Archive for March, 2009

Another future pro from the small-school ranks?

The Grand Valley State Pro Day was held on March 9, with nearby schools Michigan Tech, Hillsdale College and Ferris State also sending players to work out. Representatives from 17 NFL teams, including an assistant linebackers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals, were in attendance to watch five players work out indoors on FieldTurf. Gil Brandt also had reports from Stillman College and Furman.

UMass, Iowa St., Akron, Towson hold pro days

The University of Massachusetts held its annual pro day on March 26 outdoors on FieldTurf, with representatives from eight NFL teams in attendance to watch eight former Minutemen, as well as players from five area schools. Gil Brandt also has reports for Iowa State, Akron and Towson.

T.O. vents about Cowboys’ decision to cut him

Although he landed with the Buffalo Bills, Terrell Owens isn’t happy the Dallas Cowboys released him. In fact, T.O. said the move came about earlier this month because of a conspiracy, the Toronto Globe and Mail reports, citing a Rogers Sportsnet interview with the out-spoken wide receiver.

Weaver explains calling Eagles his ‘secondary choice’

Leonard Weaver hasn’t been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles for long, but he’s already dealing with the city’s notoriously fickle media and fans. That’s because after signing a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Eagles earlier this week, the fullback said Philadelphia was his “secondary choice.”

Veteran Coleman ‘needed a break’ when he sat out ’08

Everyone needs time away from their job. And, yes, that includes NFL players. Take the case of Rod Coleman. The 32-year-old defensive tackle decided to sit out the 2008 season despite receiving interest from other NFL teams after he was cut by the Atlanta Falcons, he told the Times-Picayune of New Orleans.

Veteran DE Daniels ready to return to Redskins

Phillip Daniels won’t be gone from the Washington Redskins for long. The veteran defensive end, who was cut by the Redskins last month, expects to return for a sixth year with the team, The Washington Times reports.

No extension talk yet between Cowboys, Phillips

Wade Phillips‘ status as the Cowboys’ coach seems to be an ever-going debate in the Dallas media. Now comes a Dallas Morning News report that Phillips is entering the final year of a three-year contract without any talk of an extension between himself and the team.

Norfolk St., Temple, North Dakota St. hold pro days

The Norfolk State Pro Day was held on March 20 with representatives from 15 NFL teams in attendance, including Dolphins defensive backs coach Todd Bowles, who arrived one day early and met with CB Don Carey (5-11 3/8, 192 pounds). Bowles then ran the pro-day drills the following day. Gil Brandt also has reports from Temple and North Dakota State.

Johnson’s future with Chiefs could be decided soon

On the same day that Larry Johnson received two years of probation for pleading guilty to two counts of disturbing the peace, the Kansas City Star reports that the running back’s future with the Chiefs could depend on the outcome of Wednesday’s grievance hearing with the team.

German OL Vollmer impressive at Houston Pro Day

The University of Houston held its pro day Friday indoors on AstroTurf in front of representatives from 17 NFL teams. Twelve players took part in the workout, which included a huge breakfast for scouts at 7:30 a.m. with burritos and fruit in what was an overall great day and a great workout. Gil Brandt also has a report on Nevada’s pro day.

Northern Illinois, Miss. St., Utah St. hold pro days

Northern Illinois was among three teams holding pro day workouts on Friday, and that meant DE/LB Larry English (6-2 1/2, 251 pounds) was front and center. Gil Brandt also has updates on Mississippi State and Utah State.

Strahan knows all about Fandemonium

In his 15-year NFL career, future Hall of Famer Michael Strahan has come across hardcore NFL fans of every shape and size.

Weather a problem at Jackson State, Alcorn State

Weather was a factor at recent pro days at Jackson State and Alcorn State.

On March 25, Jackson State had to move its pro day to the Velocity Sports Performance facility in Ridgeland, Miss., after rain forced the event indoors. Representatives from 15 NFL teams were in attendance to watch nine players work out on a FieldTurf-type surface. John Dorsey, the Packers’ director of college scouting, and Rick Reiprish, the Saints’ director of college scouting, ran the show.

Chiefs RB Johnson sentenced to two years’ probation

The Kansas City Star reports that Chiefs RB Larry Johnson pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of disturbing the peace. Both incidents occurred more than a year ago and involved two different women inside Kansas City nightclubs.

Vikings match Bengals’ offer sheet on FB Tahi

Vikings FB Naufahu Tahi was ready to return to the Bengals, who signed him out of BYU in 2006, after his former team submitted a one-year, $1.4 million sheet for the restricted free agent last week.

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