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Kicking change: Panthers keep Santoso, release slumping Slye

The Carolina Panthers fell to the New Orleans Saints Sunday afternoon 34-31 after Joey Slye...
The Carolina Panthers fell to the New Orleans Saints Sunday afternoon 34-31 after Joey Slye missed a late field goal.(Carolina Panthers)
Published: Aug. 28, 2021 at 11:46 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Santoso didn’t take long to leave an impression on the Carolina Panthers coaching staff and steal a roster spot from the slumping Joey Slye.

The Panthers cut Slye on Saturday in favor of the 6-foot-5, 258-pound Santoso, who was acquired in a trade Thursday with the New York Giants.

Santoso connected on field goals of 52 and 27 yards and made all three extra point attempts in Carolina’s 34-9 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday night, while Slye missed from 49 yards.

Panthers coach Matt Rhule said it took “moxie” for Santoso to make a 52-yarder in a game a little more than 24 hours after joining the team.

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