Michigan Panthers Sign QB Bryce Perkins, E.J. Perry To IR

Michigan Panthers Sign QB Bryce Perkins, E.J. Perry To IR

The Michigan Panthers have lost starting QB E.J. Perry for the season. This has led to the team signing Bryce Perkins, filling that third signal caller position prior to week five’s matchup against Memphis.

For the Panthers, losing Perry for the year is a tough pill to swallow. He went down with a hamstring injury in their game against San Antonio, and while he tried to stay in originally, it turned out that the injury was “more severe than expected” according to HC Mike Nolan.

Perry joined Michigan late last year, helping lift them to the playoffs. This year, E.J. had an up and down outing through four weeks. His offensive line did not give him much protection, which didn’t help. Perry finished the year with 664 passing yards, and two touchdowns, to three interceptions. On the ground, E.J. was lethal. He led the UFL with four rushing scores, totaling 151 yards.

Bryce Perkins Career

Enter Bryce Perkins. The Panthers need a playmaker to come in to attempt to replace E.J., and Bryce is the prospect who has the potential to accomplish that. He began his college career at Arizona State, but hardly saw playing time. In 2017, he went to Arizona Western JC, tossing 7 touchdowns alongside 1,311 passing yards.

When Bryce Perkins made his way to Virginia, he thrived. In two years he threw for over 6,200 yards – totaling 47 touchdowns to 21 interceptions. Perkins is a dual threat QB, rushing for almost 1,700 yards across that span.

He was signed as an UDFA to the Los Angeles Rams in 2020, and eventually landed on their practice squad. Perkins started in one game for the Rams in 2022, going 13/23 with 100 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INT’s.

Now, Perkins will look to continue his professional career in the UFL. He’s a nice fit into the offense, as he features a similar skill set to what OC Marcel Bellefeuille is looking for in a quarterback.

Final Thoughts

For now, Danny Etling is set to start at quarterback for the Michigan Panthers. He filled in for Perry in San Antonio, throwing for 105 yards and a touchdown in the second half.

General Manager Steve Kazor has ties to the Los Angeles Rams, having been a scout there for quite some time. It’s likely that he already had a connection with Bryce, and now brings him in for the remainder of the season.

With a 2-2 record, the Michigan Panthers can’t afford to take any more setbacks, just barely hanging on to the #2 seed in the USFL Conference. They face the Memphis Showboats on the road this Sunday, with an opportunity to really pull ahead in their division.

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