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Patriots release Brandon Tate

A day full of intriguing personnel moves got even more interesting when the Patriots reportedly made the move to release wide receiver Brandon Tate, according to Pro Football Talk. (WEEI.com)

Former Tar Heel Kevin Wilson prepares for debut as Indiana head coach

Kevin Wilson doesn't speak in sentences so much as he unleashes word salvos. One fragment flows into the next and into the next and into the next until he punctuates these little clouds with a question that isn't really a question at all. It takes some time to adjust to his manner of speaking. In the fog of a Monday morning, I go a good five minutes before I can comprehend anything he's saying. (Grantland.com)

Panthers waive DT Kentwan Balmer

The Carolina Panthers waived Kentwan Balmer a week after claiming the defensive tackle off waivers from Seattle. Balmer, a former first-round pick out of North Carolina, was claimed by the Panthers on Aug. 25 to replace Ron Edwards. He started 11 games last season for Seattle but didn't play in any preseason games this year with Carolina. (ESPN.com)

Tribe's Mike Paulus finally gets shot to be the starting QB

Mike Paulus' right arm has been his ticket throughout his career. It earned him Gatorade Player of the Year honors in New York state. It got him scholarships to UNC, where he began his college career, and William and Mary, where he transferred in 2010. It has NFL scouts stopping by the Williamsburg campus this summer. Now, it's landed him at the top of a competitive depth chart as the Tribe opens its season Saturday at Virginia. (Virginian-Pilot)

Former "Voice of the Tar Heels" Woody Durham set for life away from broadcasting booth

After 40 years of seemingly being ready for anything, Woody Durham doesn’t know what will happen Saturday when he bypasses the press elevator at Kenan Stadium and heads for his friend’s tailgate party. “I don’t know,” Durham said with a laugh Thursday before he spoke in front of Kiwanis Club members at Benvenue Country Club. “I haven’t been through that experience. I’ll know Saturday.” (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Rod Broadway ready to play at N.C. A&T

Another coaching era has started at N.C. A&T. This time, Rod Broadway, who left Grambling State, has been charged with trying to resurrect one of the most underachieving programs in the MEAC. N.C. A&T has gone a combined 25-66 since Bill Hayes was fired after the 2002 season. (Winston-Salem Journal)

T.J. Yates to be inducted into Pope High School Hall of Fame

Though preseason play with the Houston Texans will prevent him from being present, former Pope QB T.J. Yates will be inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame Friday. Yates, a 2006 Pope graduate, was a four-year starter on the Greyhounds’ basketball team. He scored 1,163 career points, ranking fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list. But it was football where Yates made his biggest mark. (Marietta Daily Journal)

Rookie Robert Quinn working to get better

Defensive end Robert Quinn might have gotten a sack and blocked a field goal in the St. Louis Rams' preseason win over the Kansas City Chiefs last Friday, but he isn't making any bold predictions about his sack total this season. The Rams' first-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft realizes he's still a rookie. "Not at the moment,'' Quinn said. "I'm still the rookie, so I'm just trying to be the best teammate as possible.'' (Belleville News Democrat)

UNC names football team captains

UNC head coach Everett Withers announced Cam Holland, Casey Barth and Kevin Reddick as 2011 season team captains at a news conference in Chapel Hill on Monday. Barth is a Hoggard High School graduate. Casey Barth's older brother also kicked at Hoggard and UNC. Connor Barth is currently the kicker for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (WWAYTV3.com)

Kentwan Balmer hopes to do more than fill a gap

Kentwan Balmer, 24, was signed by the Carolina Panthers to support a defensive tackle group that has struggled in the past two preseason games, particularly against Miami last week when rookies Sione Fua and Terrell McClain appeared overmatched at times. At 6-feet-5 and 315 pounds, Balmer offers a big body where one is needed. (Charlotte Observer)

Ravens unsure what Michael McAdoo will contribute

Three days after being signed by the Ravens after not being selected in the supplemental draft, rookie defensive end Michael McAdoo was dressed for the team’s 34-31 win against the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. Coach John Harbaugh said he wasn’t sure what he anticipated seeing from McAdoo. (Baltimore Sun)

Ryan Taylor in position to make Packers final roster

Ryan Taylor and Tori Gurley have put themselves in position to make the Green Bay Packers 53-man roster. Taylor, a seventh-round pick from UNC, has worked on all four of the Packers' primary special teams units and has caught five passes for 54 yards in preseason games. In Friday's 24-21 victory at Indianapolis, he caught an 11-yard, fourth-down touchdown pass and the ensuing two-point conversion to tie the game at 21 with 35 seconds left. (Blue Ridge Now)

Texans high on T.J. Yates

Gary Kubiak was asked if rookie T.J. Yates, who has improved throughout training camp and the last week of practice, had a chance at being No. 2. "I think he has the ability to do that," Kubiak said. "He's got the ability, he's got the arm, he's got the brain, all those things, just needs reps and the closer we get, he gets less, so that's the thing that makes it hard." (Houston Chronicle)

Panthers sign former first-rounder Kentwan Balmer

The Carolina Panthers' signing of underachieving lineman Kentwan Balmer, one day after he was waived by the Seattle Seahawks, may be an indication that they're still not satisfied with their situation on the interior defensive line. Now comes Balmer, a former No. 1 draft pick of the 49ers in '08, who has failed to live up to expectations in three NFL seasons. (Sporting News)

Seahawks release DL Kentwan Balmer

The Seahawks have released defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer and re-signed running back Vai Taua. Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network first reported Balmer’s release. A Seahawks team spokesman later confirmed. Balmer was traded from San Francisco to Seattle for a sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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