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Dante Wesley
CB #21
Height:
6-1
Weight:
210
College:
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Hometown:
Pine Bluff, Ark.
Experience:
8
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 107 105 94 11 2 0 18 0 0 0 -- 0
2010 DET 3 2 2 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2009 CAR 15 12 11 1 1 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2008 CAR 16 9 8 1 0 0 3 -- -- -- -- --
2007 CAR 2 2 2 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2006 CHI 13 10 9 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2005 CAR 16 17 16 1 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2004 CAR 13 20 18 2 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2003 CAR 16 16 14 2 1 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2002 CAR 13 17 14 3 0 -- 8 -- -- -- -- --
Fumbles
YearTeamGFUMLostFFOWN FROPP FROWN YDSOPP YDSTDOOBSftyTB
TOTAL 107 1 1 4 0 5 0 12 1 0 0 0
2010 DET 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 CAR 15 -- -- 0 -- 2 -- 0 -- -- -- --
2008 CAR 16 -- -- 1 0 1 0 12 1 -- -- --
2007 CAR 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 CHI 13 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 0 0
2005 CAR 16 -- -- 1 -- 1 -- 0 -- -- -- --
2004 CAR 13 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2003 CAR 16 -- -- 1 -- 1 -- 0 -- -- -- --
2002 CAR 13 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Punt Return
YearTeamGRetRetYAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 107 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2010 DET 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 CAR 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 CAR 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 CAR 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 CHI 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2005 CAR 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 CAR 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2003 CAR 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2002 CAR 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Kick Return
YearTeamGRetYdsAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 107 1 15 15 15 0 0 0 0 0
2010 DET 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 CAR 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 CAR 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 CAR 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 CHI 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 CAR 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 CAR 13 1 15 15 15 0 0 0 0 0
2003 CAR 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2002 CAR 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Bio

TRANSACTIONS
Reinstated to roster by NFL (10/26/09)...Suspended for violation of player safety rules by NFL (10/21/09)...Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by Carolina (2/29/08)...Placed on injured reserve with a broken collarbone by Carolina (9/17/07)...Signed as a free agent by Carolina (9/3/07)...Released by New England (9/1/07)...Traded by Chicago to New England in exchange for a 2008 undisclosed draft choice (8/7/07)...Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Chicago (3/16/06)...Selected by Carolina in the fourth round  (100th overall) of the NFL Draft (4/21/02).

GP/GS
Career (104/2) [11/0]; 2009 (15/0); 2008 (16/0) [1/0]; 2007 (2/0); 2006 (13/0) [3/0]; 2005 (16/0) [3/0]; 2004 (13/0); 2003 (16/1) [4/0]; 2002 (13/1).

2008
Played in all 16 games, appearing primarily on special teams...Tied for third on the team with 11 tackles, forced one fumble and recovered two fumbles, including one returned for a touchdown, on special teams...Collected one tackle on defense...At Oakland (11/9): Caused a fumble by Raiders kick returner Johnnie Lee Higgins on opening kickoff that was recovered by Adam Seward...At New Orleans (12/28): Scored first career touchdown after recovering a fumble by Saints kick returner Skyler Green that was forced by linebacker Landon Johnson and returning it 12 yards for a touchdown...NFC Divisional Playoffs Vs. Arizona (1/10): Contributed on special teams.

2007
Signed as a free agent by Carolina (9/3) after being released by New England prior to the start of the regular season (9/1)...Played in two games and saw action primarily on special teams before being placed on injured reserve with a broken collarbone (9/19)...Notched two special teams tackles...Vs. Houston (9/16): Suffered a broken collarbone while making a tackle on kickoff coverage...Traded by Chicago to New England in exchange for a 2008 undisclosed draft choice (8/7).

2006
Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Chicago (3/16)...Played in 13 games...Gathered 13 special teams tackles...Added two tackles on defense...Inactive at the New York Giants (11/12), at the New York Jets (11/19) and at New England (11/26) with an injured left knee... POSTSEASON: Played in all three contests...Tied for second on the team with five special teams tackles...Vs. Miami (11/5): Suffered a left knee injury on kick coverage that caused him to be inactive for the next three games...NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Seattle (1/14): Led the Bears with three special teams tackles.

