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Odell Beckham Sr. joins Justin Allen at Pro Fit in Houston

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Texas has always reigned supreme in the world of high school and college football. Houston native, and younger brother of Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen, embraces this fact. Following in his brothers footsteps, Justin enrolled and played at New Mexico State University. Despite having all the

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Texas has always reigned supreme in the world of high school and college football. Houston native, and younger brother of Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen, embraces this fact. Following in his brothers footsteps, Justin enrolled and played at New Mexico State University. Despite having all the attributes necessary to play at the next level, Justin was plagued with injuries; an eventual hip replacement would ultimately cut his playing days short. Justin found his home at Pro Fit Houston as an owner and head trainer and has forged significant relationships across the college and high school football landscape. Justin has experience working with many four and five star recruits, including top talent ranked #1 for their respective positions. The top talent has also garnered notice from some of college football’s most notable names including Tom Herman (Texas), Tyron Carrier (WVU), Major Applewhite (Houston), and Jeff Scott (Clemson).

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The newest member of the Pro Fit family, Odell Beckham Senior, is a Missouri, Texas native and father/mentor to Giants receiver OBJ. Odell Beckham Senior was a starting running back at LSU in the early 90’s, where he met Odell Junior’s mother, and set the path to stardom for the oldest of his three sons. He has quitely been the mentor, coach, and role model to one of the most talented, yet vilified, stars playing in the most hostile city in the NFL. Players across the league and college landscape refer to Odell Senior as “Unc”, short for uncle, and it is a name and role he fully embraces. Odell Senior joins Pro Fit looking to give back to his community and provide opportunities for young men coming up in the sport, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. His aim is to give those kids, from across the country, what he wanted or may have needed and didn’t attain. Essentially, everything he provided for Odell Junior and his two younger sons.

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Just as Lebron has Irving running the point and big Kevin Love creating unique, ideal, matchups, the third partner at Pro Fit is Ro Sumon Junior. Ro is the team’s technician, meticulously working on footwork and postural mechanics with all the players coming through Pro Fit.  In addition to what he brings to the table as a trainer / coach, Ro has a unique relationship with a good mix of high school, college, and budding NFL stars. This is something each Allen, Beckham Sr, and Ro have in common. First, and foremost, come their players / clients who are embraced as family from day one. Furthermore, what is truly remarkable about these three individuals, is that they truly care for the self-betterment and overall well-being for each of their guys and their immediate families. Their collective will and determination to see their players are fulfilled and achieving their goals is unparalleled in the representation side of the sports & entertainment business.

 

 

The elite talent training at Pro Fit include Elandon Roberts, Brendan Langley, Derrick Matthews, Brendan Langley, Innis Gaines, Devwah Whalely, Innis Gaines, Devwah Whaley, Kameron Martin, Graylin Arnold, J’Mon Moore, and Joshua Simmons, all currently playing in the NFL. If not weren’t impressive enough, their high school class of players working out at Pro Fit is something to be reckon with, not even Exos is bringing in this type of young talent from ages 15-18. To give just a small sample size, Marvin Wilson, the #1 DT & #2 ranked player nationally, and FSU commit; Anthony Cook, the #1 CB nationally, with offers from every competitor from the SEC to the Pac-12; then there’s 4 & 5 star recruits such as D’Shawn Jamison, Jamal Morris, Erik Young, and Jaylon Green. We’re hardly scratching the surface here folks, and that’s astonishing given the most recent addition of Odell Senior to the Pro Fit team. It seems as though a new era of high school, college, and professional football coaching, training, and mentorship is upon us, and it’s right here in Texas, where all things are bigger.

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Mike Evans forming ‘awesome’ tandem with DeSean Jackson, holding football camp

Mike Evans’ star turn during his breakthrough season with Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year saw him emerge as one of the top wide receivers in the NFL.
Although Evans routinely dominated cornerbacks with his rare combination of size,
Mike Evans’ star turn during his breakthrough season with Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year saw him emerge as one of the top wide receivers in the NFL.
Although Evans routinely dominated cornerbacks with his rare combination of size, athleticism and route-running skills and was named to his first Pro Bowl, the former Texas A&M star from Galveston dealt with a constant strategy of double-team coverage intended to curtail his impact. There simply wasn’t a deep-threat presence opposite Evans to challenge defenses and divert defensive backs’ attention.
Now, Evans will have the advantage of working in concert with veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson. He’s excited about forming a dynamic tandem with Jackson, who signed a three-year, $33.5 million contract with the Buccaneers this offseason.
“This is going to be awesome,” Evans said. “Obviously, I think we could be one of the best tandems in the league. DeSean is an explosive receiver. I think we can do great things together.
“As soon as he got signed, we had dinner and we connected right away. We knew each other already. I’ve always been a fan of his game and the swagger he brings. Having him on the team will be very helpful.”
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Since being drafted seventh overall in 2014, Evans caught a career-high 96 passes for 1,321 yards and tied his personal best with a dozen touchdown catches.
In three NFL seasons, the former Aggies consensus All-American and first-round draft pick has caught 288 career passes for 3,578 yards and 27 touchdowns while catching passes from improving young quarterback Jameis Winston.
The Buccaneers exercised a fifth-year team option for 2018 for Evans in April that’s worth $13.258 million.
“Mike is a Buc for life,” Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said when the team exercised the option. “ can promise you at some point, I can’t tell you when, we’ll be contacting his agent to try to make him an offer that will make him a Buc for long term.”
That commitment is expected to eventually culminate with a lucrative contract extension for Evans, who’s represented by agent Deryk Gilmore.
“I feel the same way,” Evans said. “I want to be a Buccaneer for a long time. I have a great relationship with everyone here. I want to be with Jameis. We can be one of the best duos out there. If everything falls in line, I just want to be with him and my teammates for a long time.
“We’ll see how it plays out. I’m hoping everything will play out well. I think we’ve got a good thing going. I just want to be around. I love this group of guys.”
Since being drafted by the Buccaneers, Evans has yet to make the playoffs. The Buccaneers finally achieved a winning record, a 9-7 mark last season, under new coach Dirk Koetter. They went 2-14 and 6-10 in Evans’ first two NFL seasons.
“Our goal is to make the playoffs first,” Evans said. “If we get into the tournament, anything can happen. Last year, we beat some quality opponents. We beat some playoff teams.
“We were in a lot of close games with teams that made the playoffs. I think we can be a contender. We have the talent. We have to put in the work. We look great on paper.”
However the Buccaneers wind up doing, their progress will be immortalized and televised by HBO on the popular “Hard Knocks’ program. Evans was initially wary of being on the show, which has an all-access format with a heavy presence of cameras chronicling training camp.
“At first, I didn’t want to be on Hard Knocks,” Evans said. “I like watching it and seeing other teams on it. I guess it’s going to be a cool chance for our fans to see a different side of it and how we work. I think it will be cool and I don’t think it will be too much of a distraction.”
Evans avoided trouble while living in the Galveston housing projects and overcame a family tragedy at age 9 when his father, Mickey, was murdered by Evans’ uncle. Sam Kilgore, Evans’ uncle, stabbed and shot Mickey Evans after becoming enraged by the domestic violence his sister, Heather Kilgore, had been subjected to by Evans’ dad. Sam Kilgore was originally sentenced to 38 years, but is serving a life prison for killing is cellmate a decade ago.
“I’ve always had great mentors,” Evans said. “I’ve had a lot of great friends and people in my life. It all helps. You’ve got to live on and stay positive and give back to others.”
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Growing up in Galveston, Evans interacted with former Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl nose tackle Casey Hampton during his annual football camps.
That planted a lasting seed with Evans.
 
