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Volume 6, Issue 92 (Tuesday, July 19th)

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Things are starting to heat up a little. Ricky Williams is cleared to return, Brett Favre and Drew Rosenhaus may not be exchanging holiday cards this year and the Vikings new owners open with a boneheaded PR move. And speaking of Rosenhaus, check out the last story for something very cool. Thanks to our Mark Wimer for rounding up these stories tonight. I hope you have a great Wednesday. Let's get to it.

Joe Bryant


INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. MIA - RB Williams Cleared to Report to Training Camp With Dolphins on Sunday
2. GB - QB Favre on Rosenhaus: "He has nothing to say to me"
3. JAX/BUF - GM Donahoe Blames Jags for Missing Out on Henry
4. MIN - Charging for Training Camp Practices Invites NFL Scouts to Observe Vikings
5. BUF - Who's the New Backup RB?
6. MIA - Lots of Troubled Players On and Added to Roster (Commentary)
7. TEN - RB Henry Gives Titans Options
8. ATL IDP - DE Smith Out for Training Camp, Maybe Start of Season (Neck Surgery)
9. NE IDP - Patriots Seek to Fill Void Left by Law
10. NYJ IDP - DB Donnie Abraham Retires
11. TEN IDP - DB Jones In Hot Water: First Court Date 8/11/05
12. NFC East - Top Camp Battles
13. Agent Drew Rosenhaus Saves Drowning Boy

1. MIA - RB Williams Cleared to Report to Training Camp With Dolphins on Sunday

Clipped from: ESPN.com / AP article, 7/19/05

Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams has been cleared by the NFL to report Sunday with the rest of the team for the start of training camp, a year and a day after he abruptly retired.

The league's 2002 rushing champion decided to seek reinstatement after sitting out last season. He still faces a four-game suspension at the start of the season for violating the NFL substance abuse program.

"We've taken the steps necessary to ensure an on-time arrival, and he's excited about rejoining his team," said Williams' agent, Leigh Steinberg.

The NFL cleared Williams to report on the first day of camp without incurring a further violation of the drug program, league spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday. Williams acknowledged shortly after retiring that he failed drug tests and faced a suspension for testing positive three times for marijuana.

Steinberg said Williams studied holistic medicine at a school in northern California from October to April and finished the first year of a three-year program, then spent April at a yoga center in India and became certified as an instructor.

"Both emphasize natural methods of healing and are opposed to the use of drugs and alcohol to alter consciousness," Steinberg said.

After retiring, Williams lost more than 20 pounds on a vegetarian diet. Steinberg said his weight is back above 215, still below his listed weight of 226 on the 2004 preseason roster.

Williams rushed for 3,225 yards and 25 touchdowns in two seasons with the Dolphins. He informed coach Dave Wannstedt of his retirement plans last July 23, one week before the start of training camp.

A court later found the 1998 Heisman Trophy winner in breach of contract by retiring, and ordered him to repay the team $8.6 million. The team has not yet sought to collect the settlement, and new coach Nick Saban offered Williams another chance to play for the Dolphins, who begin workouts Monday.

"Ricky and coach Saban seem to have established a very good rapport in the past several months," Steinberg said.

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Even if all the issues between Williams, the NFL and the Dolphins are resolved, there is still a first round draft pick in the mix for playing time this season. Williams' chances of making a fantasy impact are subject to wild speculation at this point - we know that he'll miss at least 4 games, so ¼ of his season is automatically wiped out from the get go. Don't get too excited about Williams' chances and you won't be disappointed. On the flip side, understand that rookie Ronnie Brown could have a serious obstacle for playing time.

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2. GB - QB Favre on Rosenhaus: "He has nothing to say to me"

Clipped from: http://www.jsonline.com/packer/news/jul05/341931.asp

Favre has said he wants receiver Javon Walker to honor his contract and report to camp late next week. Rosenhaus, who represents Walker amid his threatened holdout, has taken issue with Favre's opinion.

The first was back in May.

"Favre himself has had his own contract disputes. And I'm surprised he's not sympathetic and supportive," Rosenhaus said.

And just last week, Rosenhaus said Favre should call him now that Grady Jackson, another of his clients, is also threatening a holdout for more money.

