Pro Player Insiders Executive Editor Melissa Mahler http://proplayerinsiders.com Behind the scenes look at lives and lifestyles of NFL players and their families plus sports news, interviews & events Wed, 18 May 2016 19:02:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Three Immediate Impact First Rounders From NFL Draft http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/three-immediate-impact-first-rounders-nfl-draft/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/three-immediate-impact-first-rounders-nfl-draft/#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 19:02:00 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164316 Every year in the NFL draft there are players who will be stars, players who will play a role and players who will “bust.”  When a young man is a first round pick in the NFL draft, there is a certain aura around that player.  He is expected to help a team get to the next level, or even carry them into a new era.  This is a lot to put on the shoulders of a kid straight out of frat-parties, juggling girlfriends and handing in a science lab on time.  When you’re a star though, you welcome that pressure and are excited to see how well you will be in the NFL.  Here are three players taken in the first round who will have a positive impact on their teams from week one.

Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas Cowboys, Fourth Pick in the Draft

Ezekiel+Elliott+NFL+Draft+Yay2eL8Racml

This one is the most obvious choice.  The Cowboys thought they could lose Demarco Murray and replace him with just about anybody behind that offensive line.  Joseph Randle was the one people though would carry the torch, but he proved himself to be a knucklehead (for lack of better words) and Lance Dunbar proved to be “just a guy” on the roster.  They were lucky enough to take a gamble on Darren McFadden last year, when most teams in the league didn’t want to touch the often-injured back.  McFadden carried the ball for over a 1000 yards, but to expect that again would be asking for a lot.  The Cowboys signed Alfred Morris to a deal which many thought would be enough.  The pairing of Morris and McFadden behind the offensive line seemed to be a match that could work but the Cowboys, like most gunslingers in the wild west would think – there is never enough ammunition.  Looking at his play in college, Elliot has the abilities to transcend himself in the league to be a top-five back in the NFL today.  That’s something McFadden can’t say, and Morris – well to be nice, he could be a top ten back. . .

Many thought that Dallas should upgrade their defense with this pick, but the Cowboys realized one young player on their defense won’t help to satisfy all their woes, so they decided to stockpile on the offensive side of the ball where they can do their damage.  Elliot can give the Cowboys a running game closer to what they had with Murray, which will make this offense one of the best in the league (of course this all goes hand in hand with keeping quarterback Tony Romo healthy, but a strong running game will leave the veteran QB less vulnerable.)

Predicted Stat line: 1,350 Rushing  Yards, 10 Rushing Touchdowns, 4.8 yards per carry

Robert Nkemdiche, Arizona Cardinals, Thirtieth Pick in the Draft

Robert+Nkemdiche+NFL+Combine+Day+5+YyS2961EfnHl

If it wasn’t for “character concerns,” Nkmediche would have been a top ten pick, easily.  This was a smart move by the Cardinals who have a good roster as is, and were only looking for most pass rushers, particularly from the inside.  NFL.com has him listed as a defensive tackle, but his athleticism and quickness will no doubt see him attacking from the outsides more.  He is an aggressive pass rusher who uses his athleticism and balance well against the opposition.  If Nkemdiche can’t work with head coach Bruce Arians, who is without a doubt one of the best in the NFL, then he won’t be able to work with any coach in this league.  This is a great landing spot for Nkemdiche who is used to a winning tradition with talent around him and now he has that same formula at the next level where his skills should show an immediate impact.

Predicted Stat Line:  7 sacks, 80 tackles

Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns, Fifteenth Pick in the Draft

NFL+Draft+74RcExEYj1Bl

Although the best receiver of this class is Laquon Treadwell, who got drafted by the Vikings with the twenty-third pick overall – it’s Coleman who will be more heavily relied on in the Browns offense.  Where Treadwell has Adrian Peterson, Coleman has Isiah Crowell and Duke Johnson. . . Where Treadwell has Teddy Bridgewater, Coleman has RG3 and/or Josh McCown.  In other words, everything around Coleman is inconsistent where Treadwell is steady.  This is good and bad for Coleman.  Bad because, well. . . the Browns are bad.  There is just no other way around it.  The good news for Coleman though,  is that he is already the team’s best wide receiver and outside of left tackle Joe Thomas, he is also the teams best offensive weapon.  Coleman is the type to make a catch and immediately tries to make something big happen.  McCown and/or RG3 are both capable enough at the quarterback position (and smart enough) to get the ball into Coleman’s hands as much as they can.  If RG3 happens to catch half the magic he played with in his rookie year, Coleman will put up monster numbers.  He’s a deep threat, and chances are the Browns will be faced with a lot of second and long and third and long situations. . . they’ll also be playing from behind a lot. .  .  . so there’s that.  . .

Predicted Stat line: 85 catches, 1235 yards, 7 touchdowns

G.W. Gras

Twitter @GeeSteelio

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/three-immediate-impact-first-rounders-nfl-draft/feed/ 0
Pro Players Insiders Very Early 2017 Draft Top 100 Seniors http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/pro-players-insiders-early-2017-draft-top-100-seniors/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/pro-players-insiders-early-2017-draft-top-100-seniors/#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 14:15:58 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164328 PRO PLAYER INSIDERS VERY EARLY 2017 DRAFT TOP 100 SENIORS

The 2016 NFL Draft was just a few weeks ago but we have taken the last few weeks to watch some film for next year’s draft and we have our very early projection of the top 100 seniors.

Alabama leads all schools with six in our top 100. LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, and North Carolina all have five each in the top 100 while Clemson, Arkansas, Louisville, Michigan State have four each, respectively.

Our initial board is dominated by Alabama with 3 players among the top 5 seniors and the top rated player in linebacker Tim Williams.

The highest rated senior quarterback is Chad Kelly of Ole Miss at 39.

Small schoolers always vault into the top 100 seniors during the fall and we believe there are a few who will find themselves among the top 100 drafted. Our top rated small schoolers are Eastern Washington receiver Cooper Kupp (No. 44), Tennessee State tackle Jessamen Dunker (No. 88), and Bucknell tackle Julie’n Davenport (No. 88), and Villanova defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon (No. 98).

Keep in mind that players will drop from 5 to perhaps 25 or more spots when underclassmen are included. We have put round projections for readers to keep in mind just how far these players would drop if we indeed included underclassmen.

