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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

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Sunday NFL Preview

October 1, 2006

Here are a few things to watch today if you have NFL Sunday ticket and are surfing around for Panther alumns:

Arizona @ Atlanta 1:00 pm
Gerald Hayes leads the Arizona Cardinals with 18 tackles. Today his defense faces the top rusher in the NFC in Warrick Dunn. The Hayes-led D in Arizona hasn’t given up a 100 yard rusher yet this season, and this will be their biggest test so far. On the other side of the ball for the Cards, Larry Fitzgerald is going up against Dante Hall who is playing with a bruised calf that could slow him down. Could mean a big day for Larry in the dome in the ATL.

New Orleans @ Carolina 1:00 pm
Nick Goings looks to be back and active today as his thigh bruise has healed. DeAngelo Williams will most likely continue to get most of the second RB carries that Goings might have gotten last year, but Nick will probably see some time at FB.

Indianapolis @ New York Jets 1:00 pm
Kevan Barlow may have lost his starting job in New York this week, although some have started to specualte his calf injury he sustained before the end of the game las Sunday may be more serious than first let on. We’ll be watching closely to see if Kevan does get the start and how the carries are split up amongst the Jets’ three headed running back monster.

San Francisco @ Kansas City 1:00 pm
Shawntae Spencer could have a big day if the Chiefs are forced to throw the ball. KC starter Trent Green is still out and Damon Huard will be under center for the Chiefs. Antonio Bryant will try to snap the Chiefs perfect record so far this season of not allowing any passing touchdowns, although with the rookie Vernon Davis out with a broken leg, there will be more attention on Bryant from KC.

Cleveland @ Oakland 4:15 pm
Darnell Dinkins is still listed as questionable going into the game against the Raiders.
Green Bay @ Philadelphia 8:30 pm Monday
Brandon Miree was signed to the Packers’ 53-man roster earlier this week and the AP is reporting that he will be the starting fullback on Monday night in Philly. Quite a move up for Miree who was cut by Denver in the preseason.

News Roundup…Barlow, Moore, Miree and Goings

September 27, 2006

Lots of little news around the web dealing with Panther Alumns today, but not much that really needs its own full post. So here’s a quick roundup of what’s happening:

Kevan Barlow may be losing his short-lived grip on the starting running back position in New York:

HOT SEAT: RB Kevan Barlow. He’s losing ground quickly to rookie Leon Washington.

It’s just a quick blurb at the end of a story, but I think Washington’s catch and run ability is what’s causing the problems for Kevan. What got Kevan the lock on teh starter’s job originally was his experience but mostly his ability to pass block as well as pound the ball. If Washington improves his pass blocking, I think it’s probably only a matter of time.

Dave Moore is using the bye week in Tampa to heal his injured ribs, and Coach Gruden seems optimistic he will be back when the Buccaneers face the Saints in two weeks:

“Dave Moore has a chance to return for the New Orleans game”

Brandon Miree has been signed from the Packers practice squad and is now their second string fullback. His familiarity with the Packers style of blocking seems to have gotten him to Green Bay in the first place and now onto the active roster:

Brandon Miree was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster on Tuesday, giving the Packers a true backup to starting fullback William Henderson for the first time since Vonta Leach was cut on Sept. 12. The Packers had been using their tight ends as backup fullbacks the last two weeks.

The 6-foot, 236-pound Miree was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 4. He was a seventh-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2004, and spent his rookie season on injured reserve due to a broken thumb. Last season, he was on the Broncos’ practice squad, and was released at the end of training camp this summer.

In Miree, the Packers have another player experienced in the zone-blocking scheme being employed by first-year coach Mike McCarthy. The Broncos were one of the first teams to use zone blocking.

Nick Goings looks like he will be back for the Panthers this Sunday as they face New Orleans in a virtual must-win game:

Running back Nick Goings (thigh), cornerback Ken Lucas (neck) and wide receiver Steve Smith (hamstring) all practiced and are listed as probable.

Nick has been sidlined with his thigh injury since week 2.

Barlow gets his first start as a Jet

September 25, 2006

Kevan Barlow

As reported briefly last night in the Sunday NFL Roundup, Kevan Barlow got his first start for the Jets. This article from New York Daily News refers to it as a “shake-up”…so not sure what that means for it becoming a permanent switch. Most indiciations I got before reading that article was that this was at least a semi-permanent move:

Derrick Blaylock was benched, Kevan Barlow was elevated, rookie Leon Washington was unveiled and Cedric Houston was pulled out of mothballs.

