NFC South: Jeremy Leman


Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas


There had been some speculation that the Philadelphia Eagles signed linebacker Jeremy Leman to their practice squad specifically for Week 1. In other words, Leman spent camp and four preseason games with Carolina and the theory was the Eagles brought him in to get a look at Carolina’s playbook.

Things like that really do happen in the NFL, probably even more than you realize. But Philadelphia coach Andy Reid strongly denied that was his intention in signing Leman.

“We’re a little short of middle linebackers,’’ Reid said in a conference call with the Charlotte media. “That is the reason we brought him here. We mentioned to our media that Joe Mays isn’t going to play, he’s a middle linebacker so I brought another middle linebacker. So, bringing him here was important so we can go through practice and/or a game. So, he wasn’t brought here because he was a Carolina Panther, we brought him here because we thought he would fit in here.’’

And while Leman is fitting in, anybody think he might be answering a few questions about the Panthers?

Panthers: Cutdown analysis

September, 5, 2009
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Biggest surprise: Jeremy Leman was an instant hit with fans in the preseason. He moved quickly around the field, made some nice hits and made himself even more noticeable with celebrations after he made plays. But celebrations don’t earn you a roster spot and there were reasons why Leman wasn’t drafted and why he was cut Saturday. Leman looked good competing against third-stringers, but he wasn’t nearly at the level of starter Jon Beason and backup Dan Connor. Leman may end up on the practice squad and could develop into something over time.

No-brainer: Did you really think defensive tackle Marlon Favorite was going to make the team as an undrafted free agent? Sure, he was one of the first guys the Panthers plugged in when Maake Kemoeatu went down with an injury on the first day of camp. But that’s only because Favorite was there. Even with rookie Corvey Irvin going on the injured-reserve list, the Panthers knew Favorite wasn’t ready to solve their problems at defensive tackle. They might not be done there yet because all they have is Damione Lewis, who really isn’t an every-down player, Nick Hayden and Louis Leonard, who they traded for last week. But the Panthers got a long look at Favorite in the preseason and decided they probably can find someone better somewhere else.

What’s left: The Panthers shed some very good offensive line depth in the offseason when they let Geoff Hangartner, Jeremy Bridges and Frank Omiyale go. They have high hopes for Geoff Schwartz and Mackenzy Bernadeau, but they’re young and inexperienced. The Panthers didn’t bring in any veterans because they had limited cap space. They still don’t have a lot, but they could look to add a veteran who was cut by someone else at a minimal price.

Panthers announce moves

September, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas


I’ll be back in a bit with team-by-team analysis of cut-down day. The Panthers were the final team to announce their moves.

They placed rookie defensive tackle Corvey Irvin on the injured-reserve list and terminated the contracts of offensive lineman Justin Geisinger and Kevin Kaesviharn.

Carolina also waived receiver Larry Beavers, running back DeCori Birmingham, defensive lineman Casper Brinkley, offensive lineman Patrick Brown, quarterback Hunter Cantwell, receiver Jason Cherry, safety Paul Chiara, defensive back DJ Clark, tight end Andrew Davie, defensive tackle Marlon Favorite, defensive back Joe Fields, offensive lineman, Keith Gray, linebacker Anthony Heygood, defensive tackle George Hypolite, linebacker Mortty Irvin, running back Jamall Lee, linebacker Jeremy Leman, receiver Kevin McMahan, receiver Marcus Monk, offensive lineman Jonathan Palmer and linebacker Kelvin Smith.

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