NFC South: Antwon Burton

Analyzing Tuesday's transactions

September, 22, 2009
9/22/09
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

We had a flurry of transactions in the NFC South on Tuesday, but I don’t think any of them are reasons to go buying tickets to Miami for the Super Bowl.

Every team except the Saints made some minor roster moves. Here’s a quick analysis of what happened:

Buccaneers. They placed safety Jermaine Phillips on the injured-reserve list and released safety Steve Cargile. Hmm, anybody think the Bucs will be adding two safeties in the next 12-16 hours? Might be a good landing spot for any safety on the streets because a starting job is within reach pretty quickly. The starters right now are Will Allen and Sabby Piscitelli and the Giants are coming to town with a group of emerging wide receivers. On the bright side, Tanard Jackson only has two games left on his suspension.

Panthers. Carolina signed defensive tackle Antwon Burton, mainly because he weighs 325 pounds. At the rate the Panthers are going, they’ll probably be signing Shane Burton before too long. I’m just kidding on that one (I think). Shane Burton was a backup on some very good Carolina defensive lines, back when Carolina had very good defensive lines. He’s got to be pushing 40 now, but he’s probably better than any defensive tackle the Panthers have right now. Back to Antwon Burton: He’s appeared in eight games since coming into the league as an undrafted free agent. The Panthers also placed Louis Leonard on the injured-reserve list, where he’ll join Maake Kemoeatu, who was supposed to be the starter heading into camp. Nick Hayden, the Week One starter by default, miss Week Two because of a toe injury. Not sure if he’ll be back this week, but the Panthers now have three healthy defensive tackles in Antwon Burton, Ra’Shon Harris and Damione Lewis. Does that trio scare anybody – besides Carolina fans? In other news, the Panthers waived safety Nate Salley from the injured-reserve list and released defensive tackle George Hypolite from the practice squad. We won’t analyze those moves because …well, basically, because they mean nothing.

Falcons. A day after elevating defensive tackle Vance Walker from the practice squad to take the roster spot of the injured Peria Jerry, the Falcons signed defensive tackle Jeremy Clark to the practice squad. This move might be a little more significant than it looks. Clark has spent some time on the practice squads of the Giants and Eagles, two teams with pretty good defenses. With sudden uncertainty at defensive tackle, Clark could move up to the regular roster if he shows some promise.

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