Chargers work out Youngstown State running back Jody Webb

The San Diego Chargers conducted a private workout for Youngstown State running back Jody Webb, according to a league source.
Webb owns the school record with 5,247 all-purpose yards, rushing for 3,259 yards and adding 896 yards on 73 catches with 1,092 yards on kickoff returns. He set another school record with 2,279 all-purpose yards, including 1,342 rushing yards, 521 kickoff return yard sand 415 receiving yards. He set a record with 331 all-purpose yards against Wofford.
During his March 14 Pro Day, the 5-8, 186-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 and 4.41 seconds. He bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times, broad jumped 9-2, had a 30-inch vertical, a 4.24 short shuttle, a 6.97 three-cone drill and an 11.59 in the 60-yard shuttle.

Cowboys work out Temple RB Jahad Thomas

The Dallas Cowboys conducted a private workout today for Temple running back Jahad Thomas, according to a league source.
He was a second-team all-conference selection, rushing for 953 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. He caught 33 passes for 418 yards and six scores.
As a junior, he rushed for 1,262 yards and had 1,677 all-purpose yards and scored 114 points.
As a sophomore, he had 150 receiving yards against Houston. He was the primary kickoff returner as a freshman.
In high school in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he was the fourth-ranked running back in the state and was a North-South all-star game participant. He was a starter on a nationally-ranked basketball team.
 

Kevin Snead shows off speed for NFL scouts

Carson-Newman wide receiver and track star Kevin Snead has rare speed. He was known as the fastest man in college football.
The track All-American displayed that athleticism at the NFL regional scouting combine
He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 to 4.3 seconds with a 38 1/2 inch vertical leap and a 10-7 broad jump.
He has a March 31 Pro Day.
Snead has posted a 10.21 in the 100 meters and a 20.75 in the 200 meters.
Over a dozen NFL teams are interested in Snead, who has a background at defensive back and has also returned kicks.
“I’m excited that I got the chance to show what I can do for the scouts,” said Snead, who’s represented by veteran NFL agent and former Northwestern football player Chris Martin. “I don’t feel like anyone can catch me in the open field. I’m working hard and can’t wait to get my opportunity.”
 
 

Georgia Tech's Pat Gamble on the mend, looking forward to draft

Despite dealing with a torn hip labrum last season, Georgia Tech defensive tackle Pat Gamble had a career breakthrough season.
He recorded 54 tackles, 7 1/2 sacks and 10 1/2 tackles for losses.
Now, Gamble is getting healthy after undergoing surgery and preparing for the NFL draft with some projections of being a middle-round draft target.
“I feel real good about it, getting up every day training hard and getting myself prepared,” Gamble said in a telephone interview. “I played my entire senior year with the hip injury. I had surgery in January and the recovery time is three to five months. I should be able to do some field stuff by June.”
Gamble is working out at Georgia Tech. He plans to do interviews and the bench press at his Pro Day.
“I’m very determined,” Gamble said. “It’s a dream I had my whole life since I started playing ball. I love the game. I put it all on the line for my brothers on the team. I’m real determined to play the game and reach that next level.
“They’ll get a hard worker, a grinder, very tough, physical football player, very coachable, a guy who loves the game of football and they’ll get a lot out of me. My best football is ahead of me. I’m a grinder.”
An honorable-mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection last year, Gamble majored in media.
“I love music and video production,” Gamble said. “Once the game is all said and done, that’s something I want to do.”
 

Villanova tackle Brad Seaton is a small-school riser

Villanova offensive tackle Brad Seaton is a rising small-school draft prospect in the mold of NFL offensive linemen Jared Veldheer and Zach Strief.
The 6-8, 310-pound New York native recently participated in the College Gridiron Showcase where he met with the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears.
“It was awesome,” Seaton said. “It was a great experience for me. I’m glad I went. I think I showed how athletic I am, how dominant I can be. I have strong technique, a good feel for the game. I can take good angles. I’m big enough to play with a lot of momentum and athletic enough to move.”
Represented by veteran agent Chris Martin, Seaton is training at SPI in  Tampa, Fla.
“I’m super excited,” Seaton said. “I’m a small-school guy who’s going to turn a lot of heads.”
 

Popular Schutt helmets on the rise in NFL

Change is inevitable in the National Football League. Players change teams. Coaching staffs are constantly changing as are the human components in each front office of every NFL team.
 
This past season, change was also evident on the heads of a significant number of NFL players. More than 150 NFL players switched from their previous helmets to a pair of new helmets from Schutt Sports, the Vengeance Z10 and the Vengeance Pro, which made its debut this past season.
 
