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NFL Week 3 Wrap-Up

September 25, 2007

What’s this? A timely round up of the weekend of NFL action on this blog?? It can’t be! It is, enjoy:

Dallas Cowboys 34
Chicago Bears 10

Ruben Brown started the game but left in the 4th quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. When Brown left there was only around 10 minutes left and Chicago was down 17 points, so he may have been held out just as a precaution. We’ll update his status as the week goes on.

Lousaka Polite was inactive for the game, unless you include divulging secrets about the opposing team’s offense as being active. I do count that as active.

New York Giants 24
Washington Redskins 17

HB Blades saw his regular action on special teams, picking up an assist, but also got some action with the game on the line in the 4th quarter, making a solo tackle on a first down. Unfortunately the next play went for the game winning touchdown. HB fininshed with one solo tackle and one assist.

Carolina Panthers 27
Atlanta Falcons 20

Nick Goings held onto his kick returning duties for one more wee, but only returned the opening kickoff for 20 yards. He also added a solo tackle on kick coverage later in the game.

Cleveland Browns 24
Oakland Raiders 26

Darnell Dinkins picked up a solo tackle on kick coverage, his only real action of the day.

Arizona Cardinals 23
Baltimore Ravens 26

Larry Fitzgerald had 5 catches for 85 yards, but had a very costly fumble in the 3rd quarter. Everyone is saying that Leinart is still the starter in Arizona, but I’m not sure Fitz should be wishing for that. In the first half Leinart was able to get one ball to Fitz for 13 yards, in the second half Warner got him 4 balls for 72 yards.

Gerald Hayes added 11 tackles (9 solo) and continued his solid play inside for the Cardinals.

Miami Dolphins 28
New York Jets 21

Darrelle Revis got his 3rd start of his NFL career, which I guess is less newsworthy everyday because he’ll probably be starting in New York for a long time, and had 8 tackles (7 solo). That puts him at an average of 7 tackles (6 solo) per game, which would keep him over 100 tackles on the year. With as much as the Jets defense is on the field, he has an excellent shot at that mark.

Indianapolis Colts 30
Houston Texans 24

Clint Session played again on special teams, but only added an offsides penalty on a kick off.

San Francisco 16
Pittsburgh 37

Shawntae Spencer had 2 solo tackles and a pass defensed in his nickel back role.

Andy Lee was again busy against the Steelers, with 5 punts for a pretty amazing 57 yard average. That included 2 punts inside the 20, so he was definitely booming some of those punts, with a long of 66 on the day.

Minnesota Vikings 10
Kansas City Chiefs 13

Kris Wilson got his 3rd NFL start at fullback and had 3 catches for 13 yards. They did throw deep to him twice but were incomplete both times. It’s nice to see them trying to get him mismatches down the field, because we all know that Kris can be a deep threat at times.

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Lousaka Polite, Super Spy

September 20, 2007

Scout.com has an interview with Lousaka Polite (by Bear Report) dealing with his transition to the Bears’ offense and how he can help them with his knowledge of the Dallas offense when they play the Cowboys this weekend. If you happen to subscribe to Bears Report (and I know all of you do), you can listen to the full audio. Here’s the one question they actually published:

John Crist: There was a lot of talk about the Cowboys signing Tank Johnson this week and possibly trying to get some information on the Bears from him. Did the Chicago coaching staff approach you at all about what to expect from Dallas?

Lousaka Polite: Me being there the last three years, there’s things that I do know about the offense. Basically, what I know, I gave them a few pointers of how things can go. But I don’t know in detail. I know what I do know from when I was there. Things changed the last couple weeks. We watched the film, and hopefully we’re prepared for them.

So if that doesn’t make you want to sign up for a Bears Report subscription I don’t know what will. If anyone has one of these subscriptions and can fill in any more details (don’t give us the full audio or text, that’s stealing) in the comments, we’d be much appreciative.

NFL Week 1 Wrap-Up

September 11, 2007

Each week here at PITP we will be recapping all of the games that Panther Alumns took part in. Let’s get moving on week one after the jump

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Rumors…and an apology

September 8, 2007

Let’s start with an apology. Sorry to Tyler Palko for missing his big move on Thursday. I was writing this article on who was still on NFL teams while he was being moved up to the 53 man roster of the Saints. I listed him as on the Practice Squad, but he was on his way up to the 3rd QB spot that night against the Colts. So Congrats to Tyler, even if it’s a little late.

