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NFL Week 2 Wrap-Up

September 20, 2007

OK this is extremely late, but it’s just been a really hectic week.

Indianapolis Colts 22
Tennessee Titans 20

Clint Session saw action on special teams, in what I believe was his first time on the field for a regular season game. He got his name in the gamebook about as quickly as possible, assisting on a tackle on the opening kickoff. Unfortunately that’s the last we heard from him. At least his team is 2-0.

Houston Texans 34
Carolina Panthers 21

Nick Goings got his action returning kicks Sunday. He had 5 returns for 101 yards, for a nice 20 yard average and a long of 29. Pretty good day. Oh wait, there was that fumble. Some Carolina fans (by some I mean most fans on Carolina message boards) are blaming Nick for a large part of the loss. I think that’s overreaction, but here’s what happened. After their first possession of the second half Houston went up 24-14. Goings takes the kick and the Panthers are looking to answer and stay in the game. Instead he fumbles and it’s ran in for a touchdown by Houston…31-14…ballgame. Houston seemed to be moving the ball well on Carolina anyways, and there’s no way to say Carolina could have gotten back to within three on that drive…but Nick looks like the goat in Carolina.

San Francisco 49ers 17
St Louis Rams 14

Shawntae Spencer had another pretty decent game as the nickel back for the 49ers, with 4 tackles and a pass defensed.

Of course as punter for the 49ers, everyday is a busy day. Andy Lee had 8 punts and put 4 of them inside the 20 with only one touchback. He averaged over 41 yards per punt, and he was obviously placing a good number of those punts so he wasn’t just booming away.

Cincinnatti Bengals 45
Cleveland Browns 51

First of all, this game was awesome…love seeing the Bengals lose to the Browns. Darnell Dinkins played on special teams and finished with two tackles, one solo. He also returned a kick as an up man for 11 yards.

Seattle Seahawks 20
Arizona Cardinals 23

Larry Fitzgerald had a pretty active day catching the football but still didn’t get in the end zone. He finished with 7 catches for 87 yards, giving him over 21 yards per catch.

Gerald Hayes had a decent day as well with 7 tackles, 6 of them being solos. He didn’t get creditfor a forced fumble in the official stats, but anyone watching knows Hayes made one of the biggest plays of the game. With the game tied and less than two minutes to play Hayes disrupted a handoff in the backfield that led to a fumble and the Cardinals getting the ball at the Seahawk 36. That set up Neil Rackers for the game winning field goal. The one knock on Hayes is that he isn’t in the backfield much and doesn’t get sacks. Hopefully we see a lot more plays out of Hayes like that this season.

Kansas City Chiefs 10
Chicago Bears 20

Ruben Brown had a typical day for a lineman – only in the stats when things go bad. He picked up a holding penalty in the fourth and had a tackl when Chicago was intercepted earlier in the game.

Kris Wilson got his second NFL start at fullback  for the Chiefs, and it went better than his first game. He ended up with 4 catches for 34 yards. And no fumbles. Was still a weird day for Kris though, as after the first half of play he had 2 catches for 35 yards, including a catch and run for 31 yards. In the second half he had 2 catches for -1 yards.

New York Jets 13
Baltimore Ravens 20

Darrelle Revis got his second NFL start in as many games for the Jets. He finished nicely with 6 tackles, 5 solo and 2 passes defensed.

Hank Poteat also saw playing time for the Jets, but had no tackles.


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


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

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.

Poteat A Patriot Again

September 27, 2006

Hank Poteat

The Boston Herald is reporting the New England Patriots have re-signed corner Hank Poteat, who they released before the end of the preseason. Poteat spent a few days with the Jets and has been waiting for another chance with a team since:

For the third season in a row, the New England Patriots are calling in cornerback Hank Poteat to help shore up an ailing secondary.

The Patriots re-signed Poteat on Wednesday and placed cornerback Randall Gay on the injured reserve list with a a hamstring injury.

They also give a nice little rundown of Poteat’s career, which has been a right-place right-time thing. He’s certainly not as big a name as Dorsett or Marino as Pitt alumni go, but Hank has a Super Bowl Ring:

Poteat, 28, first joined the Patriots in January 2005 and, despite having not played at all that season, appeared in three playoff games, including the Super Bowl victory over Philadelphia.
The 5-foot-10-inch, 192-pound cornerback is in his sixth NFL season and has played in 52 career regular-season games and seven playoff games, including with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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.

Friday NFL Roundup

September 2, 2006

Two games on the final night of preseason NFL football (Thank goodness it’s over)…

San Diego 14
San Francisco 23

Antonio Bryant started and had two balls thrown his way almost immediately, both incompletions, and then was done for the night. Pretty par for the course for starters in most of these final games.
Andy Lee had a good showing on an important night for him. He got three of the four punting attempts and put one of them inside the 20…Tom Rouen, Lee’s competition in camp, only got one punt attempt but did put it inside the 20. Hopefully just the fact that Andy got three out of the four attempts says that he is going to make this team again.

Philadelphia 17
New York Jets 20

Kevan Barlow, and pretty much anyone else who has a chance at starting for the Jets, didn’t play in this game. I guess that’s a good sign that he still has a shot at the starting job in week 1.
New Jet Hank Poteat did play and finished with three solo tackles and one assist.

We’re finally done with this preseason, make sure you’re back here for the start of the regular season for news, statistical updates and video of your former Panthers throughout the whole season.

Hank Poteat released by New England, picked up by New York

September 1, 2006

Hank Poteat, as good punt returners do, slipped by me this preseason so far. Noticed him on the wire today though…He was released by the Patriots on Wednesday:

Another mild surprise release was cornerback Hank Poteat. Poteat first joined New England in the 2004 postseason, was waived and then resigned midseason in 2005 — around the time of Tedy Bruschi’s return. His versatility as a defender and a kick returner were key factors in the team’s decision to resign him this past offseason.

Hank Poteat seemed to think he’d be picked up by another team:

The big one was Hank Poteat, who has been with the team parts of the last two years. If he is not picked up by another team, I am sure if a DB is needed late in the season, he will be first to get a call.

And today it seems he has been, as reported by the Jets’ site:

While the team hasn’t announced this yet, they have signed former New England cornerback Hank Poteat, who was waived by the Patriots earlier this week

Good for Hank, and an apology to all of his fans out there for us missing him so far this preseason. We’ll be updating his progress with the Jets for the rest of the season.