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August 6th, 2013 at 12:25 PM
By Jesse Collin

Fan Fest a Success

The Panthers held their annual Fan Fest last weekend, which, according to the Charlotte Observer, drew a crowd of more than 20,000 fans.

Those who attended got an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of their favorite players for an array of competitions, a live practice, and, of course, autographs.

The crowd of 20,134 was the just short of last year's attendance of 22,070 – the largest since 1996.

Click here for a look at some photos from the festivities, courtesy of the Charlotte Observer's Jeff Siner.

'Carolina Panthers FanFest' photo (c) 2008, James Willamor - license:

Panthers add Chris Scott, Ricardo Silva

The Panthers added offensive lineman Chris Scott and safety Ricardo Silva on Friday, according to the team's website.

The team added Scott, a fifth-round selection of the Steelers in 2010, just a day after the abrupt release of veteran offensive lineman Geoff Hangartner. Scott was released by the Bills last month after reportedly failing his conditioning test.

According to the Charlotte Observer, the 26-year-old – who was reported to weigh 360 pounds earlier this offseason – was carted off the field during Monday's practice due to dehydration.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Silva spent the last two seasons working his way up the Detroit Lions' depth chart. The former Hampton Pirate started six games for Jim Schwartz's squad last season, tallying 40 tackles and one interception.

The Panthers waived injured defensive tackle Lindon Gaydosh to make room for the new signings.

First depth chart released

The Panthers released their first depth chart on Monday. In light of the aforementioned release of Geoff Hangartner, left guard has become the only real uncertainty heading into the preseason.

As of now, the starting role belongs to Garry Williams. Rookie Edmund Kugbila, although still listed as day-to-day on the injury report, is second in line.

Click here to see the full depth chart.


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