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Thursday, November 11, 2010

NFC South Early Rookie Reviews....

ATLANTA – Sean Weatherspoon (1) starting strong side linebacker. Second leading tackler with 29 stops and one sack in four of five games played. Was inactive for the 49ers’ game. Corey Peters (3a) in defensive front rotation. Has ten tackles. Mike Johnson (3b) backup right guard. Joe Hawley (4) reserve center. Dominique Franks (5a) three deep at right corner. Kerry Meier (5b) wide receiver on injured reserve. Shann Schillinger (6) backs up Thomas Decoud at free safety. CFA/53: Michael Palmer TE, Clemson, third tight end.

CAROLINA – Jimmy Clausen (2) earned the starting quarterback position by default due to the poor play by Matt Moore. In three starts Clausen has thrown for 454 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions, fumbled nine times and lost two, sacked nine times. In week seven, Moore returned as the starter. Brandon LaFell (3a) starting wide receiver after Steve Smith went down with a high ankle sprain. Five catches for 83 yards in four active games. Armanti Edwards (3b) backup wide receiver. Active in one game. Developmental receiver and return specialist after playing QB in college. Eric Norwood (4) reserve strong side linebacker. Three tackles in three games active. Greg Hardy (6a) backup at left end. Eleven tackles and one sack in five games. Also credited with a tackle for a safety. David Gettis (6b) starting wide receiver, has 18 catches for 244 yards and two touchdowns in four starts in five games played. That includes eight catches for 125 yards in the San Francisco game on 10/24/10. Jordan Pugh (6c) backs up at free safety. Inactive for the first three games but made the most of his playing time against New Orleans and Chicago with seven tackles, an interception, and three pass deflections. Tony Pike (6d) third quarterback. RJ Stanford (7a) practice squad. Robert McClain (7b) backup left corner. Two tackles in one game active. CFA/53: Andre Neblett DT, Temple, inactive in all five games.

NEW ORLEANS – Patrick Robinson (1) backup left corner behind Jabari Greer. Has started two games. Had 18 tackles in five games played along with two passes deflected. Charles Brown (2) reserve left tackle. Jimmy Graham (3) third tight end. Al Woods (4) claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh. Matt Tennant (5) backup center. Sean Canfield (7) practice squad. CFA/53: Chris Ivory RB, rushed for 158 yards in 15 carries versus Tampa Bay in week six. Caught one pass for 17 yards. Played his senior year at Tiffin University in Ohio, a Division II school where he carried the ball 39 times for 223 yards in five games. Washington State transfer. Rushed for 534 yards on 91 attempts in three years at WSU. Plagued by injuries for the Cougars. Has had three fumbles in four games played, losing two for the Saints. Junior Galette DE, Stillman.

TAMPA BAY – Gerald McCoy (1) starting left defensive tackle. He has ten tackles and one forced fumble in six games. Brian Price (2a) plays in the defensive front rotation. Arrelious Benn (2b) backup wide receiver. Myron Lewis (3) reserve right corner. Mike Williams (4) starter at wide receiver from day one. Impressive skill set. Has 28 catches for 365 yards and three touchdowns in six games. Newsletter Rehash: 2010 Draft Guide - Two-year starter. Quit the team after seven games in 2009. An enigma with talent. A hand catcher with decent arm length. Plays big. Aggressive to the ball in the air. Big target on crossing routes. Good receiving skills. Soft and dependable hands. Snatches the quick passes out of the air and gets up the field. Good run after catch ability. Did not play with any consistent passers in his career. Can make the off target catch. Brent Bowden (6) on the practice squad. Cody Grimm (7a) starter at free safety. Dekoda Watson (7b) backup at strong outside linebacker. Erik Lorig (7c) reserve tight end. CFA/53: Preston Parker WR, North Alabama. LeGarrette Blount RB, Oregon claimed off Tennessee waivers.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

AFC South Early Rookie Reviews.....

