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Nigel Harris: Do Not Let His Lean Build Fool You

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

At first glance, Los Angeles Chargers rookie linebacker Nigel Harris appears to be in the wrong position, since he looks like a wide receiver. However, when he gets his hands on an opponent, his position is no longer in question.

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The Combine Report: Cardinals' RC Talent Worthy of Applause In Hall Of Fame Game

Feelings were mutual  between the Arizona Cardinals and their gems from the NFL Regional Combine platform. The Cardinals wanted to see what the RC athletes could do, and the RC athletes were eager to show their skill sets in the Hall of Fame game against the Dallas Cowboys.

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RC Pioneer Alejandro Villanueva Sacrifice Paid Off, Signed 4-Year Contract Extension Worth $24M With The Steelers

In football, transitioning from one position to another is not a walk in the park. The inability to make those transitions in the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately business of the NFL has ended careers.

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Clint Bruce

 

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

IRVING, Texas – In front of a tired group of NFL administrators, executives and all of the NFL officials, Clint Bruce addressed the crowd in his jeans and a t-shirt, and instantly refreshed the room with his unique style of making fun of himself.

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The Eight New Officials Are

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

IRVING, Texas – To keep pace with the continuous growth of talents on the NFL gridiron, NFL Football Operations booster their officials’ roster to strengthen their awareness on the field, due to the speed and tricks of the game. Eight new officials will make their debuts this season, but they are not first year officials.

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2017 NFL Officiating Clinic: The Eye Does Not Always Witness The Truth

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

IRVING, Texas – The naked eye does not always tell the full truth. Was the player pushed, accidentally tripped or purposely fell into his opponent? The NFL Caretakers battle with those thoughts in live speed and they are using the clinic to slow the game to understand the full truth.

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2017 NFL Officiating Clinic: Humanizing Officials Is The Next Step

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

IRVING, Texas – Over time, fans loosen up towards NFL players as the league and media outlet humanized them as men with families and personal everyday cares. The NFL Caretakers are no different. The men and women who blows the whistle to keep the game in bounds deserves to have their stories told as well so the disrespect towards them can be lessen.

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NFL Caretakers:

IRVING, Texas – In a small conference room with well over a 100 years of officiating knowledge being bestowed onto 31 potential NFL Caretakers, the transparency was clear as laughter was the tempo of the conversation until reality settled. The journey to dawn the stripes of a NFL official is just as challenging as becoming a player. The message was simple, but the task is not.

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July 14, 2017 (DALLAS,TX) - Former NFL official Tony Veteri speaking with NFL officiating candidates at the 2017 NFL Officiating Clinic. (Photo by: Locker-Report.com)

2017 NFL Officiating Clinic: The Line Is Drawn, New Rules And Emphasis Are Established

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

IRVING, Texas – The game of football is important to its players, coaches and involved administrative personnel. The officials take the urgency of the game to its highest level of importance, and the NFL Caretakers raise the standards each year as the game’s leader in safety and competitive balance.

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July 14, 2017 - DALLAS, TX - NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating Al Riveron addressing the NFL officials at the 2017 NFL Officiating Clinic. (Photo by: Locker-Report.com)

The Combine Report: CFL Week 3 - Roosevelt, Carter, RC Defensive Standouts Put In Work

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Week 3 of the CFL was loaded with nail-biting contests, but in terms of the pioneers of the NFL Regional Combine, several standouts made their outcomes interesting.

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The Combine Report: 2017 NFL Team Needs – NFC East

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Barry Barnes on April 25, 2017 - 9:07 pm in AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, AFC West, NFC East, NFC North, NFC South, NFC West, NFL, The Combine Report

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Other than using the vehicle of the NFL Draft to solve an immediate need, teams look to the selection process to build depth. Due to expected injuries and overall development, constructing a solid roster from top to bottom is essential for clubs to succeed. Players must be teachable, hungry and ready, which is why the NFL Regional Combine is significant.

NFL teams should build according to their division. If a squad can amass the right talents to execute the system well enough to dictate outcomes on the field, skies the limits.

From top to bottom, the NFC East was the best division in football last season. The East was the only division to have all their teams to finish with a positive differential. With the second most amount of points scored, the East surrendered the fewest points in 2016.

Clearly, the NFC “Least” label can finally be removed.

The NFC East is an aggressive minded division that can pound the ball, attack from the air and has solid quarterback play.

The situation for the NFC East comes during the postseason when neither of the teams is productive.

The NFC East should be prepared to move forward this season.

DALLAS COWBOYS – (Current RC players – DE Benson Mayowa)

Last season, 13-3

 

The Cowboys played like America’s team last season. Despite each weekly victory, America was skeptical because a rookie fourth round drafted quarterback name Dak Prescott led them. This season, Prescott may continue to have his doubters. However, the Cowboys should sustain success, especially if they take advantage of the RC platform.

