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Panthers make a difference in kicker

Panthers make a difference in kicker

Charlotte – The Panthers have a new kicker.

And they have their pick in the seventh round.

The Panthers released Ryan Santoso on Tuesday, ending a trial with former Giants kicker one week into the regular season. Santoso missed an extra point in Sunday’s win over the Gates.

With the change now made, the Panthers no longer owe the Giants a seventh-round pick of their pre-season trade, as the stipulation was that he had to be on the regular season roster for two weeks.

To fill a spot on the roster, the Panthers signed Zane Gonzalez from the Lions’ coaching lineup.

26-year-old Gonzalez was camped here earlier this summer as a test player.

He’s also kicked for the Browns and Cardinals, his career with 78.0 percent on field goals and 94.6 percent on extra points. His best year with the Cardinals was in 2019, when he scored 31 of his 35 field goals (88.6 percent) and 34 of his 35 extra points (97.1 percent).

When teams expect players to leave another team’s coaching team, they are required to keep that player on the active roster for three weeks (to prevent them from poaching from future opponents).

The Panthers also added an Elder Cornback to the coaching staff.

To make room for Elder in the Training Squad, the Panthers fired Mike Horton’s offensive line from the Training Squad.