Arizona Cardinals welcomes a new tight end

After the Arizona Cardinals weekend mini camp, it was reported on May 5, that they have welcomed a new piece in the team, in the name of Dominique Byrd.

Yes! Dominique Byrd signed a one year contract with the Arizona Cardinals this May 5, making him the newest tight end for the Cardinals.

Byrd, who formerly played college football at the University of Southern California, was selected by the St. Louis Rams as the 93rd pick overall on the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played two seasons with the Rams from 2006 to 2007, though he came out of the picture for the whole 2008 season. With the Rams, Byrd got to play in five games during the 2006 season, with 2 catches for 39 yards and a touchdown. He also showed in 14 NFL games where he caught 6 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.

During his high school, Byrd got to be a part of the 2002 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. And during his college days at Southern Carolina, he was awarded a 2004 All-Pac-10 honorable mention. Byrd also made an impression for catching 2 one-handed touchdown passes; one of those is a game against the University of Oklahoma during the Orange Bowl.

The newcomer tight end Dominique will now be joining the line of veteran tight ends of the Cardinals namely Stephen Spach, Leonard Pope, Ben Patrick, as well as Anthony Becht, which just signed with the Cardinals recently and a former Rams like Byrd.

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Larry Foote, from Pittsburgh Steelers to Detroit Lions

The seven year veteran linebacker Larry Foote of the Pittsburgh Steelers will now wear the Detroit Lions Jersey.

Born on Detroit, Michigan, the 6-1, 239 pounder heads back home, as he signed a one year deal with the Detroit Lions on May 6, 2009. With Foote’s professional debut with the Steelers during the 2002 season, Foote requested his release after seven years of his pro career in Pittsburgh.

Larry played college football at the University of Michigan, where he was awarded as the Defensive Player of the Year being their team’s top linebacker during his senior year in 2001, before being drafted by the Steelers on the following year.

And now he comes back to Detroit and will finally play for his home town. Foote said that it’s a great opportunity to come home, and play for the Lions.

Foote will now join the defense line of the Detroit Lions. He will be joining the rest of the new veteran players in the team including linebacker Julian Peterson, defensive tackle Grady Jackson, and the cornerbacks Eric King, Phillip Buchanon, and Anthony Henry.

Foote is definitely a big impact to the Lions’ defense being a veteran, but at the same time, he has to deal also with the fact of being a new comer in his new team. Foote said that he just want to get mentally ready, to break to ice with his new teammates, and to prove his worth to the team. Foote had met Head Coach Jim Schwartz and the rest of the Lions staff last May 5. And so far, Foote had felt at home being with the Detroit Lions.

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Anthony Adams of the Chicago Bears, a move towards a healthy heart.

Defensive tackle Anthony Adams of the Chicago Bears came home to Detroit, Michigan last Sunday, May 3, to participate at the pre-Mother’s Day luncheon, for the benefit of the American Heart Association.

Adams’ purpose is to help spread awareness to the people about different heart diseases, which in return, should take care of themselves, to prevent it and to have a healthy heart.

Adams contributed in the event, together with his mother, Connie Davis. The retired halfback Jerome Bettis, also a Detroit native, participated with the awareness program as well, together with his mom, Gladys Bettis, who actually has a heart disease.

Adams, can relate too, because in fact, his grandma Shirley Myrick happens to have the same case, and had undergone triple-bypass surgery already.

Adams shared his feelings about seeing someone you love suffer because of the condition has never been a good thing. And that through the event, he can be a medium in providing awareness to the people about how important and delicate our heart is. Adams also added that it is not enough to feel healthy- we should live healthy and take those checkups regularly.

The American Heart Association is a national voluntary agency that aims to build healthier lives, free from any heart disease. Its goal is to reduce the incidents of coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood cholesterol, and other related heart ailments.

This month is the American Stroke Month. And together with Anthony Adams, and the other responsible individuals, let’s join them by having a healthy living, and realizing the importance of having a healthy heart, and body, as a whole.

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New York Giants give high credit to the rookies

Analyzing the Giants’ passing attack, they may not have the best home run hitter, or the fastest wide out in the league, but they are, however, equipped with players who can throw in singles, doubles, or triples and still earn a lot of scores for the New York Giants.

Eli Manning, Giants’ quarterback veteran, shared his confidence about the team. Manning explained that he’s very convinced that these guys, referring to the Giants’ newest receivers, can indeed deliver a high level performance in the field.

The new targets for Manning to throw the ball to were the newly recruits WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Ramses Barden and tight end Travis Beckum. They are going to join Giants’ current receivers Sinorice Moss, David Tyree, Domenik Hixon, Mario Manningham, Steve Smith, as well as tight end Kevin Boss. Manning believes that through these fellows, the team can produce a prolific passing attack, even without Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress, who were both free agents now. Manning shared how he counts on the rookies, and to the rest of the Giants’ receivers. He told that they got the freshest guys who play well, and together with the team, they can help each other to develop each potential, become more experienced, and improve their moves inside the field.

