John Theus

Panthers Place OT John Theus On IR

John Theus‘ season is over. Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer reports (via Twitter) that the Panthers have placed the young offensive lineman on the injured reserve. Defensive end Zach Moore has been promoted from the practice squad to take his spot on the roster.

John TheusTheus, a 2016 fifth-round pick by the 49ers, was claimed off waivers by the Panthers earlier this season. The Georgia product didn’t end up getting in a game for Carolina, although he did make four appearances (one start) for San Francisco during his rookie campaign. The 24-year-old seemingly sat at the bottom of the team’s offensive line depth chart behind fellow bench-warmers Ryan KalilAmini SilatoluTaylor Moton, and Greg Van Roten.

Moore also joined the Panthers following a brief stint with the 49ers, as Carolina claimed him off waivers from San Francisco back in May. The former sixth-rounder was subsequently waived prior to the start of the regular season, but he quickly caught on with the team’s practice squad. Moore has also had stints with the Vikings, Cowboys, and Patriots, where he earned a Super Bowl ring in 2014. In 10 career games, the defensive end has three tackles, 0.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. With Charles Johnson and Daeshon Hall both out, Moore will presumably slide behind reserves Wes Horton and Bryan Cox Jr. on the depth chart.

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Panthers Claim John Theus From 49ers

John Theus

The Panthers announced that they’ve claimed offensive tackle John Theus off waivers from the 49ers. Carolina also placed undrafted rookie cornerback Cole Luke on injured reserve with an ankle problem.

The 49ers waived Theus on Wednesday, ending a union that lasted just over a season. Theus joined the team in 2016 as a fifth-round pick out of Georgia and went on to appear in four of San Francisco’s game last season, starting one. He totaled just 88 snaps in a 49ers uniform a year ago and wasn’t active for their season-opening loss to his new team, the Panthers, last Sunday.

Theus will serve as depth in Carolina, which starts Matt Kalil and Daryl Williams at the tackle positions. Amini Silatolu and Taylor Moton make up the other Panthers bookends.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 9/13/17

Today’s minor moves:

Cleveland Browns

Green Bay Packers

  • Promoted to active roster: OL Adam Pankey

Houston Texans

Minnesota Vikings 

San Francisco 49ers

Tennessee Titans

  • Released from IR: RB Joe Bacci, DL Jimmy Staten

49ers Sign DeForest Buckner, Draftees, UDFAs

The 49ers have confirmed the previously-reported signings of sixth-round draft picks Kelvin Taylor and Jeff Driskel, and announced nearly two dozen more roster moves to go along with those signings. In a press release, the Niners said they have waived four players from their 90-man roster, signed nine draft picks (including Taylor and Driskel), and added 12 undrafted free agents to the mix.DeForest Buckner

San Francisco’s most notable transaction is the signing of defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, who becomes the highest-drafted player to ink his rookie contract so far. Buckner, a standout at Oregon, was snagged by the 49ers with the seventh overall pick in last week’s draft, and is in line for a four-year contract worth more than $18.19MM, including a signing bonus of approximately $11.43MM. His deal also features a fifth-year option for 2020.

Listed below are the other draftees signed today by the 49ers, in addition to Buckner, Taylor, and Driskel. Only first-round guard Joshua Garnett and third-round defensive back Will Redmond are still unsigned:

While the 49ers had plenty of space on their roster for their draft picks, the team didn’t have much extra flexibility to add more than a handful of undrafted free agents. As such, San Francisco has cut four veterans: offensive lineman Jordan Devey, kicker Corey Acosta, running back Kendall Gaskins, and quarterback Dylan Thompson.

Devey is perhaps the most notable name in this group — the 49ers didn’t make many headlines when they acquired him from the Patriots in a trade for tight end Asante Cleveland last August, but Devey unexpectedly made his way into the club’s starting lineup to open the season. Although he was replaced down the stretch, the 28-year-old made nine starts and played nearly 400 offensive snaps for San Francisco in 2015.

With a few spots cleared on their 90-man roster, the Niners officially added 12 undrafted free agents. Here’s the full list of those UDFAs:

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