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Volume 6, Issue 55 (Sunday, June 12th)

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. PHI - WR Brown May Have To Contribute Quickly
2. SF - QB Competition Is 'Wide Open'
3. MIA - Huizenga: "Ricky (Williams) Needs To Prove It"
4. MIA - RB Brown Finding His Way
5. SD - WR Caldwell Tries To Leave Injury Behind
6. SF - 49ers Receiving Corps Not Awe-Inspiring
7. MIA - QB Rosenfels Sharp In Practice
8. TEN - RB Payton Leading Rusher In World Bowl
9. MIA - Dolphins Looking For a Cornerback
10. IDP: CB Law Inching Closer To Return
11. IDP: NE - S Harrison Contemplates Sitting Out
12. IDP: SF - LB Peterson Coming Along With New Energy
13. IDP: NE - LB Colvin Finally 100%

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1. PHI - WR Brown May Have To Contribute Quickly

Clipped from PhillyBurbs.com article by Jeff Offord 6/11/05

Sometime this summer, Terrell Owens will probably break. He'll end his
feud with the Eagles and realize that feeding his family on $48
million isn't as tough as he thought.
But what happens if he doesn't?

What happens if Owens' fight goes on past training camp?

What happens if Owens never comes back?

Then Reggie Brown better be ready.

Brown, who caught 62 passes for 1,046 yards and 10 touchdowns last
year at Georgia before being selected in the second round of the NFL
Draft last April, has shown steady progress this spring. Although he
still has a lot to learn, the 6-1, 197-pounder is slowly learning the
intricate West Coast offense.

No, he's won't be ready to take over a starter's role anytime soon.
But should the Eagles open the season in September sans Owens, they
will need Brown to be a contributor.

"I want to start,'' Brown said Tuesday. "Of course, I want to start. I
think everybody here wants to start. Just because I'm a rookie doesn't
mean I don't want to start. I want to get in there and play.''

Right now, it's hard to say when Owens will be back or if he'll ever
play for the Eagles again. Last week, quarterback Donovan McNabb said
he thought Owens would be back by the time the Birds break for
preseason camp at Lehigh University. However, linebacker Jeremiah
Trotter, who claims to talk with Owens regularly, warned Eagles' fans
a few weeks back not to be so sure.

Owens is seeking to redo the seven-year deal he signed before the
start of last season. The Eagles have said repeatedly they have no
intention of upgrading Owens' deal, meaning the stalemate could have
several different conclusions.

Owens, realizing he can't get what he wants, could come back before
training camp opens. He could sit out most of training camp before
returning. Or he could hold out for part of the regular season, or
possibly the entire season. There is also a possibility that the
Eagles could trade Owens, although that seems unlikely considering
salary cap limitations and how many problems he usually causes.

"I just think he has done an extraordinary job here early with this
many practices and just kind of assimilating everything,'' Eagles
offensive coordinator Brad Childress said Monday. "Not only being in
the right spot but making plays when he's got in that right spot.

"Has he made mistakes? Sure, he's made more than his share, but he
comes back too. He's very resilient. And he wants to do well; he's a
bright-eyed guy. He doesn't usually make the same mistake twice. I
think he has a great up side, and he's going to have his feet put to
the fire early."

[[[[[[[[[[ OUR VIEW ]]]]]]]]]]

Regardless of whether Owens plays for the Eagles this season or not
(we think he will), Brown will apparently be a key component of the
offense. With the departure of Freddie Mitchell, someone has to
replace those 22 receptions. In all seriousness, Brown appears to be
doing everything young players need to do in order to make the right
impression from the outset. Brown is unlikely to challenge for a
starting spot with Owens around, but if he shows the ability in
training camp, Andy Reid may not hesitate to promote him over Todd
Pinkston and Greg Lewis. If Brown cannot crack the starting lineup,
he's still a player we suggest you dynasty league guys keep a close
eye on.

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2. SF - QB Competition Is 'Wide Open'

Clipped from Mercury News article by Dennis Georgatos 6/12/05

(HC Mike) Nolan described the quarterback competition as ``wide open''
heading into training camp. Tim Rattay, No. 1 pick Alex Smith and Ken
Dorsey are in the mix for the starting job, with second-year player
Cody Pickett showing promise.