Evans will hold his second annual football camp on June 24 at Ball High School in Galveston. Among the other players scheduled to attend: New England Patriots linebacker and former University of Houston standout Elandon Roberts, and  former Aggies wide receivers Derel Walker, Ryan Swope and Travis Labhart.
Evans’ football camp is being held through a partnership with the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce (registration available at galvestonchamber.com) and is intended for children ages 8 to 14. The camp will include football drills and stress the importance of teamwork and education. The camp is sponsored by the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, GISD,  Texas A&M, UTMB, Mario’s Seawall, Ball High School and the Buccaneers.
“I’m just giving them an experience,” Evans said. “I’m giving them an opportunity to come out and have fun. It’s a chance for to give back to my city. They get to be around a professional athlete and learn from me and my friends.”
Evans averaged 18.3 points and 8.4 rebounds in basketball at Ball, where he was an all-district selection as a senior in his lone season playing football, catching 25 passes for 648 yards and seven touchdowns.
Evans declared early for the draft after a final season in College Station in which he caught 69 passes for 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns as the primary wide receiver for trouble-prone quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Evans caught 68 passes for 1,051 yards and 12 scores as a rookie and 74 passes for 1,206 yards and three touchdowns in his second NFL season.
 “I’ve been blessed,” said Evans, who’s married to Ashli Dotson and has a daughter. “I just want to share that with people, the kids. Everybody had so much fun last year. I love kids. I know a lot of kids from the area.
“It’s just fun seeing everybody and interacting and playing with them, especially the younger ones. They can compete. It’s fun seeing them happy.” 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Alabama pass rusher Tim Williams has rare quickness, extremely strong motivation

Alabama standout Tim Williams has rare talent as a pass rusher. He's a whirling dervish rushing off the edge, dominating blockers with his unique repertoire of moves and athleticism.

"My first two steps, I feel like I'm the quickest guy getting off the rock," Williams said in a telephone interview. "I've got a lot of

Alabama standout Tim Williams has rare talent as a pass rusher. He’s a whirling dervish rushing off the edge, dominating blockers with his unique repertoire of moves and athleticism.

“My first two steps, I feel like I’m the quickest guy getting off the rock,” Williams said in a telephone interview. “I’ve got a lot of moves. I can spin move, bull rush, get around the corner, just get to that quarterback and make sure I get the head of the snake. I can be a predator on the field.

“Whoever drafts me, they’re going to get the best guy in the draft. A pass rusher is a hot commodity. When they get me, they’re getting the best guy.”

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NFL executives agree with Williams’ self-assessment, noting his 4.6 speed, 30 tackles for losses and 20 sacks.

“He is like no talent we have ever seen,” an NFC scout said. “Easily the best edge rusher in the draft.”

“You know we know this kid,” an AFC general manager said. “This kid is a talent. We took a chance on guys like that in the past and it paid off.

“We believe Tim loves football. You gotta win, so you take chances. We need a pass rusher.”

Williams is 6-3, 245 pounds and has run the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds. He plays even faster, though.

“Tim has the quickest first step off the line since Jadeveon Clowney,” New York Giants Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins said in an ESPN podcast regarding his former Crimson Tide teammate.

Williams has displayed increased maturity. A father of two daughters, he’s extremely motivated to succeed.

“It gives me more reason to go out there and get it,” Williams said. “I have two beautiful daughters motivating me to make it and be their role model.”

Williams drew praise for being honest and forthcoming about his past mistakes, including acknowledging some failed drug tests in the past when he was a younger player at Alabama. He’s put those mistakes behind him, Williams insists. Williams enters the NFL with the same status as any other incoming player.

“The teams said I was one of the best interviews they’d had,” Williams said. “I was just open and honest about everything and laid it all on the table. I let them know they’re getting a guy who what I did was in my younger days at Alabama. That’s behind me and I’m going to be a professional. They already knew everything about everything. They just wanted to see my perspective, if I grew from it, my mindset, can I be honest. It’s a billion-dollar industry. They pay guys to find out about you. You need to tell them everything and show them you’ve changed.”

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Williams has visited the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. He’s drawn considerable interest from the Ravens and Redskins.

He enjoyed his visit to Buffalo.

“It was a great meeting with the head coach, position coach and defensive coordinator,” Williams said. “I saw the city. It was snowing. I liked Buffalo a lot.”

Alabama utilized Williams as a designated pass rusher. The native of Baton Rouge, La., excelled in that role.

He was a second-team All-American and an All-Southeastern Conference selection. He recorded 31 tackles, 16 for losses and nine sacks. He had 10 1/2 sacks the previous year and 12 1/2 tackles for losses.

Williams has been working hard to gain weight and is up to 250 pounds, five pounds more than the NFL scouting combine.

Williams prepared for the combine at Michael Johnson Performance training facility in the Dallas area in McKinney, training with Brian Abadie, the high performance coordinator.

Abadie is convinced Williams loves the game and has the proper work ethic. At heart, Williams is a country boy who enjoys outdoor activities like alligator hunting.

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“He’s a very fun-loving guy who always had a smile on his face and worked very hard,” Abadie said. “Tim worked hard and bought into what we’re doing. Tim has kids. He’s a father and a family man. He’s got a lot he’s fighting for. That pushes him every day.  He showed up every day on time and ready to work. He showed maturity. He’s a very genuine guy. Having two babies changed him as a person and a man. It grounds him a little bit more.

“He was like a laser, locked in on whatever the theme of the day was. He went after it. He’s definitely a football guy. It showed every day. He came in at 225 pounds. We put him on a serious nutrition plan and he weighed 244 poundsa t the combine. Nutrition was a big goal for him. He improved his power-speed numbers a lot and maintained his speed. He can run at a different level on the fiedl. The film tells the truth. He reminds me a lot of Von Miller.”

 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Pembroke State All-American K Matt Davis works out for Chargers, Colts, Panthers

Pembroke State All-American kicker Matt Davis, who won the Fred Mitchell award as the nation's top kicker, has worked out privately for the Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers.

He's drawn interest from San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos, according to league sources. Davis has an

Pembroke State All-American kicker Matt Davis, who won the Fred Mitchell award as the nation’s top kicker, has worked out privately for the Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers.

He’s drawn interest from San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos, according to league sources. Davis has an incredibly strong leg.

As a senior, Davis hit 27 of 32 field goals, including 7 of 8 from 50 yards or beyond, and scored 119 points. His long was from 58 yards. In a narrow 19-18 victory over Concord, Davis accounted for 13 points. He also punted, setting a school record with a 78-yarder.

Davis is the all-time Division II career field goal percentage leader ahead of Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri.

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Agent Brian Overstreet negotiates free agent deals worth up to $100 million

Veteran NFL agent Brian Overstreet had one of his biggest years ever since becoming a registered NFL contract advisor, negotiating free agent contracts with a maximum value of $100 million.

The Sugarland, Texas-based representative hammered out a five-year deal worth up to $55 million for Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre' Kirkpatrick. He had a $7 million

Veteran NFL agent Brian Overstreet had one of his biggest years ever since becoming a registered NFL contract advisor, negotiating free agent contracts with a maximum value of $100 million.

The Sugarland, Texas-based representative hammered out a five-year deal worth up to $55 million for Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre’ Kirkpatrick. He had a $7 million signing bonus, $23.8 million guaranteed and his deal averages $10.5 million per year. This year, he has a $5.23 million roster bonus and a $2.55 million base salary.

Overstreet did a four-year, $30 million contract for New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Nick Fairley. The deal includes an $8 million signing bonus and $14 million guaranteed.

Overstreet also did a three-year, $10 million contract for Carolina Panthers wide receiver Russell Shepard, including a $2.1 million signing bonus., and a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers worth up to $5 million for defensive lineman Damion Square. The deal for Square includes a $1.225 million signing bonus. Square and Shepherd are now well-positioned to cash in later and hit the market in a few years.

“The agent business has a lot of ups and downs, but our guys understand how committed we are to them so it feels real good to be a major part of setting them and their families up for the future,” Overstreet said. “Each of our deals were unique and were shaped for the individuals. Dre’ Kirkpatrick was in a great position to secure his future so it was paramount for us to not only get him a multi-year deal for at least $50 million, but also to get him $15 million in the first year. I believed in Nick Fairley and his talent enough to encourage him to to take two one-year deals and he trusted in me enough to buy in. So, it was very rewarding personally to negotiate a multi-year, $30 million deal with $14 million guaranteed for him at 29 years old. For guys like Damion Square and Russell Shepard it was important for me to negotiate deals that give them both a significant amount of money now yet provide them flexibility to get back to the free agent market in the very near future. Due to the individual relationships that we share with each one of those guys, it makes it easy to understand what’s important to them and is extremely rewarding to help them reach their goals!”

“It was great to see; it worked out very well for all of our guys,” Overstreet said in a telephone interview. “It’s been a long time coming for me. You’re in this business and you try to add value and help kids and help them realize their dreams and help them in their life. From my perspective, when I first got into this business I was 28 years old, almost 20 years later, I look at it so differently.