PPI TOP 100 SENIORS

Rank Pos First Name Last Name School HT WT Projection
1 OLB Tim Williams Alabama 6’3 230 1st
2 DE DeMarcus Walker Florida State 6’3 281 1st
3 TE OJ Howard Alabama 6’5 242 1st
4 OG Pat Elflein Ohio State 6’3 300 1st
5 DE Jonathan Allen Alabama 6’2 283 1st-2nd
6 OT Chad Wheeler Southern California 6’6 280 1st-2nd
7 CB Cameron Sutton Tennessee 5’11 186 2nd
8 WR Isaiah Jones East Carolina 6’0 197 2nd
9 CB Cordrea Tankersley Clemson 6’0 195 2nd
10 CB Jourdan Lewis Michigan 5’9 175 2nd
11 OLB Vince Biegel Wisconsin 6’4 246 2nd
12 TE Jordan Leggett Clemson 6’4 255 2nd
13 WR Jehu Chesson Michigan 6’2 207 2nd
14 WR Gabe Marks Washington State 5’11 181 2nd-3rd
15 RB Shock Linwood Baylor 5’8 200 2nd-3rd
16 TE Evan Engram Mississippi 6’3 227 2nd-3rd
17 OG Dan Feeney Indiana 6’4 310 2nd-3rd
18 DE Devonte Fields Louisville 6’3 245 2nd-3rd
19 OT Zach Banner Southern California 6’8 360 2nd-3rd
20 OLB Jalen Reeves-Maybin Tennessee 6’0 225 3rd
21 DT Carlos Watkins Clemson 6’3 300 3rd
22 TE Jake Butt Michigan 6’5 250 3rd
23 CB Damontae Kazee San Diego State 5’10 185 3rd
24 DT Montravius Adams Auburn 6’3 296 3rd
25 CB Desmond King Iowa 5’11 190 3rd
26 SS Josh Harvey-Clemons Louisville 6’5 230 3rd
27 OLB Jarrad Davis Florida 6’1 232 3rd
28 CB Chidobe Awuzie Colorado 6’0 190 3rd
29 WR Ryan Switzer North Carolina 5’9 185 3rd-4th
30 DT Chris Wormley Michigan 6’4 303 3rd-4th
31 ILB Reuben Foster Alabama 6’0 240 3rd-4th
32 OT Conor McDermott UCLA 6’8 310 3rd-4th
33 CB Cole Luke Notre Dame 5’10 193 3rd-4th
34 WR Josh Reynolds Texas A&M 6’3 195 3rd-4th
35 DE Deatrich Wise Jr. Arkansas 6’4 272 3rd-4th
36 WR James Quick Louisville 6’1 191 4th
37 CB Tre’Davious White LSU 5’10 191 4th
38 WR Corey Davis Western Michigan 6’2 205 4th
39 QB Chad Kelly Mississippi 6’2 215 4th
40 WR Fred Ross Mississippi State 6’2 207 4th
41 WR Taywan Taylor Western Kentucky 6’0 195 4th
42 OLB Ed Davis Michigan State 6’2 233 4th
43 C Ethan Pocic LSU 6’6 309 4th
44 WR Cooper Kupp Eastern Washington 6’1 217 4th
45 SS Eddie Jackson Alabama 6’0 194 4th
46 DE Kylie Fitts Utah 6’4 268 4th
47 ILB Brooks Ellis Arkansas 6’1 242 4th-5th
48 DT Jake Replogle Purdue 6’5 275 4th-5th
49 OLB Skai Moore South Carolina 6’1 218 4th-5th
50 DT Jaleel Johnson Iowa 6’3 310 4th-5th
51 DT D.J. Jones Mississippi 6’0 324 4th-5th
52 WR Travin Dural LSU 6’2 192 4th-5th
53 C Tyler Orlosky West Virginia 6’4 297 4th-5th
54 CB Marquez White Florida State 6’0 184 4th-5th
55 FS Max Redfield Notre Dame 6’0 205 4th-5th
56 ILB Riley Bullough Michigan State 6’2 230 4th-5th
57 OG Nico Siragusa San Diego State 6’5 335 4th-5th
58 OT Dan Skipper Arkansas 6’9 331 5th
59 DT Jarrod Clements Illinois 6’3 290 5th
60 WR Quincy Adeboyejo Mississippi 6’2 195 5th
61 FS Xavier Woods Louisiana Tech 5’10 203 5th
62 ILB Kendell Beckwith LSU 6’1 252 5th
63 QB C.J. Beathard Iowa 6’2 209 5th
64 CB Marcus Maye Florida 6’0 207 5th
65 CB Kevin King Washington 6’2 183 5th
66 C Dan Voltz Wisconsin 6’3 301 5th
67 ILB Keith Kelsey Louisville 6’0 236 5th
68 CB Tony Bridges Mississippi 6’0 183 5th
69 WR Bug Howard North Carolina 6’5 210 5th
70 TE Josiah Price Michigan State 6’3 252 5th
71 DE Daeshon Hall Texas A&M 6’6 260 5th
72 CB Demetrious Cox Michigan State 6’0 200 5th
73 DE Isaac Rochell Notre Dame 6’3 287 5th-6th
74 FS Justin Evans Texas A&M 6’0 195 5th-6th
75 DE Lewis Neal LSU 6’1 264 5th-6th
76 OLB Ryan Anderson Alabama 6’2 249 5th-6th
77 OT Jon Heck North Carolina 6’6 300 5th-6th
78 OG Isaac Asiata Utah 6’4 315 5th-6th
79 FS Nate Gerry Nebraska 6’1 205 5th-6th
80 FS Jordan Sterns Oklahoma State 6’0 205 6th
81 ILB Matt Galambos Pittsburgh 6’2 240 6th
82 CB Des Lawrence North Carolina 6’1 185 6th
83 QB Seth Russell Baylor 6’2 220 6th
84 OG Jessamen Dunker Tennessee State 6’4 290 6th
85 RB Matt Dayes North Carolina State 5’9 203 6th
86 FS Johnathan Ford Auburn 5’11 203 6th
87 DT Tanzel Smart Tulane 6’0 303 6th
88 OT Julie’n Davenport Bucknell 6’7 312 6th
89 DE Dawuane Smoot Illinois 6’3 265 6th-7th
90 PT Cameron Johnston Ohio State 5’11 195 6th-7th
91 OT Dion Dawkins Temple 6’5 318 6th-7th
92 DT Ryan Glasgow Michigan 6’3 300 6th-7th
93 DE Josh Carraway TCU 6’3 250 6th-7th
94 WR Keon Hatcher Arkansas 6’1 200 6th-7th
95 DT Larry Ogunjobi Charlotte 6’2 294 6th-7th
96 WR Mack Hollins North Carolina 6’3 210 6th-7th
97 DE Bryan Cox Jr. Florida 6’3 265 6th-7th
98 DE Tanoh Kpassagnon Villanova 6’7 275 6th-7th
99 OLB Ben Boulware Clemson 5’11 240 6th-7th
100 SS John Johnson Boston College 5’11 198 6th-7th

 

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/pro-players-insiders-early-2017-draft-top-100-seniors/feed/ 0
Real Talk with Dr. Delaney Gracy of the Children’s Health Fund http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/melissa-mahler-interviews-delaney-gracy-of-the-childrens-health-fund/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/melissa-mahler-interviews-delaney-gracy-of-the-childrens-health-fund/#comments Tue, 17 May 2016 17:00:00 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164319 Melissa Mahler interviews Dr. Gracy about her work and impact of the CHF

Delaney Gracy Interview by Melissa Mahler

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children” said Nelson Mandela.

In this episode of Real Talk, Melissa Mahler speaks with Dr. Delaney Gracy, CMO of the Children’s Health Fund who shares her insights in bringing health care to those most in need – our children. The CHF has been in existence for over 30 years and its commitment to improving the lives of our nation’s children has been unwavering. Their inclusive approach to helping communities like Flint is unique, refreshing and effective. One reason for that is the people at the heart of the organization.

Here’s Dr. Gracy speaking from the heart about the work and mission of the Children’s Health Fund.  For more information visit http://www.childrenshealthfund.org

 

 

Follow Melissa on MOSH https://mosh.us/melissa-mahler/ and twitter @Melissa_PPI for more stories about people, ideas and organizations that our impacting our world.

 


]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/melissa-mahler-interviews-delaney-gracy-of-the-childrens-health-fund/feed/ 0
Browns’ Cam Erving Takes Special Needs Teen to Prom http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/browns-cam-erving-takes-special-needs-teen-prom/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/browns-cam-erving-takes-special-needs-teen-prom/#comments Mon, 16 May 2016 20:15:42 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164304 Being a professional athlete is about more thanperformance on the field. Giving one’s time and being of service to those who genuinely need an uplifting trumps all. Cleveland Browns’ Cam Erving proved that a couple weeks ago.

Erving was moved by the story of Elna Wright, a 17-year old senior at Elyria high school diagnosed with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, a rare progressive disorder that prevents her from speaking or walking.

The former Homecoming Queen lost her boyfriend last fall, and was without a date to this year’s prom.

Being a passionate Cleveland sports fan, Browns in particular, Ingrid and Ebony Wright took to Facebook in attempts to corral a Cleveland Browns player to take her.

“ I heard the story of how her boyfriend passed away and how she didn’t have a date at the time. I jumped at the opportunity because I felt like, in my heart, it was the right thing to do.” said Erving.

Wright and Erving enjoyed the night in style. The two shared a limousine ride to prom, stopped by Elyria’s Ely Square for photos and created a reel of lifelong memories.

Erving Prom

“Just being able to make her smile, that’s the biggest thing. Everybody deserves happiness, so anything I can do to make this night as special as possible.” Erving said

The Cleveland Browns twitter posted pictures of the two on Prom night. The surrounding community let it be known how beautiful she looked by the various amount of tweets that poured in amid the photographs being posted.

The former Seminole admitted his rookie season was disappointing, and that he lost himself a bit and didn’t commit to giving back as he always did growing up.

When speaking about the image of a professional athlete, Erving made it clear it’s the way you conduct yourself off-the-field that truly defines you.

“They may remember what happens on the field, but people are always going to remember what you do off the field. And I want to be remembered as someone who cares about people genuinely. And that’s all that matters to me.”

