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The Combine Report: Week Six - Dunbar Filled Large Shoes, Hall Scored His First TD

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Filling in for a Pro Bowl caliber player in the NFL is a blessing… and a curse.

The blessing is that a player gets the opportunity to perform, but the curse involves the high expectations to excel. If the player succeeds, all parties involved are rewarded.

 

 

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The Combine Report: Week Six Preview: Rams WR Mike Thomas Returns, RC Pioneers Will Clash

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

After being suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season due to violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances, wide receiver Mike Thomas returns to the field with his spirited Los Angeles Rams teammates and looks to add to the explosiveness the receiving corps already has offensively.

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The Combine Report: Week Five - NFL Regional Combine Veterans Played Their Roles Valiently

All NFL Regional Combine pioneers play a role. And no matter their role…large or small…these players execute their duties well enough to make their teams competitive. Week Five of the NFL was no exception.

 

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The Combine Report: Week Five Preview - A Combine Series Tandem Brewing In Jacksonville

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Week Four of the NFL was totally owe by the kicking specialists from the NFL Regional Combine. Kicker Greg Zuerlein kept the Los Angeles Rams up right after nailing seen field goal attempts through the uprights, while Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus help to keep the game out of reach for the Oakland Raiders.

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The Combine Report: Week Four - Rams' RC Veteran Kicking Specialists Are Special

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Kickers are like life preservers. Life preservers can’t run the ship, but they can save the people on the ship. Punter Johnny Hekker and kicker Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams kicking specialists and NFL Regional Combine …

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The Combine Report: Week Four Preview - Browns Rookie LB B.J. Bello Earning More Time

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Unfortunately, it has been the same old song for the Cleveland Browns, especially when it comes to defense. They play hard to keep contests close, but fizzle at the end. Evidently, there is talent in “the Land” on the defense side of the ball from the likes of linebacker Jamie Collins Sr., cornerback Jamar Taylor and safety and return specialist Jabrill Peppers to name a few.

Rookie linebacker B.J. Bello could be in the mix too.

Bello is a hybrid linebacker with a combination of athleticism, speed, aggression and patience. After his under the radar collegiate career at Illinois State, following a transfer from Illinois, he burst onto the NFL Regional Combine scene at the Minnesota-held trials in February.

The 6-2, 229-pound linebacker never lacked confidence, just opportunity. When the Browns signed him as an undrafted rookie, Bello excelled during camps and his progress showed in the preseason as he registered four tackles and a sack.

The Browns recognized Bello’s efforts and made him part of the 53-man roster. He was primarily on special teams and earned three tackles. Against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3, Bello made it onto the field with the defense and was close to bringing down ball carriers twice.

“Since the age of six, playing in the yard, I wanted to play in the NFL,” said Bello via conversation. “To actually be here now is a dream come true.”

In Week Four, assuming he will fill some spots defensively, Bello could register more numbers.

“This is a great opportunity, man. To be with this organization, the only thing I can do is get better,” voiced Bello.

CHICAGO BEARS (1-2) VS. GREEN BAY PACKERS (2-1)

The Bears gave up nearly double-digit yards in punt returns. Packers return specialist Trevor Davis returned a punt for a touchdown in Week One of the preseason and had a return for 33 yards in Week Three.

Davis is getting close.

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Will Thursday be the night that the second year-man from California and the 2016 RC session in New Orleans take it to the house?

One thing for sure, Bears defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris is looking to get his hands on some Packers, as he has two tackles and a pass defense this season.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (2-1) VS. DALLAS COWBOYS (2-1)

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is bringing havoc to opposing quarterbacks with his furious pass rush. Fellow defensive end Benson Mayowa is causing problems as well.

Mayowa is nearly on every play when the Cowboys defensive front bears down on quarterbacks. With five tackles already this season, Mayowa should bring his total to double digits against the Rams.