Needs – Defensive Back, Defensive End, Tight End

Defensive Back

Feb. 25, 2017 – (Ashland, VA) UMass safety Khary Bailey-Smith catch pass during his drill at the NFL Regional Combine. (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com)

Forrest Jones (Texas A&M-Kingsville), Fluent, great hands and feet, decent speed, instinctive

Khary Bailey-Smith (UMASS), Complete

Deshawntee Gallon (Georgia Southern), Leadership, strong, agile, physical, pure tackler

Defensive End

Brian Madunezim (Texas-El Paso), Solid, strong, great first step, uses hands well.

John Popovich (Southeast Missouri), Agile, strong, athletic, good hands, smart

Alex Jenkins (Incarnate Word), Extremely athletic, raw talent, explosive, strong, great hands

Tight End

Robert Tonyan (Indiana State), Strong, great hands, total package

Tyler Scalzi (Texas Tech), Good hands, extremely physical, good route running

Nehemiah Winston (UC Davis), Workhorse, strong, agile, decent hands, blocked in Pro-Style offense

NEW YORK GIANTS – (Current RC players – QB Josh Johnson, RB Daryl Virgies, CB Valentino Blake)

Last season, 11-5

 

The Giants broke the bank and loaded their roster with defensive talents in 2016. For the 2017 campaign, the G-Men made some withdrawals from their bank account and made some additions to their offensive. If they can continue to evaluate successfully, they will eventually get a bargain.

Needs: Offensive Lineman, Linebacker, Quarterback

Offensive Lineman

Mar. 4, 2017 (EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.) – Kean University linebacker Robert Meade executing his 4 Bag Agility Drill at the 2017 NFL Regional Combine (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com)

Jason King (Purdue), Huge, strong, moves well, uses hands well

Toree Boyd (Howard), Athletic, strong, good feet, aggressive, mean

John Clark (Southern Nazarene), Moves well, great feet and hands, great run blocker

Linebacker

George Stone III (Stephen F. Austin), Quick, discipline, decent speed and hands

B.J. Bello (Illinois State), Agile, great feet, decent hands, hybrid, plays the pass, quick

Robert Meade (Kean), Mobile, great feet and hands, smart, plays well in space

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Quarterback

Austin Apodaca (New Mexico), Strong arm, quick release, smart, moves well, great touch

Nick Mullens (Southern Mississippi), Great release, mobile, smart, great vision, strong with a solid touch

Zach Kline (Frenso State), Quick release, strong arm, great touch, moves well, has a good deep ball

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (Current RC players – DBs Quinton Dunbar and Dashaun Phillips, LB Rufus Johnson

Last season, 8-7-1

 

Outside Washington D.C., there is not much optimum for the Redskins to be a consistent playoff contender. The Redskins are more in tuned with the RC platform than ever before, and for the 2017, they may demonstrate their postseason worthiness – if they commit to the quarterback.

Needs – Linebacker, Safety, Running Back

Feb. 25, 2017 – Ashburn, VA – Chowan safety Demetrius Newberry executing a defensive back drill at the 2017 NFL Regional Combine. (Photo by: John Moore/Locker-Report.com)

Linebacker

Abner Logan (Albany, N.Y.), Powerful, physical, decent hands, moves well

Omar Howard (Richmond), Natural tackler, good feet, decent hands

John Silas (Elon University), Smart, balance, strong, decent speed, good hands

Safety

Khary Bailey-Smith (UMASS), Complete

Deshawntee Gallon (Georgia Southern), Leadership, strong, agile, physical, pure tackler

Demetrius Newberry (Chowan), Physical, aggressive, solid tackler, decent speed and hands

Running Back

William Stanback (Virginia Union), Powerful, huge, good hands, tough, physical

Jakhari Gore (Marian, Ind.), Smooth, strong, fluent, great hands, solid route runner, high IQ

Matthias McKinnon (Wagner), Powerful, dual-threat, great hands and feet, patient, aggressive, fast

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (Current RC players – LB Kamu Gruiger-Hill, DB Aaron Grymes)

Last season, 7-9

 

Despite displaying first year staffers and a quarterback, the Eagles are no longer looking to be cellar dwellers in the East – now that the rookie jitters are behind them. With 18 undrafted players on their roster last season, expect the Eagles to sign more to push the squad more.

Needs – Cornerback, Running Back, Defensive End

Mar. 11, 2017 – (Metairie, LA) – Savannah State running back Arshon Spaulding at the 2017 NFL Regional Combine. (Photo by: Locker-Report.com)

Cornerback

Kevin Wharry (Angelo State), Great hands, aggressive, physical, good feet

Kedrick Davis (North Carolina-Charlotte), Good speed and technique, balance, decent hands

Christopher Lyles (Mississippi College), Long, great speed, hands and leaping ability, agile, strong

Running Back

Arshon Spaulding (Savannah State), Quick, explosive, solid hands and ball skills, strong, aggressive

Marquell Beckwith (Alabama State), Explosive, good hands and feet, quick, tough

Virgil Hammond (Minn. State-Mankato), Fast, strong, solid blocker, decent hands and footwork, discipline

Defensive End

John Popovich (Southeast Missouri), Agile, strong, athletic, good hands, smart

Christopher Casher (Faulkner), Explosive, discipline, good hands

Dajon Montague (Mars Hill), Aggressive, determine, good hand and feet, strong

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