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/browns-cam-erving-takes-special-needs-teen-prom/feed/ 0
Top 2016 NFL Rookies Head to LA for NFLPA Rookie Premiere presented by Panini America http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/top-2016-nfl-rookies-head-la-nflpa-rookie-premiere-presented-panini-america/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/top-2016-nfl-rookies-head-la-nflpa-rookie-premiere-presented-panini-america/#comments Mon, 16 May 2016 19:45:58 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164297 Panini America Trading Card Photo Shoot in Official Nike Team Uniforms

Forty-one top rookies from the 2016 NFL Draft class will gather in Los Angeles from May 19-21 to learn the business of football at the 22nd annual NFLPA Rookie Premiere, presented by Panini America. More than 20 NFLPA business partners will be on site to engage with the newest group of promising NFL stars to secure endorsement deals, create unique brand content and promote product lines through the utilization of NFL group player rights.


The multi-day event is hosted by the NFLPA, via its marketing and licensing arm, NFL Players Inc. The 2016 NFLPA Rookie Premiere will also feature one of the most anticipated moments for the rookies – donning their official Nike team uniforms for the first time during a photo shoot at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with the NFLPA’s exclusive trading card licensee, Panini America.

“NFLPA Rookie Premiere is one of the most important events that we participate in annually, as it helps us set the stage for our entire football trading card products that we will release over the next 15 months,” Mark Warsop, Panini America CEO said. “Serving for the first time as the NFLPA’s exclusive trading card partner and presenting sponsor provides us with more opportunities than ever to execute a series of unique activations throughout the event, and create our best-ever product assortment for the new season.”

The roster of NFLPA partners activating at the 2016 NFLPA Rookie Premiere includes Panini America, Fanatics, Nike, EA SPORTS, The Brandr Group, Topps NFL Huddle, Delta Private Jets, FedEx, New Era, Samsung, élevée, Staramba, Gatorade, Proctor & Gamble brands and Frito-Lay.

NFLPA Rookie Premiere is the first major business event following the NFL Draft, where players will gain insight and connections that will assist in the development of their professional off-field careers and personal brands.

“NFLPA Rookie Premiere presents an unparalleled opportunity for our partners to interact with the promising young marketing stars entering the league,” said Ahmad Nassar, president of NFL Players Inc. “Learning about the business and benefits of their union as the players plan for their new career is a tremendous advantage. Showcasing their personalities and passions allows us to connect the right players with the right brands to tell their stories, and only adds to what the NFLPA does day after day.”

Among the rookies participating are Jared Goff (California, Los Angeles Rams), Carson Wentz (North Dakota State, Philadelphia Eagles), Joey Bosa (Ohio State, San Diego Chargers), Corey Coleman (Baylor, Cleveland Browns), Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State, Dallas Cowboys), Laquon Treadwell (Mississippi, Minnesota Vikings), Will Fuller (Notre Dame, Houston Texans), Derrick Henry (Alabama, Tennessee Titans), Christian Hackenberg (Penn State, New York Jets), Keenan Reynolds (US Naval Academy, Baltimore Ravens) and Braxton Miller (Ohio State, Houston Texans).

Launched in Los Angeles in 1994, NFLPA Rookie Premiere is the first-of-its kind event across professional sports, providing business partners with unparalleled early access to the newest crop of the NFL’s most promising and marketable stars. Each year, the NFLPA facilitates more than 100 individual player service deals for Rookie Premiere participants. The event also generates numerous business opportunities for current and former players.

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/top-2016-nfl-rookies-head-la-nflpa-rookie-premiere-presented-panini-america/feed/ 0
Green Bay Packers’ Sam Barrington Visits, Donates to Local Milwaukee School http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/green-bay-packers-sam-barrington-visits-donates-local-milwaukee-school/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/green-bay-packers-sam-barrington-visits-donates-local-milwaukee-school/#comments Sat, 14 May 2016 13:00:28 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164276 Green Bay Packers linebacker Sam Barrington and United Healthcare paired up Wednesday afternoon to support the students of a local Milwaukee public school.

The Packers’ Walter Payton Man of the Year donated backpacks of healthy food to the 335 students in support of Blessings in a Backpack. Blessings is a non-profit organization that distributes nutritious food to students who don’t have access to it.

Beginning next school year, Barrington and United Healthcare plan to donate more than 100 bags of healthy snacks to Townsend every Friday afternoon. The bags will be distributed to kids who may not have access to nutritious food during the weekend.  

Barrington is also helping to renovate a student activity room at the Townsend Street School as a part of his Dreambuilders program, which received a $22,000 grant from United Healthcare. He and employee volunteers of United Healthcare look to move and assemble new furniture, as well as painting the walls of the activity room for the local Milwaukee school.

TWEET-POST-DREAMBUILDERSThe Jacksonville native also offered advice to the children on striving to make a positive impact in their own lives, and in the lives of those around them. To the young boys he said, “Please, be respectful to these young women because that’s somebody’s daughter, that’s somebody’s sister.”

After starting seven games for the Packers in 2014, Barrington suffered a season-long foot injury that landed him on the team’s injured reserve list. While rehabbing from this injury, he started to engage in community work.

“I think the best is yet to come,”Barrington said. “I spoke to kids on being progressive not only for the community, but for themselves. About having a bright future. They don’t have the opportunity to get too much insight from guys in my position, so I’m just thankful that I have the opportunity and the platform to go and give.”

The former 2013 seventh-round pick was awarded the 2015 community service award at the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce “Welcome Back” luncheon earlier this year. Barrington was honored with the award because of his consistent involvement with various non-profit organizations, such as the Salvation Army, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, PALS chapters and the NFL’s Play 60 program, according to the Packers website.

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/green-bay-packers-sam-barrington-visits-donates-local-milwaukee-school/feed/ 0
Redskins Read Book Fair this Saturday http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/redskins-read-book-fair-saturday/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/redskins-read-book-fair-saturday/#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 13:30:04 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164267 CiA_Qh6WkAA-tr3Football players work as hard off the field as they do on the field.

On Saturday, May 14, 2016 the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation “Redskins Read” will team up with Barnes & Noble and Everybody Wins! D.C for a citywide book fair in the nation’s capital. Sports fans and book lovers will have an opportunity to meet Redskins’ players, cheerleaders, and authors as they read selections.

Activities will take place at Barnes & Noble locations around the city. Not all locations will have celebrity guest readers, and each Barnes & Noble has its own time set for the book fair. Be sure to check the location nearest you.

  • Redskins Cheerleaders are scheduled to read at the Potomac Yardand Redskins safety David Bruton Jr. is scheduled to read at the Tyson’s Corner location.

A portion of sales for the entire day will benefit youth literacy programs in the community through Everybody Wins! D.C.

Fans attending the event are encouraged to bring the Redskins Read Flyer or mention the book fair at checkout and a percent of sales at all Barnes & Noble locations will aid the Redskins Back to School Fair this fall. Donated books from the authors will also be donated to Everybody Wins! D.C. students.

If you can’t make it to the book fair, your online sales still help the cause. Visit www.bn.com and apply the code (11825932) at checkout on Saturday, May 14.

You never know who else may show up at the various locations. Be sure to come out and support the youth of the D.C metropolitan area.

2016redskins_read_bookfair

Additional Information:

The Bethesda location is having two readings by the authors of the books. From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. award winning author Mary Amato will read and sign copies of her funny series Good Crooks! Amato will be followed by award winning author and illustrator Susan Stockdale, who will read and sign copies of her book Spectacular Spots from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. She will also show how she created the illustrations.

Debbie Levy will read and sign copies of the story of a song titled We Shall Overcome at the Rockville location from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. At Tysons Corner you can catch author Sarak Ardestani reading and signing copies of her book The Roly Poly Pumpkin from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Clarendon will host award winning author Katy Kelly who will read Lucy Rose from the Lucy Rose series from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Don’t forget to salute Lieutenant Commander Shameen Anthanio-Williams of the US Coast Guard after the reading of Little Erroll, the biography of Admiral Erroll Brown, which will be at the Gaithersburg location from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
For a full listing of locations please visit here

 

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/redskins-read-book-fair-saturday/feed/ 0
Miami Dolphins and Special Olympics Partner To Host Rookie Clinic http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/miami-dolphins-special-olympics-partner-host-rookie-clinic/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/miami-dolphins-special-olympics-partner-host-rookie-clinic/#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 13:00:04 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164255 Members of the Miami Dolphins rookie class hosted more than 60 Special Olympics athletes from Broward and Dade counties to promote physical fitness in the South Florida community.

“It is such an honor to work with the Dolphins for the third year in a row, to provide this wonderful opportunity to our athletes,” Special Olympics Florida Area Director Linsey Smith said. “This has become a tradition that we look forward to each year and credit this partnership with the large increase we have seen in flag football participation.”