``I like all four guys,'' Nolan said. ``There's not one of them that
shouldn't be in the league. Hopefully, it's here.''

[[[[[[[[[[ OUR VIEW ]]]]]]]]]]

We're not exactly doing cartwheels over the prospects of any potential
QB for the Niners this year. The Niners would certainly love for Smith to
grab the reins during camp and jump right into it, but if he isn't ready then
Rattay will in all likelihood be the opening day starter. Regardless of who
opens the year as the starter, we don't see San Francisco challenging for
a playoff spot or even a .500 record, so we expect Smith to get his chance
sooner rather than later and get the bulk of the playing time.

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3. MIA - Huizenga: "Ricky (Williams) Needs To Prove It"

Clipped from Miami Herald article by Barry Jackson 6/12/05

Among those angriest about Ricky Williams' sudden retirement last
summer was Wayne Huizenga. So what does the Dolphins owner think of
Nick Saban's decision to welcome Williams back if he returns?

Huizenga said he's comfortable with it, but on one condition: ``If he
can demonstrate that he's really serious about coming back. . . . He's
got to prove [it]. The only way you can do that is to come back, start
working out, work every day, work hard. . . . If he does that, I think
it would be great. . . . He is going to have to serve his four-game
suspension.''

Williams -- who needs to significantly bulk up his 195-pound frame --
is expected to relocate from California to South Florida in the next
week or so and begin working out, according to the Williams camp.
(He's not permitted to work out with the Dolphins until late July.)

[[[[[[[[[[ OUR VIEW ]]]]]]]]]]

Well, yeah. If Williams comes back and works hard and dedicates
himself and IF he doesn't get into trouble, and IF.well, you know.
Williams is one of the most talented running backs perhaps in the
history of the league, but we don't need to tell you about the issues
surrounding him in his career. Should Williams manage to work his way
back into shape, there's still almost no chance for him to unseat #1
pick Ronnie Brown as the starter. He's an important handcuff IF he is
the top backup, but otherwise his value will be extremely minimal.
Because we, like Wayne Huizenga, want to see Williams prove it.

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4. MIA - RB Brown Finding His Way

Clipped from Sun-Sentinel article by Harvey Fialkov 6/12/05

In a sport filled with showboats, the Dolphins' humble rookie running
back, Ronnie Brown, stands out for his ability to blend in.

However, following the morning practice of minicamp on Saturday, coach
Nick Saban seemed to be sending a get-tough message to the
mild-mannered young man from Cartersville, Ga.

"Ronnie's a bright guy, learns well and doesn't make a lot of mental
mistakes," Saban said. "I think that he's such a good guy he doesn't
want to offend anybody, and that's good to a point.

"I think at some point in time, in order to be a good competitor --
which I know he is -- that you've got to be ready to take the next
jump and do the things you've got to do to play your best football as
well."

Perhaps Saban would like to see Brown emerge from a glut of running
backs -- including the specter of Ricky Williams -- and assume the
confidence of the second overall draft pick?

"I'm talking about the disposition of maybe being assertive," Saban
said. "Rookies sometimes feel their way, and I think this is going to
happen in time when this guy gains his confidence and people on our
team gain confidence in him.

"We don't want to push it; we want to let it happen, but I think we
would like to see it happen, too."

Brown, who buried his ego at Auburn in sharing the ball with running
back Carnell Williams, said that once the hitting starts, his
competitive streak will come out.

He gets angry because "I hate to lose. It's a competitive edge. I
think I handle myself the way the other rookies do -- just go in and
know I don't have a position and I have to work."

[[[[[[[[[[ OUR VIEW ]]]]]]]]]]

Brown appears to be a throwback to the days of when rookies were seen
and not heard. It almost seems as if the Dolphins don't know what to
do with a rookie that isn't brash and bold and predicting a 2,000-yard
season for himself. There is a concern that the looming presence of
Ricky Williams could adversely affect Brown, who may feel as if he
always needs to be looking over his shoulder. Then again, that could
stand as motivation for a player like Brown, who has never been scared
off by a little RB competition before (having shared the Auburn
backfield with fellow first round pick Cadillac Williams at Auburn).
We think Brown will have a solid season, and is one of the main
players dynasty owners should be keeping tabs on. Do pay attention to
how Brown progresses here as Saban is gently pushing Brown to shed the
"soft" persona and be more aggressive.