As for the rumor, there seems to be a lot of talk going around that the Cowboys are looking for another wide receiver especially with Terry Glenn still hobbling around. One of the main names that seems to keep coming up in these discussions is former Cowboy Antonio Bryant. One thing that could hurt Bryant though is that he’d have to serve a two game suspension that is still pending when he gets back.

Just one other small thing, Lousaka Polite gets a mention in the Chicago Tribune in a notes column about being the newest Bear:

Fullback Lousaka Polite,whom the Bears signed to the 53-man roster this week, has blended in without much fanfare—not that he was expecting any.

“It’s a relief, considering I just got released [by Dallas] a couple of days before,” Polite said.

“I like the vibe. I like the team. I can’t wait to do my best to help out.”

Polite isn’t totally unfamiliar with the Bears. He has had numerous phone conversations with starting fullback Jason McKie because both have the same marketing agent.

Louuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

September 6, 2007

That was went through my head when I saw this post at Kissing Suzy Kolber previewing the Dallas Cowboys.  Apparently the author hates Louuuuuuuuu for a perfectly justifiable reason:

Lousaka Polite once cut in front of me at The O. It’s no wonder the Cowboys cut him the other day.

Oh and Lou’s picture graces the post…the same picture we used for his headshot in our banner above (bottom-right-ish).

That’s all…just was surprised to see Lou’s picture on another blog, especially on a post previewing a team he doesn’t even play for anymore.

Sunday NFL Roundup

October 2, 2006

Eight games with former Panthers on the field yesterday, so let’s get right to it:

New Orleans 18
Carolina 21

Nick Goings did play, coming back from his thigh injury, but didn’t get much action. He did get a holding call in the 4th quarter. His biggest play of the game was probably his recovery of an onside kick with less than two minutes left with New Orleans trying to get a chance to tie the game.

Dallas 45
Tennessee 14

Another fullback not seeing much action was

Arizona 10
Atlanta 32

Larry Fitzgerald
Gerald Hayes

Indianapolis 31
New York Jets 28

Kevan Barlow

San Francisco 0
Kansas City 41

Antonio Bryant was part of the overwhelmed San Fran offense, finishing with only two catches for 29 yards on the day. I can’t imagine the loss of Vernon Smith really hurt SF this much, maybe it was just an off day…at least AB and company had better hope so.
Shawntae Spencer
One guy who is always busy when his team gets blown out is the punter.

For KC, Kris Wilson’s only true action was a tackle on a kickoff. KC probably wasn’t throwing the ball much late, but if you can’t get a touch when your team puts up 41 points…that’s probably not a good sign.

Cleveland 24
Oakland 21

Darnell Dinkins

New England 38
Cincinnati 13

Hank Poteat
Seattle 6
Chicago 37

Ruben Brown

Sunday NFL Roundup

September 20, 2006

On Wednesday…had some problems getting to a working computer the last few days, but better late than never I guess. Without any byes, the NFL still has a full slate and lots of Panthers in action:

Houston 24
Indianapolis 43

Charles Spencer had a tough assignment in his second NFL start. Not only was he in one of the loudest buildings in all of football, he was lining up against Dwight Freeney. Things seemed to be going pretty well for Spencer though. The Texans were averaging over 4 yards per carry on the day, Freeney had only one tackle and no sacks…and then the Texans got the ball for their first drive in the 3rd quarter. Spencer went down and his return was “questionable”. Turned out he had broken his leg and was done for quite a while. I’ll have more on this in a story later this morning.

Tampa Bay 3
Atlanta 14

Torrie Cox had an up and down day for the Bucs Sunday. He ended up with four total tackles, one on special teams, and was in on a play that led to a fumble that gave Tampa the ball in good field position although he wasn’t credited with the forced fumble. After playing pretty well in pass coverage most of the day he was flagged for illegal contact that kept an Atlanta drive alive, but they ended up missing a field goal so no real harm was done.
Dave Moore did not play because of his rib injury.

Arizona 10
Seattle 21

Larry Fitzgerald had a rare game with under 100 yards receiving Sunday, finishing with only four receptions for 52 yards. Seattle’s defense did a great job of covering down the field with their zone defenses. Running back Edgerrin James was the Cards‘ leading receiver.
Gerald Hayes had a much better day, finishing with only four tackles but he also intercepted a Matt Hasselback pass when the Seahwaks were driving to score again before the half. Unfortunately Neil Rackers missed the field goal before the half that would have given Arizona more momentum going into the half.