CB Jordan Lucas with Special Olympics athletes CB Xavien Howard at Special Olympics Rookie Clinic LB Akil Blount with Special Olympics athletes Miami Dolphins and Special Olympics Partner to Host Rookie Clinic Miami Dolphins host Special Olympics Athletes Special Olympic Athletes enjoy Miami Dolphins Rookie Clinic Special Olympics Athletes join Miami Dolphins rookies WR Brandon Shippen with Special Olympic Athlete

Miami Dolphins rookies Akil Blount, James Burgess, Ruben Carter, Brandon Doughty, Kenyan Drake, Jakeem Grant, Tyler Gray, AJ Hendy, Xavien Howard, Gabe Hughes, Farrington Huguenin, Jordan Lucas, Marshall Koehn, Lafayette Pitts, Rashawn Scott and Brandon Shippen participated in their first Miami Dolphins service event and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“It was a cool day coming out here and playing with the kids, running around with them and seeing how happy they were to play with us and have us coaching them,” Miami Dolphins second-round draft pick CB Xavien Howard said. “It’s important to give back, because there are kids that don’t have an opportunity to do what we were doing right now. We are helping them out and giving them some feelings that we get when we’re playing. We had a blast with them.”

The rookies and Special Olympic athletes in grades 6th-12th played flag football games with a high level of energy and plenty of team spirit.

“Today was outstanding. We came out here to have fun. We got the best Miami Dolphins team. It was so awesome. The players are pretty awesome. I can’t wait for the new season, the new stadium being built. It’ll be very exciting,” Special Olympics athlete Max Mogul said. “I think we played really good. We played like champions.”

This event comes ahead of the Dolphins hosting Dolphins Academy Summer Camps for kids ages 5-15 at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. For further information on this, and all Dolphins events in the community, please visit MiamiDolphins.com.

Photo/Video Credit: Miami Dolphins

#StrongerTogether

 

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/miami-dolphins-special-olympics-partner-host-rookie-clinic/feed/ 0
Seattle’s Gang of Misfits http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/seattles-gang-misfits/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/seattles-gang-misfits/#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 12:00:49 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164248 At the 1983 Aspen Design conference, a man spoke about the future of technological design. He preached simplicity. “The current wave of industrial design is Sony’s high-tech look, which is gunmetal grey, maybe paint it black, do weird stuff to it,” he said. “It’s easy to do that. But it’s not great.” The alternative? “What we’re going to do is make the products high-tech, and we’re going to package them cleanly so that you know they’re high-tech. We will fit them in a small package, and then we can make them beautiful and white.” The speaker was Apple’s Steve Jobs, whose philosophy would drive the company to prolific success in the coming decades.

In many ways, building a dominant football team at the professional level is very similar to outgunning your competitors in the business realm. The most important part of manufacturing competent rosters is finding a proper philosophy for player acquisition. Since returning to the NFL in 2010, Pete Carroll and executive John Schneider have accumulated a wealth of cheap, talented athletes to fuel a historic defense and a physical offense. The result: a 60-36 record that includes two super bowl trips and one championship.

petecarroll-600x406

Like Jobs, Carroll relies on simple philosophies to outclass the rest of the league: Acquire unique talent and let them do what comes naturally. To properly understand Carroll’s theory on player acquisition, it’s important to begin with his vision for a football team. Defensively, Carroll keeps things simple with a 4-3 scheme that emphasizes aggression and athleticism. I won’t get too deeply into the nuts and bolts of how the concepts operate, but the defensive line requires unique athletes capable of playing multiple positions and two gap linemen who take up multiple blockers and clog running lanes.

The secondary levels require excellent speed from the free safety and strength from a strong safety that Carroll often brings down to the box to help stop the run. Fast linebackers are a must. Offensively, physicality is emphasized. The linemen are often above average in size, with physical runners behind them. Tall receivers are the norm. And all Carroll asks from his signal caller is to distribute the ball efficiently while minimizing risk. The result is a heavy amount of of controlled violence in every Seahawks game.Their roster plays at an incredible speed because Carroll gives his players clarity with tactics built to allow player freedom.

On every play, Seattle’s players are encouraged to play the style that comes instinctively. He collects these stars by embracing their uniqueness, instead of shying away from it. Most teams around the league will overlook a player they don’t feel fits a prototype while Seattle adds these misfits and builds the system around them. Quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t forced to be a pocket passer. The Seattle offense incorporates what he does well by using his elusiveness as part of their running game. Kam Chancellor isn’t forced to cover much as a safety, instead his aggressiveness is employed down in the box. All over the roster, we can discover unique talents who play the way they were born to play.

This year, Seattle has brought in a former defensive back turned runner in CJ Prosise. A versatile lineman in Quinton Jefferson. They’ve also brought in Kenny Lawler, a Cal product with some of the largest hands in recent draft history for a receiver. These prospects all have question marks, but they also have the uniqueness that the Seahawks embrace. It’s impossible to know how they’ll be used, but if Carroll’s recent history tells us anything, all they’ll have to do is be themselves.

Follow Olivier Joseph on Twitter @ojj111

 

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/seattles-gang-misfits/feed/ 0
New York Jets Quarterback Competition http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/new-york-jets-quarterback-competition/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/new-york-jets-quarterback-competition/#comments Wed, 11 May 2016 23:52:47 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164233 RYAN FITZPATRICK JETS 1

With Ryan Fitzpatrick still unsigned, the New York Jets are in bit of a predicament at the quarterback position. Last season Fitzpatrick led the Jets to a 10-6 record; missing the playoffs after losing to the Buffalo Bills in the final game of the season. Ideally, having Fitzpatrick back for his second season is a good move, as he knows his receivers, and knows Chan Gailey’s offense from his days in Buffalo.

Fitzpatrick recently came out saying he’d “rather not play football” than accept the $8 million offer the Jets gave him. Without Fitzpatrick, the Jets must scramble with the current players they have on their roster.

Backup QB Geno Smith has not performed as the team hoped. From 2013-2014, Geno was 11-18 as a starter with 27 touchdowns and 35 interceptions. Head Coach Todd Bowles recently said on NBC sports, “Without Fitz being on the team right now, Geno’s first-team and then we’ll go from there.”  Bowles added,“Obviously we’re still working on a deal if we can get Fitzpatrick back. So until that’s addressed and we take care of that situation right now, Geno will go into OTAs as a starter.”

Smith has had issues on and off the field; an altercation last season over an unpaid debt left him out with a broken jaw. Smith may not be the most be viable option which is why the Jets are still looking for Fitzpatrick to return.

If the Jets are unable to re-sign Fitzpatrick there may still be an upside. While Geno was the starter, he was throwing to Jeremy Kerley and a slowed-down Santonio Holmes. Now he has Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Matt Forte as true weapons to get the ball to. If the defense can keep the team in games, Smith just has to be serviceable at QB to keep the Jets in the playoff hunt.

To add to the controversy, the Jets drafted Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the second round in this year’s draft. Hackenberg struggled as a sophomore and junior, but did a lot of things well during his freshman year that made him a highly touted prospect.

HACKENBERG - JETS

Hackenberg has a big arm and one of the quickest releases in the NCAA this year. He also showed a lot of promise his freshman year in Bill O’Brien’s pro style offense, and was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year though he struggles to make quick decisions or move his feet well in the pocket. Todd McShay, ESPN’s college football analyst said of Hackenberg, “He’s one of the hardest evaluations in the draft. You have to believe in your quarterback coach and coordinator that they can rebuild him, if you will.” McShay is referring to the upside he shows in some moments, but also how he sort of regressed during his sophomore and junior seasons.

According to general manager Mike Maccagnan, it’s not in Hackenberg’s best interest to start this year, but hopefully he can be the future quarterback for the New York Jets.“In a perfect world, you’d like to give those guys a chance to sort of grow, develop, before you have to throw ‘em into the fire,” Maccagnan said on ESPN Radio (via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News). “Hopefully if we can re-sign Ryan [Fitzpatrick] and we have Geno [Smith], kind of go from there and see how we do.”

It’s unclear if a deal will get done between the two sides, but the organization should realize it can’t go anywhere without its quarterback. Fitzpatrick is asking for around $18 million, which seems high for a quarterback who is not a star in this league. Fitzpatrick did play well enough to earn a new contract, but perhaps not for his asking price.

For now, Jets fans remain hopeful a deal will be signed. If not, it’s another season with Geno Smith, or a rookie quarterback which could spell disaster for gang green.

