GridironGrit.com http://gridirongrit.com NFL, College Football, NFL Draft and Fantasy Football News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:31:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.3 Former Patriots Star Makes NFL’s All-Time Best List http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/former-patriots-star-among-nfls-all-time-best-list/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/former-patriots-star-among-nfls-all-time-best-list/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:06:37 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27780 Every year, hundreds of talented NFL hopefuls manage to slip through the cracks and never hear their name called during the draft. But plenty of them get an opportunity to prove themselves as an undrafted free agent and continue their NFL dreams. While their chances of finding success may seem slim, […]

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Every year, hundreds of talented NFL hopefuls manage to slip through the cracks and never hear their name called during the draft. But plenty of them get an opportunity to prove themselves as an undrafted free agent and continue their NFL dreams.

While their chances of finding success may seem slim, there have been many of undrafted players that have found a way to defy the odds and achieved success at the next level.

Former New England Patriots and Denver Broncos star receiver and current free agent Wes Welker is among the 10 best undrafted players in NFL history.

Despite an impressive collegiate career at Texas Tech, where he amassed 5,730 all-purpose yards (2000-03), NFL teams didn’t value smaller multi-dimensional receivers like they do today when Welker entered the league in 2003.

Welker managed to go undrafted and didn’t even see the field as a receiver during his rookie season, but that didn’t stop him from providing an immediate impact. The little-known 5-foot-9, 185-pound product out of Texas Tech made the most of his opportunities in his first three seasons with the Chargers (2004) and Dolphins (2004-06), totaling 3,858 yards and a score on 170 kickoffs (22.69 YPR) and 1,232 yards on 127 punts (9.7 YPR) with 96 receptions for 1,119 yards and one touchdown. In fact, only one player in NFL history—Gale Sayers—had more all-purpose yards in his first three seasons than Welker did with the Dolphins.

But that was only the beginning for Welker, who went on to make five consecutive Pro Bowl appearances and led the league in receptions three times as Tom Brady’s go-to receiver during his six seasons in New England (2007-12).

Welker, who turns 34 on the second day of the draft (May 1), could choose to hang up his cleats before the start of the 2015 season. He’s remains a free agent and made just 49 catches for 464 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2014.

However, the second-time All-Pro receiver and five-time Pro Bowler has had a remarkable career, hauling in a whopping 890 catches for 9,822 yards and 50 touchdowns. He’s also added 6,699 yards as a return man and is the only receiver in NFL history with at least five 100-reception seasons and three 110-reception seasons.

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Cowboys Teammate Davon Coleman Calls Greg Hardy a ‘Woman Beater’ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/cowboys-teammate-davon-coleman-calls-greg-hardy-a-woman-beater/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/cowboys-teammate-davon-coleman-calls-greg-hardy-a-woman-beater/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:46:47 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27778 Dallas Cowboys suspended star defensive end Greg Hardy got into a verbal altercation on Friday with defensive lineman Davon Coleman. Though it never turned physical, the altercation reportedly escalated when Coleman called Hardy a “woman beater.” The dispute escalated when Coleman made pointed reference to Hardy's domestic violence issues, source said. […]

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Dallas Cowboys suspended star defensive end Greg Hardy got into a verbal altercation on Friday with defensive lineman Davon Coleman. Though it never turned physical, the altercation reportedly escalated when Coleman called Hardy a “woman beater.”

The dispute allegedly started when Hardy questioned Coleman’s effort during a conditioning drill.

Coleman, a 2014 undrafted free agent out of Arizona State, then got personal with Hardy, before the two defensive linemen had to be separated by teammates before things got physical.

A former sixth round pick out of Ole Miss, Hardy plummeted down draft boards during the 2010 NFL Draft due to injury and character concerns. Despite racking up 170 tackles with a whopping 30.0 sacks and four forced fumbles from 2011-13 and establishing himself as one of the league’s best edge-rushers, Hardy may never get an opportunity to shine in a Cowboys uniform — or anywhere else in the NFL if he doesn’t stay out of trouble.

This obviously isn’t a huge issue in and of itself, but Hardy’s stint in Dallas isn’t off to a good start.

Dallas handed Hardy a one-year, $11.3 million contract in mid-March, but it was a smartly structured deal that included no guaranteed money and tied up $9.25 million to per-game roster bonuses.

Nevertheless, the Cowboys only expected him to miss four to six games, but the NFL’s investigation reportedly found that he had physically abused his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder on four separate occasions.