Field positioning will be the key for the Rams.  They have one of the best punters in the NFL in Johnny Hekker to assist and kicker Greg Zuerlein to help keep things interesting.

Hekker is fourth in the league in net average yards with 44.6 per attempt, while Zuerlein is tied at the top of the NFL with 12 field goals and remains perfect.

Rams defensive back Cody Davis is quietly becoming known for his hard hitting. Against America’s team, in front of a national audience, Davis will have another stage to show that trait.

THE RC RUN-THROUGH

 

  • After a controversial week of standing for the national anthem against the team’s plan, Pittsburgh Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva is looking to steam roll over some Baltimore Ravens, create lanes for the backfield and give quarterback Ben Roethlisberger the time he needs to lead the club. Punter Jordan Berry will keep the Ravens deep in their territory, and the Steelers will need him to.

 

  • Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen is on pace to earn his first 1,000 yard season. The Detroit Lions’ defense will key on wide receiver Stefan Diggs, and Thielen will burn them.

 

  • As rookie wide receiver Keelan Cole continues to prove his worth, the Jacksonville Jaguars will continue to make him a target, as they will fullback Tommy Bohanon who is exploiting his catching skills this season. Against the New York Jets, they will continue their growth. Nevertheless, either player may meet linebacker Julian Stanford, another RC brother.

 

  • Oakland Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts has been quiet for the past two weeks. He should make some noise against division rival Denver Broncos.

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The Combine Report: Week Three - RC Talents Were Radical In Protest, And Played Ball

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Week Three of the NFL was…well…interesting, to say the least.

While many more players knelt during the National Anthem, one player in particular, although sensitive to the issues, proudly stood because his heart would not allow him to bow to controversy.

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The Combine Report: Week Three Preview - Offensive RC Pioneers Look To Get Back On Track

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Week Two of the NFL was exciting as defensive players from the NFL Regional Combine stole the show with huge hits and many stops. This week, the athletes on the other side of the ball will be expecting to be let loose.

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The Combine Report: Week Two - Defensive RC Talents Aggressively Attacked

The NFL Regional Combine talents were sharp on the defense in Week Two. Several squads wanted to make amends for Week One. Many put their “best foot forward” via their shoulder pads as hitting was the name of the game for the RC defensive standouts.

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The Combine Report: Week Two Preview - Will RB Penny Elijhaa Get To Face Regular Season Action?

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

The Week Two of the NFL is shaping up to feature some solid intrigue among the NFL Regional Combine pioneers. Several players turned out and had strong performances in Week One. And Week Two should be no different.

 

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The Combine Report: No Super, No Problem As Jackson, Peterson And German Visit Clubs

By Barry Barnes, Founder Essential players, yearly, venture through the NFL Regional Combine in hopes to be recognized by a squad to eventually ful...
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The Combine Report: Week Six – Dunbar Filled Large Shoes, Hall Scored His First TD

October 17, 2017 - 2:57 pm
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder Filling in for a Pro Bowl caliber player in the NFL is a blessing... and a curse. The blessing is that…
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The Combine Report: Week Six Preview: Rams WR Mike Thomas Returns, RC Pioneers Will Clash

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The Combine Report: Week Five – NFL Regional Combine Veterans Played Their Roles Valiently

October 12, 2017 - 10:40 am
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder All NFL Regional Combine pioneers play a role. And no matter their role...large or small...these players…

The Combine Report: Week Five Preview – A Combine Series Tandem Brewing In Jacksonville

October 6, 2017 - 11:01 am
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder Week Four of the NFL was totally owned by the kicking specialists from the NFL Regional Combine. Kicker…
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The Combine Report: Week Four – Rams’ RC Veteran Kicking Specialists Are Special

October 3, 2017 - 8:38 am
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder Kickers are like life preservers. Life preservers can't run the ship, but they can save the people on…

The Combine Report: Week Four Preview – Browns Rookie LB B.J. Bello Earning More Time

