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Patriots sign Panthers draft bust Terrell McClain

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It’s only been a few weeks since former Panthers defensive tackle Terrell McClain was the highest-drafted member of the 2011 Draft class to be cut by the team that picked him (a title since stolen by former Eagles safety Jaiquawn Jarrett).

Today, McClain’s a Patriot.

The Patriots announced they signed McClain, and released Marcus Forston to make room for him on the roster.

McClain was the 65th overall pick a year ago out of South Florida, but fell out of favor in Carolina after an inconsistent offseason and training camp.

McClain showed some flashes of penetrating ability, but despite getting plenty of snaps for an injury depleted Panthers team in 2011, he quickly fell down the depth chart this year, and was replaced by former Bills defensive tackle Dwan Edwards on the roster and in the starting lineup.

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17 Responses to “Patriots sign Panthers draft bust Terrell McClain”
  1. chc4 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:26 AM

    If you’re a DT and get cut by the Panthers, it’s the end of the line.

  2. fuglyflorio says: Sep 26, 2012 11:35 AM

    Is it too soon to do the “Patriots have such a great organization they’ll turn him around” comedy routine?

  3. mikealstott says: Sep 26, 2012 12:12 PM

    Tampa should have signed this guy. He is a local kid who played for USF. If he played for the Bucs and had a real large family they would want to attend the home games and the Bucs could avoid a blackout for once in two years….We only need about 20,000 more people…

  4. arrghmakeitstop says: Sep 26, 2012 12:16 PM

    Belichick signs a draft bust; inspired, out of the box thinking.

    Browns, Dolphins, Raiders sign a draft bust; sign of a desperate franchise grasping at straws.

  5. Patskrieg dot com says: Sep 26, 2012 12:18 PM

    Forston was a huge disappointment even for an UDFA. I thought he showed a lot of promise at Miami but he couldn’t move anything or anyone in the NFL.

    Draft bust or not I’ll give him a shot over Forston.

  6. gojags says: Sep 26, 2012 12:21 PM

    Is he the next Vrabel that other teams failed to identify?

  7. flash1283 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:24 PM

    arrghmakeitstop says: Sep 26, 2012 12:16 PM

    Belichick signs a draft bust; inspired, out of the box thinking.

    Browns, Dolphins, Raiders sign a draft bust; sign of a desperate franchise grasping at straws.

    ——
    Where in the article does it say “inspired, out of the box thinking”?

    They got a guy on the cheap for some depth who may not even be on the roster in 2 weeks, what’s the big deal?

  8. tedmurph says: Sep 26, 2012 12:35 PM

    @fuglyflorio:

    See, CDillon, RMoss, MAnderson, RHarrison off the scrap heap, etc, etc.

    ———————————————————
    Browns, Dolphins, Raiders sign a draft bust; sign of a desperate franchise grasping at straws.

    That’s because other teams draft busts are better than half their starters.

  9. lolo376 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:37 PM

    Makes a lot of sense! All the Patriots do is pick up old guys or draft bust and some f’n way make it work out. Smh

  10. plarkin88 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    I don’t know this guy, but I know the front the Panthers run and I know its nothing like what the Pats run. BB might have a guy that is useful for 5-10 plays a game and fits what he does.

    Lots of guys in the NFL move teams and find a better role. Mike Vrabel comes to mind, anyone remember him in Pittsburgh???

  11. jmoss850 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:51 PM

    Bigger Draft bust. Him or Aaron Curry??

  12. all4patriots says: Sep 26, 2012 12:56 PM

    What’s the risk?

    When you spend a 3rd round pick like Carolina did, you want him to be a starter.

    But NE is just signing him off the street, and so if he can help on special teams, it’s a win.

  13. CKL says: Sep 26, 2012 12:57 PM

    Think I read that they gave him #93. That’s probably the death knell for re-signing Andre Carter. :(

  14. Max says: Sep 26, 2012 1:35 PM

    chc4 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:26 AM
    “If you’re a DT and get cut by the Panthers, it’s the end of the line.”

    Yea, but then you go to a team with one of the best coaches in history, one of the best talent evaluators in history, with one of the best DTs in history (Wilfork)… If you fail to learn in that environment then you are really done!

    Sometimes coaching staff makes all the difference. Pats just picked up a late 2nd rounder in waivers, thats only a year out of the draft… plenty development time still there.

  15. elyasm says: Sep 26, 2012 3:49 PM

    They plan on converting him to tight end due to the lack of depth at that position.

  16. southcack803 says: Sep 26, 2012 6:52 PM

    chc4 says:
    Sep 26, 2012 11:26 AM
    If you’re a DT and get cut by the Panthers, it’s the end of the line.

    As a Panthers fan, comments that disparage my team usually piss me off. I just had to laugh at this one. So true.

  17. bospat says: Sep 26, 2012 7:43 PM

    yep, going to the SB every other year sucks ..I’ll stick with BB philosophy

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