Final Cuts – Petitti, Miree, Lay, Jemison

Four former Panthers couldn’t make the final cut as NFL teams got down to their final 53-man rosters:

Rob Petitti, who started all 16 games last season and throughout training camp was looked at as a swing tackle, was let go by the Cowboys Saturday:

Rob Petitti played every offensive snap as a rookie last season for the Dallas Cowboys. The offensive right tackle won’t even be on the roster this season.

Even though Petitti started every game last season, it seemed that he would be a “swing” tackle this season, a player able to start or back up on either side. Nine-year veteran Jason Fabini, signed during the offseason, or Marc Columbo will start at right tackle.

Petitti could have also been undone by the emergence of rookie tackle Pat McQuistan, a seventh-round pick from Weber State. McQuistan got extended time in the preseason because of two-time Pro Bowl tackle Flozell Adams’ calf injury and impressed Parcells.

What is sort of surprising about this whole thing is Dallas hasn’t even named a starting right tackle, and I’m not sure either one of the remaining candidates can back up the left tackle, and Adams is old…that could be bad. Parcells seemed determined to only keep three tackles though, and he seemed to keep the best three regardeless of which position they could or couldn’t play. I’m sure Rob will catch on with someone.

Brandon Miree was also released by Denver with little fanfare. Brandon’s shot to make this team was really at fullback, but he just didn’t play well enough and most teams don’t keep multible fb’s.

Josh Lay was cut by the Saints on Saturday. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him make a team’s practice squad, possibly the Saints. Josh was beaten out for the final spot in the secondary by Anwar Phillips, former Penn State Nittany Lion.

Mike Jemison was actually cut by the Giants. We’re positive this time. Jemison most likely will make the Giants practice squad if he clears waivers though.

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2 Responses to “Final Cuts – Petitti, Miree, Lay, Jemison”

  1. Nancy Williams Says:

    Only with a team that can idealize T.O. missing 31 practices and showing up late for team meetings, would you expect to see this type of irrational move. Rob Pettiti reported this season stronger, trimmer and with a fire in his heart. As a left tackle in college, he would have been far more capable of backing up or starting on the left.

  2. rick Says:

    Petitti played LT his entire college career, Cowboys draft him and put him at RT, ( not an easy transition ). He starts all 16 games and plays every snap, struggles late, maybe because he lost 40 lb in 2+ months and not use to playing a 16 game schedule. Is told he will have to work hard to retain his position next year. Works his tail off in the off season and improves his strength. Dallas takes an injured plaqued 32 year old over a 23 year old,what is wrong with this picture Tuna Breath.

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