“I’ve worn a Schutt helmet since I played in college at SMU and the Z10 is the most comfortable Schutt helmet I’ve ever worn,” said New Orleans Saints cornerback Sterling Moore. “The fit of the Z10 is tremendous and when I buckled the chinstrap I couldn’t believe how light it felt. Even though it was significantly lighter, the Z10 felt like it offered just as much protection as I had before, maybe even more.”
 
The Z10 features a sleeker, more streamlined helmet shell that’s significantly lighter than other helmets. Having a lighter helmet can greatly improve the fit of a helmet. One innovative advancement of the Z10 is the Helmet Stabilization System- a fitting system that cradles and frames the head inside the helmet and improves the performance.
 
“The initial thing I noticed when I put on the Z10 for the first time was how well it fit and I will say it’s the most comfortable helmet I have ever worn,” said Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson who switched to the Z10 this year. “It’s lighter than any helmet I’ve worn. It’s unbelievably light. So light, in fact, that I wondered if it could stand up to an NFL pounding.  It’s great. My jaw is more stable and it feels like my entire face is more anchored than in previous helmets.” 
 
Schutt continues to push technological advancements in its helmets, but has also bet that focusing on the fit of the helmet, making it fit better and making it easier for players to wear properly, will pay off.
 
“The launch of the two new Vengeance helmets, the Z10 and the Pro, are the most successful helmet launches in our history,” said Glenn Beckmann, Director of Marketing Communications at Schutt. “There’s never been a helmet that’s been switched to by as many NFL players during its first season.” 
 
The Z10 also incorporated a re-designed line of titanium facemasks. The new facemask design extends protection further down the side of the helmet. Schutt believes offensive and defensive linemen will especially like the new facemask design.
 
“The face guard wraps around the side of the helmet but doesn’t impede my vision at all,” said Johnson. “But the best part of the Z10 is how light it feels and how great it fits. It fits better than any helmet I’ve ever used.”
 
The Z10 also features patented Schutt technology called TPU Cushioning, a series of impact-absorbing cushions made of thermoplastic urethane (TPU). Schutt uses TPU in all of its helmets for NFL players, which are the same helmets as worn by high school players around the country. According to Schutt, independent testing labs have shown TPU Cushioning does a better job of absorbing impact under varied conditions when compared to other helmets.
 
But another part of the Z10 that can’t be measured is how different the Z10 looks when it was worn.
 
“The first time I put it on, a bunch of the other guys on the Saints were like ‘wow, what kind of helmet is that, it looks awesome,” Moore said. “I told the guys it was the Z10 from Schutt and you should go and see our equipment guy and get fitted because it feels as great as it looks.”
 
Schutt is based in Litchfield, IL, 60 miles northeast of St. Louis. As of the 2016 regular season, nearly 40% of NFL players wear Schutt helmets, including: Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Eli Manning, Antonio Bryant, David Johnson and Patrick Peterson.

Eagles signing CFL standout Mitchell White

The Philadelphia Eagles are signing standout Canadian Football League cornerback Mitchell White of the Ottawa Redblacks, to a two-year contract.
Terms of the contract weren’t released by White’s Dallas-based agent, Steve Weinberg, who believes it’s the highest signing bonus ever negotiated for a CFL cornerback.
The Eagles signed White, an all-star cornerback for the Grey Cup champions, after he worked out for the Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals.
White played collegiately at Michigan State. His twin brother, Myles White, has played in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
White was a state champion high jumper growing up in Michigan who walked on at Michigan State and earned a scholarship. He had a previous stint with the Oakland Raiders, but didn’t make the final roster and found success up in Canada.
“Playing in the CFL was a great experience for me, and is definitely a path that I would recommend to any college player who fails to initially make an NFL roster, White said in a statement. “In 2013, following my training camp release by the Oakland Raiders, I flew to Canada and joined Montreal’s practice squad. I knew that if I worked hard, I could become a starting cornerback in the CFL, and once I did, my reward would follow. When my original CFL contract expired a year ago,  I had several good workouts for NFL teams, but when no bonus money followed. I knew I needed to step up my game to become an even better player to have a future in the NFL.
CFL free agency is quite different from the NFL. My agent, Steve Weinberg, and I negotiated a profitable one-year contract (by CFL standards) with Montreal that included an up-front signing bonus. I thought I was set and focused on having a big year, but right at the end of training camp, the club told me they didn’t think I was playing well, and that I would have to cut my salary by quite a bit just to remain on the team. I was in shock, but fortunately my agent had experience in these matters. After making a few phone calls, Weinberg told he was hearing my play was as good as ever, and that more likely than not, the club was likely playing games with me hoping to save some money.
Knowing I was a good player, and trusting my agent, I rejected Montreal’s “take it or be released” pay cut offer. Following Steve’s advice was one of the smartest decisions I have ever made. After sitting out a few weeks of the season, I signed with the Ottawa Redblacks and had the best year of my professional career! I was selected as a CFL All-Star and helped my team win the Grey Cup championship.
Following the victory parade in Ottawa, I took a few weeks off, and in December, I began traveling to various NFL cities. The routine was almost always the same: I would have a good work out, and then be told to go see the team doctor for a complete physical. Then I met with various coaches and player personnel staff while Steve worked the phones and dealt with the front office salary cap guys.
We both did well and I had numerous NFL offers to choose from. Having options was nice, but in the end, I had to make my choice. I thought my best opportunity was with the Philadelphia Eagles, and I look forward to joining the team in April. Steve did his usual thing – he got me paid! I have been told that my NFL signing bonus is the largest ever paid to a CFL defensive back. Without a doubt, having Steve Weinberg as my agent has been great for my career both on and off the field in the CFL and now the NFL. Steve has been there for me to advise me every step of the way. He is one of the best agents in the business. With good health, I hope to become an All Star in two leagues, and then have a chance to sign one of those second NFL contracts I’ve heard so much about.”

