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Sunday, September 2, 2007

More Roster Moves

Dante Wesley returns to play CB for Carolina, signed today. Michael Gaines was added to Injured Reserve today, and backup linemen Will Montgomery and Rashad Butler were released.

Montgomery, unable to beat out Geoff Hangartner and essentially the 4th C, wasn't able to play guard at a high level (much like Hangartner), but as a 7th round pick, wasn't a heavy price to pay. Butler, as a 3rd round pick, was considered a project and understrengthed, but had spent the last year as the backup left tackle. Butler never dressed for a regular season Panthers game. Gaines, a 2004 7th round pick, was retained as a restricted free agent for the cost of $1.3 million.

The 2 QB situation wasn't out there long, with the Panthers claiming QB Matt Moore from Dallas; also added off waivers were TE Marcus Freeman from Baltimore and OT Frank Omiyale.

Moore, 6'4, 193, was at Oregon State last year after transferring from UCLA in 2002; he was picked up undrafted by Dallas, and recently waived. Moore is an efficient, somewhat accurate but average armed QB who has some ability moving in the pocket and on the run, but has some problems reading and can force passes.

Omiyale, a 2005 5th round pick, played a limited role for Atlanta last year and was cut this preseason. A 6'4, 310 lb tackle, Omiyale played at Tennessee Tech, where he was all Conference. A project, Omiyale was under weight coming out with strength issues; supposedly, these issues were handled, but has since been released. Said to have good footwork, a solid wingspan, and some experience now, Omiyale still has to show he can get it done on the field.

Freeman, a 5 year player at Notre Dame, was primarily a blocker and roleplayer for the Irish, where he also played a key role as a special teamer and return blocker. At 6'4, 245, Freeman isn't an intimidating blocker, but can get movement in both run and pass blocking;
Freeman had 3 receptions for 9 yards against the Falcons, 1 for 15 against the Giants, and had 2 for 41 against the Eagles. If Freeman is active, expect to see him blocking on return teams and punt team initially, and contributing as a blocker later.
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