James DeLoach

Panthers Working Out Defensive Linemen

4:17pm: The Panthers worked out former Georgia defensive linemen James DeLoach and Ray Drew today, a source tells Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer (on Twitter). However, the team is not expected to sign either player at this point.

11:26am: The Panthers are looking at defensive ends and defensive tackles in the wake of two injuries to their defensive line unit, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer tweets. Panthers defensive tackle Chas Alecxih was carted off after hurting his left knee during a blocking drill on Sunday and its feared that the injury is season-ending. Meanwhile, defensive end Rakim Cox is being evaluated for a back injury. Ron Rivera (vertical)

Alecxih, 27, spent last season on the Panthers’ taxi squad. Encouraged by his work in practice, the Panthers inked the defensive tackle to a futures contract in February. Alexcih was hoping to crack the 53-man roster this year, but it now seems that he won’t get the opportunity. Cox, a Villanova product, hooked on with the Panthers after impressing in the veteran combine of 2015. Like Alexhih, Cox also spent the 2015 season on the taxi squad and signed a futures deal in the winter.

Any defensive tackle that joins the Panthers may face an uphill battle for making the team Paul Soliai and Kyle Love are already battling over the team’s fourth (and likely final) defensive tackle spot. Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei, and first-round pick Vernon Butler are guaranteed places on the roster, leaving Soliai and Love to compete for the last opening. The Panthers handed Soliai $3MM fully guaranteed less than five months ago, so it would be a surprise to see him get cut loose.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 6/16/16

The Vikings waived linebacker Travis Lewis and defensive tackle Bruce Gaston, the club announced. Lewis was with Detroit from 2012 through 2015 before signing with Minnesota this offseason. He actually started four games last season, but for the most part he’s been a backup, appearing in 42 contests during his four-year career. Lewis was a key member of Detroit’s special teams unit, playing on more than 70% of Detroit’s ST snaps, and that’s the role he was expected to play in Minnesota. Instead, the Vikings will carry $50K in dead money on their 2016 salary cap as a result of having given Lewis a signing bonus.

The latest minor moves on this palindromic day:

  • Former fourth-round quarterback Logan Thomas has been waived by his second organization, as the Dolphins cut him loose earlier today, along with defensive tackle Charles Tuaau, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald tweets. Thomas spent the 2014 season with the Cardinals before they too deemed Thomas too raw for the NFL.
  • The Jaguars signed punter Ryan Quigley and wide receiver Shane Wynn while waiving safety Craig Loston, cornerback Rashaad Reynolds, and defensive end Quanterus Smith, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Quigley was on the Eagles’ offseason roster for a little over a month earlier this offseason.
  • The Bears are expected to sign defensive lineman Marquis Jackson, the twin brother of Malik Jackson, reports Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune (Twitter link). Chicago has also waived defensive lineman Kenton Adeyemi and linebacker Don Cherry, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com tweets.
  • After a tryout yesterday, the Chiefs have signed wide receiver Seantavius Jones, per Evan Woodbery of NOLA.com (Twitter link), adding that Kansas City also inked defensive Akeem Davis.
  • Defensive lineman James DeLoach has been cut by the Lions, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press (Twitter link).
  • The Bengals have waived undrafted linebacker Gionni Paul, Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweets.

Lions Sign Taylor Decker, Eight Draftees, 12 UDFAs

The Lions have officially locked up nearly all of their draft class, along with a dozen undrafted free agents, the team announced today in a pair of press releases. The most notable name in the group is Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker, who was Detroit’s first-round pick, but the team has also signed eight other draftees to go along with its 12 new UDFAs.

Of Detroit’s 10 draft picks, only second-round defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson remains unsigned for now. Here’s the complete list of draft picks secured by the Lions:

And here are the 12 undrafted free agents who signed contracts with the Lions: