I have been to training camps and games before, but I have never before covered an OTA. I had a lot to learn, and learn quickly. The way the Miami Dolphins practice is fast and intense. They have multiple players going head-to-head on different teams battling each other. Even with the speed, it was hard to not notice, that if a coach were teaching a player, he would immediately slow down and tell the player what to do, and how to do. Read more
Jessie “The Hammer” Tuggle played for the Atlanta Falcons from 1987 through 2000 after going undrafted. He talks about his son, Justin Tuggle, the Pro Bowl, NFL player safety, his playing days in college, and the NFL, and one of his mentors Joel Williams. He is one of few players in Falcons history to have his jersey number retired, #58. He was a phenomenal player who made five Pro Bowl appearances and was selected to the All-Pro team three times. Check out our exclusive, one-on-one interview.
Antwon Blake played college football for the University of Texas-El Paso. He was known for playing the gunner role special teams. He also was one of the top defensive backs to come out of UTEP in years. During his collegiate career, he totaled about 137 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, and also had one interception. He entered the 2012 NFL Draft, but went undrafted, and then, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. This interview was conducted before the 2012 NFL offseason. Read more
James Lee first went to the University of Georgia to play college football, but later transferred to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to play at South Carolina State. While he was at South Carolina State, he started 31 of 33 games. He entered the 2008 NFL Draft, but went undrafted and then signed with the Cleveland Browns. He was waived before the regular season, but was claimed and signed with the Buccaneers. He was a member of the Buccaneers from 2008-2011, playing eighteen games, with nine starts. He recently signed a contract with the Washington Redskins. This interview was done right after he signed with the Redskins.
Rishaw Johnson was a teammate of NY Giants DB, Chad Jones in high school after being forced to move because of Hurricane Katrina. He then went on to play at Ole Miss University. Due to what he calls ‘some big-time mistakes’, he was kicked off the football team in 2010. He then transferred to a DII powerhouse, CalU Pennsylvania. He started all twelve games this past season at Offensive Guard for CalU. He earned DII All-American also. He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. He entered the 2012 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed a UDFA contract with the Seattle Seahawks. This interview was conducted before the 2012 NFL Draft.
Chris Stewart wrote an article about chasing his own destiny. Chris Stewart played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2006-2010) as an offensive lineman. He was picked up as a UDFA by the New York Jets, but was cut before the preseason ended. He is currently on the Arizona Cardinals’ roster trying to make the 53-man team. CS wrote this article about the unique opportunity that he has received.
Mike Ryan went to University of Connecticut. While at UConn, he started 32 games, playing in 34. He was best known for his versatility and agility on the offensive line. In 2010, he was nominated to receive First-Team All Big-East honors, and in 2011, he received second-team All Big-East honors. He is known for his versatility on the offensive line, and can play both guard positions as well as both tackles. MR talks about everything he can in this exclusive interview. This interview was conducted before the 2012 NFL Draft. [UPDATE: He signed with the Cincinnati Bengals after the NFL Draft.]
Alex Hoffman-Ellis attended Hamilton High School, and he didn’t start playing football until his senior year. From there, he went to play at Moorpark College, and in eleven starts, he totaled ninety-one tackles and two sacks. He then transferred to Washington State University. He started since his sophomore year, and played in 35 games with 33 starts, and 253 tackles, four interceptions (returning two of them for touchdowns, seven pass breakups. He is entered for the 2012 NFL Draft. This interview was conducted before the 2012 NFL Draft.
Daron Rose went to Florida State University and played in two games in 2006 (freshman year). And in 2007, he started eleven out of thirteen games. In 2008, he had to sit out from playing football and then in 2009, he attended the ASA Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He transferred to Northern Alabama in 2010 and started six games during his junior year. And last year, he started all 12 games in the season and didn’t surrender one sack. He declared for the 2012 NFL Draft, and is considered a sleeper offensive tackle.
I participated in an hour-long improv session with J.J. McDermott, A.J. Love, Luke Kuechly, Ryan Tannehill, and Chris Manno. Our host was Steve Shenbaum of GameOn Nation. Check out the interviews that were conducted before the 2012 NFL Draft. There are interviews with NFL Draft Prospects Luke Kuechly and A.J. Love. In addition to that, there is an interview with former Hofstra wide receiver, and current free agent wide receiver, Chris Manno.
Cord Parks played college football at Northeastern University. He totaled 171 tackles and 12 pass deflections throughout his collegiate carer. He also participated and ran track at Northeastern too. He entered the 2009 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed with the St. Louis Rams. He has been a member of the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings also. In the end of 2011, he signed with the New Orleans Saints.
Felton Huggins played college football at Southeastern Louisiana. FH entered the 2006 NFL Draft, but actually went undrafted most likely because of the small school that he attended. He was a member of the Buffalo Bills from 2007 through 2009. He has recorded one TD in preseason games. He was placed on injured reserve early in the season. He has yet to make his break in the NFL. Click read more to check out our interview! This was conducted at the end of the 2011 NFL season.
Chris Stewart was a member of Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 2007 through 2010. He entered the 2011 NFL Draft, but went undrafted through the seven rounds. He then signed a small contract with the New York Jets, but was cut before the final roster cuts. He never made the 53 man roster. He is currently on the Arizona Cardinals roster and fighting for a spot in the 53-man final roster. Click here to read the interview that we did in the middle of 2011 NFL season.
M.D. Jennings played college football at Arkansas State. He was known primarily for his cover skills and totaled 8 interceptions throughout his collegiate career. He entered the 2011 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed with the Packers, and was one of four undrafted free agents to make their 53man roster. He is going to be a stud for the Packers in the future. Check out our interview that was done early in the 2011 NFL season.