Follow Alex Spinelli on Twitter @aspin32

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/new-york-jets-quarterback-competition/feed/ 0
BILLS TO RETIRE HALL OF FAME DE BRUCE SMITH’S NO. 78 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-headline-news/bills-retire-hall-fame-de-bruce-smiths-78/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-headline-news/bills-retire-hall-fame-de-bruce-smiths-78/#comments Wed, 11 May 2016 12:26:30 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164242 ORCHARD PARK, NY – The Buffalo Bills announced today that the team will retire defensive end Bruce Smith’s No. 78 jersey when the Bills host the New York Jets in primetime on Thursday Night Football for the team’s Week Two home opener on September 15.

Smith’s No. 78 jersey will join Jim Kelly’s No. 12, which was retired in 2001, as the only jersey numbers to be retired in franchise history.

Bills Managing Partner and President Russ Brandon said, “We are announcing today that we will be honoring Bruce Smith, one of the greatest players in Bills history, during the Thursday night home opener in a special halftime ceremony in which we will retire his jersey number. On behalf of Terry and Kim Pegula and the entire Bills organization, we feel this is a tremendous opportunity to honor Bruce and his Hall of Fame career. We believe it’s going to be a great night for Bruce, his family and Bills fans everywhere.”

The NFL’s all-time sack leader with 200 career sacks, Smith was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009 after an illustrious 19-year career—15 of which were spent with the Bills. Smith holds a multitude of different Bills records, including the team’s most career sacks (171.0) and sacks in a season (19.0 in 1990). In addition to being selected to a team-record 11 Pro Bowls, Smith’s dominance on the field culminated with his role in helping lead the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls and being named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1990 and 1996.

Smith originally became the seventh Bill to ever wear the No. 78 when he was selected by the Buffalo Bills with the number one overall pick of the 1985 NFL Draft after his collegiate career at Virginia Tech. Since Smith’s departure from Buffalo in 1999, no Bill has worn the No. 78.

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-headline-news/bills-retire-hall-fame-de-bruce-smiths-78/feed/ 0
Cowboys Other Drafted RB Darius Jackson is a Freak of Nature http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/cowboys-drafted-rb-darius-jackson-freak-nature/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/cowboys-drafted-rb-darius-jackson-freak-nature/#comments Wed, 11 May 2016 12:00:20 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164226 Jackson-RB-EasternMichigan

Running backs are hard to predict when analyzing how they will turn out in the NFL. That was not the case for Dallas when they looked at their new back’s pre-draft measurables. He’s 6’0’’, 225 lbs and runs a 4.38 40 and has a 41-inch vertical! Those stats are hard to beat at the position, so it’s no wonder the Cowboys drafted Ezekiel Elliot.

Wait scratch that; I meant Darius “Big D” Jackson, the exceptional athlete out of Eastern Michigan whom Dallas spent a sixth round pick on.

Yes, you read that stat line right. He is a physical specimen in the backfield, and was on the radar long before the draft. Now, the former Eagles product is a member of America’s Team.

Darius, in a lot of ways, was a late bloomer in his college career. He wasn’t a starter until his senior season and cranked out a school record 16 touchdowns while rushing for 1078 yards, earning him 3rd Team All-MAC in 2015.

The Cowboys view Jackson as someone who can be Elliot’s running mate for the years to come.

Darren McFadden stepped up his game last season, but he is injury prone and not a long-term option. Lance Dunbar is coming off of a major surgery and won’t be ready for camp. Additionally, Alfred Morris was signed in the offseason, but he saw his production drop last year, which ended in a lost starting spot on the Washington Redskins.

Not only is it safe to say Jackson is in the future plans of America’s Team, but it wouldn’t be a crazy thought to believe he can contribute next year and crack the rotation.

It would be a dream come true for Darius, as this is his hometown team. He grew up in the Dallas suburb, Garland, before moving his junior year of high school. Now, he’s home and ready to compete.

His combination of size, speed, and elusiveness is not what you find out of a typical running back. He did not attend the Draft Combine, but based on his pro day results, Jackson would have tested in the 99th percentile in the broad jump, 96th percentile in the vertical jump, and the 94th percentile in the 40-yard dash out of all of the combine participants. That exposure could very well have shot him up the draft boards.

Thankfully for Dallas, he didn’t attend, which made the young man’s abilities a bit of a mystery to the rest of the league.

The Cowboys are big fans of the SPARQ rating, which is a more analytical approach to measurements of a prospect. Darius practically breaks the scale with his athleticism.

Let’s not get it twisted: Jackson has been drafted to the Cowboys as the back up to Ezekiel Elliot. But their offensive plan involves a HEAVY dose of running behind arguably the best offensive line in football. That means when Elliot needs a breather, someone has to come in and keep the defense on its heels. In a perfect world, the team wants that someone to be Darius.

You can follow Chandler on Twitter @Chandlercarsonj

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/cowboys-drafted-rb-darius-jackson-freak-nature/feed/ 0
Second Annual CharitaBulls ParTee http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/second-annual-charitabulls-partee/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/second-annual-charitabulls-partee/#comments Mon, 09 May 2016 12:27:21 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164167 The second annual CharitaBulls ParTee hosted at Top Golf West Houston on Monday, May 2nd was a huge success. The team raised nearly $40,000 at this year’s event, which knocked it out of the park by doubling last years’ earnings.

IMG_6317

Cake Ball display presented by Red Dive Desserts. Photo Credit: Danny Cream

Every bay on the lower level at Top Golf West Houston was filled with celebrities, sponsors, goodie bags, food, and good time memories. If you have never been to a Top Golf, it is a playground for all ages.   It’s an interactive driving range, with varying levels of competitiveness from the beginner to the pro. The golf balls are micro-chipped to track each player’s accuracy and distance of their shots on the outfield. Which if you watched Wade Smith, former Houston Texans offensive tackle, you might have seen his golf ball knock out of the park once or twice! Food is a weakness to all, so they didn’t come up short when Red Dive Desserts presented each bay with a golf ball, cake ball display on a putting green. Jon Weeks, Houston Texans long snapper, joked, “that having real golf balls on the ‘putting green’ alongside the delicious golf ball cake balls could be a bad mistake if someone got too hungry.”

There was an overwhelming amount of support of 300 attendees, with 30 celebrity golfers including current Texans, Host Whitney Mercilus, Brian

IMG_6313

Jadeveon Clowney and Tank. Photo Credit: Danny Cream

Cushing, Brian Peters, Christian Covington, Jadeveon Clowney, Jeff Allen, John Simon, Jon Weeks, Jonathan Grimes, Nick Novak, and Xavier Su’a Filo. Major Sponsors were BMW West and Top Golf West. The First Place Team, “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” Award went to Pepper Lawson Construction with celebrity golfer, former pro golfer, Maggie Noel. When you have a charity function, no one goes home empty handed, so the last place award presented by Red Dive Desserts Houston was celebrity golfer Drew Doughtery. When it’s all about giving back, having some pep in your step always makes the event more entertaining; dancing around the bay’s were Most Spirited, Jon Weeks, Brian Peters, and Morgan Dean presented by BMW West. Strutting in with dapper style through the wild photo booth winning the Award for Best Dressed was Infinity Hydrocarbon.

 

This year’s proceeds will benefit Smartie Pants Academy from the direction of Charitabulls and Houston Texans, outside linebacker, Whitney Mercilus. Smartie Pants Academy believes every child, regardless of disability or needs, deserves a quality education. Their mission is to provide a safe learning environment for children with special needs and their siblings.Whitney says, “I chose this particular charity because I have a passion for helping children with special needs and have worked with them before. They are a great organization and the kids had the time of their life!” CharitaBulls is nonprofit organizations that is all about giving back to the community and sharing resources. Through their fundraising efforts, they are able to support the work of new and existing nonprofit organizations in the Houston community. This year the efforts of CharitaBulls created a sellout event for the second year in a row!

Resized

Photo Credit: Danny Cream

Redone

Photo Credit: Danny Cream

 

 

Follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @MorganMoeDean

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/second-annual-charitabulls-partee/feed/ 0
The Mystery that is Brock Osweiler Texans’ New QB http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/mystery-brock-osweiler-texans-new-qb/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/mystery-brock-osweiler-texans-new-qb/#comments Mon, 09 May 2016 12:15:26 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164196 The Houston Texans faced a harsh reality this past January after a 30-0 embarrassment to the Kansas City Chiefs; Brian Hoyer isn’t going to take them on a deep playoff run. It may get them a division title in the Andrew Luck-less AFC South, but nothing more than that.

