The Panthers are shaking up their offensive line depth chart.
On Tuesday, the team announced it waived veteran guard Calvin Throckmorton, who had started in the past seven games for Carolina. Throckmorton had settled in at left guard over the past three games, but spent four other starts on the right side in place of veteran Austin Corbett.
With the offensive line struggling to find consistency, Throckmorton became the obvious weak link, especially with Corbett back in the lineup. The Panthers will look to replace Throckmorton, who was claimed off waivers ahead of Week 1, with one of their depth lineman. Rookie Chandler Zavala, who previously served as the team’s starting left guard before Throckmorton, could be an option. Cade Mays could also be under consideration. Undrafted rookie Nash Jensen might also be in the conversation.
The team also has the option of moving multiple linemen around. In this writer’s latest piece, it was suggested that the Panthers move center Bradley Bozeman to left guard and Mays to center.
To replace Throckmorton within the offensive line depth chart, the Panthers promoted tackle/guard David Sharpe from the practice squad. Sharpe rejoined the practice squad Monday after being waived from the team’s 53-man depth chart last Thursday. Sharpe has appeared in two games for the Panthers this season.
Along with the offensive line movement, the Panthers also signed veteran linebacker Tae Davis to the 53-man roster. Davis played eight games for the Atlanta Falcons before being released this season. The former undrafted free agent has bounced around the league a bit, playing for the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Las Vegas Raiders, Houston Texans and Falcons during five-year career.
The 6-foot, 222-pound linebacker will look to earn playing time opposite Frankie Luvu with a group that features Kamu Grugier-Hill and Deion Jones.
The team also released former sixth-round pick, guard Deonte Brown, from the practice squad.
The Panthers will host the Dallas Cowboys at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.