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Antonio Bryant sighting

September 10, 2007

I’ll get to the Sunday NFL Wrap-up later today, but had to put this out there first. Saw this on a blog I’ve never been to before, so I have absolutely no way to back this up:

Antonio Bryant sighting earlier in the week: practicing with Jackie Smith on hands, during private workout for a couple of CFL teams and the Minnesota Vikings, vows to make a team’s practice squad by end of the season.

The reason this is relevant is because we were talking about other rumors we heard late last week that Bryant may be a candidate to sign with the Cowboys this week. No update on that other than Terry Glenn did not play last night and may need one of two types of surgery, both of which would keep him out for a good portion or all of the regular season. When we have actual news to report on this we will…whether AB is in the CFL, NFL, XFL, or wherever by the end of the week.

News Roundup…Poteat, Lee, Spencer

September 4, 2006

Some quick hits from around the web this holiday morning:

Hank Poteat became a Jet and then was released before he ever even practiced with the team:

Cornerback Hank Poteat was also cut, without having practiced with the team. He joined the Jets on Thursday, two days after being waived by New England, and played against the Eagles.

“Hank’s a guy I’ve known for a long time,” said Mangini, who coached Poteat in New England. “I wanted to give Hank an opportunity to come here and show the coaching staff the things he can do.”

So basically Mangini was saying this was a pitty-pick-up and he had basically no shot at actually making the Jets. Was a good opportunity for Hank though, hopefully he showed someone in the league something with his one game for the Jets. He finished with three solo tackles and an assist in that game.

One story probably not mentioned in most “who was cut” articles, including ours, was that Andy Lee did finally beat out veteran Tom Rouen for the punting duties in San Francisco:

Andy Lee beat out 14-year veteran Tom Rouen to be the San Francisco 49ers’ punter

Rouen, who punted for Seattle in the Super Bowl last season, lost the competition with Lee, in his third season with San Francisco.

Lee, who makes about $250,000 less than Rouen would have made, impressed Nolan in the Niners’ exhibition victory over San Diego on Friday night.

“That was an important one for us,” Nolan said. “(Rouen) certainly didn’t come here with the intention to make Andy Lee a better punter, but I think to some extent he did.”

We covered this battle pretty extensively here, and said all along we though Andy would be the punter if not because of his performance this preseason but because of his long-term benefit to the 49ers. He should be their punter for a long time.

Shawntae Spencer says that he will be back for the 49ers home opener:

Shawntae Spencer practiced Sunday for the first time since suffering a pulled left hamstring nearly three weeks ago, and the 49ers cornerback vowed he will play in Sunday’s opener at Arizona.

“Whether I feel good, whether I feel bad, I’m going to play to the best of my ability,” said Spencer, who missed the final three exhibitions after suffering the injury during a training-camp workout. “That’s what I do. That’s why I’m here. It’s the season now.”

Spencer began running last week and took part in individual and team drills with no problems reported.

Spencer is officially listed as questionable for the opener, but it sounds like his hamstring is healing better than others around the league and he should be ready. Shawntae is San Francisco’s #1 corner and is a big part of their defense.

Final Cuts – Petitti, Miree, Lay, Jemison

September 3, 2006

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.

First Cuts: Postell, Jemison and Ramon Walker released

August 29, 2006

The first cuts of the presason will be made official today, and three more Panthers are going to be camp casualties.  This brings the total cut in this round to four. We reported last week that Matt Morgan was released by Buffalo in anticipation of these cuts. We also reported yesterday that Malcom Postell was cut by the Steelers.

Two more are on the block today, these will be made official later in the day.

Mike Jemison will be cut by the Giants, per the Journal News and NJ.com:

The cut to 75 will be made official today, but it is believed running back Mike Jemison was added to the list of 13 others Tom Coughlin made Sunday.

The Giants did not announce their first cuts yesterday, but RB Mike Jemison was not at practice. He is likely the 14th player released in addition to a group of 13 players absent from Sunday’s practice

Ramon Walker was also release by the Texans according to The Houston Chronicle:

Receiver Derick Armstrong and safety Ramon Walker, two backup players with a combined seven years of experience with the Texans, were among the 13 players who were placed on waivers Monday.

Ramon Walker was a fifth-round pick in the Texans’ first draft.

Postell released by Steelers

August 28, 2006

Malcolm Postell was the first Panther casualty in the first round of cuts, as the Steelers released eight players Monday:

The Steelers released eight players today, as they reduced their roster to 75, according to the team’s Web site.