“It was a long time before I ever had a guy who had reached retirement age and I was really close to him in age. Initially, I looked at things a whole lot differently and have a different perspective on things. Now, I can bring a lot more value and I’ve seen a lot of things good and bad. From an advisory capacity, I’m able to tell them a lot more and how to be in a good steward of your money and be in a better place.”

Overstreet has learned over the years how to adjust to a changing market and industry.

“What I’ve learned about this business is no matter how smart you are or how good your clients are, there’s no substitute for experience,” Overstreet said. “I’ve seen so much in this industry. All of that was very, very helpful with this not being my first time and knowing how to prepare for it and more importantly be able to prepare our clients for how to deal with it.

“Setting expectations is huge because, unfortunately, as agents we all value our clients differently than a lot of the teams do because we’re biased, of course. You have to monitor the market and have a great understanding of where your client stands. With my clients, we have fostered a family type atmosphere. I talk to them at least once a week or multiple times a week. We kind of have the pulse of what’s going on and how they’re playing. It’s a different dynamic.

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Louisville WR Jamari Staples works out for Browns, Lions

Louisville wide receiver Jamari Staples has worked out privately for the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions.

He was injured at the Senior Bowl all-star game.

Staples has outstanding size and speed. At 6-3, 195 pounds, he's run the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds.

An Alabama-Birmingham transfer, Staples caught 36 passes for 615 yards and

Louisville wide receiver Jamari Staples has worked out privately for the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions.

He was injured at the Senior Bowl all-star game.

Staples has outstanding size and speed. At 6-3, 195 pounds, he’s run the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds.

An Alabama-Birmingham transfer, Staples caught 36 passes for 615 yards and two touchdowns last season.

As a junior, he caught 37 passes for 638 yards and three touchdowns.

Staples caught 31 passes for 458 yards and four touchdowns as a true freshman.

Staples was a deep threat for Louisville.He’s a jump-ball threat, too, with his 36-inch vertical leap.

Staples drew high marks for his toughness, blocking and character.

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Wake Forest LB Marquell Lee works out for Ravens, Chargers, Saints, Bills

Wake Forest linebacker Marquell Lee is a traditional 3-4 inside linebacker who's been in heavy demand leading up to the NFL draft.

Lee has worked out privately for the Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Bills, among others.

The 6-3, 240-pounder has run the 40-yard dash in the 4.6 range and

Wake Forest linebacker Marquell Lee is a traditional 3-4 inside linebacker who’s been in heavy demand leading up to the NFL draft.

Lee has worked out privately for the Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Bills, among others.

The 6-3, 240-pounder has run the 40-yard dash in the 4.6 range and bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times.

An all-conference selection and aggressive tackle, he had 20 tackles for losses last season and 105 total tackles along with a career-high 7 1/2 sacks.

A two-time team captain, he had 71 tackles, 10 for losses and three sacks as a junior and 101 tackles, 12 for losses and four sacks as a sophomore.

Lee is a strong run-stopper with pass-rushing skills.

 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Louisville safety Josh Harvey-Clemons works out for Giants, Bills, Jets

Louisville safety Josh Harvey-Clemons has prototypical size for his position.

The 6-5, 220-pound Georgia transfer has worked out privately for the New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, among others.

Harvey-Clemons was dismissed from the Georgia program due to failed marijuana tests after enrolling there as the top-ranked outside linebacker recruit in the

Louisville safety Josh Harvey-Clemons has prototypical size for his position.

The 6-5, 220-pound Georgia transfer has worked out privately for the New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, among others.

Harvey-Clemons was dismissed from the Georgia program due to failed marijuana tests after enrolling there as the top-ranked outside linebacker recruit in the nation.

He started as a sophomore for the Bulldogs and had 66 tackles and an interception.

Harvey-Clemons capitalized on his fresh start at Louisville playing for Todd Grantham, and had 88 tackles, two for losses, three interceptions and six pass breakups in his first season there. Last season, he was second-team all-conference and had 61 tackles, four for losses and two sacks.

He’s drawn comparisons to Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor due to his size, athleticism and hitting ability.

 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Wyoming RB Brian Hill visits Vikings, Chiefs

Wyoming running back Brian Hill is a rising draft prospect.

He's visited several teams, including the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs.

He has worked out privately for the Atlanta Falcons.

Hill is drawing comparisons to NFL running back Jordan Howard.

At 6-1, 219 pounds, he's run the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds and posted

Wyoming running back Brian Hill is a rising draft prospect.

He’s visited several teams, including the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs.

He has worked out privately for the Atlanta Falcons.

Hill is drawing comparisons to NFL running back Jordan Howard.

At 6-1, 219 pounds, he’s run the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds and posted a 34-inch vertical leap.

 

Hill rushed for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns last season and was named first-team All-Mountain West Conference.

As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,631 yards and six touchdowns.

 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans’ stock rising

Virginia Tech dual-threat quarterback Jerod Evans' draft stock is on the rise.

Evans is flying under the media radar, but has drawn considerable interest from several NFL teams.

That includes the Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Chargers, among others.

Evans declined an offer from Texas A&M to sign with the

Virginia Tech dual-threat quarterback Jerod Evans’ draft stock is on the rise.

Evans is flying under the media radar, but has drawn considerable interest from several NFL teams.

That includes the Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Chargers, among others.

Evans declined an offer from Texas A&M to sign with the Hokies.

In his only season in Blacksburg, he completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 3,546 yards and 29 touchdowns against just eight interceptions. Evans rushed for 846 yards and a dozen scores.

He started his career at Air Force, but injured his knee and transferred to Trinity Valley Junior College before signing with Virginia Tech.

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Chargers work out Youngstown State running back Jody Webb

The San Diego Chargers conducted a private workout for Youngstown State running back Jody Webb, according to a league source.

Webb owns the school record with 5,247 all-purpose yards, rushing for 3,259 yards and adding 896 yards on 73 catches with 1,092 yards on kickoff returns. He set another school record with 2,279 all-purpose yards,

The San Diego Chargers conducted a private workout for Youngstown State running back Jody Webb, according to a league source.

Webb owns the school record with 5,247 all-purpose yards, rushing for 3,259 yards and adding 896 yards on 73 catches with 1,092 yards on kickoff returns. He set another school record with 2,279 all-purpose yards, including 1,342 rushing yards, 521 kickoff return yard sand 415 receiving yards. He set a record with 331 all-purpose yards against Wofford.

During his March 14 Pro Day, the 5-8, 186-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 and 4.41 seconds. He bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times, broad jumped 9-2, had a 30-inch vertical, a 4.24 short shuttle, a 6.97 three-cone drill and an 11.59 in the 60-yard shuttle.

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Cowboys work out Temple RB Jahad Thomas

The Dallas Cowboys conducted a private workout today for Temple running back Jahad Thomas, according to a league source.

He was a second-team all-conference selection, rushing for 953 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. He caught 33 passes for 418 yards and six scores.

As a junior, he rushed for 1,262 yards and had 1,677

The Dallas Cowboys conducted a private workout today for Temple running back Jahad Thomas, according to a league source.

He was a second-team all-conference selection, rushing for 953 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. He caught 33 passes for 418 yards and six scores.

As a junior, he rushed for 1,262 yards and had 1,677 all-purpose yards and scored 114 points.

As a sophomore, he had 150 receiving yards against Houston. He was the primary kickoff returner as a freshman.

In high school in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he was the fourth-ranked running back in the state and was a North-South all-star game participant. He was a starter on a nationally-ranked basketball team.

 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Kevin Snead shows off speed for NFL scouts

Carson-Newman wide receiver and track star Kevin Snead has rare speed. He was known as the fastest man in college football.

The track All-American displayed that athleticism at the NFL regional scouting combine

He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 to 4.3 seconds with a 38 1/2 inch vertical leap and a 10-7 broad jump.

Carson-Newman wide receiver and track star Kevin Snead has rare speed. He was known as the fastest man in college football.

The track All-American displayed that athleticism at the NFL regional scouting combine

He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 to 4.3 seconds with a 38 1/2 inch vertical leap and a 10-7 broad jump.

He has a March 31 Pro Day.

Snead has posted a 10.21 in the 100 meters and a 20.75 in the 200 meters.

Over a dozen NFL teams are interested in Snead, who has a background at defensive back and has also returned kicks.