HOUSTON – Kareem Jackson (1) starting right corner. Made 32 tackles and has one interception through the first six games. Ben Tate (2) on injured reserve due to ankle surgery. Earl Mitchell (3) backup right defensive tackle behind Amobi Okoye. Darryl Sharpton (4a) reserve weak side linebacker. Garrett Graham (4b) fourth tight end. Sherrick McManis (5) backup left corner. Shelley Smith (6a) practice squad. Trindon Holliday (6b) on injured reserve due to ligament damage in his thumb. Dorin Dickerson (7) backup wide receiver. CFA/53: Jonathan Weeks LS, Baylor.

INDIANAPOLIS – Jerry Hughes (1) four deep at left defensive end. Has not been active. Pat Angerer (2) tied for team lead with 11 tackles in first career start versus Redskins on 10/17/10. Also had one sack, one quarterback pressure, and two passes broken up. Has had six special teams tackles. Kevin Thomas (3) on injured reserve due to knee surgery. Jacques McClendon (4) reserve right guard. Brody Eldridge (5) starting H-back. Has three catches for 23 yards in six games. Ricardo Mathews (7a) third left end. Kavell Conner (7b) backs up Clint Sessions at “Will” linebacker. Ray Fisher (7c) released. CFA/53: Jeff Linkenbach OT, Cincinnati. Brandon King DC, Purdue.

JACKSONVILLE – Tyson Alualu (1) starting left defensive tackle. Has 17 tackles including 1 ½ sacks in the first six games. D’Anthony Smith (3) on injured reserve due to an Achilles tendon injury that required surgery. Larry Hart (5a) back up right defensive end. Austen Lane (5b) reserve left defensive end. Deji Karim (6a) reserve running back. Active in games five and six. Rushed for 73 yards in 18 carries. Impressive as a kickoff returner averaging 28.5 yards in 11 returns. Scotty McGee (6b) injured reserve due to a shoulder injury. CFA/53: Kevin Haslam OT, Rutgers. Aaron Morgan DE, Louisiana-Monroe. Jacob Cutrera OB, LSU.

TENNESSEE – Derrick Morgan (1) on injured reserve due to a season ending ACL surgery. Missed most of the preseason with an ongoing calf injury. Damian Williams (3a) backup wide receiver. Rennie Curran (3b) backup outside linebacker. Alterraun Verner (4) starting left corner. Big game against Dallas with eight tackles and an interception. Credited with 33 tackles and two interceptions through seven games. Robert Johnson (5) reserve free safety. Rusty Smith (6a) third quarterback. Myron Rolle (6b) on the practice squad. Marc Mariani (7a) reserve wide receiver and kick return specialist. David Howard (7b) released. CFA/53: none.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

NFC North Early Rookie Reviews.....

CHICAGO – Major Wright (3) backup free safety, hampered by hamstring injury. Corey Wootton (4) backs up Julius Peppers at right defensive end. Joshua Moore (5) reserve left corner. Dan LeFevour (6) claimed by Cincinnati after Chicago tried to slip him through waivers. J’Marcus Webb (7) backup right tackle. Harvey Unga (7) supplemental draft, on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury suffered during training camp. CFA/53: none.

DETROIT – Ndamukong Suh (1a) starting defensive tackle. As good as you’ve heard he is. His 4 ½ sacks through six games are more than the total of Tampa Bays’ defensive front. Additionally he has 21 tackles and one interception. Jahvid Best (1b) starting running back. Was the first rookie in NFL history to rush for 75 yards, have 150 yards in receiving, and score three touchdowns in one game. He has scored five touchdowns in his first two games. Leads all rookies with 31 catches for 285 yards and one touchdown. Amari Spievey (3) backup strong safety. Jason Fox (4) backup right tackle. Willie Young (7a) backup left defensive end behind Cliff Avril. Tim Toone (7b) practice squad/injured reserve. CFA/53: Aaron Berry DC, Pittsburgh on injured reserve. Randy Phillips SS, Miami.

GREEN BAY – Bryan Bulaga (1) utility offensive guard/tackle that currently backs up Chad Clifton. Has two starts in first six games. Mike Neal (2a) in defensive front rotation. Plays right end. Morgan Burnett (2b) starting strong safety until injured. Placed on injured reserve after the fourth game against Detroit. Made 14 tackles and had one interception in four games. Andrew Quarless (5a) will get more playing time after injury to Jermichael Finley. Marshall Newhouse (5b) backup left guard. James Starks (6) physically unable to play (PUP) through first six games. CJ Wilson (7) reserve left defensive end. CFA/53: Nick McDonald OG, Grand Valley State. Frank Zombo right OB, Central Michigan. Sam Shields DC, Miami. Newsletter Rehash: 2010 Draft Guide - One-year starter at corner after playing receiver for three years. Natural ball skills and quick hands. Good leaping ability. Plays the ball in the air. Has elite corner speed and quickness. Has the courage to support the run. Demonstrates natural instincts and reactions. Off field red flags may cause him to go undrafted, but could sign as a free agent like Bruce Johnson (Giants) in 2009. Maurice Simpkins IB, Coastal Carolina.

MINNESOTA – Chris Cook (2a) backs up Antoine Winfield at left corner. Started one game versus Detroit and was credited with five tackles. Has had some nicks that slowed him down during the season. Toby Gerhart (2b) reserve running back. Has 10 carries for 33 yards in five games along with one catch for five yards. Everson Griffen (4) reserve left defensive end. Chris DeGeare (5a) backup left guard behind Steve Hutchinson. Nathan Triplett (5a) released and signed to Chargers’ practice squad. Joe Webb (6) third quarterback. Impressive athletic ability demonstrated during preseason. Mickey Shuler (7a) cut and signed off waivers by Miami. Ryan D’Imperio (7b) on the practice squad. Moved from college position of linebacker to fullback. CFA/53: none.

Monday, November 8, 2010

AFC North Early Rookie Reviews....

BALTIMORE – Sergio Kindle (2a) placed on the NFI list after a head injury suffered during a fall in his home prior to reporting to training camp. Terrence Cody (2b) third nose tackle. Was inactive for all the first three games with a sprained knee. No tackles in following two games. Ed Dickson (3) second tight end. Two catches for 75 yards through five games. Led the Ravens with eight catches for 91 yards in the preseason. Dennis Pitta (4) third tight end. Made seven catches for 86 yards in preseason. David Reed (5a) backup wide receiver who contributes on kick coverage teams. Averaged 14.7 yards in preseason with seven catches. Arthur Jones (5b) reserve defensive tackle. Has been inactive through five games. Ramon Harewood (6) offensive tackle on injured reserve. Suffered a knee injury in the first Raven minicamp. CFA/53: Morgan Cox LS, Tennessee

CINCINNATI – Jermaine Gresham (1) starting tight end with 22 catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Has impressed the Bengals with his blocking ability as well as hands. Carlos Dunlap (2) reserve right defensive end. Inactive all five games. Jordan Shipley (3a) third wide receiver played in the first four games, starting two of them. Inactive for game five due to a concussion. Has 21 catches for 321 yards with a long of 64 yards and one touchdown. Brandon Ghee (3b) reserve left corner. Active in game five versus Tampa Bay and made one tackle. Geno Atkins (4a) in defensive front rotation after a solid preseason demonstrating his explosive upfield penetration strength. Four tackles and ½ sack in four games active. Roddrick Muckelroy (4b) backs up Dhani Jones at middle linebacker. Active in three games. Made four special teams tackles and forced one fumble. Otis Hudson (5) practice squad. Dezmon Briscoe (6) released and claimed by Tampa Bay, signed to practice squad. Reggie Stephens (7) backup center. Inactive through the first five games. CFA/53: none. Dan LeFevour sixth round selection by Chicago. Passed for 19 of 41, 204 yards, one touchdown, one interception in preseason for the Bears. Claimed off waivers on 9/5/10. Third quarterback.

