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 Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:28:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Arizona Cardinals on “All or Nothing” http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/arizona-cardinals-nothing/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/arizona-cardinals-nothing/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:15:19 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165313 The Arizona Cardinals will be the first team to grace the screen on Amazon Video’s original eight-part series, “All or Nothing”, premiering July 1. Amazon partnered with NFL Films for the series and will be very similar to HBO’s, “Hard Knocks”, which is also produced by NFL Films.

“All or Nothing” will give viewers an inside look at an entire season of work by a team, rather than just training camp, which is what “Hard Knocks” focuses on. The show’s emphasis is on the locker room, the game day atmosphere, and the personal lives of the players. The series starts at the 2015 draft, and makes its way to the team’s run to the NFC Championship game where they were defeated by the Carolina Panthers.

“This show is going to give customers a front row seat to some of the most exciting, never before seen, football action,” said Michael Paull, vice president of digital video at Amazon. “There is a thrilling story behind how these athletes compete on the field, and we are very excited to work with the NFL to deliver amazing programming for our customers.”

The Cardinals have a lot of high profile players and personalities, but none more than their leader, head coach Bruce Arians. Coach Arians has never been shy to say what’s on his mind, and this series will be no different.

“I’ll get a few Bibles in the mail, I’m sure. And rightfully so,” said Arians. Amazon even offers the option to watch the show without the vulgar language, so one can only imagine what the coach has in store for fans.

These types of shows are cutting edge, insightful, and to put it plain and simple, just down right awesome. Every fan wants to feel connected to the players they watch on TV, even if it’s not their particular team they root for. We all just want to believe these athletes are regular people with ordinary lives, just like us.

The inaugural season of the series will bring fans closer to the game than ever before. “Hard Knocks” has been on since 2001, and Amazon is hopeful that “All or Nothing” will have similar success.

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Browns Lineman Danny Shelton Changes Jersey to No. 55 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/browns-lineman-danny-shelton-changes-jersey-55-2/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/browns-lineman-danny-shelton-changes-jersey-55-2/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:36:02 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165228 NFL DraftCleveland Browns 2015 first-round draft pick Danny Shelton recently switched his jersey number, getting rid of 71 and going with the number 55. This may come across as a little odd, especially coming from a younger player about to enter his second season in the NFL – and after thousands of fans paid for his jersey his rookie year. After all, he was a first-round pick.

Upon announcing the jersey switch, the former Washington Huskies player quickly added that he would do something for all of his loyal fans who purchased his jersey with the No. 71.

The number “55” is not just a number to Shelton. It’s a life-defining number, one in which represents family as well as heritage.  

It was May 1, 2011 when tragedy struck the Shelton family.  

It happened right after church.  

Gaston Shelton, the oldest of the five siblings, asked his three brothers to back him up after being involved in an incident that turned violent. The gunman shot two of the Shelton brothers, and was aiming at Danny when the handgun jammed. Danny saw this as an opportunity to end a horrific, unimaginable scenario and threw a chair at the gunman before proceeding to tackle him. Shelton repeatedly punched the man in the face – with his own gun – until his hands “froze” and he wasn’t able to do more damage.  

“The whole time, my brothers are down on the ground and, me, I’m just trying to do damage really. I didn’t care if the guy died,” Shelton said. Danny got off as and the man fled before being captured by the police.  Shennon Shelton, age 22 was pronounced dead at the scene. He had returned from a tour in Afghanistan a year before the incident.  

His other brother, Gaston, who initially called his brothers for backup was shot in his lung, although would survive after being hospitalized. Gaston Shelton wore No. 55, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, throughout his years playing football, so the number change is quite simple to understand. It’s more than a number. It’s family.  

The change also pays respect to his Samoan heritage as the late Junior Seau made No. 55 famous over the course of his NFL tenure. Between family and heritage, Shelton realizes the stage he is on and wants to honor those who provided him the opportunity to reach the point he currently is at.   Although fans may feel like they’re money was wasted for purchasing the old Danny Shelton Jersey, the former Washington Husky came up with a grand idea. He plans to have a signing for those who have his old jersey, and is making it as easy as simply sending in your jersey to the Browns in Berea.    

Shelton takes his role within the community seriously and has came from a tight-knit family in which set the foundation for the Browns defensive lineman’s caring personality. Despite the horrific past Shelton has faced, he’s always got the biggest smile in the room. So be sure to send in your No. 71 Danny Shelton jersey to the address provided by his twitter in order to get a signed jersey.

 

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Browns’ Legends Impact New NFL Players http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/browns-legends-impact-new-nfl-players/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/browns-legends-impact-new-nfl-players/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:33:00 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165082 The Cleveland Browns are a franchise with a rich history. Prior to relocating to Baltimore in the mid-90’s, Cleveland’s rosters gave us many memorable NFL figures. Despite this, legends of the Browns’ past have yet to be incorporated within the organization as a whole since the team’s return in 1999. New Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson expects that to change and plans to facilitate relationships between former Cleveland players and current players on the roster.

Hall of Famer, Jim Brown and Bernie Kosar are arguably the two most recognizable players in team history and both are avid fans of the Cleveland Browns. Hue Jackson believes that Jim Brown in particular needs to have a larger role with the team and plans on making it happen.

Bernie Kosar

“My plan is to talk to him early and often,” Jackson said. “He gets it he understands these young men. He understands truly how to deal with them, how to motivate them how push them and, to me, a guy like Jim, not to use him as a resource would not be very smart on my part.”

When asked if the players actually understand who Jim Brown is, Jackson made sure that, if they didn’t, they will.

“As part of our learning, of learning the history about the Cleveland Browns. I want our guys to connect the right way and truly understand that there was a lot of men before them who played the game here. Who loved playing the game here, who won here,” Jackson said. “It was important for them to understand when’s the last time we won a world championship. When’s the last time this team has been to the playoffs? And the last time this team has a winning season. And exactly who the great players were who played here before these men who are playing here now. I think you need to know these things, you need to know as much about our history as you can because at the end of the day it’s what is gonna fuel us a little bit to play a little harder, longer to get the job done.”

Jackson spoke with former Browns running back Kevin Mack and told him to invite some alumni out to the practice field in Berea to interact with the current players. This, of course, included Browns legend Bernie Kosar who hasn’t been as associated with the organization as he used to.

Bernie Kosar is pretty much the first name you think about in Northeast Ohio when you talk about the Browns,” Mack said. “Besides that, he’s a hometown guy… it was kind of disheartening being in the building and not seeing him around, not seeing him come around, but I guess it was just one of those things.”

“I think it connects our players with the former players and I think those former players that live here, they want to feel like they’re still a part of it, and they are. They’re the men who laid the foundation for where we are today and they have the opportunity to give them very sound advice because they’ve been through it.”

Other former Cleveland Browns players to have been spotted giving advice in Berea for OTA’s are Earnest Byner, Hanford Dixon, Felix Wright, John Thierry and Steve Sanders among others.

In a culture like the Cleveland Browns, it’s imperative to bring back some figures who experienced the glory days, who lived and played for the same fans that still spend their hard earned money to watch their favorite football team back into the fold. The young players can feed off their energy and hopefully recreate some of their success.

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Saints’ Super Fan Jarrius Robertson an Inspiration Boy Wonder http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/saints-super-fan-jarrius-robertson-inspiration-boy-wonder/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/saints-super-fan-jarrius-robertson-inspiration-boy-wonder/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:30:56 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165169 Coming off a lackluster season and looking for something to play for, the Saints have found a source of motivation in a young boy.

Jarrius Robertson was diagnosed with biliary atresia in the early stages of his life. Biliary atresia is a chronic liver disease where one or more bile ducts are abnormally narrow or absent. This disease is generally a birth defect or acquired over time.

However, Robertson, now 13, does not let the disease dictate the life he lives. He has been a fan of New Orleans since he was a kid. Robertson’s father, Jordy, remembers him always sitting around watching Saints games and extensive coverage every day during the season. Last season he was invited to a game where he met Marques Colston and Jairus Byrd.

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This time Saints players invited him to the facility this past week to watch practice and conduct interviews. He has always been filled with hope and optimism that spreads to the Saints players and his family.

Safety Jairus Byrd said, “If you can’t get energy from him, something is wrong with you.” The energy exuding from this teenager is a breath of fresh air and puts everything into perspective.

Punter Thomas Morstead finds Robertson’s upbeat attitude, despite facing a life threatening situation inspiring. Robertson exudes confidence and does not acknowledge the disease describing himself as his “same self.”

He has been getting VIP access and one on one interviews with players like Drew Brees, Cameron Jordan, Willie Snead, Byrd, and Morstead. It is almost certain Robertson will be present for a few home games this season.

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10 Things to Know About the 2016 New England Patriots http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/10-things-know-2016-new-england-patriots/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/10-things-know-2016-new-england-patriots/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:30:52 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165174 As one of the most successful, and controversial teams in the NFL, the New England Patriots don’t have many secrets. Even so, there are some facts about the team that are a bit more obscure than others, and since there is never enough content about the Patriots, here are 10 more things to know about the star attraction of the NFL.

10. Most Fit NFL Team

According to Sports Illustrated the Patriots’ All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski, and new free agent wide receiver Chris Hogan are two of the 50 most fit male athletes in the world. Gronk ranked 46th on the list while Hogan actually came in even higher at 38th overall. To any Patriots fan who has seen Gronk’s hulking godlike physique play football, his place on this list should come as no surprise. Hogan’s honor on the other hand, might seem a little less obvious, though his rigorous workouts certainly caught the attention of Sport Illustrated. Together these players tie the Patriots with the Seahawks as one of only two NFL teams to place two players on the list.

9. More Youth Than Meets The Eye

Despite the constant discussion of how much longer the Patriots’ window of dominance will be as Tom Brady’s retirement inches closer every year, the Patriots actually have a very young team. Based on the average age of every player on the roster, the Patriots have the 12th youngest team in the NFL. Even with 38 year old Brady bringing the average up, the team still has the 5th youngest team in the AFC, and the youngest playoff team in the conference.

8. Due for More Dominance

Based on the last fact, it probably shouldn’t be as shocking that NFL players expect the Patriots’ success to continue over the next 10 years, According to an ESPN Magazine poll of 304 NFL players, the Patriots are the most likely to make the most Super Bowl appearances in the next 10 years. The franchise received 27 percent of the vote, and that rank came despite the reasonable knowledge that Brady isn’t expected to be there for all 10 of those years. Not a bad sign for league wide respect for the Patriots.

7. They’re Hot

It’s no secret that Tom Brady is one of the most perfectly formed humans who has ever walked planet Earth, but the rest of the team isn’t too shabby either. An article for AOL.com recently named the Patriots the most attractive team in the NFL as a result of their collective good looks. Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, and even Brady’s backup Jimmy Garoppolo have all been recognized by fans as irresistible dream boats, and for good reason. I mean really, just look at them:

6. They’re Masters of Social Media

Tom Brady has received a lot of well deserved attention for his fantastic Facebook posts over the last two years, but he’s not the only Patriot social media attraction. Both Gronk and Edelman have a powerful presence on social media, and even the team’s own social media pages are trafficked more than any other team in the NFL. Edelman in particular is actually one of the most successfully marketed players in the NFL. Many other NFL players including Brady and Gronk may be more famous, but get the same engagement on social media that Edelman does. Through the hilarious genuine content he produces with the help of his Boston based digital marketing team Superdigital, Edelman’s Facebook posts are shared at an average rate of 10 percent. The league average for a player is barely 3 percent. Just look at any of the hilarious content produced by the Patriots and Edelman over the last few years, and it’s not hard to understand why the team is as successful on social media as it is on the field.

5. New England Nepotism

It’s pretty clear that Bill Belichick has the whole coaching thing down for the Patriots, but can you ever really have enough Belichick? For the Patriots that answer is obviously, no. This policy has been the case ever since Bill’s son, Steve Belichick was hired as an assistant coach in 2012, but the team really doubled down on the family this offseason when they promoted Steve to the Patriots’ safeties coach. If the rest of the NFL thought they’d be free from the dreaded Belichick reign once the Evil Genius retires, they might have to think twice. Steve has some pretty good football genes on his side… and connections.

4. Rutgers Pipeline

In case you haven’t noticed: Belichick and the Patriots really like Rutgers. Since 2010 the Patriots have acquired 13 NFL players who played college football for Rutgers. Many players have come and gone, but there still remain four Rutgers alumni on the team’s current roster, including team captain Devin McCourty. Many attribute this phenomenon to Belichick’s close relationship with former Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano, including Belichick himself. Then again, it might also have something to do with Steve Belichick playing college football, and coaching at Rutgers as well, who knows?  

3. Boston Sports Fans

New England’s passionate sports fans aren’t alone in their fanaticism. It turns out some Patriot players root just as hard for the local teams, if not more so than the average fan. Boston sports team have always supported each other, and Patriots have been seen attending plenty of local games, but new Patriot Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton has taken the team support to another level this offseason. As someone who grew up in Connecticut, Pot Roast is naturally a big Celtics fan, and he hasn’t been shy about trying to help the team in any way he can. With Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant fast approaching free agency this NBA offseason, Knighton has been using whatever medium he can to try and convince Durant to sign with Boston. Though it remains to be seen whether or not his recruitment campaign will be successful, his dedication is certainly to be admired.

2. Hilarious New Additions

As entertaining as longtime Patriots Gronk and Edelman are, two new free agent acquisitions are bound to be their own attractions this year. Both Chris Long, and Martellus Bennett have a history of comedy that fans will no doubt come to appreciate. Long in particular once was interviewed in a disguise while buying a powerball ticket. If that’s not enough to endear him to fans, he’s also been outspoken about being in favor of the Patriots since the very beginning of deflategate. Bennett on the other hand is great on social media, but more importantly has a hysterical press conference, which although may not be intentionally funny, all Patriot fans simply must see.

1.  Deflated Interest

Yes, deflategate has finally reared its ugly head on this list. We almost made it all the way through without its mention, but alas here it is. Fear not though, Patriot fans, there’s some good news this time. According to an ESPN poll of over 100 NFL players, only 84 percent are upset with the Patriots for their alleged crimes. In summation few NFL players care about the mess anymore or ever did, which seems like an attitude that isn’t necessarily exclusive to the players.
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Bears Running Back to be Decided at Training Camp http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bears-running-back-decided-training-camp/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bears-running-back-decided-training-camp/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:30:27 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165186 As veteran running back Matt Forte settles in with his new team in New York, the Bears mix of running backs are battling to become the next workhorse in Dowell Loggains’ offense.

Second-year man out of Michigan State, Jeremy Langford, appears to be the most likely player to reap the benefits of an open-backfield. That being said, rookie Jordan Howard remains the one to keep an eye on. He could climb the depth chart during Training Camp if he can adapt to the new playbook. During training camp is where he will be able to show off the power-running style that helped him rush for over 1,500 yards in his final season with Indiana.

“He appears to be the kind of guy who will excel a little more when we’re in pads,” Head Coach John Fox said,” Not in underwear.”

Howard isn’t going to wow anybody with his shiftiness or straight-line speed like other members of the Chicago Bears backfield. He’ll wow with his ability to pick up the tough yards and break tackles. This means Howard will most likely be asked to come in on short-yardage plays or goal-line situations when the regular season rolls around. Whatever he ends up being asked to do, Howard will do it in order to get on the field.

“I definitely want to play my rookie year,” he said.  “I never sat out, anytime I played.  I left college, where I’m playing every game and playing almost every snap.  I just want to get out there on the field.”

The first step in that process begins July 28th as the Bears stable of running backs including Howard, Langford, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Ka’Deem Carey will begin battling at Training Camp for the bell-cow distinction left vacant by Matt Forte.

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Bears’ Safety Battle Heats Up http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bears-safety-battle-heats-up/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/bears-safety-battle-heats-up/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:30:20 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165179 John Fox, DeAndre Houston-Carson

With the offseason program coming to an end for the Bears, the grind and preparation will continue for those battling for a spot on the roster come Training Camp. Rookie 6th round pick DeAndre Houston-Carson of William and Mary and 4th round pick Deon Bush of Miami have been battling throughout the offseason program to get the upper hand on the vacant strong safety position left vacant by veteran Antrel Rolle.  The dark horse in the strong safety race appears to be Houston-Carson.

“My first thought (after the offseason program) is that it’s still the same game,” Houston-Carson said.  “There’s a lot of hype (about) making the transition from college to the NFL. I realize it’s (still) about the fundamentals you learned when you were 7 or 8 years old.  That gives confidence that as long you can try to work on your fundamentals every day, you’ll keep improving.”

Granted, there is a big difference between the non-contact offseason program and the real test of Training Camp, it is encouraging to hear the game hasn’t become overwhelming at the next level for Houston-Carson.

As Houston-Carson and Bush learn the ropes of the NFL and participate in their first Training Camp, second-year safety Harold Jones-Quartey already has a leg up on his younger counterparts. Having started four games during the 2015 season, Jones-Quartey looks to be the favorite to start alongside Adrian Amos come week one. Still, he values the competition and elevated level of play in the safety position group.

“Sky’s the limit,” Jones-Quartey said. “Once we all know our jobs, we can play a lot faster and help each other.  We don’t have to be robots.  That’s what I like about this group—we’re not robots.  We all have a certain job to do, but when the play breaks down, you have your brother alongside you.”

Jones-Quartey isn’t the only veteran presence in the Bears stable of safeties. Chris Prosinski, who has started 14 games in his five seasons in the NFL, is still in the running for the vacant spot.  He too has come away impressed so far with the newest safety additions.

“They’re young and fresh and they have a lot of athleticism,” Prosinski said. “I just think the biggest thing for them is just learning the NFL playbook and adjusting to that.  But compared to where I was as a rookie, they’re sharp guys. They’re picking it up pretty well.”

The real test for the two rookies will begin on July 28th as the first practice kicks off the 2016 Bears Training Camp. The safety battle will be one to monitor as it’s anybody’s race.

 

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ProPlayerInsiders 2017 NFL Draft Preseason Top 500 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/proplayerinsiders-2017-nfl-draft-preseason-top-500/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/proplayerinsiders-2017-nfl-draft-preseason-top-500/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:30:05 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=164940 PRO PLAYER INSIDERS 2017 NFL DRAFT PRESEASON TOP 500

 

We have decided to expand our rankings for a top 500 as the summer progresses.

 

There are some new names on the list and one notable player who would have made the list but was omitted because he retired. Notre Dame receiver Corey Robinson, son of NBA great David Robinson, retired earlier this month.

 

Alabama leads our list with the top three prospects while Jonathan Allen is our top overall prospect.

 

Below is the complete top 500:

 

 

PRO PLAYER INSIDERS 2017 NFL DRAFT PRESEASON TOP 500

 

Rank Pos First Name Last Name School HT WT Projection
1 DE Jonathan Allen Alabama 6’3 295 1st
2 OLB Tim Williams Alabama 6’3 245 1st
3 TE OJ Howard Alabama 6’6 248 1st
4 CB Cordrea Tankersley Clemson 6’0 194 1st-2nd
5 DT Jarron Jones Notre Dame 6’5 319 1st-2nd
6 TE Jake Butt Michigan 6’5 246 1st-2nd
7 WR Zay Jones East Carolina 6’2 193 2nd
8 WR Jehu Chesson Michigan 6’3 207 2nd
9 OT Chad Wheeler Southern California 6’7 316 2nd
10 CB Cameron Sutton Tennessee 5’11 186 2nd
11 C Pat Elflein Ohio State 6’2 299 2nd
12 CB Desmond King Iowa 5’10 201 2nd
13 CB Tre’Davious White LSU 5’11 195 2nd
14 DE Devonte Fields Louisville 6’3 229 2nd
15 CB Jourdan Lewis Michigan 5’10 171 2nd
16 C Ethan Pocic LSU 6’6 316 2nd
17 CB Cole Luke Notre Dame 5’11 196 2nd
18 WR Corey Davis Western Michigan 6’3 212 2nd-3rd
19 ILB Kendell Beckwith LSU 6’2 255 2nd-3rd
20 OG Dan Feeney Indiana 6’4 304 2nd-3rd
21 TE Evan Engram Mississippi 6’3 233 2nd-3rd
22 OLB Jalen Reeves-Maybin Tennessee 6’0 229 2nd-3rd
23 DT Chris Wormley Michigan 6’4 296 2nd-3rd
24 FS Max Redfield Notre Dame 6’1 195 2nd-3rd
25 FS Demetrious Cox Michigan State 5’11 191 2nd-3rd
26 OT Zach Banner Southern California 6’8 373 2nd-3rd
27 TE Jordan Leggett Clemson 6’5 257 3rd
28 OLB Vince Biegel Wisconsin 6’4 243 3rd
29 ILB Riley Bullough Michigan State 6’1 226 3rd
30 ILB Reuben Foster Alabama 6’0 246 3rd
31 SS Josh Harvey-Clemons Louisville 6’4 225 3rd
32 OLB Jarrad Davis Florida 6’1 236 3rd
33 DE Dawuane Smoot Illinois 6’3 260 3rd
34 WR Travin Dural LSU 6’1 219 3rd
35 DE Isaac Rochell Notre Dame 6’4 281 3rd-4th
36 CB Chidobe Awuzie Colorado 5’11 195 3rd-4th
37 OG Dion Dawkins Temple 6’4 322 3rd-4th
38 QB Chad Kelly Mississippi 6’2 211 3rd-4th
39 WR Josh Reynolds Texas A&M 6’4 191 3rd-4th
40 DE Taco Charlton Michigan 6’5 277 3rd-4th
41 DT Montravius Adams Auburn 6’3 300 3rd-4th
42 DE Tanoh Kpassagnon Villanova 6’6 275 3rd-4th
43 DE Deatrich Wise Jr. Arkansas 6’5 278 3rd-4th
44 CB Marquez White Florida State 6’0 175 3rd-4th
45 WR Ryan Switzer North Carolina 5’9 185 3rd-4th
46 FS Eddie Jackson Alabama 6’1 195 3rd-4th
47 WR Cooper Kupp Eastern Washington 6’2 209 3rd-4th
48 CB Damontae Kazee San Diego State 5’10 181 4th
49 WR Fred Ross Mississippi State 6’1 204 4th
50 DT Larry Ogunjobi Charlotte 6’2 301 4th
51 WR Billy Brown Shepherd 6’4 244 4th
52 WR Taywan Taylor Western Kentucky 5’11 198 4th
53 CB Marcus Maye Florida 5’11 209 4th
54 DE DeMarcus Walker Florida State 6’2 266 4th
55 SS Damariay Drew California 5’10 186 4th
56 FS Justin Evans Texas A&M 6’0 191 4th
57 OG Dorian Johnson Pittsburgh 6’5 311 4th-5th
58 QB C.J. Beathard Iowa 6’3 218 4th-5th
59 DT Ryan Glasgow Michigan 6’3 295 4th-5th
60 RB Matt Dayes North Carolina State 5’8 202 4th-5th
61 ILB Harvey Langi BYU 6’1 249 4th-5th
62 OG Nico Siragusa San Diego State 6’4 326 4th-5th
63 C Tyler Orlosky West Virginia 6’3 293 4th-5th
64 ILB Keith Kelsey Louisville 6’0 237 4th-5th
65 DT Carlos Watkins Clemson 6’4 313 4th-5th
66 CB Kevin King Washington 6’3 186 4th-5th
67 C Dan Voltz Wisconsin 6’3 284 4th-5th
68 DT Jaleel Johnson Iowa 6’3 311 5th
69 TE Josiah Price Michigan State 6’3 256 5th
70 DE Daeshon Hall Texas A&M 6’6 256 5th
71 FS John Johnson Boston College 6’0 202 5th
72 ILB Nyeem Wartman-White Penn State 6’1 248 5th
73 WR Keevan Lucas Tulsa 5’9 192 5th
74 DT D.J. Jones Mississippi 6’1 316 5th
75 OG Taylor Moton Western Michigan 6’5 325 5th-6th
76 RB Tarean Folston Notre Dame 5’9 217 5th-6th
77 OLB Ryan Anderson Alabama 6’2 258 5th-6th
78 DE Bryan Cox Jr. Florida 6’3 258 5th-6th
79 RB Corey Clement Wisconsin 5’10 221 5th-6th
80 FS Xavier Woods Louisiana Tech 5’11 197 5th-6th
81 CB Tony Bridges Mississippi 6’0 186 5th-6th
82 DT Jake Replogle Purdue 6’5 293 5th-6th
83 WR Kenny Golladay Northern Illinois 6’4 210 5th-6th
84 OLB Tanner Vallejo Boise State 6’1 225 5th-6th
85 OT Julie’n Davenport Bucknell 6’6 301 5th-6th
86 DE Jordan Willis Kansas State 6’4 263 6th
87 OT Dan Skipper Arkansas 6’9 326 6th
88 FS Nate Gerry Nebraska 6’2 216 6th
89 WR James Quick Louisville 5’11 177 6th
90 ILB Marquel Lee Wake Forest 6’3 242 6th
91 FS Johnathan Ford Auburn 5’11 194 6th
92 OLB Hardy Nickerson Illinois 6’0 233 6th
93 OG Johnny Caspers Stanford 6’3 291 6th
94 WR Gabe Marks Washington State 6’0 180 6th
95 TE Gerald Everett South Alabama 6’3 237 6th
96 SS Obi Melifonwu Connecticut 6’4 220 6th
97 OG Isaac Asiata Utah 6’3 332 6th
98 WR Amara Darboh Michigan 6’1 215 6th
99 TE Hayden Plinke UTEP 6’4 260 6th
100 WR Mack Hollins North Carolina 6’3 205 6th
101 WR Quincy Adeboyejo Mississippi 6’3 195 6th
102 OG Jessamen Dunker Tennessee State 6’4 301 6th
103 DE Lewis Neal LSU 6’1 273 6th
104 WR Zach Pascal Old Dominion 6’2 207 6th
105 SS Tedric Thompson Colorado 6’0 201 6th
106 OLB Kevin Davis Colorado State 6’2 235 6th-7th
107 WR Stacy Coley Miami 6’0 195 6th-7th
108 QB Cooper Rush Central Michigan 6’2 229 6th-7th
109 ILB Nick DeLuca North Dakota State 6’3 243 6th-7th
110 OT Conor McDermott UCLA 6’8 306 6th-7th
111 WR Bug Howard North Carolina 6’3 215 6th-7th
112 ILB Brooks Ellis Arkansas 6’2 244 7th
113 TE Darrell Daniels Washington 6’3 235 7th
114 DT Jarrod Clements Illinois 6’3 297 7th
115 CB Brad Watson Wake Forest 6’0 194 7th
116 QB Joshua Dobbs Tennessee 6’3 210 7th
117 RB Justin Davis Southern California 6’1 198 7th
118 TE George Kittle Iowa 6’4 250 7th
119 WR Jalen Robinette Air Force 6’3 217 7th
120 RB Kareem Hunt Toledo 5’10 237 7th
121 QB Seth Russell Baylor 6’3 210 7th-PFA
122 DE Jamal Marcus Akron 6’1 244 7th-PFA
123 K Jake Elliott Memphis 5’9 167 7th-PFA
124 OT Adam Bisnowaty Pittsburgh 6’5 309 7th-PFA
125 OG Greg Pyke Georgia 6’5 319 7th-PFA
126 OT Javarius Leamon South Carolina State 6’7 300 7th-PFA
127 CB Matt Harris Northwestern 5’11 181 7th-PFA
128 C Jon Toth Kentucky 6’5 306 7th-PFA
129 TE Jeremy Sprinkle Arkansas 6’5 252 7th-PFA
130 DE Josh Carraway TCU 6’3 241 7th-PFA
131 CB Des Lawrence North Carolina 6’0 180 7th-PFA
132 OLB Eric Wilson Cincinnati 6’1 225 7th-PFA
133 ILB Connor Harris Lindenwood (MO) 5’11 237 7th-PFA
134 OG Sean Harlow Oregon State 6’4 295 7th-PFA
135 DE Keionta Davis Chattanooga 6’3 268 7th-PFA
136 RB Donnel Pumphrey San Diego State 5’8 166 7th-PFA
137 CB Jalen Myrick Minnesota 5’10 209 7th-PFA
138 OT Cole Croston Iowa 6’6 306 7th-PFA
139 RB De’Angelo Henderson Coastal Carolina 5’7 202 7th-PFA
140 RB Elijah McGuire Louisiana Lafayette 5’9 204 7th-PFA
141 DE Se’Von Pittman Akron 6’3 261 7th-PFA
142 SS D’Nerius Antoine Southern Mississippi 5’11 219 7th-PFA
143 OG Gavin Andrews Oregon State 6’5 340 7th-PFA
144 OLB Austin Calitro Villanova 6’1 239 7th-PFA
145 RB De’Veon Smith Michigan 6’0 229 7th-PFA
146 RB Leon Allen Western Kentucky 5’10 235 7th-PFA
147 SS Rayshawn Jenkins Miami 6’1 211 7th-PFA
148 TE Phazahn Odom Fordham 6’8 237 7th-PFA
149 WR Jesus Wilson Florida State 5’10 184 7th-PFA
150 DE Noble Nwachukwu West Virginia 6’1 273 7th-PFA
151 WR Keon Hatcher Arkansas 6’1 220 PFA
152 FS Jordan Sterns Oklahoma State 6’1 201 PFA
153 QB Gunner Kiel Cincinnati 6’3 223 PFA
154 DE Derek Rivers Youngstown State 6’4 250 PFA
155 OLB Tyus Bowser Houston 6’2 244 PFA
156 RB Shock Linwood Baylor 5’9 197 PFA
157 DE Trey Hendrickson Florida Atlantic 6’4 264 PFA
158 RB Kade Harrington Lamar 5’6 189 PFA
159 SS Quincy Mauger Georgia 6’0 204 PFA
160 TE Cethan Carter Nebraska 6’3 237 PFA
161 OT Richard Levy Connecticut 6’5 312 PFA
162 CB DeAndre Scott Akron 5’10 190 PFA
163 OLB Ben Boulware Clemson 6’0 241 PFA
164 FS Zach Edwards Cincinnati 5’11 199 PFA
165 RB Jahad Thomas Temple 5’10 185 PFA
166 DT Tanzel Smart Tulane 6’0 304 PFA