“I’m excited that I got the chance to show what I can do for the scouts,” said Snead, who’s represented by veteran NFL agent and former Northwestern football player Chris Martin. “I don’t feel like anyone can catch me in the open field. I’m working hard and can’t wait to get my opportunity.”

 

 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Georgia Tech’s Pat Gamble on the mend, looking forward to draft

Despite dealing with a torn hip labrum last season, Georgia Tech defensive tackle Pat Gamble had a career breakthrough season.

He recorded 54 tackles, 7 1/2 sacks and 10 1/2 tackles for losses.

Now, Gamble is getting healthy after undergoing surgery and preparing for the NFL draft with some projections of being a middle-round draft

Despite dealing with a torn hip labrum last season, Georgia Tech defensive tackle Pat Gamble had a career breakthrough season.

He recorded 54 tackles, 7 1/2 sacks and 10 1/2 tackles for losses.

Now, Gamble is getting healthy after undergoing surgery and preparing for the NFL draft with some projections of being a middle-round draft target.

“I feel real good about it, getting up every day training hard and getting myself prepared,” Gamble said in a telephone interview. “I played my entire senior year with the hip injury. I had surgery in January and the recovery time is three to five months. I should be able to do some field stuff by June.”

Gamble is working out at Georgia Tech. He plans to do interviews and the bench press at his Pro Day.

“I’m very determined,” Gamble said. “It’s a dream I had my whole life since I started playing ball. I love the game. I put it all on the line for my brothers on the team. I’m real determined to play the game and reach that next level.

“They’ll get a hard worker, a grinder, very tough, physical football player, very coachable, a guy who loves the game of football and they’ll get a lot out of me. My best football is ahead of me. I’m a grinder.”

An honorable-mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection last year, Gamble majored in media.

“I love music and video production,” Gamble said. “Once the game is all said and done, that’s something I want to do.”

 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Villanova tackle Brad Seaton is a small-school riser

Villanova offensive tackle Brad Seaton is a rising small-school draft prospect in the mold of NFL offensive linemen Jared Veldheer and Zach Strief.

The 6-8, 310-pound New York native recently participated in the College Gridiron Showcase where he met with the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Tampa

Villanova offensive tackle Brad Seaton is a rising small-school draft prospect in the mold of NFL offensive linemen Jared Veldheer and Zach Strief.

The 6-8, 310-pound New York native recently participated in the College Gridiron Showcase where he met with the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears.

“It was awesome,” Seaton said. “It was a great experience for me. I’m glad I went. I think I showed how athletic I am, how dominant I can be. I have strong technique, a good feel for the game. I can take good angles. I’m big enough to play with a lot of momentum and athletic enough to move.”

Represented by veteran agent Chris Martin, Seaton is training at SPI in  Tampa, Fla.

“I’m super excited,” Seaton said. “I’m a small-school guy who’s going to turn a lot of heads.”

 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Popular Schutt helmets on the rise in NFL

Change is inevitable in the National Football League. Players change teams. Coaching staffs are constantly changing as are the human components in each front office of every NFL team.
 
This past season, change was also evident on the heads of a significant number of NFL players. More
Change is inevitable in the National Football League. Players change teams. Coaching staffs are constantly changing as are the human components in each front office of every NFL team.
 
This past season, change was also evident on the heads of a significant number of NFL players. More than 150 NFL players switched from their previous helmets to a pair of new helmets from Schutt Sports, the Vengeance Z10 and the Vengeance Pro, which made its debut this past season.
 
“I’ve worn a Schutt helmet since I played in college at SMU and the Z10 is the most comfortable Schutt helmet I’ve ever worn,” said New Orleans Saints cornerback Sterling Moore. “The fit of the Z10 is tremendous and when I buckled the chinstrap I couldn’t believe how light it felt. Even though it was significantly lighter, the Z10 felt like it offered just as much protection as I had before, maybe even more.”
 
The Z10 features a sleeker, more streamlined helmet shell that’s significantly lighter than other helmets. Having a lighter helmet can greatly improve the fit of a helmet. One innovative advancement of the Z10 is the Helmet Stabilization System- a fitting system that cradles and frames the head inside the helmet and improves the performance.
 
“The initial thing I noticed when I put on the Z10 for the first time was how well it fit and I will say it’s the most comfortable helmet I have ever worn,” said Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson who switched to the Z10 this year. “It’s lighter than any helmet I’ve worn. It’s unbelievably light. So light, in fact, that I wondered if it could stand up to an NFL pounding.  It’s great. My jaw is more stable and it feels like my entire face is more anchored than in previous helmets.” 
 
Schutt continues to push technological advancements in its helmets, but has also bet that focusing on the fit of the helmet, making it fit better and making it easier for players to wear properly, will pay off.
 
“The launch of the two new Vengeance helmets, the Z10 and the Pro, are the most successful helmet launches in our history,” said Glenn Beckmann, Director of Marketing Communications at Schutt. “There’s never been a helmet that’s been switched to by as many NFL players during its first season.” 
 
The Z10 also incorporated a re-designed line of titanium facemasks. The new facemask design extends protection further down the side of the helmet. Schutt believes offensive and defensive linemen will especially like the new facemask design.
 
“The face guard wraps around the side of the helmet but doesn’t impede my vision at all,” said Johnson. “But the best part of the Z10 is how light it feels and how great it fits. It fits better than any helmet I’ve ever used.”
 
The Z10 also features patented Schutt technology called TPU Cushioning, a series of impact-absorbing cushions made of thermoplastic urethane (TPU). Schutt uses TPU in all of its helmets for NFL players, which are the same helmets as worn by high school players around the country. According to Schutt, independent testing labs have shown TPU Cushioning does a better job of absorbing impact under varied conditions when compared to other helmets.
 
But another part of the Z10 that can’t be measured is how different the Z10 looks when it was worn.
 
“The first time I put it on, a bunch of the other guys on the Saints were like ‘wow, what kind of helmet is that, it looks awesome,” Moore said. “I told the guys it was the Z10 from Schutt and you should go and see our equipment guy and get fitted because it feels as great as it looks.”
 
Schutt is based in Litchfield, IL, 60 miles northeast of St. Louis. As of the 2016 regular season, nearly 40% of NFL players wear Schutt helmets, including: Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Eli Manning, Antonio Bryant, David Johnson and Patrick Peterson.

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Eagles signing CFL standout Mitchell White

The Philadelphia Eagles are signing standout Canadian Football League cornerback Mitchell White of the Ottawa Redblacks, to a two-year contract.

Terms of the contract weren't released by White's Dallas-based agent, Steve Weinberg, who believes it's the highest signing bonus ever negotiated for a CFL cornerback.

The Eagles signed White, an all-star cornerback for the Grey

The Philadelphia Eagles are signing standout Canadian Football League cornerback Mitchell White of the Ottawa Redblacks, to a two-year contract.

Terms of the contract weren’t released by White’s Dallas-based agent, Steve Weinberg, who believes it’s the highest signing bonus ever negotiated for a CFL cornerback.

The Eagles signed White, an all-star cornerback for the Grey Cup champions, after he worked out for the Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals.

White played collegiately at Michigan State. His twin brother, Myles White, has played in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

White was a state champion high jumper growing up in Michigan who walked on at Michigan State and earned a scholarship. He had a previous stint with the Oakland Raiders, but didn’t make the final roster and found success up in Canada.

“Playing in the CFL was a great experience for me, and is definitely a path that I would recommend to any college player who fails to initially make an NFL roster, White said in a statement. “In 2013, following my training camp release by the Oakland Raiders, I flew to Canada and joined Montreal’s practice squad. I knew that if I worked hard, I could become a starting cornerback in the CFL, and once I did, my reward would follow. When my original CFL contract expired a year ago,  I had several good workouts for NFL teams, but when no bonus money followed. I knew I needed to step up my game to become an even better player to have a future in the NFL.

CFL free agency is quite different from the NFL. My agent, Steve Weinberg, and I negotiated a profitable one-year contract (by CFL standards) with Montreal that included an up-front signing bonus. I thought I was set and focused on having a big year, but right at the end of training camp, the club told me they didn’t think I was playing well, and that I would have to cut my salary by quite a bit just to remain on the team. I was in shock, but fortunately my agent had experience in these matters. After making a few phone calls, Weinberg told he was hearing my play was as good as ever, and that more likely than not, the club was likely playing games with me hoping to save some money.