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5. SD - WR Caldwell Tries To Leave Injury Behind

Clipped from San Diego Union-Tribune article by Kevin Acee 6/12/05

Still recovering from a serious knee injury suffered eight months ago,
Caldwell proclaimed yesterday after his fourth practice in two days at
the team's minicamp that he felt "really good." In fact, he said, it
is the best he has felt since he started going all out a month ago, as
much as 95 percent healthy.

The Chargers hope these are indications a star will continue its delayed shine.

"He has the ability to be a No. 1 (receiver) someday," head coach
Marty Schottenheimer said of Caldwell. "I'm not sure that means right
away. But we're all pleased with the way he's bounced back from his
injury. He's working hard."

A year ago, Caldwell was entering what was likely a make-or-break
season. His first two years in the NFL generated just three
touchdowns, 288 total receiving yards and a series of injuries that
caused him to miss seven games in 2003.

He was at minicamp last June, perilously close to being deemed a bust
just two years after having been selected 48th overall in the 2002
draft.

But more than 15 pounds of added muscle and a new focus contributed to
Caldwell beginning last season by making three touchdown receptions of
33 yards or longer in the Chargers' first four games. His three
catches for a career-high 110 yards against the Tennessee Titans in
the fourth game included a 58-yard touchdown play that was one of the
defining moments of the Chargers' season.

It was not, however, Caldwell's defining moment. That came two weeks
later in Atlanta when he was tackled going out of bounds on the
Chargers' first series and suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament
in his right knee.

He played brave after the game but acknowledged this weekend that he
heard a pop that day and "knew it was over."

On the first day of the team's offseason coaching sessions last month
Caldwell told the defensive backs covering him in one-on-one drills to
go ahead and jam him, even though the plan was to ease him back into
such situations.

"I wanted to see how I felt," he said.

Schottenheimer has noticed Caldwell reacting to failure on certain
plays with a new resilience. It is a carryover and even an improvement
of the personality he saw begin to take shape last offseason.

"His work ethic was what improved most significantly, and his
attention to detail," Schottenheimer said. "His personal maturity and
the development of a positive work ethic are the difference."

"As soon as I was able to walk, I told myself I'm going to get back to
like I was before," Caldwell said.

For him, thankfully, that means the kind of player who can make plays
in the NFL. His emergence in '04 means he enters '05 with an assurance
he would not have had otherwise.

"That just made me realize I can play in this league," Caldwell said.
"It gave me that much confidence in myself. I knew that was an
important year, just like this one is, because my first two years
there wasn't much success.

"I wanted to show them I could play in this league, that I was worthy
of the draft pick I was. I had a lot to prove. I felt I was doing a
pretty good job. I've got to go out this year and show the same
thing."

Caldwell is in the final year of his contract. Had he remained healthy
last year, he might just have a reworked pact and some more money in
the bank right now. As it is, he knows this is the year that will go a
long way in determining his future.

"I know I can be a No.1 receiver in this league," he said. "But my
main thing right now is getting back to 100 percent."

[[[[[[[[[[ OUR VIEW ]]]]]]]]]]

Caldwell was finally having the breakout season many expected of him
last year when the injury felled him and cut his season short. In his
place, the Chargers signed veteran wideout Keenan McCardell, who
provided a steady presence down the stretch for San Diego. While it
often takes players about two years to recover from such an injury,
the Chargers are hopeful that Caldwell can return to last season's
form. Depending on how the knee holds up in camp, Caldwell should have
a starting spot from the outset. With the many weapons in the Charger
offense, Caldwell likely won't post starter-worthy stats, but if he
can work his way back into shape, he may be worthy of a late round
selection.

