Panthers cut WR Donte Moncrief
For the second time in the 2019 season, Donte Moncrief will abruptly find himself jobless. On Friday, the Carolina Panthers announced the release of the veteran wide receiver. In a corresponding move, they promoted wide receiver/returner Donte Moncrief from the practice squad to the active roster?
Moncrief began his 2019 campaign with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who signed a deal with in free agency. After a series of games with dropped catches, as a starter, they released him in early November.
He tallied four receptions for 15 yards with the Steelers. According to Pro Football Reference, he dropped four catches, leading to a 26.7% drop rate. Moncrief joined the Panthers after his breakup with Pittsburgh, to go ahead and record no receptions in three games.
Formerly an Indianapolis Colts third-round pick in 2014 out of Mississippi, Moncrief stuck on with the Colts for four seasons. During that span, he played in 53, including 27 starts, and proceeded t0 record 152 receptions for 1,875 yards and 18 touchdowns.
After the Colts let his rookie contract expire in 2018, Moncrief signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In one year playing in Florida, the Mississippi native hauled in 48 receptions for 668 yards and three touchdowns. Again, an AFC South team let his contract expire, which, in turn, led to his brief stint with the Steelers and now Panthers.
Moncrief did not produce for the Panthers. Ahead of him in the depth chart was D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, Jarius Wright, Brandon Zylstra and DeAndrew White.
The Panthers, who sit at 5-7, will face the 3-9 Atlanta Falcons in Georgia on Sunday.