Michigan Panthers Release Gavin Holmes & John Hightower

Michigan Panthers Release Gavin Holmes & John Hightower

With some of the recent additions to the Michigan Panthers and their WR room, the team has moved on from Gavin Holmes and John Hightower. Neither saw the field much this year, and Holmes in particular sees a short life span with the team.

Gavin Holmes signed with the Michigan Panthers prior to week five. He was immediately active, and was placed on kick and punt returns for the team. He did fumble in the game, which gave Memphis some life when they needed it.

Holmes wraps up his UFL season with four kick returns for 127 yards, and two punt returns for 24 yards. Gavin did not record any receptions, purely used on special teams. He was also inactive in week six, playing in just two games.

John Hightower is a disappointing name to see on this list. Hightower was originally with the DC Defenders, and had been released in training camp.

Michigan immediately picked him up, as HC Mike Nolan spoke about how impressed he was with John during their scrimmage. Hightower played in week one – but went down with an injury that week, and hasn’t seen the field since. John posted just one reception for 15 yards; and it was that single reception that allowed Michigan to win that week one game against St. Louis.

Something to note: Devin Ross was moved back to the inactive roster. He had been on injured reserve the last few weeks, but now looks poised to make a return sooner than later.

Final Thoughts

With the Panthers clinching a playoff spot this week, the team is now looking to refine their roster as they look to take on the Birmingham Stallions after the regular season is complete.

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