If this feels like a similar headline, that’s because it is. E.J. Perry had re-signed to the Panthers back in mid-December – but the very next day, was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars on their practice squad.
Since E.J. did not sign a futures deal with Jacksonville, he has now decided to return to the Michigan Panthers, this time in the newly formed UFL.
Perry’s USFL tenure was unique, to say the least. He was picked up late in the season, and then was thrown into action during a do or die matchup against Philadelphia. E.J. proved to be the spark the team needed, leading the team to a come from behind victory to push them to the playoffs.
He set a modern USFL record with 370 passing yards, and three total touchdowns. His dual-threat capabilities proved to be exactly what Michigan’s offense needed – which is something they were missing for most of the year.
Since then, it’s been an interesting few months for E.J. Perry. He originally signed with the Houston Texans and played during the preseason, but did not make the regular season roster.
As previously mentioned, he re-signed to Michigan, but then spent a few weeks in Jacksonville. Now, he’s back with the Michigan Panthers – and will be fighting in training camp for the starting position.
GM Steve Kazor and HC Mike Nolan have made some changes throughout the offseason. The team now features a loaded quarterback room, which includes:
Brian Lewerke Danny Etling Davis Cheek
While Perry would be the “early favorite”, per se, to be QB1 in 2024, there is a lot of talent in this room. Danny Etling was a star at LSU, and did spend a couple of years in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers.
Davis Cheek is also talented in his own regard, and would have been a player to watch closely in New Orleans, had the Breakers not dissolved in the merger. Brian Lewerke is also capable of doing damage, as made evident throughout his Michigan State career.
With UFL free agency fully underway, the Panthers now have 72 players on the roster. The deadline to finalize their 75-man roster for Training Camp is February 14th, so expect some more movement over the coming weeks.
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