CLEVELAND – Joe Haden (1) battling Sheldon Brown at right corner. Started one game. Active in all five games making 16 tackles and breaking up three passes. TJ Ward (2a) starting strong safety. Was in on 43 tackles and has one pass deflection and a forced fumble. Ward has impressed the Browns with his football savvy and hard hitting ability. Montario Hardesty (2b) on injured reserve due to left knee injury. Colt McCoy (3a) received his first start against the Steelers after injuries to Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace. In the preseason win over Chicago, McCoy completed 13 of 13 passes for 131 yards. Shawn Lauvao (3b) backup right guard behind Floyd Womack. Larry Asante (5) on practice squad. Carlton Mitchell (6a) reserve wide receiver. Inactive through 5 games. Clifton Geathers (6b) released and claimed off waivers by Miami. CFA/53: none.

PITTSBURGH – Maurkice Pouncey (1) starting center in all five games. Was the first center drafted by the Steelers since the 1937 NFL draft. Jason Worilds (2) backup outside linebacker has played in four games and has three tackles including a sack. Emmanuel Sanders (3) reserve receiver. Made two catches in the Cleveland game for 37 yards. Backs up Mike Wallace and Arnaz Battle. Thaddeus Gibson (4) backup for James Harrison at right outside linebacker.(Cut on 11/1/10 Signed by 49ers) Chris Scott (5a) physically unable to play. Crezdon Butler (5b) reserve right corner. Stevenson Sylvester (5c) reserve inside linebacker that has played in five games. Has four tackles including a forced fumble. Jonathan Dwyer (6a) reserve running back. Antonio Brown (6b) reserve wide receiver and kick returner. Has seven kick returns for 219 yards, averaging 31.3 yards per return, including an 89-yard touchdown. Doug Worthington (7) released. CFA/53: none.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

AFC West: Early Rookie Reviews....

DENVER – Demaryius Thomas (1a) plucked eight balls for 97 yards and a touchdown in first game after returning from injury, but has had a problem staying healthy. Leads all rookies, averaging 33 yards on five kickoff returns. Tim Tebow (1b) reserve quarterback, scored first touchdown on run versus the Jets in game six. Zane Beadles (2) rotates with Ryan Harris at right tackle. JD Walton (3a) starting center. Newsletter Rehash: 2010 Draft Guide - Position/wall off type blocker. Creates inside running lanes by turning the down defender. Solid on the block back or “choke” block. Plays on his feet. Good agility and balance in close quarters. Plays with a good base and works to finish his blocks. Good hand quickness to lock out and position hands on the breast plate and get push on his target. Strong and crafty. Eric Decker (3b) backs up Eddie Royal at the slot receiver position. Perrish Cox (5) backs up Champ Bailey at left corner and is a reserve kick returner. Eric Olsen (6) reserve left guard. Syd’Quan Thompson (7a) reserve corner. Jammie Kirlew (7b) cut. CFA/53: Cassius Vaughn reserve corner, Mississipi.

KANSAS CITY – Eric Berry (1) starting strong safety. Has 27 tackles in first five games. Dexter McCluster (2a) flashes his explosiveness as a kick returner and wide receiver. Averaging 20.9 yards in eight returns in five games, including a 94-yard scamper for a touchdown. Javier Arenas (2b) backup right corner and kick return specialist along with McCluster. Averages 10.3 yards per punt return with a long of 36 yards in 11 returns. Jon Asamoah (3a) backs up Brian Waters at left guard. Tony Moeaki (3b) starting tight end and the Chiefs’ leading receiver with 18 catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Kendrick Lewis (5a) reserve free safety. Cameron Sheffield (5b) placed on injured reserve after suffering a neck injury during the preseason. CFA/53: Jeremy Horne-Murdock WR, Massachusetts. Justin Cole IB, San Jose State. Cory Greenwood OB, Concordia-Canada.

