The Michigan Panthers announced via the UFL Communications Department that they signed quarterback Brian Lewerke on Wednesday. Lewerke was previously cut by the Panthers on Sunday, March 10 as the team got their roster down to 58 players.

Davis Cheek was previously expected to be the Panthers’ third-string quarterback but has recently been placed on the retirement list. Following Cheek’s retirement the Panthers have brought Lewerke back to fill that spot on the roster.

Brian Lewerke, QB, Michigan State (27 y/o, 6’3, 210 lbs)

Lewerke played in 40 games with 37 starts for the Michigan State Spartans from 2015 to 2019. He accumulated 8,293 passing yards and 47 touchdowns with 32 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,258 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Following his collegiate career, he signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2020 and was waived in early September of 2020. He signed with the New York Giants ahead of the 2021 season where he remained until he was waived in May of 2022. Lewerke signed with the Michigan Panthers in May of 2023 and was among the players protected ahead of the UFL Dispersal Draft.

QB Davis Cheek – Elon (24 y/o, 6’3, 217 lbs)

Cheek was acquired by the Michigan Panthers in the first phase of the UFL Dispersal Draft. He played his collegiate football for Elon University where he played in 41 games with 40 starts. He passed for 8,548 yards and 51 touchdowns with 21 interceptions over his collegiate career.

Cheek signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2022 and was waived in July. He was signed to Carolina’s practice squad in December of 2022. He spent 2023 with the New Orleans Breakers where he finished the season as the 2nd string quarterback behind McLeod Bethel-Thompson.

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Jonathan Clink
Jonathan Clink will work as UFL News Hub's primary correspondent covering the Michigan Panthers for the 2024. He has written over 250 articles covering the Canadian Football League prior to joining UFL News Hub. Clink is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba and currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has a background in several other sports as well having played soccer, basketball, and hockey competitively.

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