Though that may be kind of tough, especially for the rookie wide receivers, according to Steve Smith. You have to keep you body healthy, while doing so much things like workout, training and others, while also enduring the pain cause by the injuries, Smith shared his experience during his first pro season. Smith also added that he want to impart to these draftees to also do what he had done before when he was a rookie too.

David Tyree, being the most experienced receiver in the group having his 7 seasons with the Giants, explained that if a player does not feel his hungry enough to be the champ then he may not have the correct mind set. And being the veteran among the line, he, together with the others, they should help Hakeem and Ramses, and the other greenhorns as well, to get better and better, because at the end of the day, they are all teammates, belonging to one team, playing as one.

Although it may be a tough learning process, the team believes and knows that the rookies can help the Giants this NFL season.

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Tennessee Titans welcomes a Rutgers rookie

The number doesn’t make the player; instead, it’s the other way around.

Those were some words from Kenny Britt, no. 88 wide receiver of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, now Tennessee Titans’ no. 18.
Britt was grabbed by the Titans as 30th pick overall in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Unable to retain his old number in his new home, Kenny didn’t mind it at all; all he had in his thoughts is that he definitely got the enormous opportunity being a Titan now.

It was kind of surprising that the New York Giants, which happen to pick right before the Titans, didn’t chose Britt, but instead Hakeem Nicks of the UNC. Maybe the Giants thought Nicks is better than Britt. Britt expressed that he felt that way actually, following his words that he believes everything happens for a reason.

Well, definitely the Tennessee Titans’ mind is far different from what the Giants have in theirs. As Tennessee Coach Jeff Fisher sees a lot of potential with this young man, he even regarded Britt as being the player that is destined to make an impact for the Titans offense. It’s not just the size or his background at Rutgers, it is also about how he is being an athlete and the competitiveness he has in nature, surely, Fishers impressive thoughts about Britt makes him expect for more from the newly drafted wide receiver.

The Titans, in fact, had been making its way to further strengthen their offensive lines. That is why they’ve picked running back Chris Johnson during the 2008 season; even got WB Nate Washington from the Pittsburgh Steelers and signed him this March 2. And that’s also the reason why they recruited tight end Jared Cook. And for that very same obvious reason, the Titans now includes Kenny Britt in their line of weapons.

Coach Fisher counts on Britt a lot, and even named him as accomplished route runner. Fisher believes that he’s got a pretty special offensive line, but nevertheless, the team still tries to improve more and strive to get better and better.

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Indianapolis Colts goodbyes 2, welcomes 2

The Indianapolis Colts welcomed two new members in the family. May 4, 2009 when the Colts announced that they have signed two undrafted college free agents namely quarterback Christopher T. Crane and linebacker Michael Tauiliili.

Christopher, or Chris Crane, is a quarterback recruit from the Boston College Eagles. During his senior year at Boston, he had completed 18 out of 35 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown during the BC’s annual spring game. During the 2007 season, Crane was seen in limited action as he got to play for two games only. First was during a game against the Army on September 22, Chris finishing one of two passing for 15 yards in the game. The other was on October 10, where Chris completed one of two passes for 13 yards during the game against the Bowling Green. After being red shirted during the 2004 and playing only in one game during the 2005 season against the Ball State, Crane got to show real action during the 2006 season, where he completed 17 out of 26 pass attempts for 142 yards and a touchdown against the Buffalo Bulls on October 28. During a game against Maine Black Bears, Chris got to complete 3 of 3 pass attempts for 9 yards; and on a game versus the Duke Blue Devils, Chris also did a good play by completing 2 out of 3 passes for 41 yards. The 6-4, 239 pounder guy was born on April 18, 1986, and took his course under the College of Arts & Sciences in Boston College. Crane was signed by the Colts last May 3.

On the other hand, Mike Tauiliili, who played college football for Duke Blue Devils, is another newly recruit linebacker by the Indianapolis Colts. Tauiliili being a starter middle linebacker for 4 years for the Duke, was once awarded as the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Foundation, because of his performance against Virginia, which made the Blue Devils won 31-3. Mike was also honored as the Defensive MVP on the East-West Shrine Bowl. The 5-11, 225 pounder Mike was born on October 29, 1986.

However, punter Mike Dragosavich and linebacker Rufus Alexander were waived by the Colts also this Monday, May 4.

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Cleveland Browns welcomes Lockett

The Cleveland Browns’ roster keeps on moving, as they signed safety Bret Lockett on May 4, 2009 as a college free agent.

Playing college football for the University of California, Los Angeles, Bret started in 11 games during his senior year. He also had his career best of 12 tackles against a game with Arizona. Bret as well, led the UCLA football team against Fresno State with 11 stops. During the game against Washington State, he recorded 4 tackles; and with 7 tackles, Bret led the team against Oregon. On 2006, Bret was shown playing in all 13 games of the UCLA as a free safety, playing mostly on special teams. During his high school at Diamond Bar, he played the role of a safety, a wide receiver, and a linebacker.

Born with a full name of Bret Emanuel Lockett on October 7, 1986, by Frederick and Janice Lockett, Bret has one sister named Tatum, and a brother named Kolin.