Eric Mangini tried to shake things up, starting Barlow and deactivating Blaylock, who had started the first two games. Houston, who didn’t dress the first two weeks, was in uniform, but he didn’t get a chance until late in the fourth quarter. When Barlow limped off with an apparent leg injury, Mangini went to Houston, who scored on a 5-yard run.

The Jets’ only offensive play after the Houston touchdown was a Pennington kneel down, so Barlow didn’t have a chance to return after limping off. Doesn’t seem serious though from comments after the game. A bigger problem for Barlow’s starting future than the limping off was the limping performance during the game:

In the end, the result looked eerily familiar to the first two games: The Jets struggled on the ground, managing only 74 yards on 24 attempts – a 3.1 average. In three games, their total is 216 yards.

Barlow himself got 31 yards on 12 carries. That’s hardly a full day of work for most NFL backs, but when you’re trying to break out of a running back by committee situation you need to make the most of the carries you get. The Jets O-Line definitely isn’t helping out any though, as it doesn’t seem to matter which guy is behind them, there is little room for any running back.

What helps Barlow out the most is his pass-blocking abilities, which are pretty far ahead of the other younger backs.

Sunday NFL Roundup

September 24, 2006

The Sunday night game doesn’t involve any former Panthers, so that gives me a chance to wrap up Sunday before the evening is over. Let’s get to the other six games that involved Pitt alumni this afternoon:

Carolina 26
Tampa Bay 24

Torrie Cox had a quiet day compared to last week, with just one pass defensed and no tackles. He also got an illegal block on a punt return in the second quarter. He was the only Panther active, more on the inactives at the end of this article.

New York Jets 28
Buffalo 20

Kevan Barlow got his first start as a New York Jet Sunday but didn’t have the big day you would expect against the Bills’ defense. Kevan did get in the end zone though, finishing with 12 carries for 31 yards and a touchdown. No receptions for Barlow but he did lead the team in carries. He is sharing the load with two others in a running back by committee in New York.

Chicago 19
Minnesota 16

Rueben Brown was in his usual spot at left guard. A quiet day, a good thing for an offensive lineman…one holding call that was declined. The Bears only managed three yards per carry out of Thomas Jones and Rex Grossman was sacked once. Not bad on the sacks but Chicago definitely wants to get more than three yards per carry.

Philadelphia 37
San Francisco 24

Antonio Bryant had his quietest day as a 49er, with only four catches for 36 yards. More later on whether he punched out QB Alex Smith after the game.
Shawntae Spencer actually led the 49ers in tackles Sunday with 7…apparently not much tackling going on when you’re busy giving up 37 points. Spencer also fell on a fumble in the second quarter that led to San Fran’s first points, a field goal that made it 14-3 Philly.
Andy Lee had almost 300 yards in punts Sunday, finishing with seven punts for 298 yards with two ending inside the 20. Doesn’t sound like he had many chances to pin the Eagles back as the niners weren’t really moving the ball out of their own end much.

St Louis 16
Arizona 14

Larry Fitzgerald was another former Panther Biletnikoff winner with a relatively quiet day. Larry put up six catches for 65 yards but did get into the end zone. Seems with him and Boldin one of them always gets a lot of yards but doesn’t get the TD and the other one has a lot less yards and a TD. That was the case again as Boldin finished with 10 catches for 129 yards, but didn’t get in the paint.
Gerald Hayes led his Cardinals in tackles on the day with 10 and recovered a fumble that could have been the biggest play of the game had the Cards been able to drive for the win. Late in the 4th quarter with Arizona trailing 16-14, Hayes fell on a fumble on the Cardinals’ own 23 yard line. The Rams were on their way to scoring and putting hte game out of reach before that play. The O couldn’t muster a drive though, and actually failed to convert a 4th down after a sack from the same 23 yard line.

Inactives
Other than Panthers with byes (Lousaka Polite and Kris Wilson), three sat out with various injuries Sunday:
Dave Moore missed his second straight week with a rib injury for Tampa Bay. This was expected, he was listed as out on the weekly injury report.
Nick Goings sat out for his second week with a thigh injury for Carolina. He was listed as questionable coming in.
Darnell Dinkins also missed his second week in a row with a pulled hamstring for the Browns. He was listed as doubtful for the week.

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.

Barlow Hits Milestone

September 14, 2006

Something I forgot to mention in the Sunday NFL Roundup. We did an article here before the season began on Panthers in hte Pros that are approaching milestones this season.

It didn’t take long for the first one to be reached, as Kevan Barlow needed only one score to get his 25th career rushing touchdown. He got that Sunday for the Jets in the second quarter to put New York up 7-0. Kevan also has three career receiving touchdowns.

