Justin Blackmon: What Does the Future Hold for the Jacksonville Jaguars Wide Receiver?

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Of the 32 players selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, 31 report this week for training camps – 28 to the team that drafted them. The lone exception, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon is currently indefinitely suspended for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The troubled Blackmon will probably get only one more shot; does he have what it takes to turn it around?

Blackmon’s first two seasons at Stillwater went by without any noticeable off the field problem. After being redshirted in 2008, he caught 20 passes and scored two touchdowns for the Oklahoma State Cowboys in his sophomore season.

The mugshot of Blackmon after his first arrest

The mugshot of Blackmon after his first arrest

Blackmon first ran into trouble when he was arrested on 26 October 2010 for a DUI after being clocked doing 92 mph in a 60 mph zone, while driving home with friends from a Dallas Cowboys game.

“That was the first time he had a run-in with the law” told Gunter Brewer, Blackmon’s WR coach at Oklahoma State, in a phone interview with Inside Handoff. Continue reading

Johnathan Franklin: Is the Former Green Bay Packer the Future Mayor of Los Angeles?

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Jeff Gross / Getty Images

419 days. That’s how long UCLA’s leading rusher’s NFL career lasted. Johnathan Franklin announced on 19 June that he will not play in the 2014 season and will probably not return to the NFL. Well, at least not to the field, but they should expect him at Los Angeles City Hall sometime soon.

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The NFL must think twice before expanding to London

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Dave Shopland / AP

The NFL has become more and more popular on the old continent over recent years. Commissioner Roger Goodell has expressed his intention of expanding to London several times since he assumed office. However, the league should pull the brakes.

The first regular season game took place at Wembley Stadium in 2007 when the Miami Dolphins “hosted” the New York Giants. Seven games have been played in London since and all but one had attendance figures of more than 80,000.

The British hosted two games for the first time in 2013, while the Wembley will feature three regular season matchups in 2014. The commissioner hopes this will lead up to an expansion team landing in London in the near future. Continue reading

Mr. Irrelevant? Not So Fast!

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Joe Murphy / Getty Images North America

By the end of the sixth round of the NFL Draft, phone lines get hot in the war rooms of all 32 NFL teams. However, at this time teams are not calling their selection nor Radio City Music Hall, but players who could go unselected in order to convince them to sign with their team as undrafted free agents. For example, in December Julian Edelman admitted to The MMQB’s Peter King that he was ready to sign with the Green Bay Packers in 2009 before the Patriots selected him with the 232nd pick.

Lonnie Ballentine received several similar phone calls on the third day of the 2014 NFL Draft on 10 May. However, he was the lucky one who got the last of those calls, which notified a player of being selected.

Ballentine doesn't care about his new title (Photo: Mark Weber)

Ballentine doesn’t care about his new title (Photo: Mark Weber)

He was selected by the Texans with the 256th pick of the draft, thus earning him the title that goes to the last pick of every NFL Draft, Mr. Irrelevant.

After talking to the Texans one of the safety’s first outgoing calls was to Barry Odom, his former defensive coordinator at Memphis.

„He called me pretty soon after he got the phone call.” Odom told Inside Handoff in a phone interview.

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The Coach’s View: Jadeveon Clowney

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Scott Halleran / Getty Images

Who knows the most about a football player if not his coach? Inside Handoff reached out to the positional coaches of the top prospects before the 2014 NFL Draft. In the 40 days leading up to the first day of this year’s draft I will count down by sharing comments from these top players’ own coaches. Today I share Deke Adams’ view on South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Jadeveon Clowney (Photo: South Carolina Athletics)

Jadeveon Clowney (Photo: South Carolina Athletics)

Name: Jadeveon Clowney

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 274 lbs

Position: Defensive End

University: South Carolina

Coach: Deke Adams

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The Coach’s View: Greg Robinson

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Derick E. Hingle / USA TODAY Sports

Who knows the most about a football player if not his coach? Inside Handoff reached out to the positional coaches of the top prospects before the 2014 NFL Draft. In the 40 days leading up to the first day of this year’s draft I will count down by sharing comments from these top players’ own coaches. Today I share J.B. Grimes’ view on Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson.

Greg Robinson (Photo: Auburn Athletics)

Greg Robinson (Photo: Auburn Athletics)

Name: Greg Robinson

Height: 6’5’’

Weight: 320 lbs

Position: Offensive Tackle

University: Auburn

Coach: J.B. Grimes

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The Coach’s View: Khalil Mack

Paul Hokanson / UB Athletics
Paul Hokanson / UB Athletics

Who knows the most about a football player if not his coach? Inside Handoff reached out to the positional coaches of the top prospects before the 2014 NFL Draft. In the 40 days leading up to the first day of this year’s draft I will count down by sharing comments from these top players’ own coaches. Today I share Lou Tepper’s view on Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack.

Khalil Mack (Photo: Buffalo Athletics)

Khalil Mack (Photo: Buffalo Athletics)

Name: Khalil Mack

Height: 6’3’’

Weight: 248 lbs

Position: Outside Linebacker

University: Buffalo

Coach: Lou Tepper

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