The result forced them to take a boom or bust risk by signing former Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million deal. Despite throwing 11 career touchdown passes, the 6’7” gunslinger is the guy moving forward for their franchise.

Brock Osweiler, Photo: Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

Houston has faith in Osweiler, and used this offseason to put an absurd amount of weapons around the offense for his disposal. They signed Lamar Miller and drafted San Jose State product Tyler Ervin to bolster the backfield. The Texans bolstered their receiving core, which features probowler DeAndre Hopkins, by selecting explosive athletes Will Fuller (Notre Dame) and Braxton Miller (Ohio State) with their first two picks of the draft.

With all of these playmakers on the offensive side of the ball to pair with a defense featuring JJ Watt, who is arguably the best player in football, many are expecting the Texans to be one of the contenders in the NFL next season to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at year’s end. As the great Lee Corso likes to say: “not so fast my friend.”

To be honest, you never know how a quarterback will translate from one system to another. Osweiler most certainly had his moments as the Broncos signal-caller, but he took a backseat to Denver’s defense in his eight starts. $72 million later, he has become an essential piece of the Texans Super Bowl aspirations.

For the first time since 2011, when he was a senior at Arizona State, Brock has the full reigns of his offense. As a member of the Sun Devils, he threw for 4,036 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 13 starts. He’s never been given the star status you see in guys like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton, but the Texans feel like he may get there with this team.

Before the draft, Osweiler met with Hopkins, along with receivers C.J. Shorts, Jaelen Strong and Keith Mumphrey, at Arizona State for a workout to start building their chemistry, which is crucial for the team to succeed. You can tell that he is committed to taking advantage of the opportunity in front of him and this team. Being a leader comes with the quarterback position in the NFL (yes, that was a subtle jab at you, Connor Cook).

Houston will begin their OTA program on May 23rd, where the world will begin to see how this offense will look with Osweiler. In one corner, there are going to be the naysayers who expect the new sheriff in town to not meet expectations. They may have a valid point, because he only has eight career starts under his belt and was very inconsistent as a starter.

There are also people around the league who will look past the stats and see the potential he possesses to be a franchise quarterback. Sooner rather than later, we will see the real Brock Osweiler stand up.

 

Follow Chandler on Twitter @chandlercarsonj

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/mystery-brock-osweiler-texans-new-qb/feed/ 0
Undrafted WVU Linebacker Jared Barber Gets Steelers Tryout http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/undrafted-wvu-linebacker-jared-barber-gets-steelers-tryout/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/undrafted-wvu-linebacker-jared-barber-gets-steelers-tryout/#comments Mon, 09 May 2016 12:00:20 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164185 On Day 2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie minicamp, West Virginia University LB Jared Barber joined 15 other participants on a tryout basis.

Barbers’ career has been filled with obstacles. In 2013, the redshirt senior linebacker tore his ACL on the final play of WVU overtime loss to Texas. Three weeks post-surgery, Barber faced another hurdle – a MRSA infection. After battling through rehab and fighting the infection, Barbers’ outlook changed.

“There was definitely a concern of is football even an option anymore,” Barber said in an interview with West Virginia Illustrated. “Is playing even in my cards anymore? That was scary. I was really focused on life, just walking around. Hopefully one day when I have kids, playing with them. Stuff like that. Football wasn’t even talked about, really. It was just getting through it.”

Two years after tearing his ACL, Barber returned to the field. In an effort to get back to his roots,he sported his high school football #33 instead of the #42 he wore prior to his injury.

In 2015 he accounted for 57 tackles and 2.5 sacks for the Mountaineers.

While rehabbing, Barber remained close with his teammates and coaches during his downtime. On the sidelines, he wore a headset and joined the defensive huddles all throughout the 2014 season. This was big for many players, including his freshman roommate and teammate Nick Kwiatkoski.

“It feels great,” Nick Kwiatkoski said of having Barber back in an interview with West Virginia Illustrated. “We played next to each other since we got here. It’s good to have someone back like him. He’s a very smart player. He’s like a coach on the field, so I feel more comfortable with him out there.”

Trying out for an NFL team is no guarantee. Only 2 of the players granted tryouts with the Steelers last year were signed, though neither made the 53-man roster.

On what the Steelers are looking for during tryouts  “We can evaluate their overall pedigree,” Tomlin stated. “And by that I mean how they move, the manner in which they move, the manner in which they control their body. Those are some things you can’t coach and those are obviously things we value. That shows up in drill work, it shows up even in this setting, in the controlled setting that we’re in right now.”

Barber may have his work cut out for him, but there is always hope – and there’s been no indication from rookie minicamp reports he should pack up and go home yet. If Barber makes the team, Lawrence Timmons, the Steelers longtime starting linebacker, would be the perfect player for him to study under. There are slight differences in stature and physical abilities, but Barber is a beast between the tackles; and a binger in the film room.

Steelers Organized Team Activities (OTAs) begin May 24th.

Follow Phil on Twitter @BrothermanPhil

 

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/undrafted-wvu-linebacker-jared-barber-gets-steelers-tryout/feed/ 0
Panthers Hoping Rookie Class Fills Josh Norman Void http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/panthers-hoping-rookie-class-fills-josh-norman-void/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/panthers-hoping-rookie-class-fills-josh-norman-void/#comments Mon, 09 May 2016 05:00:11 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164209 Three is better than one, or at least that’s what the Carolina Panthers are hoping for when it comes to replacing one of their best players.

After jettisoning All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman in bizarre fashion by rescinding his franchise tag offer, the Panthers committed to replacing their immediate need in the secondary with the selections of three cornerbacks in the 2016 NFL draft.

The Panthers selected James Bradberry in the second round (62nd overall), Daryl Worley in the third (77th overall), and Zack Sanchez in the fifth (141st overall). All three can play in the Panthers zone coverage scheme, but it’s unclear whether any of them will be able to fill Norman’s role on and off the field.

Last year in his fourth NFL season, the former fifth round draft pick established himself as not just the Panthers number one cornerback, but as one of the best corners in the league. Despite starting the year as a relative unknown to fans, he finished the 2015 season with 19 pass deflections, three forced fumbles, four interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), and both Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors. By October he had already ascended to being Pro Football Focus’ number one ranked corner in the NFL.

One might think Norman’s impressive play is the only aspect of his game the Panthers rookies must help replace, but he was more than just his stat line. He was the fiery soul of the team’s dominant defense. Sure, Luke Kuechly may be the leader of the defense, but Norman was the voice. He brings Cam Newton’s confidence, showmanship, and bravado on offense to the defensive side of the ball. Even before Norman was a star player and a household name, he was talking trash like he was one. Hison field disputes with New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. were widely publicized last season, but that’s far from the only time Norman has gotten under the skin of a great opposing player.

Norman regularly frustrates the NFL’s best receivers like Julio Jones. His own teammates aren’t even safe from his expressive personality. Before his breakout 2015 campaign, Norman actually got into a publicized fight with his counterpart on offense: Cam Newton.

Nothing may prove the similarities of Newton and Norman more than this fight. It’s no surprise their passions for the game could boil over into a fight. They both have a knack to bring that same fury out of their opponents. Angering opponents isn’t the only way they inspire the team though. Both of them also know how to have a good time on and off the field. Newton is obviously a more popular charismatic figure, but Norman has a sense of humor too.

Together Norman and Newton defined the dominant 2015 Carolina Panthers as a team. Now, half of that dynamic is missing, and the Panthers new rookie corners have a bigger void to fill than they know.

James Bradberry, the first corner taken off the board for Carolina, was seen as a reach by many draft pundits, but he’s got a lot of potential. The Sampson University corner has great size at 6-foot-1 and 213 pounds, and solid speed with a 4.55 40 yard dash time. He did not face much high level competition in college, but then again neither did Norman at Coastal Carolina University. Unfortunately, that is where the comparisons to the new Washington Redskin end.

Their personalities are very different. Bradberry is just not the aggressive trash talker Norman is. He even said in an interview “I’m not a very emotional guy.” It’s hard to expect him to change who is he is to fill the emotional void left in the defense. Bradberry could still turn out to be a great player, but he can’t replace everything Norman brought to the team alone.

The next corner the Panthers drafted in the third round also has great measurables. Standing at 6-foot-1 and 204 pounds, West Virginia corner Daryl Worley also has the speed to run a 4.54 40 yard dash. As an All-Big 12 corner he lead his team with six interceptions and 12 pass breakups in his last season of college football. He’s known for his ability to leap and attack the ball at its highest point, but not for his speed and quickness.