167 CB Chuck Clark Virginia Tech 6’0 202 PFA
168 DT Treyvon Hester Toledo 6’3 312 PFA
169 OLB Salamo Fiso Arizona State 6’0 226 PFA
170 OT J.J. Dielman Utah 6’5 300 PFA
171 TE Jonnu Smith Florida International 6’2 240 PFA
172 ILB Ejuan Price Pittsburgh 5’11 255 PFA
173 SS Tony Conner Mississippi 6’1 223 PFA
174 RB Jela Duncan Duke 5’9 210 PFA
175 FS David Jones Richmond 6’0 185 PFA
176 DT Ra’Zahn Howard Purdue 6’2 321 PFA
177 DE Tarell Basham Ohio 6’3 262 PFA
178 CB Ashton Lampkin Oklahoma State 5’11 186 PFA
179 QB Mitch Leidner Minnesota 6’3 231 PFA
180 WR Corey Smith Ohio State 5’11 185 PFA
181 CB Sojourn Shelton Wisconsin 5’9 174 PFA
182 WR Drew Morgan Arkansas 5’11 190 PFA
183 SS Weston Steelhammer Air Force 6’1 194 PFA
184 OLB Charmeachealle Moore Kansas State 6’0 222 PFA
185 OT Jonah Pirsig Minnesota 6’8 314 PFA
186 WR Jordan Westerkamp Nebraska 5’11 193 PFA
187 ILB Calvin Munson San Diego State 6’1 239 PFA
188 SS LeRoy Alexander Youngstown State 5’11 195 PFA
189 OLB Steven Taylor Houston 6’0 224 PFA
190 DE Keion Adams Western Michigan 6’2 245 PFA
191 DT Harold Brantley Missouri 6’3 286 PFA
192 FS Alex Gray Appalachian State 6’2 222 PFA
193 WR DeAngelo Yancey Purdue 6’1 213 PFA
194 C Brandon Kublanow Georgia 6’2 301 PFA
195 ILB Matt Galambos Pittsburgh 6’1 241 PFA
196 CB Greg Mabin Iowa 6’0 198 PFA
197 ILB Ben Gedeon Michigan 6’2 243 PFA
198 TE Blake Jarwin Oklahoma State 6’4 241 PFA
199 OG Chris Borrayo California 6’3 305 PFA
200 OLB Ed Davis Michigan State 6’2 225 PFA
201 CB Fabian Moreau UCLA 6’0 204 PFA
202 P Cameron Johnston Ohio State 6’0 197 PFA
203 OG Kyle Kalis Michigan 6’4 303 PFA
204 DE Terence Waugh Kent State 6’2 257 PFA
205 CB Treston Decoud Oregon State 6’2 209 PFA
206 WR KeVonn Mabon Ball State 6’1 224 PFA
207 WR Dede Westbrook Oklahoma 5’11 171 PFA
208 OT Will Holden Vanderbilt 6’7 312 PFA
209 DT DeAngelo Brown Louisville 6’0 312 PFA
210 RB Jovon Robinson Auburn 5’11 224 PFA
211 OG Abdul-Kareem Are Florida State 6’5 333 PFA
212 SS Mike Tyson Cincinnati 6’1 206 PFA
213 OLB Matt Milano Boston College 6’0 216 PFA
214 C Deyshawn Bond Cincinnati 6’1 292 PFA
215 WR Jamari Staples Louisville 6’3 191 PFA
216 P Hayden Hunt Colorado State 6’0 209 PFA
217 OT Avery Gennesy Texas A&M 6’5 306 PFA
218 CB Aarion Penton Missouri 5’9 185 PFA
219 C Kyle Fuller Baylor 6’4 311 PFA
220 FS Damarius Travis Minnesota 6’0 215 PFA
221 SS Reggie Daniels Oregon 6’1 214 PFA
222 FS Tony Annese Central Michigan 6’0 222 PFA
223 OT Levon Myers Northern Illinois 6’5 309 PFA
224 SS Jamal Carter Miami 6’1 212 PFA
225 DE Pita Taumoepenu Utah 6’1 240 PFA
226 CB Jeremy Cutrer Middle Tennessee State 6’1 159 PFA
227 DT Josh Tupou Colorado 6’1 321 PFA
228 OLB T.J. Holloman South Carolina 6’3 233 PFA
229 DE A.J. Jefferson Mississippi State 6’2 280 PFA
230 CB Casey DeAndrade New Hampshire 5’11 212 PFA
231 OG Chris Muller Rutgers 6’6 316 PFA
232 WR Victor Bolden Oregon State 5’9 175 PFA
233 FS Ahmad Thomas Oklahoma 6’0 216 PFA
234 WR Darreus Rogers Southern California 6’1 220 PFA
235 OT Clint Van Horn Marshall 6’5 322 PFA
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238 DE Greg McMullen Nebraska 6’4 290 PFA
239 OT Jon Heck North Carolina 6’6 315 PFA
240 WR Robert Davis Georgia State 6’3 212 PFA
241 TE Jordan Powell New Hampshire 6’3 243 PFA
242 OG Ben Braden Michigan 6’3 306 PFA
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244 WR Dwayne Stanford Oregon 6’4 206 PFA
245 OLB Jordan Evans Oklahoma 6’2 240 PFA
246 CB Will Likely Maryland 5’7 174 PFA
247 DE Kylie Fitts Utah 6’4 268 PFA
248 WR Rodney Adams South Florida 6’1 185 PFA
249 RB Dare Ogunbowale Wisconsin 5’11 199 PFA
250 DE Hunter Dimick Utah 6’3 270 PFA
251 DT Ralph Green III Indiana 6’4 320 PFA
252 P Austin Rehkow Idaho 6’3 212 PFA
253 FS Fish Smithson Kansas 5’10 195 PFA
254 OT Dustin Stanton Oregon State 6’6 301 PFA
255 DT Devaroe Lawrence Auburn 6’2 296 PFA
256 RB Khalfrani Muhammad California 5’8 170 PFA
257 OG Danny Isidora Miami 6’4 313 PFA
258 C Cameron Tom Southern Mississippi 6’4 291 PFA
259 DE Takkarist McKinley UCLA 6’2 250 PFA
260 RB Taquan Mizzell Virginia 5’10 191 PFA
261 OLB Torrodney Prevot Oregon 6’3 245 PFA
262 DE Ken Ekanem Virginia Tech 6’3 253 PFA
263 OG Chase Roullier Wyoming 6’3 309 PFA
264 C Austin Stephens Utah State 6’3 308 PFA
265 OLB Josh Posley Ball State 6’0 256 PFA
266 ILB Richie Brown Mississippi State 6’2 240 PFA
267 OG Caleb Peterson North Carolina 6’4 295 PFA
268 WR Domonique Young Purdue 6’3 209 PFA
269 ILB Christian Tago San Jose State 6’0 240 PFA
270 CB Breon Borders Duke 5’11 181 PFA
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272 OG Alex Kozan Auburn 6’3 296 PFA
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274 WR R.J. Shelton Michigan State 5’10 196 PFA
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276 TE Mo Alie-Cox Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) 6’6 250 PFA
277 WR Davon Grayson East Carolina 6’1 191 PFA
278 TE Keith Rucker Georgia State 6’2 244 PFA
279 CB Brandon Wilson Houston 5’10 197 PFA
280 OT Sam Tevi Utah 6’5 301 PFA
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283 TE DJ Dowdy Cincinnati 6’3 252 PFA
284 CB Taylor Reynolds James Madison 5’11 195 PFA
285 WR Jumichael Ramos North Carolina State 6’2 200 PFA
286 TE Caleb Smith Oregon State 6’5 266 PFA
287 FS Jomal Wiltz Iowa State 5’9 175 PFA
288 C Freddie Burden Georgia Tech 6’3 303 PFA
289 OT Nate Theaker Wayne State (MI) 6’5 309 PFA
290 FS Randall Goforth UCLA 5’9 176 PFA
291 ILB Haason Reddick Temple 6’1 225 PFA
292 OLB Tashawn Bower LSU 6’4 250 PFA
293 WR Kermit Whitfield Florida State 5’8 182 PFA
294 OG Ryan Leahy Cincinnati 6’4 292 PFA
295 CB Torren McGaster Vanderbilt 5’11 200 PFA
296 SS Malik Golden Penn State 6’0 203 PFA
297 RB Joel Bouagnon Northern Illinois 6’1 226 PFA
298 DT Casey Sayles Ohio 6’4 286 PFA
299 OLB Brandon Bell Penn State 6’1 231 PFA
300 SS Nate Andrews Florida State 5’11 210 PFA
301 DE Darius Hamilton Rutgers 6’2 280 PFA
302 OLB Kennan Gilchrist Appalachian State 6’0 220 PFA
303 WR Aregeros Turner Northern Illinois 5’9 174 PFA
304 QB Aaron Bailey Northern Iowa 6’1 230 PFA
305 QB Nate Peterman Pittsburgh 6’2 222 PFA
306 FB Joe Bacci Central Michigan 6’1 248 PFA
307 DT Josh Augusta Missouri 6’4 374 PFA
308 OG Parker Collins Appalachian State 6’2 290 PFA
309 WR Matt VandeBerg Iowa 6’1 188 PFA
310 WR Anthony Warrum Illinois State 6’0 185 PFA
311 CB Shaquill Griffin Central Florida 6’0 195 PFA
312 OT Erik Magnuson Michigan 6’6 305 PFA
313 FB Darrin Laufasa UTEP 6’0 245 PFA
314 OT Andreas Knappe Connecticut 6’9 325 PFA
315 CB Najee Murray Kent State 5’9 182 PFA
316 QB P.J. Walker Temple 5’11 199 PFA
317 CB Mike Davis BYU 6’2 187 PFA
318 OG Forrest Lamp Western Kentucky 6’3 296 PFA
319 FB Sam Rogers Virginia Tech 5’10 227 PFA
320 DT Joey Ivie Florida 6’3 294 PFA
321 QB Zach Conque Stephen F. Austin 6’5 235 PFA
322 DE Ifeadi Odenigbo Northwestern 6’3 257 PFA
323 TE Billy Freeman San Jose State 6’2 235 PFA
324 TE Keith Towbridge Louisville 6’4 269 PFA
325 DT Dalvin Tomlinson Alabama 6’2 308 PFA
326 WR Thomas Sperbeck Boise State 6’0 181 PFA
327 FS Kai Nacua BYU 6’1 216 PFA
328 SS Leroy Clark Purdue 5’10 191 PFA
329 RB T.J. Logan North Carolina 5’9 190 PFA
330 DE Pat O’Connor Eastern Michigan 6’4 275 PFA
331 TE Evan Baylis Oregon 6’6 252 PFA
332 P Dalton Schomp Florida Atlantic 6’1 217 PFA
333 OG Evan Goodman Arizona State 6’3 314 PFA
334 WR Noel Thomas Connecticut 6’1 200 PFA
335 CB Jack Tocho North Carolina State 6’0 200 PFA
336 RB Mario Pender Florida State 5’9 203 PFA
337 OT Storm Norton Toledo 6’8 305 PFA
338 RB Devante Mays Utah State 5’10 224 PFA