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Report: Greg Hardy Involved in Altercation With Teammate http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/report-greg-hardy-involved-in-altercation-with-teammate/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/report-greg-hardy-involved-in-altercation-with-teammate/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:45:05 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27773 Dallas Cowboys troubled star defensive end Greg Hardy reportedly got into a verbal altercation with defensive tackle Davon Coleman on Friday, according to Mike Garafolo and Alex Marvez of FOX Sports. Not ideal RT @MikeGarafolo: From me and @alexmarvez: Greg Hardy involved in verbal altercation with Cowboys teammate Davon Coleman today […]

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Dallas Cowboys troubled star defensive end Greg Hardy reportedly got into a verbal altercation with defensive tackle Davon Coleman on Friday, according to Mike Garafolo and Alex Marvez of FOX Sports.

Details are scarce at the moment, but this is obviously an ominous sign for the Pro Bowl defensive end, who received a 10-game suspension to open the 2015 season earlier this week.

Hardy had the domestic violence charges against him dropped in February and the Cowboys only expected him to miss four to six games, but the NFL’s investigation reportedly found that he had physically abused his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder on four separate occasions.

A former sixth round pick out of Ole Miss, Hardy plummeted down draft boards during the 2010 NFL Draft due to injury and character concerns. A dominant on-field talent, “The Kracken” appeared in 47 games (39 starts) and amassed 170 tackles with a whopping 30.0 sacks and four forced fumbles from 2011-13 and established himself as one of the game’s best edge-rushers.

The Cowboys handed Hardy a one-year, $11.3 million contract in mid-March, but they protected themselves well financially by tying up $9.25 million of the deal in per-game roster bonuses and giving him no guaranteed money.

However, not having Hardy’s on-field presence for the first 10 games of the 2015 season is obviously a crushing blow, and if he continues to cause trouble with teammates, they may have to part ways with him before he even gets the opportunity to leave his mark on the field.

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Coleman, a UDFA out of Arizona State, registered just three tackles through two games (one start) as a rookie in 2014.

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Report: Chargers Looking To Trade Up For Marcus Mariota ‘Through the Browns’ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/report-chargers-looking-to-trade-up-for-marcus-mariota-through-the-browns/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/report-chargers-looking-to-trade-up-for-marcus-mariota-through-the-browns/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:50:01 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27766 The San Diego Chargers are “exploring the possibility” of trading up for Oregon star quarterback Marcus Mariota “through the Browns,” TFY Draft Insider’s Tony Pauline reports. Cleveland of course holds two first round picks (No. 12 and No. 19 overall), ammunition that might be necessary for the Chargers (hold the No. 17 […]

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The San Diego Chargers are “exploring the possibility” of trading up for Oregon star quarterback Marcus Mariota “through the Browns,” TFY Draft Insider’s Tony Pauline reports.

Cleveland of course holds two first round picks (No. 12 and No. 19 overall), ammunition that might be necessary for the Chargers (hold the No. 17 pick) to jump up to land Mariota.

This obviously isn’t the first time we’ve heard that the Chargers want to trade up for the quick-twitch quarterback, but it’s the first time we’ve seen them mentioned as a trade partner with the Browns.

Rumors have been circulating for over a month that the Chargers are strongly considering moving up for Mariota, and last week, a report surfaced claiming they’re willing to trade Philip Rivers to the Titans for the No. 2 pick.

We’ve also heard for months that the Browns are interested in trading up for Mariota.

Pauline reported on Wednesday that the Browns “are the front runners” for Mariota and “working hardest in the hopes of acquiring the quarterback.”

Early last week I was told the asking price from the Tennessee Titans was both of the Browns first round picks as well as their choice in the second round, to which Cleveland replied no. Understandable Tennessee would have a high asking price at this point and even more understandable the Browns would say no. I’m told the Browns may be willing to part with both first round picks for Maroita but want to hold on to the second round choice to draft a much needed receiver.

“[But] if trading up for Mariota is too rich for Cleveland’s blood, they would be part of a three team trade in which another franchise [the Chargers or Eagles] would use the Browns initial pick as a stepping stone to move up for Mariota.”

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Ranking 10 Best Undrafted Players in NFL History http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/ranking-10-best-undrafted-players-in-nfl-history-2/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/ranking-10-best-undrafted-players-in-nfl-history-2/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:05:59 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27759 The 2015 NFL Draft could be one of the deepest and most talented classes in decades, especially in regards to running backs, wide receivers and hybrid edge rushers. With so much talent to choose from throughout the three-day festivities, there are bound to be some promising prospects that manage to slip […]

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The 2015 NFL Draft could be one of the deepest and most talented classes in decades, especially in regards to running backs, wide receivers and hybrid edge rushers. With so much talent to choose from throughout the three-day festivities, there are bound to be some promising prospects that manage to slip through the cracks who will have to prove themselves as an undrafted free agent in order to continue their NFL dreams.

While their chances of finding success may seem slim, there have been plenty of undrafted players that have found a way to defy the odds and achieved success at the next level.