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6. SF - 49ers Receiving Corps Not Awe-Inspiring

Clipped from Contra Costa Times article by Eric Gilmore 6/11/05

As the NFL draft unfolded pick-by-pick for the 49ers in April, coach
Mike Nolan talked repeatedly about taking players who would
"complement" each other.

Nolan drafted quarterback Alex Smith with the No. 1 overall pick, then
took massive Michigan guard David Baas in the second round, giving
Smith a bodyguard. Made sense. You need people to protect your
multimillion-dollar investment.

In the third round, Nolan chose Miami running back Frank Gore. Another
logical move because a strong running attack helps take pressure off a
young quarterback.

Of course, no one helps a rookie quarterback more than a skilled wide
receiver who can get open and catch his passes.

But the 49ers didn't draft a wide receiver until the fifth round when
they chose Rasheed Marshall, who played primarily quarterback at West
Virginia.

We've got a pattern developing here.

The 49ers ignored the wide receiver position in free agency, watching
big-name receivers such as Derrick Mason, Muhsin Muhammad and Plaxico
Burress sign with other teams. Then they ignored the wide receiver
position until late in the draft. And now they're sitting on the
sidelines as wide receivers who were June 1 salary cap victims search
for new homes.

This is not good news for Smith or 49ers fans.

The 49ers had one of the NFL's worst receiving corps last year.
They've done next to nothing to fix this problem. In fact, it may be
worse.

Cedrick Wilson, their leading wide receiver last season with 47
catches, is gone. He signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh
Steelers. Curtis Conway, who had 38 catches, is gone, too. Derrick
Hamilton was slated to be the team's No. 3 receiver this year until he
suffered a season-ending knee injury during an offseason team workout.

The 49ers will open training camp in July with Brandon Lloyd and Arnaz
Battle as their projected starting wide receivers. P.J. Fleck, a
5-foot-10 practice squad product, has the inside track on the third
receiver spot.

Not exactly Jerry Rice, John Taylor and Mike Sherrard, is it? Or
Dwight Clark, Freddie Solomon and Mike Wilson. Or, for that matter,
the Raiders' "Big Three" of Randy Moss, Jerry Porter and Ronald Curry.

Smith has started as many NFL games -- a big zero -- as all but two
receivers on the 49ers' roster, Lloyd and Jason McAddley, signed
primarily as a kick returner.

When Nolan throws Smith into the NFL fire, who's going to get open
consistently and catch his passes? Who's going to create enough fear
in opposing defenses to keep them from crowding the line of scrimmage
and blitzing Smith until he wishes he was still at Utah?

Nolan said he's "still looking" for help at wide receiver, whether
through free agency or trade. He'd better be.

It's clear Nolan needs help at wide receiver, but he's made it clear
only team-first, one-for-all-and-all-for-one players need apply. Nolan
passed on David Boston, in large part because of the baggage he owns.
For now, he has passed on former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Koren
Robinson. See above.

"As I preach to these guys all the time about what we want this thing
to look like and what we want the players to look like and all that,
if I go too far outside that ... they're going to kind of start
looking at me like, 'Whoa, coach, is this what you're talking about?'"
Nolan said.

The 49ers wouldn't be in such deep trouble if Rashaun Woods, last
year's first-round draft pick, started playing like a top choice. So
far he can't even beat out Fleck for the No. 3 job, and Marshall
appears to be gaining on him.

The crop of salary cap cuts offers little help. Former Kansas City
Chiefs wide receiver Johnnie Morton has captured the greatest
attention from the 49ers. He caught 55 passes last year, but he's
approaching his 12th NFL season. His tank's almost empty.

"We talked a lot about Morton," Nolan said. "I just don't think the
numbers are right right now. I would hope to get maybe a little bit
more, but it could get back to that. It really could."

You don't need to watch a 49ers video to know Smith needs more
complementary help than that at wide receiver in his rookie season.

[[[[[[[[[[ OUR VIEW ]]]]]]]]]]

As mentioned earlier, the QB competition in San Francisco is being
labeled as 'wide open'. The receiving competition may likewise be wide
open, but for a different reason - there aren't any viable candidates
for a starting spot other than maybe Brandon Lloyd. There IS some
potential here, but Rashaun Woods (last year's #1 pick) needs to make
some big strides in a big hurry if he hopes to make an impact. Things
are looking pretty bleak in San Francisco, with potentially a rookie
QB, a weak WR corps, and Kevan Barlow manning the RB position. While
there may be a few players worthy of a fantasy roster, we'd suggest
you steer clear of the 49ers for the most part when it comes time to
putting your team together.