"I think there are a lot of things (Favre) doesn't know about our situation," Rosenhaus said. "There are a lot of things he needs to know."

Monday, between the 14th and 15th holes, Favre's response wasn't spiteful and his tone wasn't snide, but he wouldn't waffle, either.

"I haven't called him yet. I don't think he'll answer my calls," Favre said. "Set me straight on what? I've played 14 straight years. I have not held out one time. He has nothing to say to me."

The ugly business developments have felt somewhat personal for Favre. After playing in Green Bay for 13 seasons, he decided to come back for a 14th for a chance to win, and not for the off-the field soap operas that have developed this off-season.

"I've invested a lot of time, and ups and downs with this team," Favre said. "Green Bay is home to me. I've been to the top. We won a Super Bowl. We've lost one. I've seen it done right. And the years that we've been successful and have been competitive were the years we didn't have the problems like we're having.

"I don't know what's going to happen this year. I hope Javon comes back. I hope he comes to his senses. I know he's a good guy; he's a great player. He's still got a lot left to give to this game, to give to the Green Bay Packers. But you can't do it that way.

"Some people would agree with me, some people won't. And that's fine. But I know we need him, and I know he's under contract, and to me that means he should be here."

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We'll see who reports when the Packers open training camp, but there does seem to be a lot of acrimony surrounding the team heading into pre-season. Everyone will have a better read on this situation when the Packers' veterans report (or not) on July 27th to St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

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3. JAX/BUF - GM Donahoe Blames Jags for Missing Out on Henry

Clipped from: Jacksonville Times-Union article by Bart Hubbuch, 7/19/05

Hoping to "clear up the confusion,'' Buffalo Bills president Tom Donahoe blamed the Jaguars on Monday for not closing a long-discussed trade for running back Travis Henry.

Speaking publicly for the first time since trading the veteran running back to the Tennessee Titans for a third-round draft pick, Donahoe said the Jaguars were too indecisive in their dealings with him last week.

"Jacksonville was really up and down and couldn't seem to make up their mind what they wanted to do,'' Donahoe told Buffalo reporters.

Jaguars senior vice president Paul Vance, who was the point man in the team's negotiations with the Bills, declined comment after reading Donahoe's comments.

According to a league source, the Jaguars had worked out a long-term contract extension with Henry last week and offered a third-round pick to the Bills as compensation.

After realizing the Titans had made the same offer, the Jaguars were prepared to counter with a second-round choice but said they never got the chance because Donahoe stopped returning phone calls before finishing the trade with Tennessee.

The Jaguars were upset about the unreturned calls because they said they thought they had done everything Donahoe told them to do to complete the trade, particularly in negotiating an extension with Henry beforehand.

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Everyone has an opinion on how the Bills and Jaguars handled this. It does appear Buffalo may have left a 2nd-round pick lying on the table in lieu of a 3rd rounder. Although they may have preferred to trade with Tennessee over Jacksonville. Hindsight is always 20/20 - from the fantasy perspective (which is honestly the perspective we look at it from) the trade means a challenge for playing time for Tennessee's Chris Brown, and some breathing space for owners of Fred Taylor.

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4. MIN - Charging for Training Camp Practices Invites NFL Scouts to Observe Vikings

Clipped from: Star-Tribune article by Kevin Seifert, 7/19/05

Barring an unlikely exemption from the league office, the Vikings will be the only NFL team required to admit opposing scouts to all of its training camp practices this summer.

That circumstance stems from the recent decision to charge admission for all practice sessions at Minnesota State, Mankato. The NFL typically bans scouts from attending practices -- even sessions that are free and open to the general public. For competitive reasons, scouts can only attend events to which the public must purchase tickets.

Nearly all NFL teams charge admission for signature camp events such as intrasquad scrimmages, but the Vikings are the only team planning to charge for all 30 scheduled practices. Tickets range from $5 to $20 per person, depending on the day and event, in addition to a $2 parking fee.

Charging selectively allows teams to "hold back" any sensitive plays, formations or game-situation scenarios for free practices, where scouts cannot see them. However, the Vikings' ticket policy eliminates those "dark" practices.