Without further adieu, here are the 10 best undrafted players in NFL history.

10. QB Tony Romo (2003-Present)

Even at the age of 35, Tony Romo remains one of the league’s better franchise quarterbacks. In fact, he actually posted a career-best 69.9 completion rate and 34:9 TD-to-INT ratio in 2014.

The former UDFA out of Eastern Illinois never heard his name called during the 2002 NFL Draft because many thought he wouldn’t transition well to the NFL from Division II college football since he didn’t have ideal size, a cannon of an arm and didn’t play the position with a lot of precision or discipline. In fact, he was only invited to the Combine to throw to the wide receivers; not as a quarterback prospect.

But he caught a break when a couple of Eastern Illinois alums—Sean Payton and Mike Shanahan—offered him a free agent contract in 2003. Shanahan actually offered him twice as much money, but Romo decided to go to Dallas for $10,000 because he knew he had a better chance of making the Cowboys’ roster. It turned out to be the right decision by the San Diego native as he climbed his way to the No. 2 QB spot by 2006, and winded up taking over the starting job in the middle of the season.

In nine seasons as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback, Romo has completed 65.2 percent of his passes for 33,270 yards with 242 touchdowns and 110 interceptions. The four-time Pro Bowler also owns several Cowboys passing records and has four 4,000-yard seasons to his résumé, along with a really solid 75-48 record as a starter.

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Miami Dolphins Address Key Need Ahead of 2015 NFL Draft http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/miami-dolphins-address-key-need-ahead-of-2015-nfl-draft/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/miami-dolphins-address-key-need-ahead-of-2015-nfl-draft/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:40:31 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27757 The Miami Dolphins have just addressed another key need before the 2015 NFL Draft, signing free agent wide receiver Greg Jennings to a two-year, $8 million contract. Jennings, 31, isn’t a real game-changer and is past his prime, but he was one of the top remaining free agents and should be a […]

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The Miami Dolphins have just addressed another key need before the 2015 NFL Draft, signing free agent wide receiver Greg Jennings to a two-year, $8 million contract.

Jennings, 31, isn’t a real game-changer and is past his prime, but he was one of the top remaining free agents and should be a solid and fairly productive reliable veteran No. 3 WR for QB Ryan Tannehill.

He also knows Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin well from their time together in Green Bay.

Over the last two seasons in Minnesota, Jennings has hauled in 127 combined passes for 1,546 yards and 10 touchdowns through 31 games (28 starts). The two-time Pro Bowler also adds veteran leadership to the Dolphins’ top two receivers, 23-year-old Kenny Stills and 22-year-old Jarvis Landry.

Miami also found a solid replacement for Charles Clay by signing ex-Browns TE Jordan Cameron.

This should put an end to the speculation that the Dolphins would take a top-tier WR like DeVante Parker with their first round pick in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft and allow them to address another need.

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Glover Quin Predicts Lions Will Win Seven of First Eight Games http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/glover-quin-predicts-lions-will-win-seven-of-first-eight-games/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/glover-quin-predicts-lions-will-win-seven-of-first-eight-games/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:56:19 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27754 Detroit Lions star safety Glover Quin has a good feeling about his team’s chances of getting off to a strong start to the 2015 NFL season after looking at last night’s schedule release. In fact, he expects the Lions to enter their Week 9 bye with a 7-1 record, with […]

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Detroit Lions star safety Glover Quin has a good feeling about his team’s chances of getting off to a strong start to the 2015 NFL season after looking at last night’s schedule release.

In fact, he expects the Lions to enter their Week 9 bye with a 7-1 record, with their only loss in Seattle.

“When I go through the schedule…. I try to be as realistic as possible, and granted I know any team can beat you on any given day,” Quin said, via Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News. “But, at this point in time is when you get to look at the schedule and have fun and say, ‘OK, hey man, I’m going to assume that everybody is playing their best game.’ I’m not going to assume that somebody’s playing a bad game or whatever. I’m going to assume that everybody’s playing their best game.”

According to Katzenstein, Quin spent eight minutes of his 34-minute Wednesday news conference running down the first half of the Lions’ 2015 schedule with game-by-game predictions.

Here’s what Quin said about Week 5 through Week 9, which includes the Cardinals, Bears, Vikings and Chiefs.

“We played them tough in Arizona, and so this year Arizona has to come to us,” Quin said. “So we owe Arizona, so we should take that one. [Chicago is] a division game. We’ve got to win our division games, so we’ve got to beat Chicago. After that, Minnesota. So there’s a chance to sweep Minnesota early in the year and that’s another division game and that’s a home game for us, so we have to beat Minnesota. So that’s, what, 6-1?

