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April 30, 2007

Free agent pickups trickle out for Panthers

   Nothing's official yet because the Panthers won't confirm their undrafted free agents until they actually have the signed contracts in hand. But word is trickling out about guys they've agreed to terms with.
   In addition to Coastal Carolina safety Quinton Teal, already reported in today's paper, others who have agreed to terms (according to agents and hometown newspaper reports) include:
   South Florida offensive lineman Thed Watson, Florida fullback Billy Latsko, Buffalo tight end Chad Upshaw, Clemson offensive lineman Nathan Bennett and Michigan defensive lineman Rondell Biggs.

Posted by Observer Sports on April 30, 2007 at 01:57 PM | Permalink


I like the Nathan Bennett signing. Nasty dude with more muscle than technique.

Posted by: Jerry | Apr 30, 2007 2:35:34 PM

I like the Nathan Bennett signing. Nasty dude with more muscle than technique.

Posted by: Jerry | Apr 30, 2007 2:40:04 PM

What about safety from LSU Jesse Daniels? He is a really good football player, but has been overshadowed by the rest of their dominate defense; in particular, LaRon Landry. A pick I was really hoping for was Leron McClain (FB). Hoover is getting old and McClain will be the next Lorenzo O'Neil. A great pickup for Baltimore, who just lost their fullback to Atlanta.

Posted by: matt mitchell | Apr 30, 2007 2:43:51 PM

YAWN. . .

Posted by: PSL Owner | Apr 30, 2007 4:04:01 PM

Another two: Dalton Bell, QB, W. Texas A&M
Reuben Riley, O-line, Michigan

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 30, 2007 4:48:16 PM

Quinton Teal and Jesse Daniels are pretty good as far as undrafted people are concerned....I'm pretty sure one will stick.....now will they start is a different story

Posted by: TY | Apr 30, 2007 4:48:31 PM

Billy Latsko is tough as nails, and would make a good backup to Hoover!

Posted by: Phil | Apr 30, 2007 5:24:39 PM

I like Daniels, I hope he was just overshadowed by Landry. However you would think with all scouts studying all the LSU tapes, some team would have taken a chance on him in the draft. But beggars can't be choosers and we need help at safety. Would have preferred the FB from Tennessee, whom I don't think got drafted. Look out for who ever picks up Maurice Price WR.

Posted by: jb | Apr 30, 2007 5:25:17 PM

Could this happen?....We ship Kris Jenkins and our 2008 first round pick to Washington for LaRon Landry ???

They need DT help and already have Sean Taylor, it makes sense to me.

Posted by: Joe | Apr 30, 2007 6:00:06 PM

just because your drafted does not mean you can play at this leavel....free agency works also.aka hoover goings........jake

Posted by: daryl | Apr 30, 2007 6:15:09 PM

I think we've learned our lesson about trading future draft picks at this point, but that might not be a terrible trade, given the dearth of safeties next year. Kenny Phillips is the only guy I can think of who looks like a 1st-round prospect at this point. I think a 1st AND Jenkins is probably a bit much, though.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 30, 2007 7:02:32 PM

Should have went after TE Joe Newton from Oregon State who went undrafted. I'm sure someone locked him up. A true red-zone threat. Great hands, hard worker, needs a little more bulk. Was rated as a mid-rounder and went undrafted.

Posted by: sect 115 row 19 | Apr 30, 2007 7:32:06 PM

i like our "value" based draft....we did a good job. HOWEVER, we NEED a(couple of) safety(ies). the undrafted free agent market is bare, we should have taken josh gattis before ryne robinson. the free agent market is weak. i would say after looking at the available options....veteran troy vincent. he can still play and provide GREAT leadership and insight for the potential short/long term fillers at the S position. i think the best option is a trade to target and aquire a player we are high on and can contribute NOW.

Posted by: will | Apr 30, 2007 7:59:03 PM

John Fox please read this....

You did draft a potential great safety


Shaw played running back, Defensive End, and Linebacker at PSU. He has plenty of speed which is why he was moving up a lot of draft boards in April. Jimmy Johnson used to say don't draft college safeties because usually they aren't great. Draft smaller linebackers and move them to safety in the pro's...IE Darren Woodson....Tim Shaw made a lot of great plays at PSU....He'll make this team and do well...

Posted by: Dewey | Apr 30, 2007 8:34:12 PM

We should sign JD Nelson. He hits hard and is pretty good with the run. He is a poor man's Mike Minter.

Posted by: Bryan | Apr 30, 2007 8:35:03 PM

There are a couple of RFA safeties available that I'm sure the Panthers could pick up. The same can be said for the TE position. Let's not forget that there will still be some cap casualties that will become available. That being said, I think trading Jenkins for Landry is a brilliant idea but throwing in a first-rounder is way to high a price to pay. Maybe a 3rd or a couple of second days would work. In all reality, I'm sure the Fox & company will stick to there ultra-conservative and very boring modes of aquiring players.

Posted by: syrpis | May 1, 2007 1:40:12 AM

Billy Latsko is one of those guys that is just too hard to cut. He is a great blocker and has exceptional hands catching passes on the checkdown. Urban Meyer's offense didn't use an FB until he met Billy, but the kid was just too valuable not to put out there.

Also, looking at the tight end we drafted - he is more of an H back and I think he and Billy could share that position and maximize the way it works.

Posted by: TwoTeams | May 1, 2007 8:11:09 AM

Jenkins for Landry? Get a grip, not gonna happen. Now if you want to try to deal Jenkins for Taylor, that might be something Washington would consider. I think Taylor is the 2nd most overrated Safety in the league, after Roy "Burn me Deep but I might grab your collar as you go by" Williams.

Posted by: Paul | May 1, 2007 8:23:04 AM

I just read the word dearth in the comments. My head just exploded...

Posted by: Dave | May 1, 2007 8:57:35 AM

paul r u smokin crack or som shit? ean taylor is not overrated he is a freak of nature go to youtube an watch some highlight tapes, he is the BEST hitting saftey in tha league andat 6 foot 2 232 pounds he covers ground jus bout as fast as anyone in tha league...yes is covering is suspect at times an his is biggest flaw...but that will only get better he did make make that pick to beat carolina
an had that great open field tackle on drew carter on 4th down...tha skins will NEVER trade sean taylor "he has the potential to be the best saftey to play tha game since ronnie lott"- greg williams, an skins fans would riot i kno i live 15 minutes from fed ex field so stop hatin paul...but i do agree with u that roy williams is the most overrated saftey/player in tha league

Posted by: james | May 1, 2007 11:14:46 AM

Jessie Daniels is on the way to Carolina. Jake and Jessie!!! Cajun country is loving it!!!

Posted by: Breaux Bridge | May 1, 2007 12:14:21 PM

James, take a breath, use some punctuation. I view Sean Taylor as a great hitter and tackler, but very average cover safety. Compare his stats to Brian Dawkins, Ken Hamlin, Ronde Barber or Antoine Williams. And don't forget the off-the-field issues that he's had. How close has he gotten to Roger's hitlist? Would it shock anyone if he did something stupid to get suspended for a few games?
And by the way, here's an interesting fact on Roy "The Hitman" Williams. Know who had more tackles than Roy in 2006? Chris Gamble. Now there's a big hitter, isn't it?

Posted by: Paul | May 1, 2007 9:19:16 PM

I don't think any of those rookies (free agents) should stick around!!!

Posted by: rickyticky | Jul 13, 2007 3:03:21 PM

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