Worley definitely faced tougher competition in college as part of the Big 12 conference, but it’s not his play on field that necessarily caused him to fall to the third round of the draft. Worley has a short history of violence and mistakes. Academic issues once kept him out of a bowl game in college, and in September of 2015 hepled no contest to assaulting a woman outside a nightclub. As a result of the incident he served a six month suspended sentence, and a two game suspension from playing college football. Worley might still develop into a great player, but it’s hard to imagine someone so irresponsible becoming a source of emotional inspiration for the team.

The last corner the Panthers took off the board in the fifth round of the draft might just have the best chance at becoming what Norman meant to the team. Oklahoma corner Zach Sanchez has some convenient similarities to the Panthers’ former number one corner. At 5 foot 11 inches and 185 pounds, Sanchez is slightly undersized just like Norman. They were also both drafted late in the fifth round. As smaller corners, they both have great quickness, and the instincts to make plays. These skills showed in Sanchez’ last two years in college as he racked up 13 interceptions.

The comparisons to Norman don’t stop between the white lines though. Sanchez has a cocky personality of his own to rival even his infamous predecessor. Before the draft he was quoted as saying: “I’m the best defensive playmaker in the draft, hands down. Nobody can create turnovers the way that I can. Nobody gets their hands on more balls than I do. There are obviously things in my technique that I have to fix, but I have something you can’t coach: That’s natural instincts and a gift for making plays. You can’t coach players to make plays.’’ That’s the attitude of a player who has the confidence to make plays, inspire teammates, and frustrate opponents just like Norman.

It would be too much to expect Sanchez, or any of the new Panther corners to replace Norman immediately. Regardless of whether it’s making animpact on the field, or being an outspoken voice in the locker room, the Panthers will need all of these rookie corners to contribute in some way if they hope to continue their defensive dominance. These rookies know that though.

Sanchez can see the comparison to Norman, but he’s got the right attitude when he talks about it in interviews: “I can definitely see a comparison [...] To be compared to a guy like that, it’s an honor. It’s cool. But I’ve still got a lot to prove in this league. I’ve still got to make the roster this season and I’ve still got to be a guy that they can rely on to make plays, something like he was.”

The new Panther corners certainly have a lot to prove, but it may take time. Norman didn’t reach the height of his success until his fourth NFL season. The only problem for the Panthers is that if they want go back to the Super Bowl, they might not have that kind of time to wait.

Follow John King on Twitter @JohnKing8385

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/panthers-hoping-rookie-class-fills-josh-norman-void/feed/ 0
Happy Mother’s Day to NFL Moms http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/happy-mothers-day-nfl-moms/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/happy-mothers-day-nfl-moms/#comments Sun, 08 May 2016 12:00:42 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164152 Mother’s Day allows family members to spoil mothers with no bounds. Moms around the world are catered to today more so than any other day of the year, and mother’s of NFL players are no exception. The relationships of these women and their children are often  different than that of any other mother-son relationship. Not only are they nurturers, they also have to be teachers, coaches and cheerleaders to their sons which gives them a unique bond.

A’Shawn Robinson’s mother Abigail Robinson has told many stories of her son from his childhood. She said she remembered going to pick him up from a youth league football practice and he was sitting up against a tree. He withdrew himself from the game because he didn’t like the blows delivered to him.

The 7 – 8 year olds he played with didn’t mind playing with him. Being the hitter was different from taking one and he was over it. Mom wasn’t though, she had already paid for 4-year-old A’Shawn’s season and he was going to play it.

He’s always been big for his age. I called him the man child,” she said. “He’s just not mean. I always thought, well if you’re going to go out there and play with these big boys, of course he was big, but he was more like a teddy bear.”

He continued to play and became a great tackle despite starting just twice his freshman year. Abigail and A’Shawn seemed to be close throughout his childhood into adulthood.

36_mothers_day_flowers

In a different light, Desiree Tunsil Polingo and Laremy Tunsil had their ups and downs. Problems surrounding Tunsil’s stepfather and his mother took the headlines off and on, but his relationship with his mother never faltered.

“We’ve always been close,” Polingo said. “It didn’t change our relationship. All of that just made us stronger together. We went through it together. We prayed about everything, humbled ourselves and we knew what people say about you in that situation doesn’t matter. We knew it was just somebody out to do harm, so you just stay focused. What God has planned for you, no one can destroy. We knew that the truth would come out.”

That didn’t stop Tunsil from giving his all. It seemed as if all the outside stress poured out of him on the field giving him more energy and focus. His mom noticed starting his freshman year at Ole Miss.

“He went through the season with just one sack and I was like, ‘Wow,’” Polingo said. “Then he went through the next season and I was thinking, ‘Hey, he’s doing well.’ It was then that I started thinking he could be really be good at it.”

“He wants to be the best player ever,” Polingo said. “He sets his goals pretty high.”

Picture a mother who’s so excited for her son it beams from her. Jared Goff attended his parents Alma Mater and they were excited but never pushed him in that direction.

Jared played multiple sports in high school before settling on football in college. His mom saw a lot of his father in him but in a laxer way.

Jerry was a thinker, Jared is a little less wrapped up in it,” Mrs. Goff said.  “I’m not saying Jared isn’t prepared — he practices and lifts weights and watches film — but there is a difference between father and son.”

Robert Nkemdiche’s mother Beverly had her work cut out for her though.Beverly is a politician in her home country of Nigeria and would frequently return to Africa to take care of things. She had three sons, two of which attended and played at Ole Miss. While she was away handling politics in Nigeria her husband Sunday was home with the boys. Sunday Nkemdiche is a doctor who didn’t have to travel for work. Robert would be the one that made it to the NFL and it was not without drama before his college career began.

Robert Nkemdiche

My wish was that my sons would play together,” Mrs. Nkemdiche said. “But up until last night, I wasn’t sure if it was LSU or Ole Miss. But Robert came to me and said, ‘You got your wish, Mom.’ When he said that, I jumped. He liked LSU, and he went there last week and, honestly, I was nervous about that, but I told him, ‘Whatever you want, I will support you. It doesn’t have to be my wish.’”

She always supported her son no matter where she was and was extremely excited to be with him and see him living his dream of making it to the NFL.

These NFL moms can tell stories of how their sons were growing up and what they did to help their sons achieve their dreams. They are supportive and strong guardians who can lend a shoulder to cry on or give a bear hug after a game. Celebrate these women not only today but every day. Happy Mother’s Day to you all.

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/happy-mothers-day-nfl-moms/feed/ 0
NFL Off-season Workout Program Dates Announced http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-headline-news/nfl-season-workout-program-dates-announced/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-headline-news/nfl-season-workout-program-dates-announced/#comments Thu, 05 May 2016 22:59:40 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164143 Voluntary off-season workout programs are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players. The NFL off-season Workout Program calendar (dates are tentative and subject to change):

 

ARIZONA

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 17-19, May 24-26, May 31, June 1-3

Mandatory Minicamp: June 7-9

Rookie Minicamp:  May 6-8

 

ATLANTA

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 23-24, May 26, May 31, June 1, June 3, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp:  May 6-8

 

BALTIMORE

First Day:  April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 24-26, June 1-3, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 6-7

 

BUFFALO

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 23-24, May 26, May 31, June 1, June 3, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 6-8

 

CAROLINA

First Day: April 25

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 13-14

 

CHICAGO

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 24-26, June 1-3, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 13-15

 

CINCINNATI

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 6-8

 

CLEVELAND

First Day: April 4

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 17-19, May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2

Voluntary Minicamp: April 19-22

Mandatory Minicamp: June 7-9

Rookie Minicamp: May 13-15

 

DALLAS

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-8

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 6-8

 

DENVER

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 13-16

Mandatory Minicamp: June 7-9

Rookie Minicamp: May 6-8

 

DETROIT

First Day:  April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:  May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:  June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 6-8

 

GREEN BAY

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 23-24, May 26, June 1-3, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 6-7

 

HOUSTON

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 23-24, May 26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-7, June 9-10

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 6-8

 

INDIANAPOLIS

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 17-19, May 24-26, May 31, June 1-3

Mandatory Minicamp: June 7-9

Rookie Minicamp: May 6-8

 

JACKSONVILLE

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 23-24, May 26, May 31, June 2-3, June 6-7, June 9-10

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 6-7

 

KANSAS CITY

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 7-10

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 7-9

 

LOS ANGELES

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 31, June 1, June 3, June 7-8, June 10

