Most significant move: The Carolina Panthers' decision to keep running back Brandon Wegher and release Jordan Todman. Both had solid preseasons, but Todman was signed as a free agent to be the team’s kickoff returner in addition to add depth at running back. He had a solid preseason as a back, rushing for 134 yards on 17 carries. He showed his explosiveness with a 49-yard touchdown run in the preseason finale at Pittsburgh. The Panthers apparently liked the upside of Wegher, who had three preseason touchdowns, and are comfortable that Fozzy Whittaker or Ted Ginn Jr. can return kickoffs.
Special teams: Coach Ron Rivera said when training camp began that players would make the roster specifically for special teams. The decision to keep linebacker Ben Jacobs is a prime example.
Draftees make it: All five draft picks made the final cut, which really isn’t surprising. But there was some doubt as to whether fifth-round pick David Mayo would make it with a crowded picture at linebacker.
Wofford connection: The Panthers parted with wide receiver Brenton Bersin, who last season became the first Wofford player to play in an NFL game since team owner Jerry Richardson in 1959.
Practice squad candidates: This isn’t etched in stone, but among the candidates if they clear waivers are linebacker Adarius Glanton, offensive tackle David Foucault, wide receiver Damiere Byrd, linebacker Brian Blechen, DE Rakim Cox and DT Chas Alexchi.
What’s next: Carolina will scour the wire looking for a wide receiver. James Jones, released by the N.Y. Giants, could be a candidate. Hakeem Nicks, released by the Titans, likely will not be. General manager Dave Gettleman has passed on Nicks before, and not because of money. The Panthers also could look for a cornerback with starter Josh Norman (concussion) and backup Teddy Williams (groin) in question for the opener.
Panthers moves: Waived -- WR Bersin, WR Mike Brown, TE Marcus Lucas, S Marcus Ball, TE Scott Simonson, DT Terry Redden, LB Glanton, OT Foucault, LB Blechen, WR Byrd, OL Ricky Henry, WR Todman, DE Cox, DT Alexcih, CB T.J. Heath, CB Carrington Byndom, C Jordan McCray, G Martin Wallace, CB Lou Young, LB Jason Trusnik. Waived/Injury settlement: C Brian Folkerts. Reserve/injured: DE Arthur Miley.