339 WR Dontre Wilson Ohio State 5’10 192 PFA
340 RB Joe Williams Utah 5’11 201 FA
341 ILB Blair Brown Ohio 5’11 241 FA
342 CB Ryan Reid Baylor 5’9 196 FA
343 FB Emmanuel Holder Towson 5’11 241 FA
344 RB Chris Carson Oklahoma State 6’2 206 FA
345 P Rigoberto Sanchez Hawaii 6’0 176 FA
346 OG Kent Perkins Texas 6’5 321 FA
347 C Jamaal Clayborn Mississippi State 6’4 317 FA
348 K Conrad Ukropina Stanford 6’0 186 FA
349 OG Corey Levin Chattanooga 6’4 303 FA
350 ILB Isaako Savaiinaea UCLA 6’1 236 FA
351 SS Malik Smith San Diego State 6’0 183 FA
352 WR Marcell Ateman Oklahoma State 6’4 206 FA
353 OLB Paul Magloire Jr. Arizona 6’0 221 FA
354 SS Orion Stewart Baylor 6’0 196 FA
355 WR Deante Burton Kansas State 6’2 203 FA
356 C Anthony McMeans New Mexico State 6’1 308 FA
357 TE Michael Roberts Toledo 6’5 271 FA
358 CB Marcus Rios UCLA 5’11 185 FA
359 FS Shalom Luani Washington State 6’0 195 FA
360 RB Marcus Cox Appalachian State 5’10 199 FA
361 WR Jesse Kroll Central Michigan 6’2 208 FA
362 OT Dimitric Camiel Indiana 6’7 314 FA
363 DE Cameron Malveaux Houston 6’5 277 FA
364 DE Praise Martin-Oguike Temple 6’1 254 FA
365 WR Kenny Walker III UCLA 5’9 176 FA
366 DT Josh Banks Wake Forest 6’3 277 FA
367 QB Skyler Howard West Virginia 5’11 209 FA
368 OT Freddie Tagaloa Arizona 6’7 315 FA
369 OLB Laiu Moeakiola Arizona State 6’0 210 FA
370 RB Matt Breida Georgia Southern 5’9 180 FA
371 FS Terrish Webb Pittsburgh 5’10 190 FA
372 WR Chris Black Missouri 5’11 190 FA
373 CB DeVon Edwards Duke 5’7 181 FA
374 OT Justin Senior Mississippi State 6’5 291 FA
375 QB Wes Lunt Illinois 6’4 223 FA
376 CB Jared Collins Arkansas 5’11 173 FA
377 CB Dale “DJ” Dean Arkansas 5’10 195 FA
378 RB Jamaal Williams BYU 6’0 215 FA
379 WR Dominique Reed Arkansas 6’2 176 FA
380 WR Ishmael Adams UCLA 5’8 175 FA
381 DE Trevon Young Louisville 6’3 237 FA
382 CB Corn Elder Miami 5’10 172 FA
383 DE Corey Vereen Tennessee 6’2 251 FA
384 OG Travis Averill Boise State 6’3 297 FA
385 WR Michael Rector Stanford 6’0 186 FA
386 OLB Sean Folliard Northern Illinois 6’1 228 FA
387 FS Dante Barnett Kansas State 6’0 190 FA
388 FB Freddie Stevenson Florida State 6’0 241 FA
389 WR D’Vario Montgomery Iowa State 6’4 211 FA
390 TE Dan Brunskill San Diego State 6’5 257 FA
391 OG Nick Callender Colorado State 6’6 310 FA
392 WR Andre Patton Rutgers 6’3 206 FA
393 DE Fadol Brown Mississippi 6’5 273 FA
394 CB Bryce Jones Akron 5’11 172 FA
395 P Sam Foltz Nebraska 6’2 206 FA
396 WR Brandon Reilly Nebraska 6’2 201 FA
397 DT Truman Gutapfel Boston College 6’3 285 FA
398 WR Sebastian Smith Ohio 6’2 206 FA
399 SS Nicholas Morrow Greenville College (IL) 6’0 216 FA
400 DT Christian Brown West Virginia 6’2 296 FA
401 RB Jarveon Williams UTSA 5’9 196 FA
402 WR Jamir Tillman Navy 6’3 211 FA
403 FS Kivon Coman Mississippi State 6’0 200 FA
404 OLB Jerrol Garcia-Williams Hawaii 6’1 226 FA
405 DT Francis Kallon Georgia Tech 6’5 297 FA
406 TE Terry Pettis Middle Tennessee State 6’5 241 FA
407 OLB Jordan Burton Oklahoma State 6’3 211 FA
408 ILB Josh Banderas Nebraska 6’3 239 FA
409 OLB James McFarland TCU 6’1 250 FA
410 OLB Jackson Dillon Memphis 6’6 250 FA
411 RB Kalif Phillips Charlotte 5’9 218 FA
412 TE Mason Schreck Buffalo 6’4 257 FA
413 QB Dakota Prukop Oregon 6’2 201 FA
414 DT Woody Baron Virginia Tech 6’1 273 FA
415 SS Denzel Johnson TCU 6’0 207 FA
416 FS Dymonte Thomas Michigan 6’0 181 FA
417 SS Marcus McWilson Kentucky 6’0 211 FA
418 CB Jeremy Clark Michigan 6’3 209 FA
419 DT Izaah Lunsford Bowling Green 6’3 308 FA
420 RB Tion Green Cincinnati 5’11 232 FA
421 WR Robert Wheelwright Wisconsin 6’2 207 FA
422 OT Jake Simonich Utah State 6’5 299 FA
423 P Caleb Houston Central Florida 6’1 219 FA
424 OG Fred Zerblis Colorado State 6’2 303 FA
425 TE Sean Culkin Missouri 6’5 250 FA
426 WR Jhajuan Seales Oklahoma State 6’0 196 FA
427 RB LeShun Daniels Jr. Iowa 5’11 225 FA
428 OLB Joe Mathis Washington 6’2 254 FA
429 WR Rokeem Williams Miami (Ohio) 6’0 200 FA
430 ILB John Law Appalachian State 5’11 232 FA
431 P Lumi Kaba Texas State 6’1 192 FA
432 OG Blake Belcher Tulsa 6’4 299 FA
433 WR Josh Atkinson Tulsa 6’1 203 FA
434 K Andy Phillips Utah 5’10 210 FA
435 WR River Cracraft Washington State 6’0 197 FA
436 C Jay Guillermo Clemson 6’2 325 FA
437 DT B.J. Singleton Houston 6’3 305 FA
438 OLB Tim Kimbrough Georgia 6’0 226 FA
439 DE Marquavius Lewis South Carolina 6’4 265 FA
440 TE Standish Dobard Miami 6’4 262 FA
441 P Dalton Parks Tulsa 6’3 221 FA
442 TE Taylor McNamara Southern California 6’5 244 FA
443 CB Lenzy Pipkins Oklahoma State 6’0 196 FA
444 RB Tarik Cohen North Carolina A&T 5’6 178 FA
445 RB Rushel Shell West Virginia 5’10 233 FA
446 CB Tim Harris Virginia 6’1 198 FA
447 FS Rickey Jefferson LSU 5’11 208 FA
448 OG Jake Eldrenkamp Washington 6’5 284 FA
449 OT Drake Miller Ball State 6’5 308 FA
450 CB DaShaun Amos East Carolina 6’0 188 FA
451 DT Tyrique Jarrett Pittsburgh 6’2 357 FA
452 ILB Keith Brown Western Kentucky 6’0 241 FA
453 CB Tolando Cleveland Mississippi State 5’10 187 FA
454 P Justin Vogel Miami 6’4 211 FA
455 C Lucas Crowley North Carolina 6’2 285 FA
456 OG Chad Mavety Florida State 6’5 337 FA
457 RB Terrell Newby Nebraska 5’9 197 FA
458 OT J.J. Denman Rutgers 6’5 297 FA
459 WR Greg Ward Jr. Houston 5’10 185 FA
460 WR Deante Gray TCU 5’8 182 FA
461 WR Alonzo Moore Nebraska 6’1 196 FA
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464 DT Kennedy Tulimasealii Hawaii 6’0 275 FA
465 OT Jonathan McLaughlin Virginia Tech 6’5 289 FA
466 OT Kodi Kieler Michigan State 6’5 310 FA
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468 OLB Deon Hollins UCLA 5’11 230 FA
469 CB Brendan Langley Lamar 6’0 192 FA
470 TE Pharaoh Brown Oregon 6’5 246 FA
471 QB Taysom Hill BYU 6’2 228 FA
472 RB Bri’Onte Dunn Ohio State 6’0 215 FA
473 QB Davis Webb California 6’4 224 FA
474 WR Devin Lauderdale Texas Tech 5’9 171 FA
475 TE Colin Thompson Temple 6’3 250 FA
476 QB Trevor Knight Texas A&M 6’0 211 FA
477 WR Nate Phillips Arizona 5’7 176 FA
478 WR Daikiel Shorts Jr. West Virginia 6’0 205 FA
479 SS Donald Payne Stetson 6’0 215 FA
480 FS Ryan Janvion Wake Forest 5’10 190 FA
481 WR Trey Griffey Arizona 6’2 203 FA
482 DT Paul Boyette Jr. Texas 6’4 300 FA
483 OLB P.J. Davis Georgia Tech 5’11 218 FA
484 LS Cole Mazza Alabama 6’1 240 FA
485 OLB Seth Jacobs Oklahoma State 6’2 225 FA
486 DE Joe Ostman Eastern Michigan 6’3 250 FA
487 C Michael Selby Marshall 6’1 289 FA
488 WR Tyler Winston San Jose State 6’1 190 FA
489 SS Taylor Barton Illinois 6’0 215 FA
490 OT Darrell Brown Louisiana Tech 6’3 315 FA
491 OLB Michael Barton California 5’11 240 FA
492 TE Sam Cotton Nebraska 6’4 250 FA
493 WR Teldrick Morgan New Mexico State 5’11 195 FA
494 TE Wyatt Houston Utah State 6’4 255 FA
495 OT Jemar Clark Arkansas State 6’5 306 FA
496 K Adam Griffith Alabama 5’10 192 FA
497 FB Prescott Line Southern Methodist 5’11 237 FA
498 RB King Frazier North Dakota State 5’11 213 FA
499 DT Jordan Wade Oklahoma 6’3 300 FA
500 DE Alex Barrett San Diego State 6’2 260 FA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Camp Cruz Impacted Fathers, Sons, and Daughters http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/camp-cruz-impacted-fathers-sons-daughters/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/camp-cruz-impacted-fathers-sons-daughters/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:45:37 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165273 When the New York Giants held their mandatory minicamp a few weeks ago, WR Victor Cruz actively participated, looking to train for a successful comeback from injury.