Knowing I was a good player, and trusting my agent, I rejected Montreal’s “take it or be released” pay cut offer. Following Steve’s advice was one of the smartest decisions I have ever made. After sitting out a few weeks of the season, I signed with the Ottawa Redblacks and had the best year of my professional career! I was selected as a CFL All-Star and helped my team win the Grey Cup championship.

Following the victory parade in Ottawa, I took a few weeks off, and in December, I began traveling to various NFL cities. The routine was almost always the same: I would have a good work out, and then be told to go see the team doctor for a complete physical. Then I met with various coaches and player personnel staff while Steve worked the phones and dealt with the front office salary cap guys.

We both did well and I had numerous NFL offers to choose from. Having options was nice, but in the end, I had to make my choice. I thought my best opportunity was with the Philadelphia Eagles, and I look forward to joining the team in April. Steve did his usual thing – he got me paid! I have been told that my NFL signing bonus is the largest ever paid to a CFL defensive back. Without a doubt, having Steve Weinberg as my agent has been great for my career both on and off the field in the CFL and now the NFL. Steve has been there for me to advise me every step of the way. He is one of the best agents in the business. With good health, I hope to become an All Star in two leagues, and then have a chance to sign one of those second NFL contracts I’ve heard so much about.”

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Texas A&M tackle Avery Gennesy is an emerging draft prospect

Avery Gennesy, the starting left tackle at Texas A&M for the second consecutive year, is on track to become one of this years darkhorse first-round draft prospects. Gennesy played high school football in Southaven, Mississippi before committing to East Mississippi, the recently documented "Last Chance U".

Head coach Buddy Stephens played a vital role in

Avery Gennesy, the starting left tackle at Texas A&M for the second consecutive year, is on track to become one of this years darkhorse first-round draft prospects. Gennesy played high school football in Southaven, Mississippi before committing to East Mississippi, the recently documented “Last Chance U”.

Head coach Buddy Stephens played a vital role in recruiting Gennesy to East Mississippi Community College. Gennesy played for EMCC for two years and was a part of their National Championship team in 2013. It was a year in which the team averaged over 62 points per game and was anchored by Gennesy on the offensive line.

He was a consensus 4-star recruit coming out of junior college, the 5th ranked OT and 9th ranked player nationally, and would prove to be one of the country’s most coveted prospects.

He would go on to sign with Texas A&M and redshirted his first year in 2014 despite earning a role on the depth chart. That following year Avery came in and earned the starting job at left tackle, which would keep future 1st-round pick Germain Ifedi from protecting the QB’s blind side. Avery excelled in his first full year starting at the Division 1-FBS level. The Aggies averaged 424 yards per game and were the 7th team in school history to eclipse 5,000 total offensive yards. Ifedi is now starting for the Seattle Seahawks after being drafted in the first round.

Coming into his senior campaign, Gennesy led a very young, inexperienced offensive line that has less combined starts than the second year starter. The 6’5 315 pound tackle stepped into his leadership role and is a major factor in the overall success of the Aggies, who at one point in the season held the highest ranking in school history breaking into the top 4.

Gennesy is coached by one of college football’s best offensive line coaches in Jim Turner, a former Miami Dolphins offensive line coach, and is part of a program which has had 4 offensive tackles taken in the first round over the last four years; two of those were top 10 picks.

Gennesy has a heralded football IQ that allows him to play any position on the offensive line. He also has experience at the center position and is very familiar with the two guard positions. That type of versatility should have NFL scouts and coaches alike raving. So how does Gennesy compare to his four first round predecessors? Well, he does not have the experience of a perennial starter at the Division 1-FBS level, being a JUCO transfer. But outside of that he makes a compelling case to become the fifth first-round pick in Texas A&M’s last five years.

Gennesy has the ideal size and arm length required to compete at the next level. Furthermore, his speed and overall strength are immensely undervalued by most. In fact, he could be the most athletic tackle out of Texas A&M in the last decade.

Gennesy should see his draft stock increase throughout the season into all-star and combine season. He currently ranks fifth among his draft class of offensive tackles.

 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Former Alabama standout Christion Jones healthy again

Former Alabama standout Christion Jones is healthy again and recovered from a hamstring injury and is fully medically cleared.

The former Alabama Special Teams Player of the Year was with the Miami Dolphins during the preseason last year. He returned six kickoffs for 150 yards and ranked first in the NFL with an 18-yard punt

Former Alabama standout Christion Jones is healthy again and recovered from a hamstring injury and is fully medically cleared.

The former Alabama Special Teams Player of the Year was with the Miami Dolphins during the preseason last year. He returned six kickoffs for 150 yards and ranked first in the NFL with an 18-yard punt return average.

Jones scored on a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but it was nullified by a penalty.

Cut by the Dolphins has had two stints with Miami and spent time with the Minnesota Vikings.

Jones plays faster than his 40-yard dash time suggests. He has good quickness and can create separation as a wide receiver. He has also played defensive back. Jones had the fastest short shuttle and three-cone drill at the NFL scouting combine in 2015.

 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Eagles trade Sam Bradford to Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings traded for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, sending them their 2017 first-round pick and a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick.

The Vikings made the move after losing starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the season with a torn ACL and dislocated left knee.

Bradford re-signed with the Eagles in March to a two-year, $35

The Minnesota Vikings traded for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, sending them their 2017 first-round pick and a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick.

The Vikings made the move after losing starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the season with a torn ACL and dislocated left knee.

Bradford re-signed with the Eagles in March to a two-year, $35 million deal with $22 million fully guaranteed.

 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Browns trade Justin Gilbert to Steelers

In a rare in-division trade, the Cleveland Browns have agreed to a trade with Pittsburgh that will send DB Justin Gilbert to the Steelers in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round pick.

Gilbert was a disappointment with the Browns they've been looking to unload.

The Browns now own Philadelphia’s 2017 first-round pick, Tennessee’s 2017 second-round pick,

In a rare in-division trade, the Cleveland Browns have agreed to a trade with Pittsburgh that will send DB Justin Gilbert to the Steelers in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round pick.

Gilbert was a disappointment with the Browns they’ve been looking to unload.

The Browns now own Philadelphia’s 2017 first-round pick, Tennessee’s 2017 second-round pick, New England’s 2017 fifth-round pick, Philadelphia’s 2018 second-round pick, Carolina’s 2018 fourth-round pick and Pittsburgh’s 2018 sixth-round pick. Cleveland has conditionally surrendered a 2017 fourth- or fifth-round pick to Philadelphia and a 2017 sixth- or seventh-round pick to San Francisco.

Gilbert, a first-round pick in 2014, appeared in 23 games with three starts. He totaled 33 tackles, nine passes defensed, one interception and one defensive touchdown.

 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Giants re-sign Will Beatty

The New York Giants have re-signed offensive tackle will Beatty.

Beatty has started 63 games for the Giants.

He'll back up Ereck Flowers at left tackle.

“I’m feeling a lot of emotions right now,” Beatty said. “It’s just good to be back amongst my teammates and players. I just feel like I’m coming home. Then

The New York Giants have re-signed offensive tackle will Beatty.

Beatty has started 63 games for the Giants.

He’ll back up Ereck Flowers at left tackle.

“I’m feeling a lot of emotions right now,” Beatty said. “It’s just good to be back amongst my teammates and players. I just feel like I’m coming home. Then again, walking through the doors, there’s a lot of changes. A lot of things aren’t the same. It’s that same house that just got remodeled feel. It feels good, but you have to figure out where everything is now. It’s just being here after spending all these years with the Giants, I’m excited to be back. I still have a lot of work to do, a lot of good ahead of me. I’m just taking it one day at a time looking forward to the future.”

Beatty tore his pectoral in 2015 and had surgery. He then tore his rotator cuff and had surgery again.

 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Paul Kruger joins Saints

The New Orleans Saints are signing veteran pass rusher Paul Kruger.

Kruger was cut two days ago by the Cleveland Browns.

Kruger, 40, was considered by the Saints in 2013 when he signed a five-year, $40.5 million contract with the Browns.

"He still affects the passer. You see a pressure player. He rushes with power,"

The New Orleans Saints are signing veteran pass rusher Paul Kruger.

Kruger was cut two days ago by the Cleveland Browns.

