NFC South: Marlon Favorite

METAIRIE, La. – As we prepare for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, there are some other things going on around the NFC South. Time for an evening trip through the headlines.
  • The Bucs will charter a plane for players and others who work for the team to attend the funeral of Chicago defensive end Gaines Adams on Friday. Adams was drafted by the Bucs in 2007 and traded to the Bears in October.
  • Defensive tackle Marlon Favorite, who had a stint with the Panthers, has been added to the New Orleans practice squad. It’s a homecoming for the former LSU player.

Saints injury report

January, 20, 2010
METAIRIE, La. – Time to catch up on some of the quick highlights of Sean Payton’s press conference Wednesday.

As you might expect from any coach at this stage, Payton didn’t reveal much more injury information than he had to. Tight end Jeremy Shockey (knee), receiver Robert Meachem (ankle) and cornerback Malcolm Jenkins (hamstring) did not participate in practice. Defensive end Bobby McCray has a back injury, but fully participated in practice.

The Saints added receiver Adrian Arrington from the practice squad earlier in the day, which prompted Payton to be asked about the severity of Meachem’s injury.

“I don’t think it’s real significant,’’ Payton said. “He’ll keep getting treatment.’’

The Saints also signed defensive tackle Marlon Favorite to the practice squad to fill Arrington’s spot.

Panthers: Cutdown analysis

September, 5, 2009

Posted by’s Pat Yasinskas

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

Posted by’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.

Posted by’s Pat Yasinskas

Carolina fans, don’t go buying tickets to the Super Bowl in Miami just yet. But the Panthers did at least make a move toward patching up their most glaring hole Tuesday morning.

They traded an undisclosed (in other words, very late-round) draft pick to the Cleveland Browns for defensive tackle Louis Leonard. In two seasons with Cleveland, Leonard made four starts and 33 tackles. But the most impressive number with Leonard is 325. That’s how many pounds he carries and that’s all that really matters here.

The Panthers have been looking for some beef up front ever since Maake Kemoeatu went out with an injury on the first day of camp. It’s pretty amazing how the loss of Kemoeatu, who is, at best, an ordinary player, created such a problem. But the Panthers had virtually nothing behind him. They’ve been plugging Nick Hayden and Marlon Favorite into the spot next to Damione Lewis, but neither of those guys fit the Kemoeatu mold.

What the Panthers needed was a wide-body defensive tackle. Leonard at least fits that profile. But don’t look at Leonard as a guy who’s going to come in and totally solve the problem. I don’t think the Panthers view him as that type of player and they still could be on the lookout for one more defensive tackle.

Posted by's Pat Yasinskas

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Whenever they were asked about their lack of activity in free agency, the Carolina Panthers proudly pointed to the fact they had 21 of 22 starters returning from a 12-4 team.

Knock that number down to 20 and subtract about 350 pounds from an already-thin defensive interior. The Panthers received worst-case scenario news Monday night when they got official word that defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu suffered a torn right Achilles tendon in the opening session of training camp.

The injury happened early in Monday morning's practice as Kemoeatu was running in a pursuit drill. You could make a case that the injury hits Carolina in its most susceptible spot. Fellow starter Damione Lewis is the only other established defensive tackle on the roster.

Carolina general manager Marty Hurney said Monday night the team hasn't made a decision on whether to put Kemoeatu on the injured-reserve list and out for the year. The team still wants to meet with medical personnel to see if there's a chance Kemoeatu could return late in the season, but that may be a stretch.

Hurney said the team will explore all its options in the aftermath and that likely means looking for a big run stuffer somewhere else. Second-year pro Nick Hayden worked in Kemoeatu's place Monday night and undrafted rookie Marlon Favorite got some work there in the morning session. The team has hope that Hayden can develop into a contributor, but isn't sure he's ready to take on a starting role.

Although the list of available veterans is slim right now, Carolina probably will monitor closely what comes available through the remainder of the preseason.

Posted by's Pat Yasinskas

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- We're still awaiting word on the full extent of the ankle injury suffered by Carolina defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu in Monday morning's practice. But all indications are it's of some significance and Kemoeatu will miss some time.


We don't know if that means it will spill over into the regular season, but it's at least going to have a large impact on training camp. Quite honestly, the Panthers don't have much depth behind Kemoeatu and fellow starter Damione Lewis and they know it.

They'll keep an eye on what's available right now, which isn't much, and what could come available as other teams make roster moves.

Don't write in undrafted rookie Marlon Favorite as the favorite just yet, but he did get most of the first-team work after Kemoeatu went down. But don't sell Favorite short, either. At 6-foot-1 and 317 pounds, he came out of Louisiana State with a reputation as a guy who can stuff the run and he got significant playing time his last two years of college.

Nick Hayden might be the young defensive tackle the Panthers have the most hope for, but they envision him playing Lewis' position because he's more of a speed tackle. Rookie Corvey Irvin is also viewed as a player with potential and he may get some increased reps with Kemoeatu out.

Beason, Kemoeatu banged up early

August, 3, 2009

Posted by's Pat Yasinskas

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- A couple of quick injury reports from Carolina's first practice of camp.

Defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu suffered an ankle injury early in the session and linebacker Jon Beason went out with a hamstring injury about midway through practice. We don't know much about the extent of either injury yet.

The Kemoeatu one could be significant from a depth perspective. The Panthers don't have a proven player behind Kemoeatu and fellow starter Damione Lewis. This could mean more reps for guys like Nick Hayden, Marlon Favorite, Corvey Irvin and Lorenzo Williams.

The depth at linebacker is stronger and Dan Connor slid into the middle after Beason left practice.

I'll be back with more on Carolina's first practice after we finish player interviews.