The Steelers released: fullback Doug Easlick, center/long snapper Kyle Andrews, linebacker Malcolm Postell, wide receiver Isaac West, safety Zach Baker, kicker Mark Brubaker, offensive tackle Nick Hagemann and offensive guard Grayling Love.

This wasn’t a surprise at all, given the Steelers depth at linebacker and the limited time Malcolm had gotten in the preseason. Hopefully he can catch on with another team’s practice squad.

Saturday NFL Roundup

August 27, 2006

Five games featuring Panthers from Saturday night, Torrie Cox and Josh Lay with big nights at defensive back. Look for video of a lot of these plays soon. I’m out of town or there would have been video included in this post. 

Cleveland 20
Buffalo 17

Darnell Dinkins was the only Panther on either roster for this game after Buffalo dropped Matt Morgan last week. Dinkins did play in the game but had no balls thrown to him and committed no penalties. He is expected to make the team as the third tight end.

Indianapolis 27
New Orleans 14

Josh Lay had a more eventful game for New Orleans, and it started on the opening kickoff when Josh tackled the returner. In the fourth quarter Lay picked off a Shaun King pass and returned it 24 yards. The Colts had been driving to score again when Josh picked off the pass. This has to help Josh make the team as a special teams player and as a dime defensive back. We will be updating this week as cuts are made.

San Francisco 7
Dallas 17

Antonio Bryant was made into somewhat of the story heading into this game, facing off against Bill Parcels, whom he had thrown a jersey at when he played on the Cowboys, before being traded to the Browns. Bryant was thrown to 5 times for two catches for 24 yards. He also made a tackle on a ball thrown to him that was intercepted.

Andy Lee, as reported here again yesterday, is battling for his punting job. Unlike last week when Andy got the majority of the punts, this week he had two punts for 78 yards while his competition Rouen got three punts and put all three inside the 20. I still think Lee wins his job, but this game did not help at all. Look back here for updates early this week as teams go into cuts.

For Dallas, Rob Petitti did not start as we thoguht he might. He did play in the game, though I’m not sure what the split between right and left tackle was. This has been a hard story to follow, as Rob has gone from a virtual lock for the right tackle spot to third string right tackle, to being the team’s “Swing tackle” and then yesterday it seemed he is back in the battle for the right tackle spot. I think eventually he will be the swing tackle, backing up both right and left.

Lousaka Polite did play at fullback as usual, getting only one carry for four yards. He is Dallas’ only fullback.

Tampa Bay 18
Jacksonville 19

First of all, that is one of the weirdest football scores I have ever seen.

Torrie Cox didn’t start for Tampa Bay, but was in on the second defensive play to make a tackle on Fred Taylor. He is a lock to make this team as a nickel or dime back. Torrie also had a pass defensed on a really nice play downfield later in the game. He finished with three solo tackles, one assist and a pass defensed.

One area Torrie hasn’t got to show off his skills much this preseason has been returning kicks. He made the most of his opportunity though, returning the opening kickoff of the second half for 49 yards. Hopefully he gets more and more chances to return kicks, as Pitt fans know how good he can be in that role.

Dave Moore handled all of the long-snapping duties, and he will make the team in that role.

St Louis 12
Kansas City 16

Kris Wilson was in on some two and three tight end sets and as the main tight end later in the game, but only had one ball thrown his way for an incompletion. Kris will make the Chiefs roster as their third tight end.

Matt Morgan released from Bills

August 22, 2006

Matt Morgan from the Rams PSI guess the Bills just couldn’t wait until Monday to start chucking players off their roster:

The Buffalo Bills didn’t wait until Tuesday Aug. 29 to reduce their roster to the league required 75. The club waived four players a week prior to that cutdown date releasing defensive tackles LaWaylon Brown and Tai Tupai along with offensive tackle Matt Morgan and linebacker Courtney Watson.

This might be a good thing for Morgan though, might give him a jump on being signed to a squad somewhere. Matt was expected to be the second string left tackle for Buffalo this season, so he does have some promise:

Matt Morgan had been the team’s second string left tackle all through the spring and offensive line coach Jim McNally was eager to see the former St. Louis practice squad player in pads this summer. But he struggled in the first preseason game in Carolina and never recovered. Greg Jerman has most recently taken his place with the second offensive line.