Kruger, 40, was considered by the Saints in 2013 when he signed a five-year, $40.5 million contract with the Browns.

“He still affects the passer. You see a pressure player. He rushes with power,” Saints coach Sean Payton said of Kruger on Tuesday. “I think you see a high motor and a guy that plays extremely strong.”

Kruger had 4 1/2 sacks in 2013, 11 in 2014 and 2 1/2 in 2015.

“My experience has been amazing and I will miss wearing a Browns #99,” Kruger wrote on Twitter. “Although completely miss handled, unfortunate and absolutely the wrong decision to release me I do wish the Browns and especially my teammate brothers great success.”

 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered dislocated knee, torn ACL

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and a torn anterior cruciate ligament during a non-contact drill at practice.

"Teddy suffered a complete tear to his ACL and other structural damage," the team said in a statement Tuesday evening after Bridgewater had a magnetic resonance imaging exam. "Fortunately, there appears to be no

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and a torn anterior cruciate ligament during a non-contact drill at practice.

“Teddy suffered a complete tear to his ACL and other structural damage,” the team said in a statement Tuesday evening after Bridgewater had a magnetic resonance imaging exam. “Fortunately, there appears to be no nerve or arterial damage. Surgical repair will be scheduled within the next few days. Although the recovery time will be significant, we expect Teddy to make a full recovery. I would like to thank all of the medical professionals and our athletic training staff for all of their help today. Teddy has already displayed the attitude needed to overcome this injury and attack his rehab.”

Shaun Hill is the new starter.

“Today is a disappointing day,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “The No. 1 thing is Teddy is such a great kid,” Everyone loves him.”

Zimmer shut down practice early.

“We’re gonna grieve today and be upset about it,” Zimmer said. “It’s more about our feelings for Teddy and for him as a person and getting better than it is about anything else. Teddy’s a great kid, and he’ll be back as soon as he possibly can, if it is real bad. But we’re going to keep fighting.”

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Sources: Rams signing Tavon Austin to contract extension

The Los Angeles Rams are signing veteran wide receiver Tavon Austin to a contract extension that will be announced Saturday night, according to league sources.

Austin is a multi-dimensional former first-round draft pick who was an All-American from West Virginia.

He was playing under a four-year, $12.751 million rookie deal that included a $7.653 million

The Los Angeles Rams are signing veteran wide receiver Tavon Austin to a contract extension that will be announced Saturday night, according to league sources.

Austin is a multi-dimensional former first-round draft pick who was an All-American from West Virginia.

He was playing under a four-year, $12.751 million rookie deal that included a $7.653 million signing bonus.

Austin caught 52 passes for 473 yards and five touchdowns last season.

He rushed for 434 yards and four touchdowns.

He had a punt return for a touchdown too.

 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Tony Romo has broken bone in his back, out 6-10 weeks

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered a broken bone in his back and could miss six to 10 weeks.

He suffered the injury, a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra.

He won't require surgery.

"We don't believe that to be the case at all," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said when asked if Romo's season was

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered a broken bone in his back and could miss six to 10 weeks.

He suffered the injury, a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra.

He won’t require surgery.

“We don’t believe that to be the case at all,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said when asked if Romo’s season was in jeopardy. “Again it’s not related to the other back issues that he’s had (and is) very specific to the hit he took the other night at the game. And he came out and he was lobbying to go back in.

“We decided to not have him go back in, and then he actually felt fine after the game. Then he woke up on Friday morning and didn’t feel so good and (the back) stiffened up on him, and that’s when we did the MRI. And that’s what we found.”

 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refuses to stand for national anthem

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is taking a stand.

He refused to stand during the national anthem due to his feeling that the United States is mistreating racial minorities.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is taking a stand.

He refused to stand during the national anthem due to his feeling that the United States is mistreating racial minorities.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Network. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

The 49ers issued a statement about Kaepernick sitting on the bench during the national anthem against the Green Bay Packers.

“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pregame ceremony,” the statement said. “It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

Kaepernick said he didn’t tell the team about his plans.

“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he said. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”

 

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Source: 49ers trade Kenneth Acker to Chiefs

The San Francisco 49ers have traded cornerback Kenneth Acker to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a league source.

He's a former sixth-round draft pick from SMU.

As a junior, Acker made 128 tackles and six interceptions with a defensive touchdown.

Acker had a stress fracture in his left foot and was placed on injured

The San Francisco 49ers have traded cornerback Kenneth Acker to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a league source.

He’s a former sixth-round draft pick from SMU.

As a junior, Acker made 128 tackles and six interceptions with a defensive touchdown.

Acker had a stress fracture in his left foot and was placed on injured reserve.

Acker had three interceptions and 58 solo tackles with eight pass deflections in his second NFL season.

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Browns trade Barkevious Mingo to Patriots

The Cleveland Browns traded outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots in exchange for a fifth-round draft pikc.

The Browns now own Philadelphia’s 2017 first-round pick, Tennessee’s 2017 second-round pick, New England’s 2017 fifth-round pick, Indianapolis’ 2017 seventh-round pick and Philadelphia’s 2018 second-round pick. Cleveland has conditionally surrendered its 2017 fourth-round pick to

The Cleveland Browns traded outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots in exchange for a fifth-round draft pikc.

The Browns now own Philadelphia’s 2017 first-round pick, Tennessee’s 2017 second-round pick, New England’s 2017 fifth-round pick, Indianapolis’ 2017 seventh-round pick and Philadelphia’s 2018 second-round pick. Cleveland has conditionally surrendered its 2017 fourth-round pick to Philadelphia and its 2017 sixth- or seventh-round pick to San Francisco.

Mingo, a first-round draft choice in 2013, appeared in 46 games with 16 starts. He logged 99 career tackles, seven sacks, one interception, 16 passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Patriots trade Bryan Stork to Redskins

Instead of cutting center Bryan Stork, the New England Patriots traded him to the Washington Redskins.

The Patriots get back a conditional draft pick.

The Patriots had planned to cut Stork, but were able to unlaod him.

The Patriots are cutting veteran wide receiver Nate Washington.

 

Instead of cutting center Bryan Stork, the New England Patriots traded him to the Washington Redskins.

The Patriots get back a conditional draft pick.

The Patriots had planned to cut Stork, but were able to unlaod him.

The Patriots are cutting veteran wide receiver Nate Washington.

 

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Frustrated Chargers withdraw offer to holdout first-rounder Joey Bosa

The San Diego Chargers have withdrawn their contract offer to holdout first-round pick Joey Bosa, a sign of their growing frustration.

Here is their full statement:

Our contract discussions and offers to the representatives of Joey Bosa have been both fair and structurally consistent with the contracts of every other Chargers player.

Our offer included:

The San Diego Chargers have withdrawn their contract offer to holdout first-round pick Joey Bosa, a sign of their growing frustration.

Here is their full statement:

Our contract discussions and offers to the representatives of Joey Bosa have been both fair and structurally consistent with the contracts of every other Chargers player.

Our offer included:

 

  • An initial signing bonus payment that is larger than any player in the League has received in the last two drafts.

 

  • More money in this calendar year than every player in this year’s draft except one (QB Carson Wentz).

 

  • The largest payment and the highest percentage of signing bonus received in the first calendar year of any Chargers’ first-round selection since the inception of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (2011).

 

We gave Joey’s representatives our best offer last night, which was rejected today.  The offer that we extended was for Joey to contribute during all 16 games and beyond.  Joey’s ability to contribute for an entire rookie season has now been jeopardized by the valuable time he has missed with his coaches and his teammates. Since Joey will not report at this time, his ability to produce not just early in the season, but throughout the entire season, has been negatively impacted.

 

As a result, we will restructure our offer since Joey will be unable to contribute for the full 16 game season without the adequate time on the practice field, in the classroom, and in preseason games.

 

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Bills cut Karlos Williams

The Buffalo Bills cut running back Karlos Williams.

Williams was suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.

He was placed on the non-football injury list to start camp after reporting 20 pounds overweight.

Williams rushed for 517 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie.

 

The Buffalo Bills cut running back Karlos Williams.

Williams was suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.

He was placed on the non-football injury list to start camp after reporting 20 pounds overweight.

Williams rushed for 517 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie.

 

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Bills’ Marcell Dareus to enter rehab facility

Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus plans to enter a rehab facility after being suspended four games for missing NFL drug tests.

