The Panthers start trimming the roster this week, ultimately getting down to 53 players shortly after their final preseason game Thursday at home against Pittsburgh. (The Panthers have until Saturday to make the cuts, although they may well do some of them Friday).
Here's beat writer Joe Person's take on what the final cuts will look like.
My most recent Panthers' column focused on the offensive line -- reputed to be a strength but instead a weakness in the past two preseason games.
For the story, I interviewed center Ryan Kalil and tackle Jeff Otah, who hasn't played in a real game since Dec. 2009 but is expected (maybe) back this week. I also asked a question or two of left tackle Jordan Gross and coach Ron Rivera in a group interview setting. No one had a definite answer as to what was wrong, but they all know it's got to be fixed, and quick.
Meanwhile, it's a busy week for Bank of America Stadium, which hosts a Panthers game Thursday night and then South Carolina vs. East Carolina on Saturday night.