The Panthers signed vet Quintin Mikell this Monday morning, with Haruki
Nakamura going to IR to give him the roster spot. The vet former Eagle
and Ram knows Carolina's schemes (having also played under Steve
Spagnuolo in 2011, which is very similar to Sean McDermott's own scheme)
and has played under Rivera and McDermott in the past.
Not unlike the Travelle Wharton signing, Mikell seemed like an obvious
signing that needed to happen, but that one side needed to flinch first.
For Wharton, Carolina flinched once Amini Silatolu got hurt; maybe the
catalyst was seeing whether Nakamura (who played most of the Steelers
game) could supplant Mike Mitchell, the preseason SS starter.
Mitchell drew yet another personal foul flag against the Ravens, after
which he was benched and eventually came in with backups. Mitchell is a
good special teams player, so he may supplant Nakamura in that role, but
I'm unaware of Nakamura being injured. Would it not have been easier
to simply cut Mitchell? In some form, I guess, Mitchell does ensure
that a starting level player is available. I'm not sure Nakamura was
going to be good enough depth.
Mikell was a top five rated safety by profootballfocus.com in what is
inevitably an upgrade once Mikell hits the field. It also returns some
experience to a secondary that got very young in the last few days with
the release of CB Drayton Florence.