"After careful consideration of recent events within my life, I have made the decision to enter a rehabilitation facility," Dareus said in a statement. "I feel this is the best decision

Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus plans to enter a rehab facility after being suspended four games for missing NFL drug tests.

“After careful consideration of recent events within my life, I have made the decision to enter a rehabilitation facility,” Dareus said in a statement. “I feel this is the best decision for me, my family and my teammates as I move forward with my career. I appreciate the support of my teammates and the Bills organization through this process.”

The Bills said: “We are fully supportive of Marcell and this decision to take the time he needs to seek treatment.”

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Saints cut Keenan Lewis

The New Orleans Saints cut veteran cornerback Keenan Lewis.

In an Instagram post on Friday night, Lewis thanked the fans in New Orleans for an “awesome journey” and wrote that he will “see y’all soon hope y’all still cheer for me.”

The transaction hasn't been processed yet.

Lewis was limited to six games last

The New Orleans Saints cut veteran cornerback Keenan Lewis.

In an Instagram post on Friday night, Lewis thanked the fans in New Orleans for an “awesome journey” and wrote that he will “see y’all soon hope y’all still cheer for me.”

The transaction hasn’t been processed yet.

Lewis was limited to six games last season.

He’s undergone sports hernia, knee and hip surgeries.

 

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Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell apologizes for three-game suspension

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has been suspended for the first three games of the season following a violation of the NFL substance-abuse policy and an appeal.

The suspension was reduced from four games to three.

Bell missed the first two games in 2015 following an August 2014 incident with

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has been suspended for the first three games of the season following a violation of the NFL substance-abuse policy and an appeal.

The suspension was reduced from four games to three.

Bell missed the first two games in 2015 following an August 2014 incident with teammate LeGarrette Blount en route to the airport to catch a team charter to a preseason game against the Eagles.

“I couldn’t go to the facility to get tested, they couldn’t come to me and get tested and I missed those tests and that’s on me,” Bell said of a December test.

Bell said he overslept for an April test that was scheduled for 5:37 a.m. on a Saturday.

Missed tests are considered failed tests by the league.

“I am not a perfect person, I am not going to sit here and act like I am a perfect person,” Bell said on the video that he later deleted. “I made some mistakes, but I want you guys to understand I didn’t purposely miss any drug tests. I never failed any drug tests. I haven’t smoked since December 2014. All of the drug tests are random.”

“We will continue to support Le’Veon, but we acknowledge this mistake has put the team in an unfortunate position,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. “We will continue to work with Le’Veon to help him eliminate distractions in his life so he can reach his full potential as a member of our community as well as a player for the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

“I am genuinely sorry for not being on the field and not being available to you guys and help the Steelers win ring No. 7,” he said.

“I can’t sit here and blame anybody else for missing my tests, but I just want everybody to understand I didn’t purposely try to evade or avoid any drug tests,” Bell said. “I don’t have any problems.”

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Chiefs activate Jamaal Charles

The Kansas City Chiefs activated star running back Jamaal Charles.

Charles had been on the physically unable to perform list.

He had surgery last season after tearing the ACL in his right knee.

He practiced Tuesday on a limited basis.

Charles is a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

 

The Kansas City Chiefs activated star running back Jamaal Charles.

Charles had been on the physically unable to perform list.

He had surgery last season after tearing the ACL in his right knee.

He practiced Tuesday on a limited basis.

Charles is a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

 

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Eagles trade for Dorial Green-Beckham, send Dennis Kelly to Titans

The Philadelphia Eagles acquired wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from the Tennessee Titans for offensive lineman Dennis Kelly

A 2015 second-round pick, is a former top high school recruit who finished with 32 catches for 549 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. At 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds, Green-Beckham is an imposing receiver who becomes the

The Philadelphia Eagles acquired wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from the Tennessee Titans for offensive lineman Dennis Kelly

A 2015 second-round pick, is a former top high school recruit who finished with 32 catches for 549 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. At 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds, Green-Beckham is an imposing receiver who becomes the Eagles’ biggest target.

Green-Beckham has a history of off-field issues.

The Titans ran out of patience with him.

 He started his college career at Missouri, where he was dismissed after a burglary and assault investigation for allegedly pushing a female down stairs. He was not charged for the incident. He was also arrested twice for marijuana-related incidents, but no charges were filed. He transferred to Oklahoma, although he never played a game.

Kelly has 15 career starts for Philadelphia.

 

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Patriots’ Ninkovich tears triceps

New England Patriots starting defensive end Rob Ninkovich tore his triceps and is out four to six weeks.

Ninkovich avoided a torn triceps tendon.

He's played in 125 straight games.

Ninkovich has 46 sacks over the past seven seasons.

 

New England Patriots starting defensive end Rob Ninkovich tore his triceps and is out four to six weeks.

Ninkovich avoided a torn triceps tendon.

He’s played in 125 straight games.

Ninkovich has 46 sacks over the past seven seasons.

 

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Dolphins sign Chris Culliver

The Miami Dolphins signed veteran corner Chris Culliver to a one-year deal worth up to $5 million with a base value of $2.5 million.

Culliver is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

He's expected to be on the physically unable to perform list for the first six games.

The Dolphins cut Danny Lansanah and

The Miami Dolphins signed veteran corner Chris Culliver to a one-year deal worth up to $5 million with a base value of $2.5 million.

Culliver is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

He’s expected to be on the physically unable to perform list for the first six games.

The Dolphins cut Danny Lansanah and Jacques McClendon.

 

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Bills rookie Reggie Ragland having surgery for torn ACL

Buffalo Bills rookie linebacker Reggie Ragland will undergo surgery to have a torn anterior cruciate ligament repaired.

He'll miss the entire season.

The second-round pick was slated to start.

The Bills are also waiting for first-round pick Shaq Lawson to recover from shoulder surgery.

Ragland was penciled in as an immediate starter.

The Bills signed

Buffalo Bills rookie linebacker Reggie Ragland will undergo surgery to have a torn anterior cruciate ligament repaired.

He’ll miss the entire season.

The second-round pick was slated to start.

The Bills are also waiting for first-round pick Shaq Lawson to recover from shoulder surgery.

Ragland was penciled in as an immediate starter.

The Bills signed Brandon Spikes and  David Hawthorne to fill in.

Zach Brown is now projected to start.

 

 

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Sources: Running back Jermicheal Selders works out for Packers on Sunday

Speedy former New Mexico State running back-safety Jermicheal Selders is working out Sunday for Green Bay Packers scout Alonzo Highsmith, according to sources.
He previously worked out for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Selders has been working out at Footwork Kings in Houston with Rischad Whitfield and Justin Allen, the younger brother of Colts tight
Speedy former New Mexico State running back-safety Jermicheal Selders is working out Sunday for Green Bay Packers scout Alonzo Highsmith, according to sources.
He previously worked out for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Selders has been working out at Footwork Kings in Houston with Rischad Whitfield and Justin Allen, the younger brother of Colts tight end Dwayne Allen.
Selders is a 6-foot, 210-pounder with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash who’s run the 100 meters in 10.5 seconds.
His speed is evident in this highlight video.
The second cousin of Allen, Selders was recruited by West Virginia and Baylor out of high school at Cypress Creek in Houston. He was a first-team all-district and second-team all-state selection.
He was also recruited by Arkansas, Tulane, Tulsa and Vanderbilt.
Although he committed to West Virginia, Selders had academic issues.
He enrolled at City College in San Francisco before transferring to New Mexico State.
“My grades got in the way,” Selders said. “That kind of messed me up at times.
After transferring, Selders redshirted and moved to defense to play safety. He then went back to running back.
He played behind Larry Rose at running back, averaging six yards per carry.
“I’m a physical guy with speed and power,” said Selders, who’s training at IX Innovations in Houston and is represented by Houston-based agent J.D. Ogilvie. “I will play special teams, free safety, corner or running back. I’m real fast.”
Selders is determined to support his family.
His mother needs two knee replacements. He’s also a devoted father.
“My son needs stability,” Selders said. “My dream is still within reach. I’m really motivated. My son is my life. I just want a better life for him. My mom has been struggling. I went through so much. I’m just so motivated. I just want to show it on the field. On the field is where I release all my stress. I just want to show everybody, all the people who’s been doubting me that it’s my time to come back.”
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Browns name Robert Griffin the starter

Robert Griffin III has been named the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback.