Texas A&M tackle Avery Gennesy is an emerging draft prospect

Avery Gennesy, the starting left tackle at Texas A&M for the second consecutive year, is on track to become one of this years darkhorse first-round draft prospects. Gennesy played high school football in Southaven, Mississippi before committing to East Mississippi, the recently documented “Last Chance U”.
Head coach Buddy Stephens played a vital role in recruiting Gennesy to East Mississippi Community College. Gennesy played for EMCC for two years and was a part of their National Championship team in 2013. It was a year in which the team averaged over 62 points per game and was anchored by Gennesy on the offensive line.
He was a consensus 4-star recruit coming out of junior college, the 5th ranked OT and 9th ranked player nationally, and would prove to be one of the country’s most coveted prospects.
He would go on to sign with Texas A&M and redshirted his first year in 2014 despite earning a role on the depth chart. That following year Avery came in and earned the starting job at left tackle, which would keep future 1st-round pick Germain Ifedi from protecting the QB’s blind side. Avery excelled in his first full year starting at the Division 1-FBS level. The Aggies averaged 424 yards per game and were the 7th team in school history to eclipse 5,000 total offensive yards. Ifedi is now starting for the Seattle Seahawks after being drafted in the first round.
Coming into his senior campaign, Gennesy led a very young, inexperienced offensive line that has less combined starts than the second year starter. The 6’5 315 pound tackle stepped into his leadership role and is a major factor in the overall success of the Aggies, who at one point in the season held the highest ranking in school history breaking into the top 4.
Gennesy is coached by one of college football’s best offensive line coaches in Jim Turner, a former Miami Dolphins offensive line coach, and is part of a program which has had 4 offensive tackles taken in the first round over the last four years; two of those were top 10 picks.
Gennesy has a heralded football IQ that allows him to play any position on the offensive line. He also has experience at the center position and is very familiar with the two guard positions. That type of versatility should have NFL scouts and coaches alike raving. So how does Gennesy compare to his four first round predecessors? Well, he does not have the experience of a perennial starter at the Division 1-FBS level, being a JUCO transfer. But outside of that he makes a compelling case to become the fifth first-round pick in Texas A&M’s last five years.
Gennesy has the ideal size and arm length required to compete at the next level. Furthermore, his speed and overall strength are immensely undervalued by most. In fact, he could be the most athletic tackle out of Texas A&M in the last decade.
Gennesy should see his draft stock increase throughout the season into all-star and combine season. He currently ranks fifth among his draft class of offensive tackles.
 

Former Alabama standout Christion Jones healthy again

Former Alabama standout Christion Jones is healthy again and recovered from a hamstring injury and is fully medically cleared.
The former Alabama Special Teams Player of the Year was with the Miami Dolphins during the preseason last year. He returned six kickoffs for 150 yards and ranked first in the NFL with an 18-yard punt return average.
Jones scored on a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but it was nullified by a penalty.
Cut by the Dolphins has had two stints with Miami and spent time with the Minnesota Vikings.
Jones plays faster than his 40-yard dash time suggests. He has good quickness and can create separation as a wide receiver. He has also played defensive back. Jones had the fastest short shuttle and three-cone drill at the NFL scouting combine in 2015.
 

Eagles trade Sam Bradford to Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings traded for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, sending them their 2017 first-round pick and a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick.
The Vikings made the move after losing starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the season with a torn ACL and dislocated left knee.
Bradford re-signed with the Eagles in March to a two-year, $35 million deal with $22 million fully guaranteed.