But minicamp was not the only one Cruz participated in that week. On June 11, the Victor Cruz Foundation hosted its first ever Father’s Day Football Exhibition and Skills Challenge at Hackensack High School in Hackensack, New Jersey.

For Cruz, who has a 4-year-old daughter named Kennedy, holding an event like this was important to him because it was his father who taught him to love the game. In Spring 2007, Cruz received a phone call saying his father — who had already been in a car accident and suffering from depression — committed suicide.

Of the event, held in honor of Father’s Day, Cruz said, “I know it’s something he [Cruz’s father] would love to be at,” Cruz told NJ.com. “He would definitely love to speak to and that is why I wanted to get all these fathers involved in the things they do with their kids.”

© NY Giants WebsiteThe participants included fathers, sons and daughters. Cruz personally led the families through various football drills for the first part of the exhibition.

“The first part … is being with the kids and their fathers doing combine style drills,” Cruz said. “Forty-yard dash, vertical broad jumps, offensive drills — like receiver, running back, quarterback drills — and then defensive drills — defensive end, linebackers.”

The second part divided participants into eight seven-player sponsored teams for a small football tournament.

Cruz was not the only Giant participating in the event. Teammates included DE Olivier Vernon, G Bobby Hart, RB Shane Vereen, WR Dwayne Harris, WR Sterling Shepard and WR Tavarres King.

“To have my teammates, it just shows the love,” Cruz said. “We’re very much a family – the receiving crew and our entire team. I asked these guys to come out, and they didn’t hesitate and said, ‘I’ll be there.’”

The teammates weren’t just there out of respect for Cruz. They all seemed to be having fun themselves, especially during the tournament. It was a true example of the expression “Football is family.”

“In all honesty, it’s a good event, a lot of people came out,” Vereen said. “It looks like everyone is having a good time, and I’m glad I can be a part of it. Happy Vic had me out. Hopefully I’ll be here next year, too.”

Also volunteering was Robert Randolph, who coached Cruz when he attended Paterson Catholic High School in Paterson, New Jersey. Randolph says that the Victor Cruz he helped to grow and develop is the Victor Cruz everyone knows today.

“I’m proud to be here and to be a volunteer coach for the event because I coached Victor in high school,” Randolph said. “He hasn’t forgotten where he’s come from, and he’s still humble. And for these kids now that we coach at Hackensack High School, to see him is all the world to them and to us as coaches because we watched him grow up. He was them.”

The event raised a total of $90,000, which will go towards STEM programming and local Boys and Girls Clubs.

“All the proceeds go to the Victor Cruz Foundation, towards STEM Programming — which is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — and they go to all the programming that you see at the Boys and Girls Clubs and other afterschool programs around the country,” Cruz said. “Trying to get kids excited about STEM programming as excited as they are about football.”

Cruz told NJ.com he felt this event was a huge success, and he hopes to hold an event like this every year.

“The way this one turned out, it has been great,” he said. “The more fathers, the more kids that come out, the more I can help create these opportunities and memories for their children and the better it will get. So I definitely kind of want to make this an annual thing.”

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Miami Dolphins Announce 2016 Training Camp Schedule http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/miami-dolphins-announce-2016-training-camp-schedule/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/miami-dolphins-announce-2016-training-camp-schedule/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:26:28 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165223 There’s good news for those braving the dog days of summer without football and that’s you won’t have to wait much longer.

On Thursday, the Miami Dolphins announced that they will hold their first training camp practice of the 2016 season on Friday, July 29 at 9 a.m. When fans come out to the Baptist Health Training Facility on the Nova Southeastern University campus, they will notice a huge change in the seating area.

This year’s training camp will feature new canopy covering the seating area, which holds 2,000. This will provide shade and more comfort for the fans watching the training camp practices.

For kids 12 and under, there will also be a new area that provides them the opportunity to collect autographs from some of their favorite Dolphin players after practices are over.

During weekend practices, there will be food trucks, inflatables and fun-filled games for fans.

Tickets for the 12 open practices are free but are limited to 2,000 per day. Fans can reserve their tickets by registering at Dolphins.com/TrainingCamp.

Free parking will be available at the Nova Southeastern University LRITC garage, located near the intersection of University Drive and S.W. 30th Street, between Griffin Road and I-595. Access to this garage is off University Drive and S.W. 30th Street.

Practice times are subject to change, and the most updated information can be found by calling the Dolphins practice hotline at (954) 452-7004 or by visiting Dolphins.com/TrainingCamp.

Also, here are images showing the new canopy at the Dolphins training facility: (Images provided by the Miami Dolphins)

Miami Dolphins Back To Football powered by South Florida Ford Baptist Health Training Facility


 

 

 

 

Miami Dolphins Training Camp at Baptist Health Training Facility

 

Below are the practices open to the public:

 

TIME         DATE                      

9 a.m.          Friday, July 29

8:35 a.m.     Saturday, July 30

8:35 a.m.     Sunday, July 31

8:35 a.m.     Monday, Aug. 1

9 a.m.          Thursday, Aug. 4

8:35 a.m.     Friday, Aug. 5

9 a.m.          Monday, Aug. 8

8:35 a.m.     Tuesday, Aug. 9

8:35 a.m.     Wednesday, Aug. 10

8:35 a.m.     Monday, Aug. 15

8:35 a.m.     Tuesday, Aug. 16

8:35 a.m.     Wednesday, Aug. 17

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Former Saints’ Steve “Gleason” Fights ALS http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/former-saints-steve-gleason-fighting-als/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/former-saints-steve-gleason-fighting-als/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:30:14 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165159 michael-koenen-steve-gleason-nfl-san-diego-chargers-new-orleans-saints-590x900Longtime Saints fans know Steve Gleason and remember what he did. On September 25, 2006 Gleason blocked an Atlanta Falcons punt during the first game in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. It’s an important moment in Saints history, during a time when the city desperately needed something to shift their minds away from the pain and agony they endured during the disaster.

A lot has changed for Gleason since his departure from the game he loves. He has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, (ALS), and has lived with it for over five years. The disease has devastated Gleason’s body. He is now completely paralyzed and uses a mobile wheelchair with an eye-tracking device to communicate. However, Gleason’s mind, determination, and will to survive are undiminished.

On June 15, a documentary about Steve’s life titled “Gleason” premiered in New Orleans. The film highlights Steve’s resiliency as a former player and the challenges of ALS. Many from the Saints organization were in attendance including head coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees, and former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita.

Drew Brees an executive producer on the film described it as “raw and real.”

“It’s a story about fatherhood on a couple different levels,” said Saints quarterback Drew Brees. “It’s a story about faith, it’s a story about friendship, about love and how to live your life to the fullest and just everything that Steve stands for and why I think it’s one of the greatest and most powerful films I’ve ever seen.”

Scott Fujita is a longtime friend of Gleason is a producer on the documentary.

“Gleason” opens nationwide July 29.

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Browns’ Lineman Danny Shelton Changes Jersey to No. 55 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/browns-lineman-danny-shelton-changes-jersey-55/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/browns-lineman-danny-shelton-changes-jersey-55/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:30:56 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165131 DS

Cleveland Browns 2015 first-round draft pick Danny Shelton recently switched his jersey number, getting rid of 71 and going with the number 55. This may come across as a little odd, especially coming from a younger player about to enter his second season in the NFL – and after thousands of fans paid for his jersey his rookie year. After all, he was a first-round pick.

Upon announcing the jersey switch, the former Washington Huskies player quickly added that he would do something for all of his loyal fans who purchased his jersey with the No. 71.

The number “55” is not just a number to Shelton. It’s a life-defining number, one in which represents family as well as heritage.

It was May 1, 2011 when tragedy struck the Shelton family.

It happened right after church.

Gaston Shelton, the oldest of the five siblings, asked his three brothers to back him up after being involved in an incident that turned violent. The gunman shot two of the Shelton brothers, and was aiming at Danny when the handgun jammed. Danny saw this as an opportunity to end a horrific, unimaginable scenario and threw a chair at the gunman before proceeding to tackle him. Shelton repeatedly punched the man in the face – with his own gun – until his hands “froze” and he wasn’t able to do more damage.

“The whole time, my brothers are down on the ground and, me, I’m just trying to do damage really. I didn’t care if the guy died,” Shelton said. Danny got off as and the man fled before being captured by the police.

Shennon Shelton, age 22 was pronounced dead at the scene. He had returned from a tour in Afghanistan a year before the incident.

His other brother, Gaston, who initially called his brothers for backup was shot in his lung, although would survive after being hospitalized. Gaston Shelton wore No. 55, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, throughout his years playing football, so the number change is quite simple to understand. It’s more than a number. It’s family.

The change also pays respect to his Samoan heritage as the late Junior Seau made No. 55 famous over the course of his NFL tenure. Between family and heritage, Shelton realizes the stage he is on and wants to honor those who provided him the opportunity to reach the point he currently is at.

Although fans may feel like they’re money was wasted for purchasing the old Danny Shelton Jersey, the former Washington Husky came up with a grand idea. He plans to have a signing for those who have his old jersey, and is making it as easy as simply sending in your jersey to the Browns in Berea.

Shelton takes his role within the community seriously and has came from a tight-knit family in which set the foundation for the Browns defensive lineman’s caring personality. Despite the horrific past Shelton has faced, he’s always got the biggest smile in the room. So be sure to send in your No. 71 Danny Shelton jersey to the address provided by his twitter in order to get a signed jersey.

 

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Falcons Take on Fort Benning in Rookie Olympics http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/falcons-take-fort-benning-rookie-olympics/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/falcons-take-fort-benning-rookie-olympics/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:30:50 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165147 The Atlanta Falcons have always immersed in their community in unique and interesting ways. Earlier this month as part of the Fort Benning community outreach and the NFL’s Salute to Service military outreach initiative, head coach Dan Quinn and Falcons rookies hosted the “Falcons Rookie Olympics” at the Falcons practice facility.

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Rookies’ Keanu Neal, Deion Jones, Austin Hooper and others headlined the “Olympics” which was an effort to illuminate  the basic components of teamwork, unity, and competitive spirit being shown by the soldiers. The rookies had an opportunity to learn from the soldiers and apply what they have learned into their own environment.

Quinn emphasized the importance of building chemistry and wanting his young players to embrace being more competitive as camp is on the horizon. Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank stopped by and thanked the soldiers for their service and expressed appreciation for the sacrifices they make in order for us to live safely.

The soldiers competed in drills and exercises like push-ups and sit-ups. They caught passes, punts, and practiced their accuracy as quarterbacks. SFC Ryan Pauly expressed his excitement being able to work with the Falcons organization.

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Justin Gilbert Maturing Under Cleveland Browns New Regime http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/justin-gilbert-maturing-cleveland-browns-new-regime/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/justin-gilbert-maturing-cleveland-browns-new-regime/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:00:19 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165120 nfl_u_jgilbert_jh_400The Cleveland Browns selected cornerback Justin Gilbert with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Being selected with a top-ten pick sets a level of expectations of course, and Gilbert simply didn’t follow through after a disappointing rookie season. Not only was his production limited on the field, Gilbert found himself lacking professionalism off the field as well.