St Louis 13
San Francisco 20

Antonio Bryant had the game winning score on a 72 yard touchdown pass that I should have video of posted soon. That capped a four catch, 131 yard day for Bryant, who had been frustrated again in the first quarter with his lack of catches. More on that later today as well.
Shawntae Spencer started in his usual spot at left corner and his hamstring seems to be completely healed. He ended with four tackles and one pass defensed.
Andy Lee‘s job as the 49er punter isn’t as busy this year as it was last year, but he still had four punts Sunday, putting two inside the 20 yard line. The other two were from inside his own 30, and went 54 and 46 yards. He also held on all San Fran field goal and extra point attempts as usual.

New England 24
New York Jets 17

Kevan Barlow did not start as we thought he might on Sunday, but he did get more than twice the carries of starter Derrick Blaylock. Barlow finished with 14 carries for 42 yards and one catch for four yards. I should have some video of Kevan up tomorrow.
Washington 10
Dallas 27

Lou Polite had a quiet day, as most days are for fullbacks in Bill Parcell’s offenses. Bledsoe threw incomplete to Polite twice, and the rest of the day was all blocking for Lou and they don’t put that in the papers.

Kansas City 6
Denver 9

Kris Wilson got in the game but had no passes thrown his way again in a defensive game.

Inactives:
Rob Pettiti was inactive for the Saints.
Nick Goings was inactive for the Panthers.
Darnell Dinkins was out with a hamstring for the Browns.

News Roundup…Goings, Dinkins, Polite, Hayes, Moore

September 1, 2006

Just a quick glance around the web after most teams have had their final preseason game last night:

Nick Goings is a lock to make the Panthers, but if it was possible to hurt himself in that regard, he probably did it last night:

Nick Goings’ stock dropped a little, but he is still a lock to make the cut. Goings was at fault on a Jake Delhomme sack, missing the blitz read and not picking up and blocking the cornerback. The cornerback went untouched to Delhomme.

Nick also got no carries until the 4th quarter, and fumbled on his final carry of the night. All this being said though, Nick will make the Panthers. How much he’s used once the real games begin is probably going to change game to game depending on the matchups, running back health and the score.

Darnell Dinkins could be a final cut according to Pro Football Critics‘ rundown of the Browns position by position:

Tight Ends: Winslow has been relatively quiet in the preseason, so there’s no need for the Browns to exploit the playbook now. Steve Heiden will probably play most of the game at the tight end position, since he’s used to playing full games during the regular season after the past couple of seasons. Although Dinkins had solid credentials as a special teams player coming in, he could be a surprise cut if the coaches want to keep Frisman Jackson or McIntyre instead.

Lou Polite is mentioned as an “if” for the final roster in a column on the Cowboys’ official site. This is also the first time I’ve ever seen him mentioned as a tight end, so take it for what it’s worth:

Another player in the mix here is fullback Lousaka Polite, who can also play the H-back, tight-end spot in short-yardage situations. Keeping Polite would probably allow the Cowboys to hold just three tight ends on the 53-man roster.

Would be interesting to see him line up as a tight end. As of this morning according to My San Antonio Lou’s battle just got one player easier, as the Cowboys traded a tight end:

Tight end Sean Ryan was traded to the New York Jets for a seventh-round pick in 2007. Ryan, a fifth-round pick in 2004, was battling Tony Curtis and Lousaka Polite for a roster spot.

Gerald Hayes gets some praise on azcentral.com‘s game blog:

Gerald Hayes will most likely continue to show why he deserves to be a starter. Hayes has been blowing it up in the middle and his downhill pursuit is scary good.

Finally, Dave Moore‘s situation could have gotten worse overnight. He was probably a lock to make the team because of his long-snapping abilities, but the Bucs traded to get tight end Doug Jolley:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers officials didn’t simply sit around their rooms at the team hotel in Houston on Thursday afternoon as they waited for the team’s preseason finale.

They took time to conduct some business as they traded an undisclosed draft pick to the New York Jets for fifth-year veteran tight end Doug Jolley. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder was originally a second-round draft choice of the Oakland Raiders in 2002.

To make room for Jolley on the roster, the Bucs released massive offensive tackle Sam Lightbody.

Jolley has 119 NFL career receptions for 1,296 yards and six touchdowns. He joins Alex Smith, Anthony Becht and 15-year veteran Dave Moore in the mix at tight end. Moore’s primary duty for the Bucs is doing the long snapping.