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7. MIA - QB Rosenfels Sharp In Practice

Clipped from Sun-Sentinel article by Harvey Fialkov 6/12/05

Third-string quarterback Sage Rosenfels excelled in the afternoon
practice, hitting five straight passes, including long strikes to
Ronald Bellamy and Davis.

[[[[[[[[[[ OUR VIEW ]]]]]]]]]]

Granted, this isn't much but glowing reviews of Miami QBs are not that
common. Rosenfels got a chance to play last year, but did very little
with the opportunity. With Gus Frerotte and A.J. Feeley currently
battling for the 1-2 positions, Rosenfels will likely be limited to
the #3 spot.

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8. TEN - RB Payton Leading Rusher In World Bowl

Clipped from Tennessean article 6/12/05

Titans running back Jarrett Payton was on top of the world yesterday.

Payton combined for 73 yards, including a game-high 54 rushing yards,
as his Amsterdam Admirals won their first World Bowl title, beating
the Berlin Thunder 27-21

"It is an unbelievable feeling to be champions," said the son of NFL
legend Walter Payton. "It came right down to the wire, and that is the
closest game that I have ever been in. It is unreal."

[[[[[[[[[[ OUR VIEW ]]]]]]]]]]

Alright, so 54 yards don't exactly scream stud running back. And the
key part of this article is the "son of NFL legend Walter Payton"
section. We've been hearing about Jarrett Payton since his days at
Miami, but he's always been thought of as a guy who'd never "make it"
in the NFL. Well, this summer he'll be battling for the very important
job of backing up injury-prone Chris Brown in Tennessee. Crazy as it
may sound, but if Brown should get hurt, Payton would instantly become
a hot waiver-wire pickup. Brown owners would do well to research and
follow the Titans backup RB battle to see who to handcuff to Chris
Brown (something you almost HAVE to do if drafting Brown).

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9. MIA - Dolphins Looking For a Cornerback

Clipped from Palm Beach Post article by Greg Bedard 6/12/05

HC Nick Saban admitted the Dolphins have been interested in the
available free-agent cornerbacks, including R.W. McQuarters, who
signed Friday with the Lions. "If we get an opportunity to improve
with a quality player, we are still going to try and do it," Saban
said. "But it's got to fit in the overall scheme of things, too, from
a business perspective."

[[[[[[[[[[ OUR VIEW ]]]]]]]]]]

Since Will Poole went out for the year with an injury last month,
speculation has been constant that Miami will seek to add a cornerback
through free agency. One possibility? Read on to the next article.

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10. IDP: CB Law Inching Closer To Return

Clipped from Boston Globe article 6/12/05

Ty Law's agent, Carl Poston, said Law is not only running but is
starting to make cuts and inching closer to being 100 percent as he
recovers from foot surgery. Poston heard Friday from Jacksonville,
which is in need of a cornerback and has cap room. He said the Jets,
Colts, Dolphins, Steelers, and Chiefs have all stayed in contact. The
Colts could be an interesting choice, because if they can broker a
long-term deal with Edgerrin James, they'll have the cap room to come
after Law. Poston expects that in 10 days Law will take another tour
around the league so teams can gauge his progress. Asked whether Law
could get a long-term deal, Poston said, ''I believe that's available
to Ty."

[[[[[[[[[[ OUR VIEW ]]]]]]]]]]

Take what Poston says with a very large grain of salt. Perhaps even a
giant boatload of salt. He's going to say what he has to in order to
get the best deal for his client, as he should. Even so, there is no
denying that many teams have an interest and a need for a cornerback
of Law's abilities. The Dolphins have been mentioned prominently as a
possibility for Law, especially after the Poole injury. The Steelers
have been mentioned as possible candidates going back to last year.
Interestingly, the Jets weren't mentioned in this grouping of teams,
so it would appear they are officially out of the Law sweepstakes. The
Chiefs have been trying desperately to improve their defense all
off-season, and the Colts have been in need of defensive help for
about 5 years. The Jaguars are interesting as the wild card here,
because their defense (along with Pittsburgh's) was already a good
unit in 2004, and the addition of Law could push them towards the
league's elite. We'll get a better feel for this situation as Law
begins working out for teams and we hear who has an official offer
versus who is merely trying to keep him away from a division rival.

