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3 Rookies Everyone Should Be Excited to See

Melvin Gordon

Now that the OTAs are in full swing, teams are starting to get a look at how their rookies play. By no means does this compare to what an actual game will be like, but it does give them a taste of what they can expect from their long-term investments. There are several rookies in

Now that the OTAs are in full swing, teams are starting to get a look at how their rookies play. By no means does this compare to what an actual game will be like, but it does give them a taste of what they can expect from their long-term investments. There are several rookies in this year’s draft class that everyone who is in love with football, should be anxious to see.

Shane Ray, EDGE, Denver Broncos

Shane Ray made the headlines prior to the NFL Draft after being busted for possession of pot, plus there was some concern for a turf toe injury he suffered late last season which took longer than expected to heal. Ray was never really liked by most draft-niks because of his smaller build. When scouting Ray, I was never concerned with his size, because I felt he played bigger than what his measurements said. Ray is an extremely quick and powerful edge rusher; I was consistently impressed with his play game after game. If you need a sack on third down, he is going to be the one who you can expect a sack to come from. The only issue I have with Ray is his poor run defense; that is where the smaller size bites him in the butt. It is hard for him to penetrate through the inside of the O-Line and get to the ball carrier. I like the group that Ray is surrounded with at Denver. He will be trained and helped along by one of the best EDGE/D-Linemen to play the game, Demarcus Ware, and a talented pass rusher by the name of Von Miller. In Denver, Ray is set up for success and I can see him being the eventual replacement for the aging Ware.

Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers

Melvin Gordon is one of the most accomplished RBs to come out of Wisconsin University. Setting records last season, he was arguably one of the best backs to go in the Draft. I loved watching Gordon in my time scouting him. He was very quick and he had the home run potential on every single handoff. The main downgrade I gave him was I didn’t feel, in college, that he caught the ball enough. So that is something he will need to get used to in his transition to the pros. I feel Gordon will do very well in his rookie season. He is set up with some veteran help. Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown have both been in the league for some time now and can give him some help. He also has a decent O-Line blocking for him and some guy named Philip Rivers, a five time Pro-Bowler, leading the offense. I have to wonder with Gordon coming from a team known for using their running backs a great deal, if he is a short term answer to a problem in San Diego.

Phillip Dorsett, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Until the Combine, no one had really heard of a guy named Phillip Dorsett out of Miami (FL). Then, he ran the 40 yard dash and his Draft stock started rising. Dorsett was a very fast player at Miami who was known for out-running defenses on the deep ball and getting excellent yards after the catch, particularly on screen plays. There is some issue with his size, seeing as he is only 5”9” (5’10” if you round up) and 185 pounds, and there are problems with too many dropped passes. As of right now, it seems that Dorsett will not be a starting WR the first week. Instead, it looks as if his main role will be the number one punt return and kickoff return man. It is a smart move by the Colts to give him some time to develop until there is a spot for him as backup receiver. As of now, Andre Johnson, T.Y. Hilton, and Donte Moncrief are the main receivers for the Colts and will be for several more seasons. In the meantime, Dorsett will have a chance to learn from veterans Johnson and Hilton (who is slowly turning into a top notch receiver himself). To me, nothing is more exciting than watching a game where an extremely fast return man is about to work his magic. Seeing guys like Devin Hester, Patrick Peterson, and Tavon Austin do their stuff is a thrill to watch and they bring excitement back into the usually boring and drab Special Teams. I expect to see a few returns by Dorsett to be on the highlight reels on Sunday and Monday nights.

Austin Morris is a graduate of National Football Post’s Introduction to Scouting and Scouting Boot Camp. He can be reached at amorris3585@scc.stanly.edu

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Colts cut Aaron Burks

<p> The Indianapolis Colts have cut wide receiver Aaron Burks.</p> <p> Burks was signed in July.</p> <p> He was previously with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.</p> <p> Burks played collegiately at Boise State.</p> <p> In four seasons, he caught 47 passes for 743 yards and four touchdowns.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href="http://www.twitter.com/RavensInsider">@RavensInsider</a></p>