Lockett is a Political Science major. Aside from football of course, Bret loves playing video games, reading, dancing, and being with his family. He has a high regard to the great Walter Payton, who was known to be one of the most dynamic running backs in the history of NFL and American football. According to Bret, he admires Payton a lot and sets him as an example from where he models his playing techniques.

On the other hand, also on that same day, the Browns decided to waive cornerback Antonio Smith, wide receiver Brent Casteel, tight end Mike Massey, and safety Corey Boudreaux.


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Green Bay Packers welcomes a new linebacker

The 22-year old Clay Matthews III from the University of Southern California is definitely a Packers now.
Matthews was selected by the Green Bay Packers as the 26th pick overall in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
The Green Bay traded 3 picks to the New England Patriots, 1 second rounder and 2 third round selections to take Matthews in the 1st round.

Clay Matthews III studied at the University of Southern California and played for the USC Trojan football team (2004- redshirt; 2005-2008 seasons) under the supervisions of linebacker coach Ken Norton Jr. and head coach Pete Carroll. Beginning as a walk-on student athlete, Clay mainly played for the special teams as a reserve linebacker during the 2005 season, until he was given a full athletic scholarship prior to the 2006 season, as he was acknowledged by the coaching staff at USC. Known to be a bit undersized and a late bloomer during his earlier years, Matthews committed himself to undergo thorough training and workouts to gain size and to level up his strength and stamina. Clay continued his role as a reserve linebacker during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. His efforts were paid off as he was awarded as the USC’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons, from 2006 – 2008, which made him the only player in the history of USC to be given such an award three times in a row.
Football definitely runs in the blood of the Matthews family. His father Clay Matthews Jr., was a former linebacker for the Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons, and had earned 4 Pro Bowl selections during his time. His uncle Bruce Matthews was a Pro Football Hall of Famer and named to be one of the greatest offensive lineman in the history of the league. Matthews’ grandfather as well, Clay Matthews Sr., played for the San Francisco 49ers during the 1950’s. And Clay’s two brothers, plays football as well, one for the University of Oregon and other is for USC just like him.

According to Tom Fanning of Packers.com, Matthew told that he is indeed very pleased to be with the Packers, as the team really shows their interest in him and is certainly looking forward on how he will make an impact on the team.

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Running back L.T. still remains with the San Diego Chargers

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson absolutely belongs under the Chargers.

After an agreement between Tomlinson and the Chargers about L.T.’s contract restructure on March 10, 2009, the running back remains with the San Diego Chargers.

As Tomlinson returns to San Diego, he was able to participate in the three-day mini camp of the Chargers.

L.T. looks great, according to Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner. After suffering from a torn groin during the last season, Tomlinson looks perfectly in shape and hasn’t shown any difference at all.

Tomlinson said on the other hand, that it’s good to run around again, to be healthy, and definitely to be in action.

At the age of 30, the eight-year veteran surely has a lot more to offer. And although he had a career low last season with 1,110 yards rushing, L.T. is still one the bests, in fact the fourth best running back in the American Football Conference of the NFL.

Tomlinson also added that despite of his previous injury, he wasn’t restricted of anything and he feels great to know that, although he cannot avoid being concerned about how it is going to be when it’s the first time to be back in the field after the incident.

L.T. acknowledges the progress of his team as the mini camp continues. He gave credit especially to the newest member of the Chargers’ roster who where undeniably making good impressions to the team. In addition to that, Tomlinson told that it’s really good to have these young potentials to be around, and be added to the Chargers family.

Although the mini camp went pretty well, some Chargers were not able to participate in the event. Including those players who are still in recovery are defensive tackle Jamal Williams (knee injury), left tackle Marcus McNeill (neck injury), tight end Antonio Gates (toe injury), and linebacker Shawne Merriman (knee injury).

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Miami Dolphins holds its rookie minicamp

The players of the Miami Dolphins headed their way for a three-day rookie mini camp to be held from May 1 -3, 2009.

It was reported that safety Chris Clemons, who played his college football at Clemson Tigers, starred during the practice game, with two interceptions. He also impressed Miami’s Head Coach Tony Sparano, the latter saying that Clemons indeed stood out and definitely did a good job during the camp.

Besides Clemons, Sparano was also impressed with rookie wide receivers Brian Hartline and Patrick Turner, and linebacker Cameron Wake. The head coach shared how these three had been very attentive and cooperative with the coaches, paying attention to all information fed to them within the training.

As the Dolphins’ mini camp continues, 5 Miami Dolphins veterans have joined and volunteered to take over the participants, and impart with them some facts these rookies ought to know. Some of those are tips about being professional, and how it is like to be a part of the Dolphins and what does it take to belong to the Dolphins family. The Dolphins’ who attended the mini camp were cornerback Will Allen, linebacker Reggie Torbor, wide receiver Davone Bess, linebacker Matt Roth, and wide receiver Greg Camarillo. Quarterback Pat White was also present which did an impressive play throughout the weekend. However, Receiver Todd Lowber wasn’t able to attend the last day practice because of an injury.

Overall, can you conclude that the Dolphins mini camp had been a success? May be we’ll all find out as the 2009 NFL season progresses.

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