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RK.
03-22-2015, 05:50 PM
Any diamonds in the rough for us there I wonder. Rick was there checking it out.


Here's what else we learned from the first-ever Veteran Combine:

2. Michael Sam faced a swarm of media and held his own, telling reporters he's "very confident that I will be playing football this year, somewhere." Point blank, the second-year defensive end seemed agitated with all the extra attention, stressing that his focus remains solely on football. When asked about his stint on Dancing with the Stars, Sam cut it off right away, saying: "Next question."

3. There was no rougher moment Sunday than Michael Bush's raw response to learning that he clocked out at an unofficial 4.91 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

"You gotta be (expletive) me," Bush said. "... 4.91? ... There you go, there goes my career." The free-agent running back knows scouts aren't about to jump at those results, wondering out loud if this was the end, and acknowledging: "It hurts. It hurts."

4. Brady Quinn told Around the NFL that he hopes to enjoy a Josh McCown-like renaissance on the field. "I'm 30, but I feel mentally as good as I've ever felt and as far as throwing the ball and understanding the game, I feel great," said the former first-round pick. "I had a great preseason with Seattle. I didn't get much of an opportunity in Miami, but I was 4-for-4 on the reps I got."

5. Tyler Wilson displayed the strongest arm at Sunday's tryout, throwing the ball with some pop and making the most of what he told us was an "awesome opportunity to get out here and continue to pursue what, for all of us, is a dream to continue to play football." After stints with the Raiders, Titans and Bengals, Wilson said he's had "a lot of contact with a number of teams."

6. Once the No. 8 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, pass rusher Jamaal Anderson told Around the NFL that he's fully recovered from the knee injury that blew him out of the league, saying: "I feel outstanding, not just physically but mentally, and I think it definitely humbled me to sit back and realize that I'm not entitled as a first-rounder to be on a roster."

7. Defensive end Adam Carriker first heard about the Veteran Combine from his football-fan masseuse. "I was out of sight, out of mind," the 30-year old defender told us. "That's why this is great for me, I can remind teams, 'Hey, I'm still alive. I can still play this game.'"

8. With so many NFL heavies in Phoenix for this week's Owners' Meetings, all 32 clubs were on hand for Sunday's gathering. We spotted a smattering of general managers including Oakland's Reggie McKenzie, Minnesota's Rick Spielman, Kansas City's John Dorsey, Green Bay's Ted Thompson and Giants general manager Jerry Reese. A final count put the number of scouts at close to 100, nothing close to the Senior Bowl, but not a bad start for an event that should become a mainstay.

9. When we asked NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah who piqued his interest, the former NFL scout mentioned the "good speed" of outside linebacker Brandon Copeland, the former Pennsylvania star now signed with the Orlando Predators after brief stints with the Titans and Ravens. Jeremiah also praised former Villanova defensive end Rakim Cox, who spent part of last summer with the Vikings and Dolphins.


http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000480641/article/what-we-learned-from-the-veteran-combine

Marrdro
03-23-2015, 05:36 PM
I heard, read, several comments from participants and people watching participants....

"Didn't realize how slow I (He) was"

My guess, very few players will ever go to one of these again. They will rely on what they put on tape over their career to get jobs. Not a workout that will show how old (or broke down) they really are.

RK.
03-23-2015, 07:00 PM
Its not like they will fool anybody with tape. Any team looking to sign them is going to have them come in and run a 40 etc first. I think it will be an annual event. A lot of the guys want to show that they are back from their injuries. I heard a annalist say that at least 30% of these guys will be on the 90 man roster with a chance to prove themselves again.

drewlovs
03-25-2015, 02:21 PM
I heard, read, several comments from participants and people watching participants....

"Didn't realize how slow I (He) was"

My guess, very few players will ever go to one of these again. They will rely on what they put on tape over their career to get jobs. Not a workout that will show how old (or broke down) they really are.

I think they will just be better prepared is all. Many of them didn't fully realized how much of an opportunity it was to be, and their times reflect that. Next year, you will see vets who have busted hump getting prepared for the day, and then it will be almost impossible to avoid it; if you are trying to sign with a team and they ask why you weren't at the Vet Combine, you had better have a good answer.