The competitive impact of the situation is unclear; even "dark" practices are open to fans and media. It is enough, however, that the Vikings have petitioned the NFL to exempt them from the rule, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The Vikings' case rests on the interpretation of a small patch of grass behind one end zone along Stadium Road. There, fans can watch practice through a chain-link fence at no charge.

An NFL spokesman on Monday did not comment on the Vikings' contention but pointed to the clear wording of the rule as stated in the NFL Game Operation Manual: "... Club personnel or their representatives may not attend or view another club's practice sessions without permission unless an admission charge for the general public is made for the practice."

Team officials declined comment Monday, citing the uncertain nature of their appeal.

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If the teams' appeal fails, it'll be interesting to see if the Vikings change their schedule of practices to include "free" and "paid" events, or if they forge ahead with the new ownerships' plan to charge the fans for everything. Aside from the competitive teams angle, this has to be one of the more boneheaded public relations moves for a new owner to open with. Buy the team and have one of the first big policy changes be to become the only team in the league that charges for every practice. Nice. Changing the uniforms to green and gold would be almost as popular with the fans. And just to be clear, there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that Mike Tice has a few extra tickets for practice he'd like to unload...

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5. BUF - Who's the New Backup RB?

Clipped from: Buffalo News article by Mark Gaughan, 7/19/05

The Bills hope moves made in April and May better prepared them for Henry's exit. They drafted a big running back out of Louisville, Lionel Gates, in the seventh round. A month later they signed third-year veteran ReShard Lee, who had been cut by the Dallas Cowboys. They join incumbents Joe Burns and Shaud Williams in the competition for two (or perhaps three) backup running back jobs behind starter Willis McGahee.

"We feel good based on what we saw this spring," Donahoe said of his back lineup. "Talking to Mike (Mularkey) and the coaches, we think there's going to be a lot of competition on the team for the second and third spot.

"Joe Burns has the most experience of the guys who will be in camp. Shaud Williams did an outstanding job for us last year. We were impressed this spring with ReShard Lee, who we picked up from Dallas, and Lionel Gates, who we drafted in the seventh round. So we have four backs who we think will be very competitive to see who becomes Willis' backup."

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Now that Henry is a Titan, the battle to backup McGahee will heat up. Given the prevalence of injuries in the NFL at the RB position, fantasy owners will be keeping a close eye on who emerges as the #2 ball-carrier in Buffalo. McGahee owners in particular will want to watch and see how the situation shakes out.

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6. MIA - Lots of Troubled Players On and Added to Roster (Commentary)

Clipped from: Palm Beach Post article by Charles Elmore, 7/19/05

When the Dolphins selected Manuel Wright in the supplemental draft last week, they knew about his history. They picked the University of Southern California junior defensive tackle despite his battery conviction against a female college student in 2003. The Dolphins also took him despite doubts from scouts around the league about Wright's work ethic.

The Dolphins picked Wright because he is 6-feet-6 and 329 pounds, and they need help on the interior defensive line. The warning flags about Wright actually made him more attractive from the standpoint of his cost and availability. Other teams were willing to wait for next year's regular draft.

"We believe we have gotten great value from our supplemental pick by adding a player of Manuel's talent to our roster at the critical position of defensive line," coach Nick Saban explained.

It might not have been the greatest timing, Joe Bailey, chief executive officer of Dolphins Enterprises, acknowledged Monday. The selection came five days after tight end Randy McMichael was arrested for the second time in 13 months after an alleged altercation with his wife at a Waffle House in Georgia.

Five years ago, Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga made it plain he wanted to clean up the clubhouse after too many rehab projects with checkered pasts, such as running backs Cecil Collins and Lawrence Phillips. This year, Saban has talked about holding players to "a higher standard." Those beliefs have not changed, Bailey said.

"I believe what you have seen is a bit of an aberration and poor timing," Bailey said after a fan event at Dolphins Stadium. "There is absolutely no change in Wayne Huizenga's statement back in 2000, and more importantly, what Nick Saban believes in. He has repeatedly said and described the quality of person he would want. In each one of those cases, they have to be looked at on an individual basis, not an aggregated basis."