OAKLAND – Rolando McClain (1) starting middle linebacker. Third leading tackler on team with 33 stops in six games. Lamarr Houston (2) starting left defensive end. Nine tackles and one sack in six games. Jared Veldheer (3) started one game at center until Samson Satele returned. Newsletter Rehash: 2010 Draft Guide - Four-year starter that is very athletic and competitive. Plays with good knee bend. Slides his feet in pass protection. Strong two arm extension. Maintains balance when sliding with defenders. Has the physical tools, but needs technique refinement. Bruce Campbell (4a) backup right guard. Jacoby Ford (4b) reserve wide receiver. Walter McFadden (5) backup left corner. Travis Goethel (6) reserve middle linebacker. Jeremy Ware (7a) reserve right corner. Stevie Brown (7b) on the practice squad. CFA/53: none.

SAN DIEGO – Ryan Mathews (1) starting running back. Carried the ball 55 times for 282 yards, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Has one touchdown. Also caught eight passes for 56 yards. Lost two fumbles. Did not play in the Seattle game due to ankle sprain. Donald Butler (3) on injured reserve due to a season ending Achilles tendon injury. Darrell Stuckey (4) reserve strong safety. Cam Thomas (5a) reserve nose tackle. Jonathan Crompton (5b) released. Dedrick Epps (7) claimed by Miami off of waivers. CFA/53: Brandon Lang OB, Troy.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

NFC West: Early Rookie Reviews

ARIZONA – The Cardinals traditionally do as good a job of cultivating free agents as any team in the NFL and 2010 was no different. Max Hall won the quarterback spot by default and two receivers, Stephen Williams and Max Komar had impressive camps. Nose tackle Dan Williams (1) struggles with his weight which has kept him off the field and third team on the depth chart. Made three tackles. Inactive for three games. Daryl Washington (2) starts at left inside linebacker after an impressive preseason. Through six games he tallied 42 tackles, including ten against Atlanta. Newsletter Rehash: February 2010 - Shows good overall athletic ability. At his best in pursuit. Takes good angles and does a nice job on the backside when the play is away. Good range in pursuit and can be sudden in change of direction. Does a good job wading through the traffic. Shows coverage tools and takes good drops and breaks well on the ball. He recovers well and covers a lot of ground in zone coverage. Andre Roberts (3) missed most of preseason with a shoulder injury. First extended action came in the New Orleans’ win where he caught two passes for 27 yards. Struggled as a punt returner fielding a ball inside the 5-yard line and letting two punts drop and hit teammates for turnovers. O’Brien Schofield (4) placed on the non-football injury list (NFI) to rehabilitate his knee injured in the 2010 Senior Bowl. John Skelton (5) third quarterback, inactive through five games. Corner Jorrick Calvin (6) was traded to Philadelphia for running back Charles Scott. Jim Dray (7) is the third tight end. Has one catch for 24 yards. CFA/53: Stephen Williams WR, Toledo, has seven catches for 75 yards through five games. Max Komar WR, Idaho. Max Hall QB, BYU, won his first start against the New Orleans’ Saints, completing 17 of 27 passes for 168 yards. AJ Jefferson DC/KR, Fresno State, signed to practice squad after making the original 53-man roster.

ST. LOUIS – Sam Bradford (1) starter at quarterback and has impressed the Rams’ brass and fans with his poise and accuracy under fire. Bradford has thrown for 1357 yards and seven touchdowns, leading the Rams to a 3-3 record after six games. Rodger Saffold (2) started all six games at left tackle, allowing 2009 first round pick, Jason Smith to move to right tackle. Jerome Murphy (3) reserve left corner. Has played in five games making eight tackles, deflecting two passes, and grabbing one interception. Mardy Gilyard (4) backup wide receiver. Michael Hoomanawanui (5a) reserve tight end. Hall Davis (5b) claimed off waivers by Tennessee. Fendi Onobun (6a) reserve tight end. Eugene Sims (6b) reserve right defensive end. Marquis Johnson (7a) on the practice squad, injured reserve after knee surgery. George Selvie (7b) backup left defensive end. Played in all six games totaling nine tackles and 1 ½ sacks. Josh Hull (7c) on injured reserve due to a torn ACL. CFA/53: Dominique Curry WR, California (PA), placed on injured reserve with a torn right knee ACL. Thaddeus Lewis QB, Duke. Keith Toston RB, Oklahoma State. Jermelle Cudjo DT, Central Oklahoma. Darian Stewart FS, South Carolina.