"It's time," Browns coach Hue Jackson said. "Robert has earned the right to be named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns. Since he was signed back in March, Robert has made it clear through his actions that he is willing to do everything

Robert Griffin III has been named the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback.

“It’s time,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “Robert has earned the right to be named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns. Since he was signed back in March, Robert has made it clear through his actions that he is willing to do everything that has been asked of him to earn this role. Throughout this process he has gained the respect from his teammates, the coaching staff and the entire organization that is necessary for him to lead our offense and really the entire team. Pep (Hamilton) has done an outstanding job with that room to get us to this point so we can make this decision at what I feel is the optimal time which enables us to best prepare for the regular season. It’s now on Robert to show the organization and our fans that this is the right decision.

“Throughout the offseason program and training camp, Robert has shown improvement every day and we expect him to continue to ascend as he becomes more and more acclimated to the offensive system we will employ this season. I’ve been crystal clear on what we expect from Robert. He fully understands the responsibility and I feel he is ready to handle this role. I would be remiss if I didn’t also commend Josh, Austin and Cody. Josh in particular has been outstanding throughout this process and all of our quarterbacks have worked well together. Their play, professionalism and work ethic has pushed the room to really improve the level of play at the position for our team.”

Griffin (6-foot-2, 218 pounds) is entering his fifth NFL season out of Baylor. Originally selected by Washington with the second overall pick in 2012, Griffin has appeared in 37 games with 35 starts. He has completed 679 of 1,063 passes (63.9 percent) for 8,097 yards with 40 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and a 90.6 rating and added 1,480 career rushing yards with eight scores.

Griffin set NFL rookie records for passer rating (102.4), interception percentage (1.27) and rushing yards by a quarterback (815) en route to being named 2012 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowl selection. He led the Redskins to a 10-6 record and their first division title in 13 years.

Starting 13 games in 2013, Griffin recorded a career-high 3,203 passing yards and became the fifth quarterback in NFL history to record 3,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons. He started seven games in 2014 and registered 1,694 passing yards. Last season, he was inactive 15 games and dressed but did not play in another.

 

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Saints cut Hakeem Nicks

The New Orleans Saints cut veteran wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.

Nicks wasn't even on the team for two weeks.

He caught just seven passes last season for the New York GIants.

He was previously with the Indianapolis Colts.

He hasn't had a 1,000-yard season since 2011.

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The New Orleans Saints cut veteran wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.

Nicks wasn’t even on the team for two weeks.

He caught just seven passes last season for the New York GIants.

He was previously with the Indianapolis Colts.

He hasn’t had a 1,000-yard season since 2011.

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Lance Moore retires from Falcons

Atlanta Falcons veteran wide receiver Lance Moore announced his retirement.

Moore had 389 career catches for 4,816 yards and 44 touchdowns.

Moore played for the Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns.

The Falcons' starters are Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu.

 

Atlanta Falcons veteran wide receiver Lance Moore announced his retirement.

Moore had 389 career catches for 4,816 yards and 44 touchdowns.

Moore played for the Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns.

The Falcons’ starters are Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu.

 

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49ers’ Eric Rogers tears ACL

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Eric Rogers tore his anterior cruciate ligament and is out for the season.

The former CFL standout got hurt in a non-contact special-teams drill. He'll be placed on injured reserve.

"It's a real big blow for him," Kelly said. "He was doing a great job for us. I really feel

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Eric Rogers tore his anterior cruciate ligament and is out for the season.

The former CFL standout got hurt in a non-contact special-teams drill. He’ll be placed on injured reserve.

“It’s a real big blow for him,” Kelly said. “He was doing a great job for us. I really feel for him. He made the transition from the CFL, and he had a great spring for us and was really pushing it here during camp.”

 

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Chiefs announce Nick Foles signing

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday that the club has signed quarterback Nick Foles.

“It’s rare this time of year to have an opportunity to add an established veteran player to your roster, especially at the quarterback position” Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. “Nick has proven he can play at a high level

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday that the club has signed quarterback Nick Foles.

“It’s rare this time of year to have an opportunity to add an established veteran player to your roster, especially at the quarterback position” Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. “Nick has proven he can play at a high level in this league. He’s smart, competitive, and experienced with Coach Reid and his system. He’ll be able to add insight and knowledge to a talented group of quarterbacks currently in our room.”

Foles (6-6, 243) has played in 39 games (35 starts) in four NFL seasons with the St. Louis Rams (2015) and Philadelphia Eagles (2012-14). His career numbers include 740 completions on 1,230 attempts (60.2 percent) for 8,805 yards with 53 touchdowns and 27 interceptions (87.3 rating). He has 101 career rushing attempts for 351 yards and five touchdowns. Foles was originally drafted in the third round (88th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Eagles while Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid was leading Philadelphia. Foles spent his rookie season under Reid. The Austin, Texas native had a breakout season in 2013 where he completed 203 passes on 317 attempts for 2,891 yards with 27 touchdowns and two interceptions in only 10 starts. His 119.2 rating that season led the league and stands as the third-best mark in NFL history. Foles’ touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2013 was the best ever by an NFL QB, which helped earn him a place on the 2014 Pro Bowl roster where he was named the Pro Bowl’s MVP. Entering his fifth season, Foles played collegiately at Arizona.

 

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49ers sign NaVorro Bowman to extension

The San Francisco 49ers signed three-time Pro Bowl linebacker NaVorro Bowman to a four-year contract extension.

The deal has $20 million guaranteed and averages $11 million per year.

He had three years left on his current deal. Now, he's under contract through 2022.

"My teammates and coaches have meant so much to me throughout my

The San Francisco 49ers signed three-time Pro Bowl linebacker NaVorro Bowman to a four-year contract extension.

The deal has $20 million guaranteed and averages $11 million per year.

He had three years left on his current deal. Now, he’s under contract through 2022.

“My teammates and coaches have meant so much to me throughout my career and I thank them for helping me become the player I am today,” Bowman said.”The support I’ve received from my family and friends throughout my life, especially through the adversity of the past few years, has meant so much to me. I can’t wait for the season to start and play in front of the best fans in the NFL.”

Bowman had 154 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks last season.

“Over the last six years, NaVorro has become a cornerstone of our organization and securing his future in the Bay Area was a priority for us,” Niners general manager Trent Baalke said. “The perseverance he displayed while overcoming adversity and returning to his All-Pro form provides a great example of what can be accomplished through hard work and self-belief. This contract extension reaffirms our core philosophy of rewarding our own players and we are thrilled to know NaVorro will play his entire career with the 48ers”

 

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Chiefs adding Nick Foles

The Kansas City Chiefs are signing former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Nick Foles.
Foles was also talking with the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings.
Foles was cut at his request by the Rams.
The Chiefs offers a reunion with coach Andy Reid,
The Kansas City Chiefs are signing former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Nick Foles.
Foles was also talking with the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings.
Foles was cut at his request by the Rams.
The Chiefs offers a reunion with coach Andy Reid, who drafted Foles in the third round in2012.
Foles will back up Alex Smith.

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Sources: Cardinals to work out Alan Ball

The Arizona Cardinals are working out veteran cornerback Alan Ball on Thursday, according to a league source.

The unrestricted free agent played last season for the Chicago Bears,.

Ball, 31, has previous stints with the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars.

He played collegiately at Illinois.

In 2013, Ball had 47 tackles, 14 passes

The Arizona Cardinals are working out veteran cornerback Alan Ball on Thursday, according to a league source.

The unrestricted free agent played last season for the Chicago Bears,.

Ball, 31, has previous stints with the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars.

He played collegiately at Illinois.

In 2013, Ball had 47 tackles, 14 passes defended and two interceptions for the Jaguars.

He signed a one-year deal last year with Chicago and had 20 tackles and five pass breakups.

For his career, Ball has recorded 234 tackles, six interceptions and two forced fumbles.

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Chargers sign James Jones

The San Diego Chargers signed former Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones.

They worked out former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Brian Hartline.

Jones scored eight touchdowns last season.

He was previously with the Oakland Raiders.

Stevie Johnson had surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

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The San Diego Chargers signed former Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones.

They worked out former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Brian Hartline.

Jones scored eight touchdowns last season.

He was previously with the Oakland Raiders.

Stevie Johnson had surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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