Amid receiving criticism from locker room leaders for the bad habits he developed his rookie season, Gilbert’s response wasn’t the best.

“I’m not a person to judge my teammates and put it out there in the media like that,” Gilbert said. “If I have a problem with somebody, I would address them face to face and that’s just all I can say about that.”

Gilbert was asked about his rookie campaign following the last game of the 2014 NFL season and responded with, “I messed up” and that it was a “minor setback for a major comeback.”  

Similar to the 2014 NFL season, 2015 didn’t offer much change from Gilbert’s attitude towards the game. He missed the first two games of the season with a strained hip flexor but showed up to practice with a strained hamstring. Pro bowl safety Tashaun Gipson questioned the former first-round selections upcoming season after a lackluster preseason.

“That remains to be seen,” Gipson said. “I think he wants to get in there and he wants to show that he’s not that wasted of a draft pick, that bust.”

Of course, Gilbert struggled to see the field defensively the rest of the season. A season that resulted in, yet again, another rebuild by the Cleveland Browns after the team fired head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer.

Enter new Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson. A well-respected football mind that has a reputation for bringing the best out of the players he coaches. Jackson has coached and mentored the likes of Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, Terrell Owens and Chris Henry – all considered to be “troubled” players at some point in their career. All three thrived under Jackson and the off-field issues were held to a minimum.

Jackson believes Gilbert has certainly done his part thus far in the offseason, going as far as calling the defensive back “spectacular”.

“I can’t talk about what’s gone on here in the past with him,” Jackson said. “I know it’s well-documented, but that’s not the young man I’ve met since I’ve been here and talked to and have exchanges with. He’s been sensational. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do the way we’ve asked him to do it.”

Due to two-time pro bowler Joe Haden’s recovery from ankle surgery, Gilbert has been taking reps with the first-team in replacement of Haden and hopes to receive first-team reps even when Haden returns from injury.

New Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton also thinks Gilbert’s attitude has made the transition to the NFL, finally taking advice from others. Horton also touched on the coaching technique for players and how knowing the person without any doubt affects how you coach the player.

“You have got to understand him, what makes him tick, and that’s part of being a coach, for my philosophy,” Horton said. “You have to know your players. There are certain triggers that guys respond to.

“I’m not saying that we can get that out of everybody, but that is what we try to do. He’s responding right now, and he’s doing everything we ask him to do. Case in point, we asked him to change his stance, which for some people can be really hard. He changed it in one practice.”

Of course, the Cleveland Browns gave up 34 passing touchdowns in all of the 2015 NFL season, finishing among the bottom of the league.

It’s no secret that Joe Haden will be the Browns’ starting cornerback in 2016 but with a handful of others battling to play opposite of Haden, Gilbert finds himself in an unusual spot having to play for perhaps his football career. Tramon Williams, 33, struggled immensely in his first season with Cleveland and his age is certainly a factor. K’Waun Williams, Pierre Desir and Gilbert are likely playing for that primary backup role that would step in to replace either Haden or Williams, both which have had injury problems in their career.

An attitude adjustment for Justin Gilbert was necessary in order to pave the way for a chance at a successful career, one that would finally halt the comparisons of his 2014 first-round accomplice, Johnny Manziel. It appears the new regime with Hue Jackson and Ray Horton are focused on helping the players reach their potential and Gilbert, for the first time in his NFL career, seems to have found his comfort zone because of it.

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Arizona Cardinals, “All or Nothing” on Amazon Video Series http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/arizona-cardinals-nothing-amazon-video-series/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/arizona-cardinals-nothing-amazon-video-series/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:00:13 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165138 all-or-nothing-nfl-cardinals-amazon-original.0The Arizona Cardinals will be the first team to grace the screen on Amazon Video’s original eight-part series, “All or Nothing”, premiering July 1. Amazon partnered with NFL Films for the series and will be very similar to HBO’s, “Hard Knocks”, which is also produced by NFL Films.

“All or Nothing” will give viewers an inside look at an entire season of work by a team, rather than just training camp, which is what “Hard Knocks” focuses on. The show’s emphasis is on the locker room, the game day atmosphere, and the personal lives of the players. The series starts at the 2015 draft, and makes its way to the team’s run to the NFC Championship game where they were defeated by the Carolina Panthers.

“This show is going to give customers a front row seat to some of the most exciting, never before seen, football action,” said Michael Paull, vice president of digital video at Amazon. “There is a thrilling story behind how these athletes compete on the field, and we are very excited to work with the NFL to deliver amazing programming for our customers.”

The Cardinals have a lot of high profile players and personalities, but none more than their leader, head coach Bruce Arians. Coach Arians has never been shy to say what’s on his mind, and this series will be no different.

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“I’ll get a few Bibles in the mail, I’m sure. And rightfully so,” said Arians. Amazon even offers the option to watch the show without the vulgar language, so one can only imagine what the coach has in store for fans.

These types of shows are cutting edge, insightful, and to put it plain and simple, just down right awesome. Every fan wants to feel connected to the players they watch on TV, even if it’s not their particular team they root for. We all just want to believe these athletes are regular people with ordinary lives, just like us.

The inaugural season of the series will bring fans closer to the game than ever before. “Hard Knocks” has been on since 2001, and Amazon is hopeful that “All or Nothing” will have similar success.

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Will the NFC East Rebound http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/will-nfc-east-rebound/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/will-nfc-east-rebound/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:30:42 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165112 Philadelphia_EaglesPhiladelphia Eagles: The Eagles have survived the Chip Kelly era. After three years the former Oregon coach has moved on to San Francisco, taking his lightning quick playbook with him. The Eagles are now in what seems like a rebuild mode, having to reshape the roster that was handcrafted by Kelly. Doug Pederson has a tall order in bringing this team to the playoffs, but as far as the offseason goes the Eagles have made all the right moves. Several areas of concern in the 2015 season have been addressed.  The signings of Brandon Brooks, Stefen Wisniewski, and the drafting of Isaac Seumalo have bolstered the offensive line.  Newly appointed defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has signed several former players that had career years under him in Buffalo.  The biggest question mark for the Eagles is how will the team adjust to a brand new style of coaching. Gone is Chip Kelly and his radically different coaching style, and here now is a more traditional coach in Doug Pederson.  If the Eagles can adapt to this coaching style, and Pederson turns out to be the right man for the job then the Eagles have all the talent necessary to challenge for a playoff spot.

New_York_Giants6New York Giants: The Giants were big spenders in free agency, making several big name signings.  These signings include Janoris Jenkins, Olivier Vernon, and Damon “Snacks” Harrison. The Giants also drafted cornerback Eli Apple in the first round. The Giants have made serious strides in addressing their defense, but have made no significant upgrades on the offensive side of the ball, aside from drafting wide receiver Sterling Shepard in the second round.  The Giants lack a true number one running back, and just lost Rueben Randle to free agency. If Victor Cruz can return and prove that he is the Victor Cruz of old, then the Giants will have one of the best receiving duos in the league, alongside Odell Beckham Jr. If he is unable to do so, then the Giants are pretty thin at receiver and will have to heavily rely on Beckham.  If Cruz can recover, and the defense should play to its potential, then the Giants have a legitimate shot at the playoffs.

Cowboys-logoDallas Cowboys: The biggest news from the Cowboys was at the draft, where they took Ezekiel Elliott at number four.  Not many analysts were expecting the Cowboys to take the highly touted Ohio State running back, most expected the Cowboys to take Joey Bosa, but in the end they went with the best running back in the draft. Ever since Demarco Murray left there has been uncertainty surrounding the running back position in Dallas. Darren McFadden, who ran the bulk of the carries in 2015, performed admirably last year in that position, but the Cowboys saw their future running back for years to come in Elliot. With Tony Romo at the helm, Dez Bryant still being a top five receiver in the league, and one of best offensive lines in the league, the Dallas offense will rebound nicely. The big ‘if’ in this this situation is ‘if’ Romo can stay healthy. Romo suited up in only 4 games last year, and concerns over his back have been a consistent part of his career.  If Romo stays healthy then the Cowboys offense with Bryant, Elliott, and the always reliable Jason Witten, could catapult them into the playoffs.

thWashington Redskins: As the only team to make the playoffs in 2015 it was unclear how aggressive the Redskins would be in the offseason.  The Redskins have not made many splashy changes to their roster in the offseason, save one. The Redskins signed uber-talented cornerback Josh Norman when the Panthers decided not to franchise tag him.  The Skins’ locked down the shutdown corner for 5-years, $75 million. Josh Norman is a huge addition to a defense that already boasts players like Ryan Kerrigan, Deangelo Hall, and Dashan Goldson.  Offensive additions include tight end Vernon Davis, and 21st overall pick wide receiver Josh Doctson. Jordan Reed signed a long term contract as well, giving the Redskins potentially the best tight end duo in the league. If Kirk Cousins can repeat his performance from last season, then the Redskins may be the team to beat in the NFC East in 2016.

All four of the teams in the NFC east have improved since last season. Each team has made different moves to better their teams and only time will tell whether these moves will pan out as many fans hope they will.  Every team in this division has the potential to be better than last year, but with each team playing the others a grand total of six times, not every team will survive. Yes, the NFC east will rebound, with all four teams being in contention for a playoff spot.

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“The Star” is the Latest Toy in Jerry Jones’ Playpen http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/star-latest-toy-jerry-jones-playpen/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/star-latest-toy-jerry-jones-playpen/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:00:36 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165084 frisco-cowboys-alley-1

For years, Frisco, Texas has been a city on Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ radar. With the official move of the Dallas Cowboys to the city 20 minutes north of downtown Dallas, the franchise is now in prime position to be a host for anything they can get their hands on, such as future NFL Drafts.

“We have big ambition,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “We certainly know that North Texas, and its commitment to sports, particularly football, will help our case for premier events here.”

Jones decided to move the team’s headquarters away from Valley Ranch after 31 years to one of the fasting growing cities in America.

When you think of the most popular sports franchise in America, one of the first things that comes to mind is the play pen we Texas natives call “Jerry-World” (formerly known as AT&T Stadium). The stadium, which cost $1.2 billion to build, is one of the most well known venues in sports, and without a doubt one of the most costly in the country.

I’ve been to Jerry-World, it’s a thing of beauty. But I’m here to tell you “The Star” in Frisco, the new home of the Dallas Cowboys, may be even better.

Jerry Jones, along with Baylor, Scott & White Medical, as well as the city of Frisco, unveiled the latest addition to “The Star” complex two weeks ago at a press conference and groundbreaking. The focal point of the unveiling — a new Baylor Medical Center, which will sit adjacent to the Ford Center, the team’s indoor, 12,000-seat practice facility, was unveiled to the audience.