SAN FRANCISCO – Anthony Davis (1a) starter at right tackle every preseason and season game. Works at staying low, getting good hand placement, and developing the proper footwork. Mike Iupati (1b) starter at left guard every preseason and season game. Impressive with pulls and fold blocks. Plays on his feet. Taylor Mays (2) starter at strong safety. Has 19 tackles and a forced fumble. Big play recovering ball in end zone for a touchdown versus New Orleans. Navorro Bowman (3) backup to Takeo Spikes at left inside linebacker. Has 18 tackles. Anthony Dixon (6a) reserve running back who led the NFL in rushing during the preseason with 300 yards on 74 carries and four touchdowns. His touchdown run against New Orleans is his only real work to this point. Also plays special teams. Nate Byham (6b) reserve tight end who was impressive catching the ball as well as blocking in the preseason. Kyle Williams (6c) reserve wide receiver. Phillip Adams (7) reserve left corner. CFA/53: Keaton Kristick IB, Oregon State.

SEATTLE – Russell Okung (1a) starting left tackle who missed the first three games because of high ankle sprain to his right ankle. Earl Thomas (1b) starting free safety since he stepped on the field. Ball hawked four interceptions and made 30 tackles through six games. Golden Tate (2) reserve wide receiver. Walter Thurmond (4a) backup left corner. EJ Wilson (4b) backs up right defensive end. Kam Chancellor (5) backup strong safety. Anthony McCoy (6) reserve tight end. Dexter Davis (7a) reserve left defensive end. Jameson Konz (7b) on injured reserve due to ankle injury. CFA/53: none.

Friday, November 5, 2010

AFC East Early Rookie Reviews....

BUFFALO – CJ Spiller (1) has shown flashes of explosiveness with his 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against New England in week three. Averages 26.5 yards on 24 returns. Was the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Torell Troup (2) backup nose tackle. Totaled eight tackles and one start through five games. Alex Carrington (3) backup left defensive end. Inactive first four games. Marcus Easley (4) wide receiver on injured reserve. Ed Wang (5) backup left tackle. Inactive through five games. Arthur Moats (6a) backs up Chris Kelsay at left outside linebacker. Four tackles in three active games. Danny Batten (6b) linebacker on injured reserve. Levi Brown (7a) third quarterback. Kyle Calloway (7b) released. CFA/53: Donald Jones reserve WR, Youngstown State. David Nelson WR, Florida, backs up Steve Johnson. Caught four passes for 75 yards versus the Jets. Cord Howard reserve OT, Georgia Tech earned his first start versus the Ravens on 10/24/10. Antonio Coleman reserve right OB, Auburn.

MIAMI – Jared Odrick (1) started first game and had a tackle for a loss. Has missed the next six games and was placed on injured reserve due to a broken leg. Koa Misi (2) starting strong side linebacker. Has three sacks included in his 12 tackles through five games. John Jerry (3) starting right guard. AJ Edds (4) on injured reserve due to a torn ACL in his right knee. Nolan Carroll (5a) reserve right corner. Rashad Jones (5b) backs up Chris Clemons at free safety. Chris McCoy (7a) released. Austin Spitler (7b) on the practice squad. CFA/53: Roberto Wallace WR, San Diego State. Marlon Moore WR, Fresno State

NEW ENGLAND – Devin McCourty (1) starter at left corner. Has 23 tackles through five games. Rob Gronkowski (2a) starter in several sub packages with Aaron Hernandez. Seven catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Impressive as red zone receiver and blocker in the preseason. Jermaine Cunningham (2b) starter at right outside linebacker. Has 11 tackles and one sack in five games. Brandon Spikes (2c) starter at inside linebacker. Has 31 tackles in five games. Taylor Price (3) reserve wide receiver with no catches through five games. Aaron Hernandez (4) starter in several sub packages with Gronkowski. The Patriots’ second leading receiver with 22 catches for 301 yards. Rushed twice for 31 yards. Zoltan Mesko (5) punter with a 44.2 yard average in 16 punts. Ted Larsen (6) claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay. Thomas Welch (7a) claimed off waivers by Minnesota. Brandon Deaderick (7b) backup left defensive end. Kade Weston (7c) on injured reserve due to an “internal injury”. Zac Robinson (7d) released and claimed off waivers by Seattle. CFA/53: Kyle Love NT, Mississippi State. Dave Fletcher OB, Montana State.