2005
Played in all 16 games for Carolina...Compiled 12 tackles and one forced fumble...Accounted for eight tackles and one fumble recovery on special teams...Member of punt coverage unit that ranked fifth in the League in opponent punt return average...Efforts helped punter Jason Baker lead the NFC with a then-team record 38.9-yard net average...POSTSEASON: Played in all three contests...Tied for the team lead with four special teams tackles to go along with one fumble recovery...At New Orleans (12/18): Recovered a fumbled punt in the fourth quarter by Saints punt returner Az-Zahir Hakim, which resulted in a Panthers field goal...At Atlanta (1/1): Jarred the ball loose from Falcons running back T.J. Duckett in the fourth quarter to force a fumble that was recovered by cornerback Ricky Manning, Jr. and returned eight yards for a touchdown...NFC Wild Card at New York Giants (1/8): Recovered a muffed punt by Giants punt returner Gibril Wilson to set up a Panthers field goal late in the second quarter.

2004
Played in 13 games for Carolina...Primarily utilized on special teams, where he finished second on the team with 18 stops...Registered seven tackles on defense...Inactive versus Green Bay (9/13), at Kansas City (9/19) and versus Atlanta (10/3)...Vs. Oakland (11/7): Amassed a career-high seven tackles.

2003
Played in all 16 games with one start for Carolina...Produced eight tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and four passes defensed...Recorded six tackles on special teams as part of coverage unit that ranked fifth in the NFL in opponent kickoff return average...POSTSEASON: Played in all four contests...Notched two tackles and one pass defensed...Vs. Philadelphia (11/30): Saw action at nickel back after Terry Cousin left the game with a calf injury...At Atlanta (12/7): Collected first career sack and forced a fumble on the same play when he dropped Falcons quarterback Michael Vick for a six-yard loss...At Arizona (12/14): Started as an extra defensive back when the Panthers opened in a nickel defense...Recovered a fumble by Cardinals running back Marcel Shipp.

2002
Selected in the fourth round (100th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina...Played in 13 games with one start...Posted 28 tackles, one forced fumble and nine passes defensed...Contributed to secondary that finished fourth in the NFL in pass defense and second in the League in third-down efficiency...Inactive versus Baltimore (9/8), versus Detroit (9/15) and at Minnesota (9/22) with a sports hernia... Appeared at nickel back versus Arizona (10/6), at Dallas (10/13) and at Atlanta (10/20) due to an injury to Reggie Howard...At Tampa Bay (11/17): Accumulated a season-high five tackles...Forced a second-quarter fumble by Buccaneers running back Michael Pittman that was recovered by defensive end Mike Rucker and led to a Panthers field goal...At Cleveland (12/1): Made first NFL start when Carolina began the game with five defensive backs...Helped defense tie its season low with 12 completions allowed...Vs. Cincinnati (12/8): Equaled season best with five tackles.

COLLEGE
Played final three seasons at Arkansas-Pine Bluff following two years at Arkansas...Started all 32 games he played during career at Arkansas-Pine Bluff...Totaled 93 tackles, seven interceptions, 35 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries... 2001 (Sr.): First-team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection...Started 11 games...Led the Golden Lions with four interceptions and 11 passes defensed...Notched 27 tackles...2000 (Jr.): Second-team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference choice... Started 10 games despite playing the entire season with a broken bone in his left hand...Ranked first in the conference with 17 passes defensed...Posted 33 tackles and one forced fumble...1999 (So.): Transferred to Arkansas-Pine Bluff from Arkansas...Moved to cornerback from safety...Second-team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection...Started 11 games...Finished second on the team with three interceptions...Posted 33 tackles, a team-leading seven passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown...1998 (Fr.): Switched from wide receiver to safety for the Razorbacks...Appeared in 11 games as a reserve free safety...Contributed four tackles... 1997: Redshirted as a true freshman at Arkansas...Walked on the team as a wide receiver.

PERSONAL
Attended Watson Chapel HS in Pine Bluff, Ark....Graduated with a degree in general studies and business management in June 2005.

 

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    New York Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon (87) is tackled by Carolina Panthers' Jordan Senn (57) and Dante Wesley (21) in the first quarter of an NFL football game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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    New York Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon (87) is tackled by Carolina Panthers linebacker Jordan Senn, left, and cornerback Dante Wesley (21) in the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Panthers won 41-9. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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    Carolina Panthers cornerback Dante Wesley (21) reacts near the end of a 30-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints in their NFL football game in New Orleans Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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    Carolina Panthers' Dante Wesley (21) recovers the ball after a punt against the Washington Redskins in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009. The Panthers won 20-17. (AP Photo/Rick Havner)
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    June 4, 2009 at OTAs.