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11. IDP: NE - S Harrison Contemplates Sitting Out

Clipped from Providence Journal article by Tom E. Curran 6/11/05

The first domino fell Thursday. A second one was wobbling yesterday.

Safety Rodney Harrison said after yesterday morning's mini-camp
practice that he was contemplating sitting out the rest of the weekend
because he -- like AWOL defensive end Richard Seymour -- is irked at
his contract situation.

Harrison made the comment after speaking at length with a group of
media members about Seymour's holdout and the often blurred line
between off-field business and on-field play.

Harrison, 32, ultimately practiced in the afternoon. Still, he left no
doubt he feels the Patriots are doing him wrong.

"I've always heard, 'You get back what you put into it,' " he said
yesterday morning. "You can look at that a number of ways. You can
look at that financially, you can look at that from victories or
tackles or accolades. I can look in the mirror and say I've done
everything I can to help this team and this organization and been
respectful of the fans. I'm not one of the highest-paid safeties. I'm
not even in the top 10. Would I like to be? Yes, I would like to be.
But what do you do? You just keep working hard, keep fighting and keep
doing the best you can do."

Like Seymour, Harrison has a very legitimate point about being
underpaid relative to the NFL's other safeties. He signed a six-year,
$14.5-million deal in early 2003 when he came to the team. This year,
he'll make $1.5 million in salary.

The league's best-paid safety is Green Bay's Darren Sharper ($5.83
million). Next comes Houston's Marcus Coleman ($5.5 million). Lawyer
Milloy, the player Harrison replaced, makes $4 million.

Generally, the Patriots don't renegotiate players' contracts with more
than a year left on them. Earlier this season, the team made an
exception with Tom Brady who, A) signed a relatively reasonable deal,
B) plays the most prominent position on the team both for marketing
and competitive purposes and C) may be the most important player in
the league.

Seymour has two years left on his deal. Harrison's deal doesn't end
until after the 2008 season.

Harrison was asked yesterday if it was difficult to step between the
lines and play hard when his salary could leave him feeling
underappreciated.

"I remember when I started playing," he said. "I played because I
loved the game, I played for pride, I played because my mom wanted to
keep me busy and out of trouble. For me, I couldn't merely play for
the money. But in all fairness, if you're out there playing and
producing you want to feel like someone's being fair to you as well.

"When you sign a contract, you're supposed to honor your contract and
that's just what it is," Harrison added. "You're supposed to be a man
of your word. Sometimes that holds true in football, sometimes it
doesn't. From both ends. It's a fine line, but you play because you
love the game and because it's an opportunity you're afforded. Before
I know it I'll be just 'Rodney' and not 'Rodney' of the New England
Patriots."

[[[[[[[[[[ OUR VIEW ]]]]]]]]]]

Some of the first signs of discord in New England over the past 5
years are nothing to worry about just yet. Sure, several players feel
they are underpaid and want to be rewarded commensurate with their
talents. But we don't think Rodney Harrison is the type of player to
sit out on his teammates to get his new contract. It's a bit of a
concern that two such prominent members of the Pats' defense have
contract issues, and eventually some tough decisions are going to have
to be made in Foxboro. For now, though, expect the team to do all it
can to retain such key members of the defense. With so much turnover
regarding coordinators, the front office realizes it needs to do all
it can to retain some continuity on-field.

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12. IDP: SF - LB Peterson Coming Along With New Energy

Clipped from Contra Costa Times article by Cam Inman 6/12/05

Peterson was a sight for the sore eyes that watched the punch-drunk
49ers last week in their final team drills before training camp, which
opens July 29.

His trademark energy and optimism were there. His No. 98 jersey was
soaked in sweat, albeit from individual work.