NEW YORK JETS – Kyle Wilson (1) starter at left corner when Darrelle Revis was out with hamstring injury. Nickel corner. Backup kick returner. Has 16 tackles in six games. Vladimir Ducasse (2) backup to left guard Matt Slauson. Newsletter Rehash: February 2010 - Long arms 34”. Talented but raw in his overall play. Needs some developmental time. Struggled against the edge speed counter moves. Overextends as a pass protector. Not a long torso guy, but is a good athlete despite long legs. A rough week against speed and power that he hasn’t seen before. Strong on down blocks. Joe McKnight (4) reserve running back. John Conner (5) rotates with Tony Richardson at fullback and is a special teams stalwart. CFA/53: Jeff Cumberland TE, Illinois.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

NFC East: Early Rookie Reviews......

DALLAS – Dez Bryant (1) backup wide receiver that has made an impact as a punt returner. Started one of six games. Caught 18 passes for 211 yards and one touchdown through the first five games. On 10/25/10 against the Giants he accounted for 171 total yards and three touchdowns, including a 93-yard punt return for a score. Has been hampered by injuries in both the preseason and through six games. Sean Lee (2) reserve inside linebacker. Active in three of five games. Finished the preseason strong with four tackles, including two sacks. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (4) reserve strong safety and kickoff return specialist. Averaging 21.6 yards on 17 returns with a long of 40 yards. Sam Young (6a) reserve right tackle. Jamar Wall (6b) released, claimed by Houston, released and claimed by Philadelphia, on Eagles’ practice squad. Sean Lissemore (7) reserve right defensive end. Josh Brent (7) supplemental draft. Backs up Jay Ratliff at nose tackle. Six tackles in five games. CFA/53: Phil Costa OC, Maryland. Chris Gronkowski FB, Arizona. Barry Church SS, Toledo. Newsletter Rehash: 2010 Draft Guide - Outstanding production over his career. Long arms and athletic. Good instincts. Closes quickly on the ball in front of him. Good zone awareness. Plays the run as good as any support player in this draft. Has size and loose hips to turn and run. Can cover slot receivers. Moved around for mismatches in the Rockets’ defensive scheme. He was put in a position to make plays by scouting report. Danny McCray FS, LSU.

NEW YORK GIANTS – Jason Pierre-Paul (1) backup left defensive end. Has four total tackles in four of six games played. Linval Joseph (2) backup at right defensive tackle. Two tackles in two games played. Chad Jones (3) NFI list after a car accident. Phillip Dillard (4) reserve middle linebacker. Mitch Petrus (5) backup right guard. Adrian Tracy (6) injured reserve due to surgery to repair ligament damage in his elbow. Matt Dodge (7) punter averaging 45.2 yards on 25 punts. CFA/53: Victor Cruz WR, Massachusetts, made a name for himself with three touchdown catches versus the Jets in his first preseason game. Put on injured reserve on 10/22/10 after a severe hamstring injury. Duke Calhoun WR, Memphis.