“And then we go to London. You never know how that plays out. It’s a neutral field, Kansas City’s a great team, a great running back [Jamaal Charles] and you just never know, so I will say we could go to London and beat Kansas City. So, that puts us at 7-1 at the bye.”

Quin has some room to grow as an analyst/prognosticator by offering more specific, detailed reasoning for his predictions, but it looks like he could have a future in broadcasting after he hangs up his cleats.

The 29-year-old safety is still in his prime, however, after leading the NFL with seven interceptions last season.

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Marcus Mariota Poses With Terrifying Mariota Subway Sandwich http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/marcus-mariota-poses-with-terrifying-mariota-subway-sandwich/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/marcus-mariota-poses-with-terrifying-mariota-subway-sandwich/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:56:07 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27751 Oregon star quarterback Marcus Mariota just signed an endorsement deal with Subway. So the popular sandwich chain decided to celebrate and broadcast the news by having Mariota pose for a picture with a sandwich made to look to like the star quarterback. FIRST LOOK: Subway makes Marcus Mariota out of […]

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Oregon star quarterback Marcus Mariota just signed an endorsement deal with Subway.

So the popular sandwich chain decided to celebrate and broadcast the news by having Mariota pose for a picture with a sandwich made to look to like the star quarterback.

We can’t knock the creativity of the creation, but it looks awfully terrifying.

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Jim Harbaugh Called His Future Wife Nine Times Before She Picked Up http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/jim-harbaugh-called-his-future-wife-nine-times-before-she-picked-up/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/jim-harbaugh-called-his-future-wife-nine-times-before-she-picked-up/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:16:05 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27749 Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh is a man of conviction and determination. In an interview with HBO Sports that aired Tuesday evening, Harbaugh was asked how he met his wife. “I met her at a restaurant,” Harbaugh said. “When I saw her getting takeout and leaving, then I […]

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Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh is a man of conviction and determination.

In an interview with HBO Sports that aired Tuesday evening, Harbaugh was asked how he met his wife.

“I met her at a restaurant,” Harbaugh said. “When I saw her getting takeout and leaving, then I went up to her and asked if I could meet her. So she said, ‘sure you can meet me’ and she gave me her phone number.

“I didn’t believe her at first. I thought it was one of those fake numbers she was giving me, but I called her multiple times — nine times before she returned my call,” Harbaugh continued. “I could tell she was a winner all the way.”

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Report: Todd Gurley Expected To Be Top 10 Pick in 2015 NFL Draft http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/report-todd-gurley-expected-to-be-top-10-pick-in-2015-nfl-draft/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/04/report-todd-gurley-expected-to-be-top-10-pick-in-2015-nfl-draft/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:55:08 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=27746 Georgia star running back Todd Gurley is expected to be a Top 10 pick in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports. The draft range for Todd Gurley? Supposedly 6 to 10 now. That's the word on the street. https://t.co/jE7B5D7CkW — Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) April 22, […]

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Georgia star running back Todd Gurley is expected to be a Top 10 pick in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports.

The most logical landing spots for Gurley in that range are the Jets at No. 6 and the Falcons at No. 8.

ESPN’s Todd McShay most-recent mock draft released on Wednesday has the Jets taking this year’s top-rated running back with the No. 6 overall pick. Gurley’s piping-hot draft stock got a boost in Indianapolis at his medical recheck was given “two thumbs up

Tennessee and Jacksonville hold the No. 2 and No. 3 overall pick, but both AFC South clubs could be realistic landing spots if they choose to trade down from their current spots.

Minnesota (No. 11) and Miami (No. 14) are also very possible destinations for Gurley.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported last week that the Dolphins have been doing “a lot of research” on Gurley and are “unquestionably intrigued” with the 6-foot-1, 222-pound running back.

And NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout for several NFL teams, also said last week that the Vikings could land Gurley if they trade Adrian Peterson before the draft.

“If you lose a running back, I’m going to go ahead and replace him with a running back in Gurley,” Jeremiah said. “He is a special talent and one of the best running backs we’ve seen come into the league in quite some time. I’d take him right here at No. 11 and plug him in to watch him and Teddy Bridgewater grow on offense together as the future of this football team.”

A decisive runner with strong hands and a rare combination of speed and power, Gurley churned out a jaw-dropping 61.9 percent of his rushing yardage after contact in 2014 and is most often compared to Marshawn Lynch.

At this point, we don’t see Gurley falling past San Diego at No. 17, and Chargers fans shouldn’t hold their breath. San Diego does have a very realistic chance of landing Melvin Gordon, the consensus No. RB in this year’s draft out of Wisconsin, though Dallas, Arizona and Detroit could conceivably trade up into the No. 15 or No. 16 pick to get him.

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