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Abner Logan: Needed A Fresh Start For His NFL Journey

 

Having the talent to play football on a high level was never Abner Logan’s affair. Even his ability to play in the NFL was never the question. Following a serious injury and a major decision, inquiring minds wondered how the highly-touted four-star recruit from Massachusetts was going to be entertained for a career playing on Sunday afternoons.

 

 

 

 

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The Combine Report: Jenkins, Foreign-Born Football Players Land NFL Deals

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Linebacker Alex Jenkins’ signing was not immediate, but his impact on the field could be. Jenkins’ journey to the NFL is a microcosm of the foreign-born football players’ experience of loving the game, the learning curve and

 

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NFL Caretakers: Carlisle, NFL Officials Emphasizing Physical Health To Enforce The Rules

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The NFL rule book is massive with instructions of do’s and don’t’s, almost biblical in a sense. Knowing the what to do and enforcing the league’s boundaries is half the battle. Unlike the bible where a spiritual aspect is needed to execute its purpose, enforcing the NFL rules is probably more of a challenge, physically.

 

    

 

   

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The Combine Report: 2017 RC Class Is 39 Strong In The NFL

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Following a slow start of signings and no player drafted from the platform, the 2017 NFL Regional Combine class is strongly represented by 39 talents.

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The Combine Report: Chiefs Welcomes WR Justice Liggins To Camp. A Steal In The Making?

When former Stephen F. Austin wide receiver Justice Liggins step onto the Kansas City Chiefs practice field, they will witness a wonder during their rookie mini-camp. Liggins accepted his invite with the Chiefs following the 2017 NFL Draft.

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The Combine Report: Birdsong Accepts Tryout For The Seahawks

After enduring the process of transferring from one program to another, and journeying through the NFL Regional Combine, former Tennessee Tech quarterback Michael Birdsong took his biggest step towards his NFL dream by accepting a tryout for the Seattle Seahawks.

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The Combine Report: 22 RC Players Were Signed As UDFA, None Drafted

NFL clubs deemed 22 out of the 780 NFL hopefuls who attended the NFL Regional Combine were worth the opportunity to extend their dreams. For the first time since the platform’s inception in 2012, no player was drafted. Was the talent pool thin in the 2017 RC trials or did NFL squads want to play it safe by relying on more traditional powers for the selection process?

 

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The Combine Report: Draftable RC Players For The 2017 NFL Draft

The late round of NFL Drafts is where the selection process begins. While there is value in the fourth and fifth rounds, sixth and seventh rounders can be translated as players who earned an early invitation to NFL camps. Either way, late rounders are can’t miss players.

The NFL Regional Combine had several talents who bestowed onto the platform in 2017 that can succeed in the league. Albeit, all of the 780 participants, a few are draftable and simply can not be miss.

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The Combine Report: Several RC Players Pushing To Get The Call On Draft Weekend

 

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

While the NFL caters to 22 players at the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia, NFL squads will be servicing dishes of phone calls to hopefuls through the weekend. On the receiving end of the calls, several NFL Regional Combine players will be awaiting.

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The Combine Report: 2017 NFL Team Needs - NFC East

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 finish with a positive differential. With the second most amount of points scored, the East surrendered the less total points in 2016.

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

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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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