But it's hard to ignore the context this off-season. The Dolphins re-signed receiver David Boston despite his suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy and an arrest for an assault on a ticket attendant at an airport, to which he pleaded no contest.

The team acquired rookie safety Abram Elam of Riviera Beach, convicted in 2003 of sexual battery while at Notre Dame. The Dolphins drafted Iowa lineman Matt Roth and Florida linebacker Channing Crowder despite arrests after fights while in college. And running back Ricky Williams will be welcomed back with open arms, though he is a repeat offender of the league's substance-abuse policy.

Last month safety Quintin Williams was arrested on drunken-driving charges after being pulled over for driving 111 mph on Interstate 595. He eventually was released by the team.

But other crimes, including violence against women, are apparently no serious bar to a big paycheck. This is particularly uncomfortable given that Huizenga's wife, Marti, serves as an honorary board member for Women in Distress, which runs a Fort Lauderdale shelter for battered women.

"They must feel like a player with a domestic violence charge still makes for a viable candidate for their team," said Dia Kuykendall, communications and public policy manager for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence. "That's not a good message. These are serious transgressions and shouldn't be overlooked as 'boys will be boys'."

The Dolphins say they there's no double standard, and that athletes must be judged as individual cases.

Maybe, but it will be hard to take the Dolphins seriously on the issue as long as "value picks" trump the values the teams says it supports.

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Can coach Saban impose discipline on the players on this roster? The former regime struggled to do so, and now the same problems are on the horizon for the new coaching staff. Stay tuned.

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7. TEN - RB Henry Gives Titans Options

Clipped from: Tennessean article by Paul Kuharsky, 7/19/05

"It's exciting to me that we have two backs like that now, because that means we're going to use them," Hopkins said yesterday. "We have the potential to have two backs with 1,000 yards. Has that ever happened?"

It has happened, but only three times.

Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris did it for the 1972 Dolphins, Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier did it for the 1976 Steelers, and Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack did it for the 1985 Browns.

The Titans hope Chris Brown and Henry make it a foursome.

The deal for Henry is contingent on him passing a physical in Nashville today. Buffalo announced the trade yesterday afternoon.

"He's a Pro Bowl running back - they're hard to find," Titans General Manager Floyd Reese said. "He's only 26 and he's only played four years.

"He comes in and it'll be a heck of a battle between he and Chris Brown. If he stays healthy and Chris stays healthy, we've got as good a combination as anybody in the league. If you've got that, you've got a chance to win a lot of games."

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Unfortunately for fantasy owners, if both Henry and Brown scrape together 1,000 yards rushing this season, even if they can reach those goals - 1000 rushing yards isn't what it used to be. Last season, players with "only" ~1,000 yards rushing (and not a ton of TDs or receiving yards) started appearing on the RB end-of-season rankings at #16 (Michael Pittman, 219/926/7 rushing and 41/391/3 receiving). Players like Brian Westbrook and Priest Holmes were both top-12 fantasy RBs in total points with less than 1,000 yards rushing, due to Westbrook's receiving yards (703) and Holmes' TD bonanza of 15 scored in only 8 games. Go here for all of last year's end-of-season stats: http://apps.footballguys.com/04finalytdstats17.cfm

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8. ATL IDP - DE Smith Out for Training Camp, Maybe Start of Season (Neck Surgery)

Clipped from: Palm Beach Post AP article, 7/19/05

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Brady Smith will miss training camp, and his status for the start of the season could be in jeopardy following neck surgery.

Smith, entering his 10th NFL season, had a cervical-region, nerve-root decompression procedure Saturday in Rochester, N.Y., the team said Tuesday.

The procedure was designed to relieve pain that has plagued Smith in the offseason.

While doctors project Smith will be out six to 12 weeks, the hope is he will miss no more than six weeks. If he needs as long as 12 weeks to recover, Smith could miss the first five games of the season.

Even under the most optimistic return date, Smith will miss training camp, which begins Monday in Flowery Branch, Ga., and at least most of the preseason schedule.

The Falcons open their regular season schedule on Sept. 12 - a Monday night game against Philadelphia in the Georgia Dome.

"It's not serious," president and general manager Rich McKay said. "When we play the Eagles, you'll see Brady Smith."