He had a bounce in his step, something not possible when he tore his
left Achilles tendon in the fifth game of last year's 2-14 campaign.

How Peterson comes back definitely could mirror the 49ers' 2005 season.

"By the season, I'll be 90, 95, hopefully 100 percent," Peterson said
Thursday. "I'm on pace."

Doctors tell him he's 75 percent healed, and he doesn't expect to be
cleared for full-team drills until the third week of training camp.

He's as curious as anyone at what's to come in coach Mike Nolan's
first training camp, especially after watching and participating
somewhat in Nolan's up-tempo spring drills.
"I'm wondering if things will slow down or if we'll bring it up
another level. Right now, we're already at a really high pace,"
Peterson said. "(Last year's) 2-14 (record) is big in everybody's
heads, and we've got to work harder than others because of that.

"Nobody wants the same 2-14 record."

The 49ers' best hopes of becoming respectable (at least on the field)
start with a veteran defense, one that's moving to a base alignment
with three down linemen and four linebackers. It's tailored for a
playmaker like Peterson, who expects to see more action as a "pressure
rusher, so I can cause havoc on quarterbacks."

What he isn't expecting is a long-term, lucrative deal to land at his
feet, at least not until he proves how that Achilles is above his left
foot.

"It bums me out going year to year (contract-wise) because you don't
know what's going to happen," said Peterson, who is playing under a
one-year, $7.29 million contract as the team's designated franchise
player.

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Peterson cost himself millions by holding out last summer, and
subsequently getting hurt. He has made great strides in his recovery,
however, and could very well return to the form that had him as one of
the best linebackers in the league. It'll be tough to get all the way
back due to the nature and severity of the injury (torn Achilles), but
Peterson is resilient enough to at least get close. Keep in mind,
however, for IDP that even if Peterson does recover and make himself
an integral part of the 49ers' plans, he most likely won't be a
fantasy-worthy LB playing in a 3-4 scheme.

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13. IDP: NE - LB Colvin Finally 100%

Clipped from Milford Daily News article by Michael Felger 6/12/05

No one on the Patriots would admit it last year, but it was clear
Rosevelt Colvin was not the same player he was before breaking his hip
early in the 2003 season.

But now the calendar has allowed such statements to be made, and even
Bill Belichick got into the act last week at minicamp.

``Colvin didn't miss a practice all year (in 2004),'' Belichick said.
``But I feel, and I think that Rosy feels as well, that he was a
different player and a better player in December than he was in July
or August.''

The point was obvious: Just because Colvin made it back on the field
last year, that didn't mean he was fully recovered from his injury.
That began to change as the season went on, and Colvin's best game of
the year was probably the Super Bowl against the Eagles. The
assumption is that Colvin will pick up where he left off last year,
and the outside linebacker did, indeed, look good at camp.

Belichick also pointed out that not only was Colvin working his way
through his injury last year, he was also getting comfortable in the
Pats' system. After all, Colvin was a career 3-4 player who had played
just five quarters of football in the Pats' 3-4 before going down in
2003.

``The one thing about (2004) is that he was doing a lot of things as
an outside linebacker that he had never really done before, both at
Purdue and with the Bears,'' Belichick said. ``In sub situations, that
was really more familiar ground for him based on his previous
experiences. But playing on his feet, re-routing receivers, playing in
pass coverage - from a 3-4 position, not from the will position he
played in Chicago - it was a little bit different for him. He seems a
little more comfortable doing that now.''

As for his overall physical progress, Belichick said: ``I think he's
picked up about where he was. And where that's going to go, I don't
know. Maybe he's leveled off. Maybe he still has room to grow.''

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Don't forget that Colvin was coming off a completely lost season last
year. And also don't forget that he was considered the defensive prize
of the free agent class of 2003. Colvin has got a lot of talent, and
now just needs good health and the opportunity to demonstrate his
skills. The Patriots scheme doesn't lend itself to great IDP numbers
for its linebackers, but a healthy Colvin's presence could and should
greatly help the Patriots defense on an overall basis.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and have a great
Monday. We'll see you tomorrow with the update.

J

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