Tag:Reggie Wells
Posted on: October 19, 2011 1:10 pm

Panthers place RT Jeff Otah on IR

Posted by Will Brinson

There's an argument to be made that last season, the Panthers loss of road-grading right tackle Jeff Otah was bigger than their deficiency at quarterback. We'll see the real validity of that argument starting Sunday against the Redskins, as Otah's season is now over, with the Panthers placing the offensive lineman on injured reserve.

Per our Panthers Rapid Reporter Steve Reed, the Panthers signed guard Reggie Wells (formerly of the Eagles and Cardinals) to take Otah's roster spot. Undrafted rookie Byron Bell, a favorite of the new coaching staff, will take Otah's starting right tackle spot.

"[Otah has] worked hard. He's just never been able to get over the hump," Panthers GM Marty Hurney said, per the Charlotte Observer. "Then he's had concurrent issues. He's been listed as questionable the last two weeks with a back injury.

"We met with Jeff over the last couple of days and decided that the best thing to do was to put him on IR so he could concentrate on strengthening the knee and essentially taking an 11-week loss for long-term, future gain."

That's the same logic that the Panthers took in 2010, when it was clear that they weren't winning many games and Otah lost the entire season due to an injury he suffered in 2009 against the Patriots.

He's now played just four games in the last two seasons and the Panthers have to wonder about his long-term health, especially given his size (6'6", 330 pounds).

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Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:48 pm

Hot Routes 8.20.11: Patterson returns to Eagles

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Eagles DT Mike Patterson -- who collapsed in a scary situation two weeks ago -- returned to the team Saturday. He saw four specialists for his arteriovenus malformation diagnosis, and he’s been cleared to play football again. Coach Andy Reid said he’d be cautious with Patterson and slowly work him back into the lineup.
  • Lions RB Jahvid Best says he’s not concerned about the possible head injury he suffered against the Browns on Friday. “It was nothing bad, but I just wasn't feeling right so they told me to sit down,” Best said.
  • CBSSports.com’s Clark Judge explains why this year will be the year for the rest of the AFC South to crack the Colts hold on the division title.
  • This can’t sit all that well with Eagles fans. The team has re-signed Reggie Wells, a backup guard last year. That might mean Philadelphia isn’t exactly a Dream Team yet, particularly on the offensive line.
  • Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn’t sure when Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will be inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor. Apparently, Jones hasn’t done enough to secure the vote of Jones.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 10:53 am

Stacy Andrews sensing his end in Philly?

Posted by Andy BenoitS. Andrews

On Friday, the Eagles traded for versatile Cardinals offensive lineman Reggie Wells. As we – and every other half-sentient observer of the Eagles – suggested, this didn’t look like great news for incumbent Eagles right guard Stacy Andrews.

Andrews would agree. We’re going to republish a few things the Eagles offensive lineman said to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. You decide for yourself whether or not this is a man who senses he’s about to get cut.

"I felt like I was pretty solid in there [against Kansas City, his last preseason action], but I guess they felt otherwise," Andrews said. He said he hasn't gotten any indication from coaches he is on shaky ground.

Andrews said he thinks he is making progress learning to play right guard, but "I would not have signed here from the jump" to be a guard.

"I got signed to play right tackle," he said…

"Howie [Roseman, the general manager] reassured me I would be the guy at right guard," he said. "I wouldn't have signed [the reworked deal] to be the third guy."

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Posted on: September 3, 2010 2:46 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 3:41 pm

Cardinals trade Reggie Wells to Eagles

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Arizona Cardinals finally got their man off the trading block. Nope, not Matt Leinart – offensive lineman Reggie Wells. The versatile veteran has been traded to the Eagles for an undisclosed draft pick. R. Wells

It’s curious why the Cardinals were eager to deal Wells. He started every game over the past five seasons and is capable of operating at all four non-center positions up front. Wells has struggled at times in pass protection, but he’s always offered solid mobility in the ground game. Plus, it's not like the Cardinals have the most reliable guys replacing Wells. Right guard Deuce Lutui loses control of his weight every so often, and right tackle Brandon Keith has never played meaningful snaps at the NFL level.

The Eagles could look to make Wells a starter. They’ll likely continue to go with oversized Todd Herremans at left guard (even though Herremans has trailed off from his near-Pro Bowl form of ’07). At right guard, however, Stacy Andrews has struggled to pick up Philly’s system and blocking techniques, and he hasn’t been the same since blowing out his knee in 2008.

If Wells doesn’t capture Andrews’s job, he’ll surely be the offensive line’s sixth man.

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Posted on: June 14, 2010 9:40 pm

Deuce Lutui signs tender, but what about his job?

Deuce Lutui has improved each year since joining the Cardinals as a second-round pick in 2006. Originally sloppy in his footwork and hand technique, he polished himself into Arizona’s most consistent blocker last season. Lutui is still not quite nimble enough to make every lead or pull as a run-blocker, but he knows how to compensate by creating good angles without having to over-extend. Most impressive is the nasty way he finishes blocks.

That said, Lutui could find himself in a backup role for the first time in his NFL career. He’s been away from the club all offseason, refusing to sign his RFA tender until today. His hope of receiving a long-term contract is understandable but, given the team’s current economy and tenuous CBA situation, misguided.

Because free agent acquisition Alan Faneca immediately took the left guard position upon signing in Arizona, versatile veteran Reggie Wells finds himself vying for Lutui’s right guard job. So does less-noted free agent pickup Rex Hadnot (another versatile veteran, by the way).

We often see players avoid offseason team activities and workouts. But aside from a friendly demotion early in training camp, rarely do we see these players lose their starting job. No promises, but Lutui could change that. (The bet here is that he begins training camp on the second string but manages to crack the starting lineup sometime during the preseason.)

---Andy Benoit

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