Smith, 32, had six sacks and 46 tackles in 2004. Smith and left end Patrick Kerney have given the team a productive outside pass rush the last five years. Smith has 28.5 sacks in that span. He had 10 tackles and two sacks in the team's two playoff games last season.

McKay said the Falcons won't seek help at the position. Second-year player Khaleed Vaughn will open camp as the starter at Smith's right end position.

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Khaleed Vaughn - there is a name to remember for the DL position if Smith's progress isn't as rapid as the medical staff hopes it may be. We'll see who is starting come the 12th of September, but regardless of what GM McKay may opine, any surgery on a person's spinal column is not good news.

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9. NE IDP - Patriots Seek to Fill Void Left by Law

Clipped from: Boston Herald article by Michael Felger, 7/19/05

With or without Law, the Pats secondary figures to be one of the most intriguing and hotly contested positions at training camp. At the very least, the Pats are in a position in which receivers (Troy Brown) won't need to play corner, and linebackers (Don Davis) won't need to play safety.

Duane Starks, a former Super Bowl hero with Baltimore, was brought in from Arizona in exchange for a third-round pick, and if healthy, he has the potential to replace Law's big-play ability. Starks isn't as physical as Law, but he's just as athletic. Under Belichick, he could return to stardom.

First, he has to win a starting job. Same with Tyrone Poole. Poole was outstanding in 2003 but frustratingly slow to return from a knee injury in 2004. Poole received a $600,000 roster bonus this offseason, so he's not going anywhere. The only question is whether he returns as a starter or a backup.

Randall Gay and Asante Samuel were the starters for the Super Bowl against the Eagles, and they remained with the first unit at minicamp. That might not last. Samuel is better suited to playing inside as a slot corner. Third-round pick Ellis Hobbs also could enter the mix, while physical veteran Chad Scott will be on hand for insurance.

At safety, the Pats enjoy a top-notch starting combination of Rodney Harrison and Eugene Wilson. The only potential problem is Harrison's unhappiness with his contract.

Otherwise, the intrigue comes at the backup spots, where promising 2004 rookie Gus Scott will try to establish himself after missing all of last season with a torn ACL. He will be battling veteran Antuan Edwards (a disappointment in Green Bay), rookie James Sanders and Dexter Reid for playing time. Reid was an emergency fill-in for Wilson in the Super Bowl and showed he might not be ready for prime time with the regular defense.

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If you need a DB on your IDP roster, keep an eye on who emerges to take over as the starting CB in New England. Starks is a ball-hawk who could rack up interceptions if he can get his "A" game back.

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10. NYJ IDP - DB Donnie Abraham Retires

Clipped from: Journal-News article by Ernie Palladino, 7/19/05

The Jets knew nine-year veteran Donnie Abraham was thinking retirement when they acquired Dallas cornerback Pete Hunter last week.

Abraham made it official yesterday.

The 5-foot-10, 192-pound Abraham, who signed with the Jets in 2002 as an unrestricted free agent after six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said he retired to spend more time with his family. He had two interceptions last season, including one he returned for a touchdown, and started every game.

The demands of offseason conditioning and the rigors of the upcoming training camp, which starts next Friday, eliminated any indecision about his future.

"This was a tough call to make," the 31-year-old Abraham said. "This is an opportunity for me to spend more time with my children and pursue personal business interests."

Abraham's departure leaves a spot in the defensive backfield for the potential acquisition of former Patriots cornerback Ty Law, who missed the last 12 games of 2004 with a broken foot. The Jets are believed to be stepping up their efforts to get the unrestricted free agent despite the $6 million per year salary Law wants.

"We wanted Donnie to follow his heart, and this is the best thing for him and his family," said coach Herman Edwards, who also coached Abraham in Tampa Bay. "He's guided younger players, sharing his knowledge and wisdom of the game. He's worked hard, played hard and is a consummate professional."

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Thanks to Mr. Abraham for all the memories - he was a fine cornerback who will be missed by the Jets. Law to the Jets is an interesting wrinkle - but right now that is nothing more than a rumor.

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11. TEN IDP - DB Jones In Hot Water: First Court Date 8/11/05

Clipped from: Tennessean article by Paul Kuharsky, 7/19/05

Titans first-round pick Pacman Jones has yet to play in an NFL game but has already been in the proximity of an alleged crime three times since he was drafted.