The fact that they already released someone else to make room for Jolley is good, but there is no way that they can keep four tight ends. Hopefully Dave’s long snapping is enough to keep him on the squad.

Thursday NFL Roundup

September 1, 2006

Seven games on the preseason NFL slate last night featured former Panthers, thank goodness the preseason is almost over…

New England 23
New York Giants 31

Mike Jemison might not have helped his case to make the Giants last night. He didn’t get in the game until the 4th quarter, which is a bad sign when almost no starters are playing, and got nine carries almost in a row. Those nine carries went for 22 yards, only a 2.4 average. That was the good part though, as he fumbled on his final carry and didn’t get another opportunity. To be fair to Mike the Giants only had time for one more rushing play in the game, but it wasn’t with Jemison. Check back for roster news in the next week, as there will be plenty of moves.

Carolina 15
Pittsburgh 13

Nick Goings was the only former Panther in this game, and most likely already had a roster spot locked up going into last night. He finished with only four yards on five carries, but did get two receptions for ten yards and one tackle on special teams. More on Nick later today.

Minnesota 10
Dallas 10

Lousaka Polite had a pretty uneventful night, a few passes thrown to him were all incomplete, but he did assist on a tackle on special teams. His play on special teams and his versatility out of the backfield is helping him make this team more than his ability to block as a fullback it seems. Parcells just doesn’t seem to use a fullback in the traditional role much.
Rob Petitti did play, but I haven’t searched around the web yet to get how much he played or if it was at right or left tackle. This was a big game for Rob and I should have some more info later on today.

Chicago 20
Cleveland 7

Ruben Brown started for the Bears, which is somewhat surprising in the final preseason game. I’m assuming he played only one series as there is basically no info on anything he did in the game.

Darnell Dinkins had three receptions for 27 yards, in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. He should be a lock to make the team as of today.

Tampa Bay 13
Houston 16

Torrie Cox did not play in this game, which could be a good sign for him, as mostly all the starters were held out. I have not seen any info that he was hurt, so I will assume it was a good thing he was held out of the game.
Dave Moore did play on kick coverage getting an assist and was the long snapper on most of the kicks and punts. More news on Dave’s situation later today, possibly not in a good way.

Charles Spencer did start at left tackle, as expected, and didn’t commit any penalties this game. Looks like Charles is getting more settled in his role as a starter.

New Orleans 9
Kansas City 10

Josh Lay played a good bit in this one, battling for that last roster spot with Anwar Philips. Josh got two tackles but did commit an illegal contact penalty. Philips seemed to play more though, with five tackles and an assist without committing any penalties. Look for updates here as they are available.

Kris Wilson played, but was only thrown to once for an incompletion.

Denver 29
Arizona 23

Larry Fitzgerald started and made one catch for 26 yards before exiting early with the starters.
Gerald Hayes seemed to play a lot more, starting and still being on the field to make a tackle in the 3rd quarter. Hayes finished up with three tackles, and committed a holding penalty on defense.

Brandon Miree did get in the game for Denver, but the only time the ball came his way was on an incomplete two-pointconversion attempt. Not a good sign for Brandon, although he may make the squad as a fullback.

New Wrap – Polite, Spencer, Goings

August 30, 2006

Just a couple short notes from around the web…

Lousaka Polite is Dallas‘ only fullback and he’s gotten some touches and good PT in the preseason, so it’s been widely assumed that he was a lock to make the team. This notebook type article is the first mention of “if” I’ve seen associated with Lou making the squad:

Parcells now views Lousaka Polite, who played fullback last year, as a utility player capable of 15-18 plays on offense and on special teams if he makes the final roster.

I assume that means Parcells doesn’t want to go with a real fullback. If I remember his other teams I don’t think he uses the FB much. Lousaka is considered one of the better young FB’s around the league, but a lot of temas don’t even use the FB anymore and very few carry more than one.

Charles Spencer will be one of the few starting linemen to play at all in the Texans‘ last preseason game Thursday, according to head coach Gary Kubiak:

Charles Spencer will definitely play, he’s a young kid and needs some time. He needs to get on the field, so he will definitely play.

Nick Goings was mentioned as one of Michael Smith’s reasons the Panthers are the deepest team in the NFL on ESPN.com:

With the selection of DeAngelo Williams in the first round, they shouldn’t find themselves shorthanded at running back again this year. Brad Hoover, Jamal Robertson and Nick Goings all have performed well subbing for starter DeShaun Foster.