PHILADELPHIA – Brandon Graham (1) starter at left defensive end. In six games, Graham has 13 tackles including two sacks. Nate Allen (2a) starting free safety. Has been in on 30 tackles in six games, including one sack. He also has three interceptions. Daniel Te’o-Nesheim (2b) reserve defensive end. Trevard Lindley (4a) backup right corner. Has an interception and four tackles in three games played. Keenan Clayton (4b) backup weak side linebacker. Impressed during preseason. Michael Kafka (4c) third quarterback. Clay Harbor (4d) backup to Brent Celek at tight end. Ricky Sapp (5a) on injured reserve due to torn ACL. Riley Cooper (5b) backup wide receiver. Charles Scott (6) claimed off waivers by Giants after being traded to Arizona for Jorrick Calvin. Jamar Chaney (7a) reserve middle linebacker, backing up Stewart Bradley. Getting more playing time on special teams while learning the defensive scheme. Jeff Owens (7b) on the practice squad. Kurtis Coleman (7c) backup strong safety. CFA/53: Clinton Howard OT, Northern Iowa. Jorrick Calvin DC, Troy, acquired in a trade with Arizona – did not play in college in 2009.

WASHINGTON – Trent Williams (1) starting left tackle. Perry Riley (4) backup right inside linebacker. Dennis Morris (6) released. Terrence Austin (7a) on the practice squad. Erik Cook (7b) on the practice squad. Selvish Capers (7c) on the practice squad. CFA/53: Brandon Banks WR/PR, Kansas State. Newsletter Rehash: 2010 Draft Guide - Two-year starter. Junior college transfer. An undersized speedster with inconsistent hands. Water bug type darter that is elusive in the open field. Quick in and out of cuts, but needs route refinement. Was voted the Big 12 special teams player of the year. Had four kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2009. Logan Paulsen TE, UCLA. Keiland Williams RB, LSU.

NFL Draft Class of 2010 How They're doing.......

Football players, like prostitutes, are in the business of ruining their bodies for
the pleasure of strangers.” – Merle Kessler

Defensive backs, linebackers, and Ndamukong Suh headline early rookie reviews. Last year, rookie receivers were impressive with their ball catching skills and run after catch ability. In 2010, defensive backs were drafted to cover those dynamic receivers. TJ Ward (Browns), Nate Allen (Eagles), Eric Berry (Chiefs), Morgan Burnett (Packers), Earl Thomas (Seahawks), and Cody Grimm (Bucs) are safeties who have been instinctive in their run support and coverage. Hitting, within the new NFL Guidelines, has also been in their job description. Corners Alterraun Verner (Titans), Kareem Jackson (Texans), Devin McCourty (Patriots), Chris Cook (Vikings), Joe Haden (Browns), Patrick Robinson (Saints), Perrish Cox (Broncos), and Kyle Wilson (Jets) have all shown positive signs in one of the leagues’ toughest positions. Detroit’s Suh has 4 ½ sacks in six games and has been a sideline to sideline beast in the run game.(Suh added 2 more sacks in the Redskin game for a total of 6 1/2 plus a fumble recovery TD) Teammate Jahvid Best has been the most impressive rookie back. Sam Bradford has been nothing short of amazing, leading the Rams to three wins in seven games, all the while adjusting to a bevy of new receivers, offensive line reconstruction, and Steven Jackson’s back issues.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Undrafted Rookie: LeGarrette Blount, Running back Tampa Bay Bucs

LeGarrette Blount was signed by the Titans as a free agent and was claimed by Tampa Bay on waivers and made their 53 man roster.
The burly downhill runner tallied two touchdowns and 119 yards for the Bucs in their win over Arizona. What the 2010 OURLADS' DRAFT GUIDE said about Blount:

Blount, LeGarrette Oregon 6004 241 4.72

Had zero starts for the Ducks. Physical running back that plays in a spread offense. Strong runner that has good speed and is not easy to bring down. More of an upright runner that can get downhill with good vision and running instincts. Determined straight ahead runner. A goal-line type back that can muscle his way into the end zone. Gains yards after initial contact. Gives effort and finishes his runs with power. An aggressive back that doesn’t shy away from contact. Flashes some shiftiness in the open field. Athletic enough to hurdle low cutting defensive backs. Had 17 touchdowns in 2008, alternating with Jeremiah Johnson. A junior college transfer, he was suspended in February 2009 for missing conditioning workouts and academic class work. Was suspended from 9/4/09 to late November after fight in Boise State game. A high maintenance back with talent. OSR:19/28. Third/fourth round. (A-33 1/2, H-10, BP-19, SS-4.50).