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp:  May 6-8

 

MIAMI

First Day: April 11

OTA Offseason Workouts:  May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Voluntary Minicamp: April 26-28

Mandatory Minicamp:  June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 6-8

 

MINNESOTA

First Day:  April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 6-8

 

NEW ENGLAND

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 23-24, May 26, June 1-2, June 13-14, June 16

Mandatory Minicamp: June 7-9

Rookie Minicamp: May 6-8

 

NEW ORLEANS

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:  June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp:  May 13-15

 

NEW YORK GIANTS

First Day:  April 11

OTA Offseason Workouts:  May 23-24, May 26, June 1-3, June 6-7, June 9-10

Voluntary Minicamp: April 26-28

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 6-8

 

NEW YORK JETS

First Day:  April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:  June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 6-8

 

OAKLAND

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:  May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp:  May 13-15

 

PHILADELPHIA

First Day: April 4

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 17-19, May 24-26, May 31, June 1-3

Voluntary Minicamp: April 19-21

Mandatory Minicamp: June 7-9

Rookie Minicamp: May 13-15

 

PITTSBURGH

First Day:  April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:  May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Rookie Minicamp:  May 6-8

 

SAN DIEGO

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 23-25, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 13-15

 

SAN FRANCISCO

First Day: April 4

OTA Offseason Workouts:  May 17-19, May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2

Voluntary Minicamp: April 26-28

Mandatory Minicamp: June 7-9

Rookie Minicamp: May 13-15

 

SEATTLE

First Day:  April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:   May 23-24, May 26, May 31, June 1, June 3, June 6-7, June 9

Mandatory Minicamp:  June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 6-8

 

TAMPA BAY

First Day: April 11

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Voluntary Minicamp: April 26-28

Mandatory Minicamp:  June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 6-8

 

TENNESSEE

First Day: April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:  June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp:  May 13-15

 

WASHINGTON

First Day:  April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Rookie Minicamp: May 13-15

 

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-headline-news/nfl-season-workout-program-dates-announced/feed/ 0
A Recap of NFL Draft Red Carpet Style http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/recap-nfl-draft-red-carpet-style/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/recap-nfl-draft-red-carpet-style/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 15:21:13 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164126 We know what this year’s NFL Draft picks can do on the field. In an era where athletes must show their face in multiple spotlights, their red carpet style shows if they’ve also got the skills “off the field”. Let’s recap what the new NFL draft picks are working with, and review the top contenders making the most of their style.

THE WINNERS

Robert Nkemdiche

All black everything with gold accents, what more can I say? Robert brought his personality into this look in the coolest way, and with the coolest jacket choice of all. The texture and embellishments on the lapels were enough to make me want the jacket for myself. Most importantly, his sunglasses and choice of placement for his gold accessories really topped it off. Awesome job sir, thumbs up!

Robert Nkemdiche and his parents

Robert Nkemdiche and his parents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reggie Ragland

Reggie perfected this classic look with an elegant 3-piece suit, an amazing suit choice. The grey double-breasted vest was a perfect addition and shows he knows how to dress for his body type. Crisp white button down, navy blue tie and aviator sunglasses are all you need to compete this look. He’s a clean, mean, styling machine!

Reggie Ragland and his Dad show off their Championship Rings.

Reggie Ragland and his Dad show off their Championship Rings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laquon Treadwell

I absolutely love the color combination and print on Laquon Treadwell’s suit jacket. Not to mention the snakeskin loafers took it a step further adding texture contrast and complementing the burgundy color tones. Being a style icon requires taking a step outside of your comfort zone and this was surely it. He mastered this look to perfection, and to top it off, a small touch of bling. Thumbs up. #Winning

Laquon Treadwell

Laquon Treadwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jalen Ramsey

I love the clean, sleek look on Jalen Ramsey. Not only does this plum 3-piece suit look amazing on him, but it looks stylishly professional with a great fit. The tie and pocket square add a refreshing pop of color. We might be looking at a future style icon in the making! Thank you Jalen, thumbs up.

Jalen Ramsey

Jalen Ramsey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corey Coleman

I absolutely love how Coleman was able to blend prints, textures and color blocking into a very well put together ensemble. The emerald green color tone complements his skin tone very nicely, and represented his alma mater ever so stylishly. Not to mention the subtle color blocking and pop of paisley print in the tie to spice things up. To top it off, leather and suede loafers with spiked trimming gets this new superstar a big thumbs up! Well done, sir.

Corey Coleman

Corey Coleman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jared Goff

You can never go wrong with a navy blue suit, white button down and matching tie. Simple, classic, and timeless. Other than that it lacks personality, he wears it well. He still gets my vote.

Jared Goff

Jared Goff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keanu Neal

Great color suit chosen by this dynamic athlete. The look is simple and the fit is great, but at least there is some pop of color. Kudos for experimenting.

Keanu Neal

Keanu Neal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A’Shawn Robinson

Robinsons’ two-toned lapel, red and black suit jacket is a bold choice. The lighter grey waist coat, and slacks is a nice complement. I absolutely love the watch #bling, but the rubber bands on the wrist — gotta go! I probably would have left the glasses at home Overall, the look gets a thumbs up!

A'Shawn Robinson

A’Shawn Robinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vernon Hargreaves

So fresh and so clean did Vernon Hargreaves step out on the red carpet. I love this entire look and fit on this amazingly, talented player. Going monochrome all beige with a touch of cognac loafers was brilliant. The silver accessories added a nice bling as well.

NFL: APR 28 Draft - Red Carpet

Vernon Hargreaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Kevin Dodd Joey Bosa Jarran Reed Eli Apple Josh Docston Taylor Decker Laremy Tunsil Myles Jack

Kevin Dodd most certainly took a risk with this suit jacket choice. Some might disagree, but I definitely give him a thumbs for it. The suede lapel with suede bowtie adds the perfect touch of uniqueness, and the red pocket square adds just the right amount of color without overpowering optical illusion-like jacket.

Paying homage to your alma mater is always great, but in this case Joey Bosas‘ outfit could have been better. The silver tone color of the suit was very fashion forward, but the material was not flattering on Joey’s body. In addition the bold, bright red tie clashed with the outfit and could have been replaced with a more subtle color or print. On the upside of things, Joey’s hair was flawless and because of his effort he gets a thumbs up.

The draft is the perfect stage to showcase your individuality and where you came from in preparation of where you’re going, so why not represent your brotherhood? Jaran Reed pulled it off with style and creativity rocking purple from head to toe. The gold accessories and purple and gold tie put the icing on the cake. With a look this cool, wearing sunglasses is a must. His frat brothers should be proud.

Eli Apples’ look illustrates that simplicity goes a long way. Classic black suit, black and white gingham shirt and a black tie never disappoints. With a slight touch of personality, I see a printed lining in the jacket adding a hint of subtle boldness. My only concern with this look is the shirt-sleeves are too long, but other than that I give a thumbs up. When in doubt, keep it simple.

Josh Docston definitely played it safe on this look. My only critic with this look would be in terms of the fit. Because it is so simple, good fit is key.

Great choice of color and style for the suit, but Taylor Decker he could have chosen a better tie and pocket square color combo. Simple and easy outfit choice.

Overall the fit of the suit flattered Laremy Tunsil nicely. The print of his jacket was a great choice, but I’m not sold on the spiked loafers or printed bowtie. I see where he was going, but the look did not blend together as a whole.

Kudos to Myles Jack for going with a printed suit. Great choice of the navy blue color tone and print. It’s not overbearing and looks amazing on his skin tone. The only issue with this look is the fit. If you’re going to rock print from head to toe, make sure it’s flawless.

 

Follow Fashion Stylist Jenai Dominique @jenaidominique

]]>
http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/recap-nfl-draft-red-carpet-style/feed/ 0
NFL: Mexican and Chinese meat could contain banned substance http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-warns-eating-meat-abroad/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/nfl-warns-eating-meat-abroad/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 07:37:53 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164121 clenbuterol, a banned substance under the league's performance-enhancing substance policy.]]> Steve Smith received an unexpected notice from the NFL. (Twitter: @89SteveSmith)

NFL players are being warned that eating meat produced in China and Mexico could potentially contain elements of clenbuterol, a banned substance under the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith shared the warning from the league Tuesday via Twitter, which cautioned players about the “contaminated meat” in China and Mexico. It reminded players that they are responsible for what they put in their bodies. “Consuming large quantities of meat while visiting those particular countries may result in a positive test,” the memo read.