Delhomme’s stay extends with the Carolina Panthers

Last April 23, 2009, Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme had signed a 5-year contract extension with the Carolina Panthers, amounting to $42.5 million, with $20 million guarantee. The deal makes Delhomme tied with the Panthers till 2014.

The three day mini camp marked a new beginning for the Panthers, as the team met their new quarterback coach Rip Scherer. Rip formerly served as the quarterback coach and the assistant head coach for the Cleveland Browns. Rip started his coaching career in 1974 at Penn State. Mike McCoy, the Panthers former quarterback coach, is now the Broncos offensive coordinator.

The new coach introduced fresh schemes as shown in the quarterbacks’ individual drills during the minicamp. Instead of throwing into a barrel from different distances, the passers have to throw the ball into bags placed in different locations. The idea here is to practice and enhance the Panthers passers passing accuracy.

Also, Scherer aimed to develop further their passers footwork, by making them run over a series of bags while the coach hit them with a blocking dummy. This practice is also to develop the passer’s agility and alertness while protecting the ball against the opponent and while trying to pass it to a teammate.

Delhomme on the other hand, feels excited of having quarterback coach Rip Scherer. He’s excited about the new ideas the man has introduced and impart to the team and he’ll more than ready to learn those. Delhomme thinks that the changes are great, and to be a good player you must really go back and dig into the basics.

At 34, spending 6 seasons with the Saints from 1887 to 2002, and from 2003 to the present with the Carolina Panthers, Delhomme knows that he’s not getting any younger and an injury or anything like that might be the end of his career. According to Delhomme, above anything else, you must just look on how much you enjoy it, because you just never know what will happen next.

First time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hold its weekend mini camp from May 8-10, 2009, to give great opportunity to young hopefuls to be a part of the franchise, maybe in the near future, namely the 2009 NFL season.

Josh Freeman, a Kansas State’s pride, is now recruited as a new quarterback for the Bucs. Freeman was selected as 17th pick overall by the Buccaneers in the 2009 NFL Draft. Still having one year of college eligibility to finish, Freeman is seen to be a huge prospect that will surely play a good game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Freeman was escorted by the team for months now and so far, the Bucs likes how this 21-year old guy plays and throws the ball. Freeman is now a part of the Buccaneers family, and on the start of the camp this Friday, he will be wearing the Bucs’ practice gear for the very first time and take the field, passing it to the Buccaneers receivers.

The Buccaneers management told that this three-day rookie mini camp will be an exciting and thrilling one; as they get their first look on Friday, May 7, aside from Josh, but on other 2009 draftees as well. About how the newcomers will be, will they be cooperative and fast learners to grasp every concept of how it takes to be a Buccaneer? Those questions will be answered once the camp progresses.
General manager Mark Dominik told that the camp will definitely be exciting for everybody. As the Bucs will be taking a closer glance to every young men aspiring for contracts, this camp gives a big chance to all hopefuls to show and give their bests on this event, which can later lead their way to the Pro Bowl in the future.

After the three day mini camp, rookies should return to their respective colleges till the school year is over. After that, that’s the time when the Bucs’ players, together with the rookies, can finally play together on the field in a sequence of OTAs, or organized team activity days.

The aspirants will arrive on Tampa on May 7, where they will be scouted to One Buccaneer Place, where they will get their physicals, get-together with the Bucs staff, and have a meeting with the Buccaneers Head Coach Raheem Morris.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers has indeed took the guts redirecting its path, with the partnership of Dominik and Morris, and involving lots of new players and giving them their first time opportunity to someday play under the Buccaneers, it will surely be a must see season and a breathtaking experience, for both sides – the Bucs management, the first time rookies, as well as for the audience, specifically the Bucs’ fanatics on what will be the outcome of this move and see how the team performs in the 2009 season and beyond.

Atlanta Falcon’s roster fine tuning continues

Atlanta Falcons is presently in the action of fine-tuning its roster last April 29-30, which includes welcoming some veterans to the Falcons family.
Supposedly, wide receiver Troy Bergeron re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons last April 28, 2009, just to be released by the Falcons the next day because of some problems with his physical.
That day, April 29, Verron Ulric Haynes, who formerly played running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was drafted by the Falcons and signed with the team the said day.
The next day, April 30, linebacker Edmond Miles also signed with the Falcons as addition to their roster.

Haynes was selected by the Steelers on the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft, and had spent his five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2002-2006. During his stay, Haynes has a record of 660 yards on 159 carries (4.2 average per carry) and 3 touchdowns. He also performed 39 receptions for 322 yards (8.3 average per reception) and 2 touchdowns, one of those is from wide receiver Antwaan Randle El. Although on the 2006 season, Verron missed most the games because of his knee injury.
To provide more space for their salary cap, however, Haynes was released by the Steelers on March 1, 2007. But eventually, he re-signed with the team on June 4, and was released again on September 1, 2007. And when Willie Parker, Steelers’ starting running back, was placed on an injured reserve, Haynes, once again re-signed with the Steelers on December 4. Until finally, he signed with the Falcons last April 29, 2009.

On the other hand, Edmond Miles, started his rookie career with the Miami Dolphins as he signed with them on May 4, 2007 as a college free agent. Later, he was released by the Dolphins, and afterwards signed with the New York Giants on December 17, 2008 as a free agent. Miles during his stay with the Dolphins on the 2007 season, was named to be the first rookie to led Miami Dolphins in special team tackles, since Sean Hill in 1994 , where he led with a total of 16 special team stops, and also performed two solo tackles. Miles had been in action and competed in all 16 games for the Miami’s for that season.
Edmond had also played in the field and had shown action in two games for the 2008 NFL season under the Giants. From AFC East to NFC East, Haynes is now with NFC South’s Atlanta Falcons, which happened last April 29.

Hollis Thomas released by the New Orleans Saints

April 29, 2009, it was announced that the New Orleans Saints have released their defensive tackle Hollis Thomas.
Hollis was originally selected by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 1996, and then he was traded to the Saints in 2006 where he played under the New Orleans Saints for three seasons.

The 13-year NFL veteran had been considered as one of the key factors of the Saints’ defense, especially when he is in good shape. In fact, during the 2006 season, the defensive tackle had made a great impact why the New Orlean Saints make it to the NFC Championship game for the very first time.
On August 14, 2008, on a game against the Houston Texans, Thomas was badly injured resulting to torn triceps on his right arm, which later on, made the team decide to release him on September 11. Although after the injury has been cured, the Saints signed him again on November 3.
Though Thomas had been reportedly having conditioning issues with the Saints, Head Coach Sean Payton still shows his disappointment about Thomas leaving his team, telling that “He (relating to Thomas) has been a big part of what we have accomplished here.”