As reported here yesterday, Barlow could start on Sunday for the Jets and should get the majority of carries. As he learns the offense each week he could eventually become the sole feature back in the Big Apple.

Barlow Learning Fast, Could Be The Starter Sunday

September 12, 2006

Kevan Barlow

Kevan Barlow has only been a Jet a few weeks, but he’s doing his best to learn the offense as fast as possible. A couple articles around the web today touch on the fact that the Jets rushing offense might depend entirely on Barlow being a quick study. Some writers don’t seem to have much confidence:

How do you replace a future Hall of Fame running back?

Certainly not the way the Jets are doing it.

In Martin’s place, none of his replacements has proved worthy as a bona fide No. 1 back, so the team plans to go with a running back-by-committee approach. If you believe new coach Eric Mangini, the Jets could run out Derrick Blaylock, Kevan Barlow, Cedric Houston and Leon Washington on any down and in any situation.

So we’re talking about a career backup, a deposed starter, a fill-in starter and a rookie. Jets fans are already turning green at the prospect.

That doesn’t sound too good. However, he seems to give the most respect of the four (which isn’t saying much) to Barlow:

Barlow is a proven commodity, even if his stock has dropped. He was a 1,000-yard gainer with the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His per-carry yardage dropped from 5.1 to 3.4 in 2004 and dipped even further last season to 3.3 as he found his way into coach Mike Nolan’s doghouse. Upon his exit, Barlow compared Nolan to Adolf Hitler; the Niners said it was addition by subtraction.

The New York Times has a feature praising Barlow’s study and work habits. He plans on putting in 11 and 12 hour days this week, being grilled by coaches on the offense:

While the N.F.L. is sleeping Tuesday, Barlow will head to the Jets’ facility before 7 a.m. He planned to stay there until at least 6 p.m. and do whatever it takes to get in sync with his new teammates. “I’ll be here all day, so hopefully, I’ll be able to answer the questions that Coach Mangini throws at me,” Barlow said.

Eric Mangini’s penchant for quizzing his players during meetings made Barlow feel like a high school senior thrown into an upper-division college class. “You know, basically I came in here two weeks before the season started and these guys have been here since March learning this whole offense,” Barlow said. “So I’ve got to try to absorb as much as I can to get out there and compete so I can help the team.”

Mangini has liked other things Barlow has done since joining the Jets. “The most encouraging thing to me about Kevan is how he’s making progress each week, how aggressively he’s approaching the learning and getting to know his teammates and coaches,” Mangini said. “I felt like going into the game we did have quite a bit of exposure to the things that he could do, strengths and things like that. Now with another week under his belt, I think he’ll continue to improve.”

This all stems from Barlow having to be told before plays where to go and what to do…sounds like Chad Pennington was one step from drawing up the plays for him in the dirt:

The no-huddle offense the Jets used was almost as challenging to Barlow as it was to the Titans’ defense. He ended up relying on quarterback Chad Pennington to point him in the right direction on a few plays.

“When I get kind of puzzled a little bit, Chad does a really good job of getting me lined up,” Barlow said. “I just want to get to a point where I know the calls and don’t have to think about it.”

Coach Eric Mangini seems to think Barlow is the top back, and if he can learn fast he should be the starter. NJ.com thinks that could be as soon as this Sunday:

RB Kevan Barlow (11 carries, 35 yards, TD vs. Titans) has impressed Mangini and could get the starting nod (or at least more carries) against the Patriots. Barlow, criticized for not running hard in San Francisco, hit the hole with authority against Tennessee.

Sunday NFL Roundup

September 11, 2006

Sorry for no posting over the weekend, but even bloggers have somewhat of a life…not much was happening until the season got into full swing yesterday anyways. Here’s a quick rundown of how former Panthers did in their games yesterday around the league, probably a more detailed follow-up on some of these later today.

Philadelphia 24
Houston 10

Charles Spencer started his first NFL regular-season game at left tackle. He did have a false start in the second quarter, but other than that no penalties. Houston only had 70 yards rushing and David Carr was sacked five times, not exactly good stats for an O-lineman to see. I’ll be looking around for some more information on how Spencer played later today.

New Orleans 19
Cleveland 14

Darnell Dinkins played special teams for Cleveland, but did not make a tackle.

Rob Petitti didn’t dress for the Saints.

Atlanta 20
Carolina 6

Nick Goings played special teams for the Panthers and recorded his only tackle covering a punt in the second quarter.