“Baylor, Scott & White, in my mind, is the premier healthcare and prevention center in Texas,” Jones said after the press conference. “Probably one of the top in the nation.”

The medical center will be available to Dallas Cowboys players, members of the Cowboys Club, student athletes in the school district, and residents of Frisco. It will feature a rehabilitation center, a concussion research site, a pharmacy, and much more in its 300,000 square feet.

“We want North Texas to be the safest place in America for kids to play sports,” Frisco ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon said.

The medical center is just the latest addition to the complex which carries a $1.8 billion dollar price tag. Think about that for a second; the practice facility is more expensive than the Cowboys’ stadium. As a matter of fact, it is more expensive than any stadium in America.

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That’s because “The Star” is an entertainment venue, not just the headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys. It features an indoor stadium that has 12,000 seats so it can be a practice facility for the team, as well as a high school stadium for Frisco ISD’s eight varsity football programs. In fact, the school district has a quadruple-header the first Saturday of next school year that’s going to have ESPN broadcasting the district’s defending champion.

In addition to the football-related amenities, there will also be restaurants, bars, a five-star hotel (The Omni), office spaces available, and much more that will continue to be revealed over the next year.

“We still have 45-50 left to develop,” Vice President of the Dallas Cowboys Stephen Jones said. “The next big idea is right around the corner and we got the place to put them.”

They say everything’s bigger in Texas. Add practice facilities, courtesy of Jerry Jones and America’s Team, to the list.

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Five Players Eagles Fans Should Be Excited For http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/five-players-eagles-fans-excited/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/five-players-eagles-fans-excited/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:00:34 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165098 Fletcher Cox Fresh off a six-year, $103 million contract extension, Fletcher Cox is ready to prove himself worthy of such big commitment. Cox will soon be 26, entering the prime of his career, and is coming off his best year as a pro. He ended his 2015 campaign with 9.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and 71 combined tackles. Quickly becoming a fan favorite, Fletcher Cox has established himself as a premiere defensive lineman in this league, and should dominate offensive lines in 2016.

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Malcolm Jenkins, much like Cox, is coming off a career year. After a season which included 90 tackles, two interceptions, one defensive touchdown, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery, Jenkins was named to the 2016 Pro Bowl. Jenkins and Cox were the two defensive representatives for a mediocre Eagles team at the Pro Bowl in 2016. Both players are signed to long-term deals, seem poised to keep playing at a high level, and will lead this defense for years to come.  

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Rodney McLeod  was signed in free agency after contract negotiations between his camp and the Rams broke down.  The Rams loss will turn out to be a huge gain for the Eagles.  The Eagles have been looking for consistent starters at the safety position ever since Brian Dawkins left.  They have solved one half of the puzzle in Jenkins, and now appear to have solved the other with the signing of McLeod. Since signing with the Rams, as an undrafted free agent, in 2012, McLeod has transformed himself into a top safety in the league. This was proven in the 2015 season with McLeod recording 82 combined tackles, one interception, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. McLeod is hard hitting safety that Eagles fans will love.  McLeod and Jenkins should prove to be one of the better safety duos in 2016.

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Sam Bradford once again, struggled with injuries in 2015, but there are multiple reasons for optimism with the former first overall pick. The Eagles signed receivers Rueben Randle, and Chris Givens, giving them more depth at a position that was paper thin in 2015. The offensive line was similarly bolstered with the signing of Stefen Wisniewski, Brandon Brooks, and the drafting of Isaac Seumalo.  With more time in the pocket, more options to throw to, and a brand new scheme that prioritizes play-calling, rather than lightning speed time management, Bradford has all the tools to succeed in 2016.  

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Jordan Hicks was establishing himself as a rookie of the year candidate in the early stages of the 2015 season. In just an eight game stretch Hicks dominated when he was on the field, to the tune of 50 tackles, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions, a defensive touchdown, and a sack. A torn left pectoral stalled what was an amazing rookie year for Hicks, but that is in the past.  The expectation for Hicks is to pick up where he left off last year and become a starter on this team for the foreseeable future.

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Top Athlete Owned Clothing Lines http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/top-athlete-owned-clothing-lines/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/top-athlete-owned-clothing-lines/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:00:56 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165015 Professional sports is no longer an industry where athletes stick to playing on the courts and fields. With sports more popular than ever, clothing companies are capitalizing off of the most popular athletes names by giving them clothing lines. Today, it is no longer unique for an athlete to have a signature shoe or to have their own clothing line because so many athletes have them.  But now with so many different clothing lines, which athletes are winning off the court in the fashion world?  Here are our top five athlete owned clothing lines.

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The last few years have not been kind to the three-time champ’s body, but this year Dwyane Wade’s game endured a renaissance with a number of clutch games in the playoffs before losing to the Toronto Raptors. While Wade sits in his Miami mansion hoping Chris Bosh returns healthy next season and Hassan Whiteside stays with the team, we recognize his sneaker style.  After being signed with the Jordan Brand, Dwyane Wade became part of Li-Ning, a sports apparel company from China, in 2012.  Founded by Olympic gymnast Li Ning in 1990, Dwyane Wade has allowed Li-Ning to expand its market to the United States.  Dwyane Wade’s “Way of Wade” line boasts impressive color ways and designs that mark different times of the year, including the Chinese New Year, Veterans Day, and Christmas.  The sneakers designs are like none other in the sneaker market, making the “Way of Wade” line one of the best athlete owned clothing lines.

Penny Hardaway

PennyHardawayFoampositeHHS1987The former Orlando Magic guard who dazzled crowds on his way to the 1995 championship has turned into an extremely successful high school basketball coach in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee and  has one of the most recognizable and wanted signature shoe that continues to sell out years after he has retired.  Nike first launched Air Foamposite One in 1997 for Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway and it has since been one of the most popular shoes on the market. The inspiration has been said to have come from a beetle, and the design was originally thought to be impossible to make.  Eric Avar, the designer, originally had Scottie Pippen in mind to wear the shoe when he was designing it, but when Penny saw the designs he had to have it. The shoes have been released in tons of different styles, from plain colors like white, red, and neon green, to designs that resemble weather maps, the northern lights, fighter jet cammo, and even special designs for the Oregon Ducks, New York City, and the movie “Paranorman”.  With the original design molds for the shoe costing about $750,000, the shoe has not been retailed cheaply.  Today, the Air Foamposite One is sold for $229.99 with some sneaker boutiques selling the shoes for over $1,000.

Floyd Money MayweatherFloyd Mayweather The Money Team!  Need I say more?  The twelve-time champ’s success in the boxing ring helped him launch his own clothing line that you will almost always see him wearing.  He is known for flashing his money around with extremely expensive and rare cars, private jets, and at nightly outings in (insert city)’s hottest clubs. With all that money floating around him you can bet his clothes don’t come cheap. You may have guessed from the name of his brand, “The Money Team”, that his clothing line is centered on money.  His line carries a wide variety of clothes including shirts, hats, outerwear, and training clothes, and “The Money Team” doesn’t come cheap.  His clothes have international influences from China, Mexico, and The Philippines, to the U.K. and New York City.  His hottest product are his hats which come in a multitude of cool designs, and most are embossed with the signature “TMT” logo.

5621297cKobe Bryant kills it in everything he does. The five-time champ, third all-time score, 18-time All-Star, four-time NBA All-Star MVP, 11-time All-NBA First Team, NBA MVP, and two-time NBA Finals MVP, also has one of the most stylish clothing lines.  After originally signing a six-year deal worth about $48 million dollars with Adidas when he entered the league, Nike stole him away with a cushy five-year deal worth $40-45 million contract.  Today, that Nike contract makes Kobe over $30 million a year.  The Black Mamba’s clothing line with Nike features a wide range of clothing from basketball apparel, shirts, pants, outerwear, socks, backpacks, and of course, his signature shoes. His clothes feature everything from his Mamba logo to crazy designs, making his line one of the most popular Nike has to offer.  His shoes have also become one of the leading basketball shoe lines in the sneaker world, with special editions often selling out in the first few days like Jordan’s.

alljordansMichael Jordan

As he is known in basketball, Michael Jordan’s clothing and shoe brand is the G.O.A.T. of athlete owned clothing lines.  Nike signed Jordan and launched his first shoe in 1985, and his first shoes were so popular they decided to create the Jordan Brand.  Jordan’s revenue from his brand has turned him into a billionaire and the 1741st richest person on the planet according to Forbes.  His shoe revolutionized the sneaker business, paving the way for virtually every decent NBA player to get a signature shoe.  The popularity of his signature shoes (I’m looking at you Jordan 11s) has created a sneaker craze that hasn’t been matched by any other shoe line.  His brand brings style to streetwear and basketball while also boasts clothing from polo shirts, athletic wear, shorts, pants, hats, wristbands, socks, and more.  His line is the only on this list to sponsor college teams, including North Carolina, Cal, Marquette, and Georgetown.

 

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Off the Field Andrew Luck is a Book Worm http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/off-the-field-andrew-luck-is-a-book-worm/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/off-the-field-andrew-luck-is-a-book-worm/#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 19:00:31 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=165050 Andrew Luck

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates loot on Treasure Island,” said the great Walt Disney, and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck couldn’t agree more about the importance of a good book.

Through the years Luck has had a passion for books. “I’ve enjoyed reading for a long time, and it’s honestly a good way to spend your free time,” he said.

So what did the All-Pro quarterback do? He launched the Andrew Luck book club on April 25th, 2016. Luck recommends two books per week for visitors to the site. One of the recommendations falls into a category he calls “Rookies” or beginning level readers — which is a book he enjoyed when he was a child, or a book he thinks younger readers will enjoy and relate too.

The second book is for “Veterans,” or advanced level readers. These are books that Luck has read recently or books other advanced level readers have recommended to him.

“To be a member, you don’t have to join or login. All you need to do is read the featured books and post your thoughts using the hashtag #ALbookclub on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Then head over to Andrew Luck book club to see what you and others are posting about the books,” said Luck when asked about how to join his informational club.

Luck encourages interaction with other readers through Q and A’s through the blogs linked to his website page. “I encourage people to get creative with their posts. Take photos and posts pictures, or drawing related to the current book selections. Record video questions or anything that can make this club fun and engage the team of readers that we are building,” said Luck when asked about how readers can get more involved.

He believes that having this interaction with the fans will encourage them to go out and read more books, and not only the books that he recommends through his website, but everywhere in their local communities.

While the book club is still in its beginning stages, new members continue to pour in each day. “Starting this online book club felt like a natural and really fun opportunity.  The website will be a platform for me to share my love of reading with an even larger audience.” said Luck.

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