November 27, 2013 |
RON COHEN'S office at George Washington High resembles more of a football museum than it does a work station. Sure, there is a desk with a computer, but the eye immediately heads to its shelves, chockablock with memorabilia from this and that. Game balls encased in glass, game films stacked like dominos, game-worn jerseys, signed and framed with nowhere to hang, so they just sit proudly on display near the door. Ironically, sandwiched between times-gone-by, sat senior Zaire Hollerway, a 6-1, 280-pound offensive/defensive lineman whose football career growing up was nearly history.
August 13, 2013 |
New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith practiced in Cortland, N.Y., on Sunday despite a sore right ankle that shortened his NFL debut at Detroit Friday night. Smith was cleared for practice by the Jets' trainers Sunday morning after twisting the ankle on a play in the third quarter of the New York's 26-17 loss. He was rolling out with the ball and took an odd step. On Sunday, Smith appeared a bit hobbled when he dropped back to pass on some plays, saying he was "slower" than usual, but was pretty mobile - and accurate - on rollouts.
July 30, 2013 |
DONTAE ANGUS went the sight-unseen route while making his college decision, but it's not as if he'll be trekking into the great unknown. The 6-6, 320-pound Angus, a rising senior at Martin Luther King High after earlier stops at Olney Charter and now-closed Germantown, has made an oral promise to Florida. His position likely will be offensive tackle, but defensive tackle is also a possibility. "The coach who recruited me [Tim Davis, offensive line assistant] said he was really surprised how well I could move considering my height and weight," Angus said.
July 27, 2013
Two former local high school stars signed their NFL rookie contracts Thursday. The Minnesota Vikings signed defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, their first-round draft pick and a graduate of George Washington High. The New York Giants agreed on a deal with quarterback Ryan Nassib, their fourth-round draft pick, from Malvern Prep. One of three first-round selections for Minnesota in April, Floyd was taken 23d. An all-SEC player at Florida, he had 13 tackles for loss and 61/2 sacks for the Gators as a junior last season.
April 30, 2013 |
IN THE FOURTH round of the NFL draft Saturday, the picks at Nos. 110 and 116 could have been announced as Hyped Philly Guy and Unhyped Philly Guy. Former Malvern Prep and Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib, the first of those players to be tabbed (by the New York Giants), long has maintained a national profile and even appeared in individual promos, accompanied by The Heavy's "How You Like Me Now?" that were part of the televised coverage. Six slots later, the Arizona Cardinals selected a relative unknown in Earl Watford, a guard from Simon Gratz and James Madison University.
April 28, 2013
NEW YORK - Earlier this year, in the days leading up to the NFL combine, Sharrif Floyd sat down and talked about his preparations for the draft. In a conversation that lasted close to an hour in Bradenton, Fla., the George Washington High graduate didn't give the slightest inkling that he thought he would be a top-five pick. He certainly never suggested that he thought it was his birthright. It seemed then that the first round was the goal and the anticipation. Floyd sounded as if he'd be fine even if he would eventually get drafted 23d - as it played out Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall when the Minnesota Vikings called Floyd's name.
April 27, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Sharrif Floyd, who first made his name playing football for a high school on Bustleton Avenue - George Washington High, in the Philadelphia Public League - was picked 23d overall in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. The surprise was that Floyd didn't go a lot higher. A massive defensive tackle with a sprinter's burst, the former Florida Gators star left after his junior year after his college coaches told him he would be a first-round draft choice.
April 26, 2013
The first round of the NFL draft: 1. Chiefs: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan 2. Jaguars: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M 3. Dolphins (from Raiders): Dion Jordan, LB, Oregon 4. EAGLES: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma 5. Lions: Ziggy Ansah, DE, Brigham Young 6. Browns: Barkevious Mingo, DE, Louisiana State 7. Cardinals: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina 8. Rams (from Bills): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia 9. Jets: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama 10. Titans: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama 11. Chargers: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama 12. Raiders (from Dolphins)
April 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Sharrif Floyd's finest hour lasted about 2 hours longer than he expected. Floyd expected to be selected in the first hour of the NFL Draft, which began at 8 p.m. He lasted until almost 11. The Minnesota Vikings took him 23rd overall. Rated as a top-five pick, Floyd's athleticism and versatility at defensive tackle did not fully outweigh his rough edges and his inconsistent ability to withstand targeted contact and to shake double-teams. Manti Te'o and Geno Smith had better-known back stories (real and imagined)