Two of the incidents involved assault and two involved marijuana. He faces two misdemeanor assault charges and one felony vandalism charge from a nightclub incident July 13.

"It's like a child," Titans General Manager Floyd Reese said. "What works with one of your kids may not work with the other. But because it doesn't, you don't give up. We have to make him understand."

Said Jones' agent, Michael Huyghue: "All young players, particularly underclassmen, need to understand the transition, and obviously Adam is no different. Obviously we will work with him to make a lot more smooth transition than it's been to this point."

Under the NFL's personal conduct policy, any player charged with criminal activity is "required to undergo a clinical evaluation and, if appropriate, additional counseling or treatment as directed."

Jones' first court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 11. If he ultimately is found guilty or pleads guilty as part of a settlement, he will be subject to discipline determined by Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Discipline could include a fine and/or suspension without pay.

Assault convictions or plea agreements typically result in suspensions of one or two games. The Titans are expecting offensive lineman Brad Hopkins to receive a one-game suspension for a conditional guilty plea to charges of assault and domestic violence in a case settled in April.

And Jones' proximity to marijuana on two occasions could lead the league's highly confidential substance abuse program to check on him.

Prior to his arrest Jones attended the NFL Rookie Symposium, where first-year pros are given lessons about life in the league and how to avoid trouble and troublemakers. The Titans also hold orientation and counseling with their rookies.

There is a widespread sense that Jones failed to connect with the sessions as well as his rookie counterparts or rookies of the past, but that's not unprecedented.

"This isn't the first time this has happened to us," Reese said. "Maybe this is the quickest and the most dramatic. But we've had trouble, everybody does. The concern lies throughout the league. I get a bellyache every morning when I pick up the sports page and see somebody on another team has an assault charge."

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Incidents like these are why coaches and front offices hate the "summer vacation" between mini-camps/OTAs and training camp. Obviously, Jones hasn't been making wise choices regarding his leisure time/companions to date. Three criminal charges should be a huge red flag for IDP owners considering investing a draft pick in the player.

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12. NFC East - Top Camp Battles

Clipped from: CBS Sportsline article by Clark Judge, 7/19/05

The second in a series breaking down key positional battles heading into the opening of training camps. Today the NFC East:

Washington

Walt Harris vs. Carlos Rogers, cornerback

This is a battle for the job Fred Smoot vacated when he moved on to Minnesota. Harris, a nickel back in 2004, is the early favorite for several reasons: He knows the Redskins system, he's experienced and Rogers isn't healthy. Not yet anyway. The first-round draft pick has a stress fracture in his right foot, is in a walking boot and won't be ready to rejoin practice until Aug. 1. That puts him behind Harris for the season opener. But safety Sean Taylor didn't open last season as the starter either, and look what happened there. Rogers was drafted first for a reason: He has a raft of talent, and the Redskins envision him as a starter. Look for him to crack the lineup soon.

Edge: Rogers.

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The article goes on to cover key battles on three of the NFC East teams. Good info as usual from Mr. Judge.

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13. Agent Drew Rosenhaus Saves Drowning Boy

Clipped from: the msnbc.com / AP story 7/19/05

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - NFL player agent Drew Rosenhaus performed CPR to save a young boy pulled unconscious from a swimming pool at a Disney World resort hotel Tuesday.

The Chicago boy was on a trip with his family. He was transported to a hospital but was expected to be fine, said Cpl. Carlos Torres of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

"Rosenhaus brought him back," Torres said.

Rosenhaus, whose hardball negotiating tactics have made him perhaps the league's most notorious agent, said he was at the Grand Floridian to visit clients and ran to help when he heard screaming after the boy was pulled from the pool.

"I dropped my phone, which is pretty rare," joked Rosenhaus, who worked as a lifeguard as a youngster. "I was thrilled to help the boy. It was nice to be a good guy for once.".

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Wow. What a great story. For all the grief we give Rosenhaus, hats off to him for a very cool thing today. Real life stuff puts the football stuff in perspective sometimes.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Have a great day and we'll see you tomorrow with the update.

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