Baltimore 27
Tampa Bay 0

Torrie Cox also played on special teams for the Buccaneers. He finished with one tackle covering a punt in the first quarter. On a day Baltimore kicked off basically the entire game, Cox only had one kickoff come his way, but returned it for 26 yards. Maybe Baltimore was afraid and kicking away from Torrie.

New York Jets 23
Tennessee 16

Kevan Barlow made his Jets debut and scored on a one yard run in the second quarter. He was second on the team in carries with 11, but was only one yard behind Derrick Blaylock, who had 19 carries. Barlow ended up with 35 yards on his 11 carries for a 3.2 ypc average. Not too bad for a Jets team that didn’t seem like it could run the ball with anyone most of the day.

Cincinnati 23
Kansas City 10

Kris Wilson played sparingly for the Chiefs, and didn’t get any special teams tackles or receptions on offense. Maybe all that talk about three tight end sets in the preseason was just talk.

San Francisco 27
Arizona 34

Larry Fitzgerald is the headliner as far as Pitt alumni go in the league right now, and he didn’t disappoint on Sunday. He finished with 9 catches for 133 yards, but couldnt’ get into the end zone. Kurt Warner threw to Larry a total of 14 times and Larry dropped a few catchable balls, so he easily could have had 11 or 12 catches and gone over 200 yards if he had grabbed a few of those.
Gerald Hayes is the other starting Panther for the Cardinals, starting at middle linebacker. Hayes led the defense from the start and ended up with five tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery that he returned to the 49ers 5 yard line. Big game for Gerald’s starting debut.

For San Francisco, Shawntae Spencer was back from his injured hamstring to start at corner. He finished with 6 total tackles and a pass defensed. Can’t say it was a great day for him though as Kurt Warner pretty much threw the ball all over the field at will all day. I’m sure Shawntae’s receiver, whether it was Boldin or Fitzgerald, got their share of catches.
Antonio Bryant almost matchd Larry’s yardage total, with 4 catches for 114 yards including a 46 yarder. He also couldn’t get in the end zone though. He was thrown to five other times for incompletions, picked up a holding call on a running play, and was slapped with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taunting.
The final Panther in the game was punter Andy Lee. Usually punting for San Francisco is a pretty busy job, and Andy made the most of his opportunities on Saturday. He put three of his four punts inside the 20, including one downed at the 5 in teh second half. Andy also holds on all field goals and extra points for the 49ers.

Question and Answer: Kevan Barlow

September 6, 2006

Kevan BarlowThe New York Jets’ Scout.com site has a question and answer segment with new Jet Kevan Barlow. You’ll need a premium account to view the entire article. Barlow seems to be getting more attention from the mainstream New York media over the past few days, and that probably helped him get some features in the non-traditional media as well. Here are some of the Q and A’s:

Q)You guys seem to have different packages for different running backs . . .

Barlow: If there’s a package set up for me or Derrick (Blaylock) or Cedric (Houston), whatever helps the team, you want to take advantage of what the player’s abilities whatever they are. Whoever the running back is doesn’t matter as long as by the end of the day he helps us win games. It does not matter to me.Q)Who tough is it for players to learn a system when they are brought in right before the season, which is the case for a number of Jets?

Q)Who tough is it for players to learn a system when they are brought in right before the season, which is the case for a number of Jets?

Barlow: Things have been cut down tremendously as far as the offensive game plan, so it should be much better mentally and they’ll be able to go out there and have it be much easier for them.

Q)Who did you think the starter would be when you arrived?

Barlow: You can’t really say that. You’re not going to throw a guy out there that doesn’t know the offense, he’s libel to get one of the quarterbacks hurt. We don’t need that, especially with the situation that we had last year. Whatever my role is I’m happy with it.

Q)Will it hurt you not getting a lot of work in the preseason?

Barlow: I’m going to have to get my work in practice, that’s where I’m going to have to try and get most of my work. Try to watch film and get a feel for the offensive lineman. That’s what I’ve been doing, just practicing and getting a feel for these guys, and I’m going to continue to do that. As far as work that’s going to come throughout the season. You just have to learn on the move and just keep running and running, run on the ground.

Barlow is definitely not giving any provocative answers after his PR run ins over the last few weeks. He gives all the right answers here, saying it doesn’t matter to him who plays as long as the team wins, etc…

One interesting thing though was how simple the Jets offense sounds it will be at least for the first few weeks because of all of the new players involved. You had to figure it would be that way, just kind of surprising he came right out and said it maybe.

I’m looking for Kevan to get around 8-10 touches Sunday depending on the flow of the game. With the Jets being so bad, there may not be many second half carries to go around in a lot of games, so hopefully Kevan has a fast start and can take the majority of the carries in upcoming weeks.