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Carolina Panthers release Joey Slye; Ryan Santoso to be kicker

Aug 27, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers kicker Joey Slye (4) kicks a field goal against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers kicker Joey Slye (4) kicks a field goal against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers released kicker Joey Slye on Saturday, two days after trading for Ryan Santoso.

Slye, 25, made 54 of 68 field goals over two seasons as Carolina’s kicker, but struggled this preseason. He missed a 49-yard field goal in Friday night’s 34-9 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“He’s a wonderful person, and he’s worked really hard,” Panthers coach Matt Rhule said of Slye after Friday’s game. “He’s made a lot of kicks and he’s done a lot of good things, and he’s just in one of those places right now where he’s struggling.

“When you struggle at a lot of other positions, people don’t know it, but when you struggle at that position, unfortunately it’s magnified.”

Santoso, acquired from the New York Giants, made both field-goal attempts and three extra points during Friday’s game. Slye made an extra point in addition to the missed field goal.

Santoso, 26, was acquired Thursday from the New York Giants for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2022.

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He handled kickoffs in three games with the Tennessee Titans in 2019 but hasn’t attempted a field goal or extra point in a regular-season game.

Earlier in the week, Carolina signed Dominik Eberle to compete with Slye. Eberle was released when Santoso was acquired.

–Field Level Media