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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.

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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.

Moore Downgraded to Doubtful for Sunday

September 15, 2006

We reported yesterday that Tampa Bay tight end Dave Moore‘s prospects of playing Sunday were looking better and head coach Jon Gruden was optimistic. That has changed, and now Moore has been downgraded to doubtful. Neither of the potential replacements that the Bucs brought in will be used though according to the Ledger Online:

Long snapper and tight end Dave Moore was downgraded to doubtful with a rib injury. For now, the team will go with tight end Doug Jolley as the long snapper.

Injury Update – Moore, Dinkins, Goings

September 14, 2006

Some injury news from around the league, some encouraging news for at least one former Panther…

Let’s start with the good news. It looks like Dave Moore could be playing Sunday in his regular long-snapping role for the Buccaneers, according to Jon Gruden:

“We’re hopeful and optimistic that Dave will play, but he is questionable. Doug Jolley is a guy who we think can snap but we’ll update you as the week unfolds.”

Just in case though, the Bucs have signed two potential replacements to their practice squad, and have a potential replacement in TE Doug Jolley who was already on the roster:

With Dave Moore unavailable to practice on Wednesday due to his rib injury, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made not one but two moves to replace his on-field contributions.

The team brought in two new players for that eight-man unit: long-snapper Andrew Economos and tight end Keith Heinrich.

After Moore was injured in the Bucs’ season opener against Baltimore on Sunday, the Bucs quickly conducted a series of tryouts with long-snappers, including Economos, the former Jacksonville Jaguar. After practice on Wednesday, Head Coach Jon Gruden also reiterated that tight end Doug Jolley as a possible replacement for Moore if the veteran snapper is not ready to play by Sunday. Jolley handled the snapping duties in the opener after Moore sustained his injury.

Now the bad news. Darnell Dinkins is definitely out for Cleveland‘s game this Sunday with a hamstring injury.

Nick Goings is listed as questionable for Carolina but should play.

Injury Upddates – Dinkins, Moore

September 12, 2006

Two Panthers left games early with injuries this weekend, neither look really serious but they both could miss some playing time:

For Tampa Bay, Dave Moore injured his ribs and could miss some time or could be back for this Sunday:

A rib injury to Dave Moore in Sunday’s loss to Baltimore prompted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to bring in four or five long-snappers for workouts Monday, and head coach Jon Gruden said Monday that the decision at that position could be critical.

“If we don’t start playing better on offense, that might be the best acquisition we make because we’re going to punt a lot,” Gruden said, one day after the Bucs were shut out, 27-0, by the Ravens in their season opener.

Gruden didn’t know the extent of long-snapper Dave Moore’s rib injury as of Monday. Tight end Doug Jolley handled the long snaps Sunday after Moore was hurt, but Gruden indicated if Moore can’t play this week, they will sign a new long-snapper.

Moore gets almost all of his playing time handling the long-snapping duties for the Bucs. Doesn’t sound too serious, but we’ll keep our ears open. Another interesting note I found while searching around the net for info on this, this season Dave became the longest-tenured Tampa Bay Buc ever…no one has worn the Tampa uniform for more seasons than Pitt’s Dave Moore.

Darnell Dinkins left the Browns‘ game early with a hamstring injury, and it sounds like he probably will miss some time:

Tight end Darnell Dinkins left the game with a hamstring injury that could cost him some playing time. Paul Irons, a tight end who played for the Browns last season and was in camp this year was spotted in the training complex yesterday. He could be re-signed if doctors say Dinkins will be out a prolonged period.

Seems like there is a huge number of players around the league with hammy problems this season, and we can add Dinkins to that list. Hopefully he doesn’t have to miss to much PT, but you also hope he doesn’t come back too early and has to deal with this injury all season.

Injury Update – Dinkins, Spencer, Moore

September 7, 2006

Looks like only three Panther alumni are going into the first week banged up. I’ll be watching for any updates on these injuries:

Cleveland Brown Darnell Dinkins is questionable with a knee injury of some sort. According to this article though it seems like he will play, since he hasn’t been limited in practice:

Guard Joe Andruzzi (ankle), cornerback Antonio Perkins (groin), tight end Darnell Dinkins (knee), tackle Nat Dorsey (ankle), guard Isaac Sowells (ankle) and linebacker Mason Unck (knee) are questionable.

Unck was the only one among the questionable players limited in practice.

Dave Moore is also questionable with a knee injury for Tampa Bay. Dave is primarily used as Tampa Bay’s long snapper. I have never personally long-snapped, but I can’t imagine having one week knee would be that comfortable when you are bent over with your head between your knees and a very large man about to hit you on top of the head.

Shawntae Spencer is listed as questionable for the 49ers with the hamstring he hurt in training camp, but he has been practicing and will play. This sounds similar to what Hines Ward’s situation is like…they haven’t upgraded his status but it seems his actual health and ability to start and play a lot has obviously improved quite a bit if he is practicing everyday:

The only other name on the injured list is cornerback Shawntae Spencer, who’s questionable with a hamstring pull. However Spencer has participated in the last three practices without incident.

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.

Thursday News – Camp Battles for Moore, Lay, Lee and Jemison

August 31, 2006

Just another quick series of notes found around the web about Panthers that are fighting for jobs in the last preseason games…

This is the first I’ve heard of Dave Moore being in a battle for a job with the Bucs:

The situation is similar at tight end. The Bucs likely will keep three players there, but whether the third is Mark Anelli, Tim Massaquoi or Dave Moore may have to do with their special teams skills.

All preseason it’s been pretty widely accepted that he would make the team because of his long-snapping skills. This note also seems to say that will be the determining factor. As he’s handled almost all of the long-snapping in the preseason, I really can’t see him not making the team.

Josh Lay is fighting for his job with the Saints tonight against Anwar Phillips. Hopefully he doesn’t get raped:

CORNERBACKS: One rookie likely will make the team behind veterans Mike McKenzie, Fred Thomas and Jason Craft. Right now, it looks like Anwar Phillips will win the job over Lay. The Saints will keep an eye on the waiver wire here, too.

Mike Jemison, who all of New York thought was cut on Monday, is now fighting for a practice squad spot with the Giants:

While the nine offensive line spots on the active roster are filled, several rookies including versatile Na’Shan Goddard, guard Matt Lentz and center Todd Londot will be competing for practice squad spots. The same is true for running backs James Sims and Mike Jemison unless Derrick Ward’s ankle injury lands him on injured reserve, opening up a roster spot.

In the on-going battle Andy Lee is in for his punting job, this note from sfgate.com’s 49er notebook:

Andy Lee hit the best punt of the day, a cloud-scraping 50-plus yarder. He’s in contention with Tom Rouen for the punting job