Michigan Panthers Cut Roster Down In UFL Training Camp | Brian Lewerke

Michigan Panthers Re-Sign QB Brian Lewerke, Davis Cheek Out

The Michigan Panthers have swapped QB’s yet again. Brian Lewerke is re-signing with the team, due to the latest news of Davis Cheek being placed on the retired list.

This move makes sense, given the status of the quarterback room in Michigan. As it stands right now, both E.J. Perry and Danny Etling are battling for the starting position.

Now, Brian Lewerke comes back to the Panthers, to take that QB3 role back. Lewerke had signed with Michigan midway through the 2023 USFL season, and was permanently QB2 under Mike Nolan during that stint. He did not play a snap that year.

The Panthers brought four quarterbacks to UFL Training Camp, and ultimately decided to let Lewerke go during the first set of cutdowns.

Throughout the process, though, Head Coach Mike Nolan spoke very highly of Brian’s skill sets. He praised his work ethic and his ability to throw the football. At Michigan’s town hall last month, Mike recalled when the team had signed him originally in 2023 – emphasizing how badly he wanted Lewerke on the roster.

The former Michigan State product had an excellent career as a Spartan, throwing for over 8,200 passing yards and 47 touchdowns. This led to an NFL stint with the New York Giants. Lewerke also played in The Spring League in 2021, with the Alphas.

Davis Cheek Steps Away

A surprising announcement that came out of the Panthers camp yesterday was QB Davis Cheek being placed on the retired list. Cheek is a young prospect who joined Michigan after spending the 2023 USFL season with the Breakers.

Davis ended up addressing this last night in a social media post to Instagram, mentioning that the finances did not make sense for him in this situation. Cheek was going to be QB3 on this roster, and the inactive salary simply didn’t cut it for where he is at right now.

This does not mean that Cheek is done playing football. He would like to continue playing at some point, but for now, is on the Panthers’ “retired list”.

Hopefully, he’ll get another opportunity sooner than later. Davis was the backup to McLeod Bethel-Thompson in New Orleans last year, but Coach DeFilippo spoke highly of what he brought to the table. Had the Breakers been a part of this merger, Cheek would have been in a position to win the starting job there.

Final Thoughts

Generally speaking, this move was a no-brainer for General Manager Steve Kazor. Brian is familiar with the system in Michigan, having been with the team since last spring – and he just went through two weeks of training camp with the new OC, Marcel Bellefeuille.

One name that may have come to fans’ minds is Josh Love – who started in nine games for Michigan last year. He was no longer available, having been signed by the Memphis Showboats last week.

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