Archive for the ‘2009 NFL Draft’ Category

Schwartz Goes Against the Grain in Making Stafford His Starter

The most unavoidable Lions story since draft day has been to wonder who would be under center when the regular season started. Would rookie head coach Jim Schwartz go with fellow rookie Matthew Stafford, or choose to start the veteran Daunte Culpepper? Now that the question has been answered, it tells us something not only […]

Tubby Bengals First-Round Pick Andre Smith Breaks His Foot

If you’ve been a Bengals fan as long as I have, you had to see this coming. It’s all too familiar. Like watching the Titanic steam towards an iceberg at full speed. These types of things, seen as the surreal in other NFL cities, are the typical in Cincinnati. Just two days after finally ending […]

The Ripple Effect of the Signing of First Round Bengals Pick Andre Smith

Right now about the only person that is not excited to have first-round draft pick Andre Smith signed and at practice is his flabby stunt-double – Gus Parrish. In training camp, Parrish sat in Smith’s seat in the meeting rooms, took Smith’s reps in practice and played the role of him in the rookie talent-show, […]

Bengals and First-Round Pick Andre Smith Finally Come to Terms

The Bengals are reporting that first round pick OT Andre Smith has finally agreed to terms on a contract. The sixth overall choice in April’s draft is reportedly getting as much as 42 million on what’s been described as an exceptionally complex contract. The complexity grew out of the need to bridge a wide gap […]

Agent for Bengals First-Round Pick Andre Smith to Talk to the Team Sunday

Andre Smith is one of two first-round picks from the draft class of 2009 that remains unsigned, but the Bengals are hoping that will change maybe as early as Monday. Reports from the Cincinnati Enquirer state that Alvin Keels, the agent for Smith, will be in Cincy Sunday to once again talk to the club […]

Down to Two: Maybin Inks w/ Bills, Only Two First-Round Picks Not Signed

Pro Football Weekly and ESPN is reporting that the Bills have finally landed their man. First-round pick Aaron Maybin has inked his deal, a five-year agreement that means now just two players (Andre Smith and Michael Crabtree) are left from the first round not signed. After the longest holdout for a Bills rookie in more […]

Breaking Down #1: A Look at the Outing of Lions First Pick Matthew Stafford

1st and 10: Stafford drops back to pass, good play action fake shielding the ball from defenders, and maintains good balance in a clean pocket. Sets up tall (some quarterbacks tend to bounce into their set up, and if they bounce too low they lose sight of the receivers) and strides into his throw which […]

Jaguars Lock Up First-Round Pick Eugene Monroe w/ Five-Year Deal

It may have taken longer than they would have liked, but Friday the Jaguars finally landed a deal for their first-round pick. The team came to terms after a 12-day holdout with first-round draft pick Eugene Monroe. The amazing thing was about an hour after Monroe ended the holdout by signing a five-year, $25 million […]