<p> The Indianapolis Colts have cut wide receiver Aaron Burks.</p> <p> Burks was signed in July.</p> <p> He was previously with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.</p> <p> Burks played collegiately at Boise State.</p> <p> In four seasons, he caught 47 passes for 743 yards and four touchdowns.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href=”http://www.twitter.com/RavensInsider”>@RavensInsider</a></p> <p> Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun</p>

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Colts cut running back Chris Rainey

<p> The Indianapolis Colts have released running back Chris Rainey, a surprising move considering that Vick Ballard is out for the season.</p> <p> “I can do anything and everything," Rainey said this week. "Wherever they put me, I’m ready for it. I’m one of them play-making guys that make you miss. It just makes you

<p> The Indianapolis Colts have released running back Chris Rainey, a surprising move considering that Vick Ballard is out for the season.</p> <p> “I can do anything and everything,” Rainey said this week. “Wherever they put me, I’m ready for it. I’m one of them play-making guys that make you miss. It just makes you smile because you know what you can do in the middle of the field. So just be ready for it when you’re time comes.”</p> <p> Rainey is a former Pittsburgh Steelers draft pick who had 102 yards on 26 carries as a rookie. He was released by the Steelers when he was arrested.</p> <p> Signed last season, he played in two games and had six kickoff returns for 131 yards and four punt returns for 29 yards. For his career, Rainey has returned 45 kickoffs for 1,166 yards and seven punts for 29 yards.</p> <p> Colts coach Chuck Pagano had recently praised Rainey.</p> <p> “When we got Chris a year ago, he had been on a couch for 11 months,” Pagano said. “I don’t know what he was doing work-wise but he was living on a sofa with his brother, ‘He Hate Me.’ We had ‘He Hate Me’ in Oakland. Great dude. Love him. When I was at Oakland and I left Oakland to go back to college in 2007, his brother, ‘He Hate Me’, he said, ‘Coach good luck. I know you’re leaving, but you might want to take a look at this cat,’ and he handed me a DVD.</p> <p> “It was of Chris Rainey and he was a senior at Lakeland High School. I’m going back to college, so I go home, packed up the house and it’s me and Tori, my youngest daughter, and we popped it in and watched four plays. She told me, ‘Go get that guy, that guy can play.’ It looked like everyone else was standing still on the tape and that’s what he looks like now. You can see the athleticism, the burst, the speed. He puts a foot in the ground and gets north and south.”</p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href=”http://www.twitter.com/RavensInsider”>@RavensInsider</a></p> <p> Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun</p>

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Colts cut offensive tackle Jack Breckner

<p> The Indianapolis Colts cut offensive tackle Jack Breckner.</p> <p> Breckner was signed in February.</p> <p> He has previous stints with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League, the Chicago Slaughter of the Indoor Football League and the Eastern Kentucky Drillers of the Ultimate Indoor Football League.</p> <p> Breckner was a four-year starter at

<p> The Indianapolis Colts cut offensive tackle Jack Breckner.</p> <p> Breckner was signed in February.</p> <p> He has previous stints with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League, the Chicago Slaughter of the Indoor Football League and the Eastern Kentucky Drillers of the Ultimate Indoor Football League.</p> <p> Breckner was a four-year starter at Gustavus Adolphus College.</p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href=”http://www.twitter.com/RavensInsider”>@RavensInsider</a></p> <p> Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun</p>

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Colts sign Davin Meggett, place Aaron Morgan on injured reserve

<p> The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Maryland running back Davin Meggett and placed linebacker Aaron Morgan on injured reserve.</p> <p> Meggett was on the Colts' practice squad previously. He has a previous stint with the Houston Texans. At Maryland, Meggett rushed for 2,469 yards and 18 touchdowns.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Morgan was signed to

<p> The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Maryland running back Davin Meggett and placed linebacker Aaron Morgan on injured reserve.</p> <p> Meggett was on the Colts’ practice squad previously. He has a previous stint with the Houston Texans. At Maryland, Meggett rushed for 2,469 yards and 18 touchdowns.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Morgan was signed to a reserve-future deal after last season. He has four solo career tackles in 18 career games. He was previously with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href=”http://www.twitter.com/RavensInsider”>@RavensInsider</a></p> <p> Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun</p>

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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