OT Brennan Curtin and CB Antwain Spann signed to practice squad
January 02, 2006
Practice squad moves
Posted By: mreiss | Time: 05:55:44 PM
The Patriots added two players to their practice squad today -- offensive tackle Brennan Curtin (Notre Dame) and cornerback Antwain Spann (Louisana-Lafayette).
That gives the team a full complement of eight practice squad players -- Curtin, Spann, linebacker Eric Alexander, defensive lineman Santonio Thomas, receiver P.K. Sam, safety Ray Ventrone and offensive linemen Wesley Britt and Ryan Krug.
The 25-year-old Curtin, who is 6-foot-9 and 335 pounds, was a sixth-round draft choice of the Packers in 2003. He spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons with the Packers but didn't play in a game his rookie season and missed the '04 season after being placed on injured reserve in the preseason. He was released by Green Bay on Aug. 17, 2005.
Spann, 22, was originally signed by the Giants as a rookie free agent on May 17, 2005. He was released Aug. 30 after going through training camp. Spann is 6-feet and 185 pounds.
The moves likely mean that receiver Bam Childress, who was signed from the practice squad to the active roster for the Jan. 1 finale against the Dolphins, will remain on the team's 53-man roster.
As the article notes in closing, biggest impact here is obviously that Bam Bam Bigelow will be on the 53 for the post-season.
If BJ ends up being hurt longterm (but come on, what are the odds of Bethel missing time due to injury?) Bam Bam could end up being a legit factor in the posteason.
a big boy
i'd like a look at him, maybe standing next to neal or hochstein. or ellis hobbs.
Boring Cap Tidbit
Postseason pay (even to PS players) does not count against the Patriots' 2005 cap.
I won't link the page I got this story from, they posted personal information on Spann.
Mr. Antwain Joquan Spann
Spann changes focus
Cajun safety faces pass-happy offense this time around
September 23, 2004
LAFAYETTE — Antwain Spann knows how to adjust on the run.
That ability has made the 6-foot, 185-pound senior a valuable asset to UL Lafayette's football program since his arrival from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in 2003.
Spann played cornerback last season and is now at free safety for the Ragin' Cajuns, symbolically changing his jersey number from 35 to 6 this fall.
Now, after three weeks of facing teams that relied on the ground game, he and his teammates in the secondary will be switching gears when the Cajuns host pass-happy Middle Tennessee this Saturday in the Sun Belt Conference opener.
“We're not really going to do anything different," Spann said after Wednesday's practice. “We still have to concentrate on our assignments. The safeties will be playing deeper this week because Middle Tennessee likes to throw the ball.
“We have to make sure we execute, that's all."
Middle Tennessee boasts one of the best receivers in the country in Kerry Wright, and the Cajuns are counting on a busy night from the Blue Raiders after battling star running backs like Ryan Moats and Darren Sproles in two games on the road at Louisiana Tech and Kansas State.
“We know this week we're going to be tested in the air," Spann said. “I think we've got a pretty good secondary. We've got good depth. As long as we come to play, I know we can play with anybody."
Spann was less certain about the switch from the corner, where he made 30 tackles and intercepted two passes in 11 games for the Cajuns in 2003.
“At first, I didn't like it, to be honest with you," Spann said. “But, I did it to help the team. Moving to free safety instead of strong safety means I get to play the ball more. I can read the quarterback's eyes and see the lane he steps out in."
There's another plus to roaming the middle of the field and playing the ball. Interceptions are nice, but a big hit trumps pickoffs.
“Popping someone over the middle is more fun than an interception," Spann said. “You get a type of energy from it. The whole team can feed off of that."
That's a subtle red flag for Wright and other Blue Raiders receivers who cross Cajun Field this weekend.
“They work the short game, and they like to get the ball into Wright's hands," Spann said. “They mostly stay with the short passes, but they will take us deep occasionally."
“Their quarterback is one of the top guys in the country in completion percentage and Kerry Wright is one of the best wide receivers in the country," UL safeties coach Tim Rebowe said.
“They like to spread the field and throw the ball around a lot more than what we have faced so far. The problem is, Wright is not the only receiver you have to stop. They have a lot of weapons and I think they are going to try to run the ball on us as well.
“It's going to be a big challenge for our defense and a big challenge for our secondary. We've taken some different reps in practice this week. The scout team has given us different looks and formations. It's been the same type of practice, but we've seen some different looks."
As for the new challenge for Spann and other defensive backs, Rebowe said, “It's not like the other teams haven't thrown the ball on us at all. We also have to go against our offense in practice every day and you know how they can throw the ball.
“Communication is big. Everyone on our back row needs to be on the same page. We've had some big hits, run to the ball and tackled well. I think we can tackle better, but we have some good depth that can keep us fresh."
With the game starting Sun Belt action, the Cajuns are having no trouble concentrating this week.
“Everybody is focused," Spann said. “We have a good team. We just have to clean up our mistakes. We believe we can compete. Winning in the Sun Belt will come down to whoever comes to play every Saturday. It's going to be a battle, week in and week out.
“We made some mistakes against Kansas State that hurt us, but everybody is talking about winning. We want to win the Sun Belt."
Spann and the Cajuns can take their first step in that direction on Saturday.
Chad Bordelon, shoulder (out for season), Jerrell Carter, hip (probable), Terryl Fenton, back (probable), Tony Hills, ankle (probable), Lawrence Johnson, ankle (probable), Eugene Kwarteng, chest (probable), Lamar Morgan, knee (out).
©The Lafayette Daily Advertiser
September 23, 2004
Why exactly is this thread "OT?" This seems decidedly ON topic to me. Thanks for posting.
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