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Friday, August 8, 2008

Ben Obomanu: Poised for great season w/the Seahawks

But in the battle to earn a spot among the Seattle Seahawks’ core of returning receivers, Obomanu’s work ethic and consistency earned him a regular appearance with veterans Bobby Engram and Nate Burleson in the team’s frequently used three-receiver sets.

“Ben is what I call a gamer,” Engram said. “He looks good in practice, but I think when the lights click on, some people have that ability to show up and shine. And I think he’s one of those guys.

“I’m proud of him. He’s working hard. He a guy who doesn’t say much, but he’s intense and he wants to win.”

Monday, August 4, 2008

Quentin Groves: Having a great rookie camp

from Profootballweekly "whispers" area

Word out of Jacksonville is that it may still be awhile before first-round DE Derrick Harvey signs, judging by coach Jack Del Rio’s assertion that the players drafted ahead of him — the Saints’ Sedrick Ellis and the Jets’ Vernon Gholston — signed “outrageous” contracts. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that second-round DE Quentin Groves has been a hit in his first training camp. Epitomizing his strong camp was his domination of veteran OT Khalif Barnes in the Oklahoma drill.

Quentin Groves: Getting the rookie treatment in Jags camp

from MVN's Jaguar Journal

The one interesting thing to note is that the rookie barbershop was open for business, and several of the newbies on the roster were sporting new hairstyles as they took part in practice. Some were more creative than others, but all were rather entertaining.

Quentin Groves had one of the more unique styles. Someone took the time to cut a spiral in his hair that encompassed his entire head

Josh Thompson: Injured & waived from St. Louis

Rookie defensive tackle Josh Thompson, sidelined by a torn plantar fascia, was waived with an injury settlement.

Chris Gray: Sudden retirement due to back injury in practice

from Seattle Post Intelligencer's Clare Farnsworth blog:

Veteran offensive lineman Chris Gray just announced his retirement during an impromptu – and at times emotional – news conference.

Gray, 38 and entering his 16th NFL season, was told Saturday by the Seahawks team doctors that the back injury he suffered on the second day of training camp could lead to paralysis if he attempted to play anymore.

"When they told me Saturday, it hit me like a ton of bricks," Gray said. "My thought was rehab for another week or two, because I've been a guy who plays through pain and fights through injuries.

"When they told me I was done, it was pretty hard for the first day and half. But it's kind of a blessing. It's kind of a warning shot."

Gray was placed on injured reserve and told by the team that it will honor his contract this season. Defensive tackle Kevin Brown was signed to fill Gray's roster spot.

After signing with the Seahawks in 1998, Gray set a franchise record by starting 121 consecutive regular-season games. He was scheduled to be a backup this season.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Takeo Spikes: Lions consider him for the "Sam" position

Detroit - Pro Football Weekly: "Ernie Sims is one of the Lions’ few sure things. Otherwise, linebacker represents a position that could look a lot different at the end of the preseason than it does right now. With LB Jordon Dizon missing the first few practices of training camp while waiting to sign a contract and the team looking at free agent Takeo Spikes possibly to add to the mix, there are some faces who could be added to the starting lineup. As it stands now, Sims starts on the weak side, Paris Lenon is in the middle and possibly Alex Lewis on the strong side. But Dizon’s arrival and emergence could mean Lenon — or Spikes, if he’s offered a contract — may end up occupying the “Sam” position. Lewis is considered more of a special-teamer than a two-down linebacker. The “Sam” ’backer typically comes off the field in the Lions’ nickel defense, so finding a more sturdy, run-stopping player would appear to be the coaches’ biggest aim"

Jay Ratliff: May move from NT to DE for Cowboys

Dallas Morning News, Calvin Watkins' blog:

Ratliff is being moved to defensive end, for now, to give the defensive line some different looks.

Marcus Spears has practiced some as the nose guard and Tank Johnson's emergence has been a real positive to the defensive line.

Ratliff is concerned about the move because he's switched positions for a long time. In his sophomore year at Auburn, Ratliff moved from tight end to defensive end.

Then his senior season he moved from end to tackle.

In the pros, he was drafted in the seventh round to play end.

Last season, he took over for an injured Jason Ferguson and made the Cowboys give him a long-term deal with his solid play at nose tackle.

Now the team is thinking of moving him again, so it's pretty understandable where he's coming from. But when you think about it, the Cowboys are pretty much better with a rotation

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