By Eric N. Moore
National Football League teams have reduced their rosters to 53 players in anticipation of the league's opening day.
One transaction that stood out to our staff was the publication of the opening day roster for the Carolina Panthers and the naming of former Virginia State standout and 1997 CIAA Offensive Football Player of the Year Trent Cannon to the opening day squad.
Cannon had an outstanding three-year career for the Trojans, leading VSU to a CIAA Championship and getting drafted in the sixth round by the New York Jets.
In his two seasons with the Jets, Cannon played in 24 games recording 17 catches for 144 yards and 113 rushing yards.
His 2019 season was shortened by injury and he was placed on injured reserve in November. He was waived in August and claimed off waivers one-day later by the Panthers.
Cannon will be one of three running backs on the roster and looks to start the season as a kick returner. He averaged 19.3 yards per return while playing for the Jets.