanted to poach him instead of signing Kaepernick is colliding. Time to out them immediately.

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    I am all for Kaepernick getting a shot but you don’t understand roster management and salary cap if you are comparing someone snagging this guy over someone taking Kaepernick. I don’t know what Kaepernick’s price tag is but I bet it is a lot more than Garrett Gilbert’s. Hundley was a high draft pick that has spent 3 years with the Packers and they are going to give him a shot. Do not judge him after one game coming in cold, he has never had to do that before, give him a chance to actually practice with the first team and get a game plan for him. It would not be out of character for the Packers to go after a practice squad guy and just roll with Hundley/Callahan. That is just what they do. I am all for Kaepernick getting a shot and kneeling if he wants but I don’t think the Packers is the automatic fit that the average fan thinks he is. There would be a learning curve to get him up to speed in the playbook. Scott Tolzien would be a better fit for the Packers because he knows the playbook. It is the situation, if the Packers signed Kaepernick in training camp, I would fully support, I just don’t think this is it and the Packers should not feel pressured to sign him because they have been grooming a guy for 3 years for this spot.

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