September 29, 2017 - 10:16 am
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder Unfortunately, it has been the same old song for the Cleveland Browns, especially when it comes to defense.…
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The Combine Report: Week Three – RC Talents Were Radical In Protest, And Played Ball

September 26, 2017 - 4:32 pm
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder Week Three of the NFL was...well...interesting, to say the least. While many more players knelt during…
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The Combine Report: Week Three Preview – Offensive RC Pioneers Look To Get Back On Track

September 23, 2017 - 4:46 pm
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder Week Two of the NFL was exciting as defensive players from the NFL Regional Combine stole the show with…
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The Combine Report: Week Two – Defensive RC Talents Aggressively Attacked

September 19, 2017 - 12:35 pm
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder The NFL Regional Combine talents were sharp on the defense in Week Two. Several squads wanted to make…
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The Combine Report: Week Two Preview – Will RB Penny Elijhaa Get To Face Regular Season Action?

September 14, 2017 - 11:02 pm
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder The Week Two of the NFL is shaping up to feature some solid intrigue among the NFL Regional Combine pioneers.…

The Combine Report: Week One – Bohanon Find Endzone, Tavecchio Make A Case For Raiders

September 12, 2017 - 4:00 pm
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder Week One of the NFL had its normal ups and down, along with some unexpected twists and turns. The athletes…

The Combine Report: 71 NFL Regional Combine Pioneers Enters Week One, Most Ever

September 11, 2017 - 11:35 am
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder In  2014, fifteen NFL Regional Combine players started the season, followed by a whopping fifty-nine…
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The Combine Report: Preseason Week Two – Berry, Redfern, RC Defensive Standouts Nailed Competition

August 24, 2017 - 2:58 pm
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder Since its conception, the defensive standouts from the NFL Regional Combine have sustained the platform…
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NFL Caretakers: Preseason Mid-Monthly Report

August 23, 2017 - 10:44 am
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder After a long, taxing offseason of training and preparation, the players...well, actually, the NFL officials…
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The Combine Report: Preseason Week One – RC Talents Off To A Fast Start

August 16, 2017 - 5:53 pm
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder One hundred and forty-nine NFL Regional Combine standouts were on the sidelines the first week of the…
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Nigel Harris: Do Not Let His Lean Build Fool You

August 10, 2017 - 12:03 pm
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder At first glance, Los Angeles Chargers rookie linebacker Nigel Harris appears to be in the wrong position,…

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

August 5, 2017 - 8:57 am
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder Feelings were mutual between the Arizona Cardinals and their gems from the NFL Regional Combine platform.…
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RC Pioneer Alejandro Villanueva Sacrifice Paid Off, Signed 4-Year Contract Extension Worth $24M With The Steelers

July 30, 2017 - 4:45 pm
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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)

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

July 14, 2017 - 7:12 pm
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder IRVING, Texas - The game of football is important to its players, coaches and involved administrative…

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

July 13, 2017 - 1:42 am
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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…

The Combine Report: The RC Load NFL Rosters With 121, Most Ever Including 38 Rookies

July 11, 2017 - 7:50 pm
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder In the 2017 NFL Draft, no NFL Regional Combine player from the annual workouts was drafted. Still, NFL…
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The Combine Report: 2017 CFL Season – 18 RC Pioneers Take Their Talents North

June 27, 2017 - 11:40 am
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder The NFL Regional Combine platform continues to be represented well North of the border in the CFL. And…

The Combine Report: Kline, RC Players Lit Up The CFL During Preseason

June 24, 2017 - 5:29 pm
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder No call. No workouts welcomed by NFL squads - no problem. The 2017 NFL Regional Combine standouts, like…
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Abner Logan: Needed A Fresh Start For His NFL Journey

June 8, 2017 - 5:05 pm
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By: Barry Barnes, Founder Having the talent to play football on a high level was never  Abner Logan's affair. Even his ability…