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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.

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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.

Brandon Miree signed by Packers

September 5, 2006

The Green Bay Packers signed Brandon Miree to their practice squad. This article calls him a fullback:

The Packers also signed fullback Brandon Miree, who was released by the Denver Broncos. The 5-11, 237-pounder was a seventh-round draft pick in 2004 but missed all of his rookie year because of a broken thumb. He spent all of last season on Denver’s practice squad.

Miree is more of a running back that has moved to fullback, but I guess this is now his position full time. Given the Packers health at running back the last few years, this might have been a good place for Brandon to land and see some playing time eventually. The Packers love big backs, hopefully Brandon gets a real shot here.

Miree was released from Denver over the weekend

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.

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.

Saturday NFL Roundup

August 20, 2006

Nick Goings

Saturday was a busy night for Panthers around the league…some trying to stay on the team for another round of cuts, some just trying to get in a little work and not get injured and some in between. Highlights of the night were Charles Spencer starting his first game for the Texans and Nick Goings scoring a touchdown.

I haven’t been able to see the game film of any of these games, so these updates are all from wire reports and articles around the net. I should be able to see some games as they replay on the NFL network this week though.

Miami 13
Tampa Bay 10

Dave Moore did not play as a tight end, but got in five long snaps on punts and field goals. This is how he will make this team, not because of his tight end skills.
Torrie Cox had three total tackles, all in the first half. Seemed to play a good bit in the first half and not at all in the second. Cox did pick up a defensive holding penalty on the Dolphin’s last drive of the first half. The penalty was on a third and two to keep Miami’s drive alive that eventually ended in a field goal before the half.

Carolina 17
Jacksonville 10

Nick Goings did not start but picked up three first half carries for 22 yards and a two yard touchdown. He started the night off with a 19 yard run up the middle. On the kickoff following his score, Goings made the tackle but was also offsides. Maybe a little too excited over a preseason touchdown.

Minnesota 17
Pittsburgh 10

Malcolm Postell did get into the game but made no tackles or any plays of note.

Houston 27
St. Louis 20

As reported here on Panthers in the Pros earlier this week, Charles Spencer started at left tackle for the Houston Texans Saturday night. I haven’t seen the film yet, I will tomorrow I believe, but the only thing of note so far is that Charles picked up a false start penalty on a third and five in the first quarter and Houston did not convert on the following third and ten. Probably some first start jitters for big Charles.
Ramon Walker was not active for the game. I’m not sure if he was hurt or not, I will look into this though. All I can find out so far is that he was not practicing this week, so I am assuming he has some sort of injury. The notes section I picked that up out of though said that Kubiak was not concerned about his injury or him not practicing.

Arizona 3
New England 30

Larry Fitzgerald played the first quarter with the starters and had one reception for 26 yards. Fitz also picked up a tackle on a deep pass intended for him that was intercepted. He also had a 16 yard catch called back on a holding penalty
Gerald Hayes matched Larry’s tackle output with one tackle, and also got a personal foul facemask on a touchdown run by Corey Dillon. Hayes did not start at MLB.

Tennessee 10
Denver 35

Brandon Miree did play in the game but got no carries and no penalties. If I see the film from this game later in the week I’ll update if there is anything of note. Not sure yet if Miree was playing FB as he is listed on the depth chart or HB.

Another note
I should be able to start uploading videos in the next week or so, so look for videos of all of these panthers here soon.

Friday NFL Roundup

August 19, 2006

Not much action last night in the way of Panther alumni with only two seeing playing time.

In Cleveland’s win over Detroit Darnell Dinkins did play but did not have a pass thrown his way while he was in the game.

Rueben Brown started against the Chargers, but had an uneventful night. That’s usually a good thing for an offensive lineman. I couldn’t watch the game so I can’t really say how he played other than he didn’t get flagged for any penalties.

Saturday’s games will bring us a lot more to watch with six games featuring Panthers. Here’s a preview of tonight’s action, since Friday was so uneventful:

Miami @ Tampa Bay
Torrie Cox plays to keep his spot in the nickel and dime defenses. He is currently second on the depth chart at left cornerback.
Dave Moore, 15 year vet, is probably secure as the Bucs’ third tight end because he also has been holding down the long snapping duties.

Carolina @ Jacksonville
Nick Goings is currently listed second at fullback on the depth chart. That’s not a good thing, as most teams keep only one FB, and Nick really is a HB not a FB. Hopefully he can play his way out of this tonight.

Houston @ St Louis
Charles Spencer is trying to take over the starting role from four-year vet Seth Wand.
Ramon Walker has a hole to dig himself out of. He is currently listed as fourth on the depth chart at strong safety, and is basically trying to avoid being in the first round of cuts.

Arizona @ New England
The Pitt players in this game are more than safe, and both should be starting when the season begins.
Larry Fitzgerald is a Pro Bowler, and Gerald Hayes will almost certainly be starting at MLB for the Cardinals this year.

Tennessee @ Denver
Another Panther looking to avoid a cut, Brandon Miree is currently third on the depth chart at FB. Another HB at a FB spot is not a good sign, and Brandon is trying to avoid the series of cuts.

Minnesota @ Pittsburgh
Unless you have NFL network or live outside of the Pittsburgh area, Malcolm Postell might be your only chance to see a former Panther in action tonight. Malcolm is probably buried on the depth chart at left outside linebacker for the Steelers, who do not release an official depth chart until the season begins. Most people believe Malcolm is playing to avoid being cut. When your team doesn’t even bother taking a picture for your bio on their official website, that could be a bad sign.

Check back Sunday morning for the Saturday NFL Roundup.

Friday NFL Roundup

August 12, 2006

In the Broncos – Lions game Brandon Miree, trying to make Denver’s active roster, got in the game but did not have a rushing attempt.

Torrie Cox had four tackles in Tampa Bay’s 16-3 win over the Jets. Dave Moore did get in the game for the Bucs, but had no receptions. Curtis Martin sat out the game as he is still rehabbing his knee following surgery.

The University of Pittsburgh San Francisco Campus (the 49ers have 4 Pitt starters currently) game against the Chicago Bears wraps up the Friday slate of NFL games involving former Panthers. For the 49ers: Kevan Barlow had only one carry for 2 yards and left the game with a bruised thigh, Antonio Bryant made his San Fran debut with 5 catches for 54 yards, Andy Lee had 2 punts including one pinned inside the 20 and Shawntae Spencer had 2 tackles and 2 passes defensed. Rueben Brown started as expected for the Bears at his normal LG spot.

Antonio Bryant after one of his 5 catches