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Green happy to be healthy for draft process

This time last year, Chaz Green was playing football again for the first time in months. Now he’s setting himself up to be playing for years to come. The former UF offensive tackle competed in Florida’s pro day last week with some added weight to his 6-foot-5 frame. “I felt like I did good,” Green said. “Just show them that I can move a little bit. I gained some weight, but I still maintained my explosion and athletic ability.” It’s… Read More »

Ball banking on versatility

Once again, Neiron Ball looks to be defying the odds. Initially projected to be an undrafted free agent, the former Florida linebacker may have made himself a draft pick at UF’s pro day Tuesday. The 6-foot-2, 236-pounder ran a 4.6, posted a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and performed well during his workout. “He really looked good in the positional drills,” wrote NFL analyst Gil Brandt. ”Ball was smooth and fast, and he has good hips so he can turn and run… Read More »

Gorman an NFL hopeful

Of the 22 players who worked out Tuesday at Florida’s pro day, few had a bigger chip on their shoulder than Jabari Gorman. The former UF safety isn’t projected to get drafted, but he has a few attributes that could grab the attention of some NFL teams. “I did pretty good, as much as my body could take,” Gorman said of his pro day. “I had a slight injury in my hamstring during my 40-yard dash, but I finished my… Read More »

Former Gators set for pro day

A total of 22 former Gators will compete in Florida’s pro day Tuesday. The on-field workouts will be televised by SEC Network starting at 10:30 a.m. ET. Despite another disappointing season from the UF football team, all 32 NFL teams are expected in attendance to watch this year’s crop of Florida athletes. At least half of the participants are in contention for a draft selection or free-agent deal, most notably projected first-round picks Dante Fowler Jr. and D.J. Humphries. Here… Read More »

Harvin sees better days ahead in Buffalo

Percy Harvin signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo last month and is confident he will have a breakout season in Buffalo. The former Florida wide receiver started offseason conditioning with his new team Monday. “The best has yet to come. The world has not seen my best ball yet,” Harvin told ESPN. “That’s why coming in here was so important to me. When I look at the running game and I looked at Sammy Watkins on the other side, me… Read More »

Mets trade den Dekker to Nationals

Matt den Dekker expected a demotion in his Monday meeting with the Mets front office. General manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins sent him packing like he thought, but it wasn’t to Triple-A. The Mets traded the former Florida outfielder to the Washington Nationals for left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins. “I honestly wasn’t expecting that at all,” den Dekker told ESPNNewYork. “I’ve been with the Mets for five years now and they’ve been great and everything was first class with… Read More »

Summers not surprised by Humphries’ rise

Former Florida left tackle D.J. Humphries has become a hot commodity over the past month. His decision to leave school early for the NFL drew heavy criticism initially, but now many project him as a first-round pick after his impressive performance at the NFL combine. UF offensive line coach Mike Summers isn’t surprised by Humphries’ rise up draft boards. “Not at all,” he said. “I watched him for a whole year and I know how athletic he is. I know… Read More »

Bears give McDonald second chance

After eight years with the San Francisco 49ers and his December release from the team, Ray McDonald has found a new home. The Chicago Bears signed the former Florida defensive tackle to a one-year contract Tuesday. The 49ers cut McDonald, a full-time starter since 2011, after he was accused of sexual assault. He has yet to be charged and is suing the accuser for defamation. McDonald was also accused in an August domestic violence case involving his fiancée, but authorities… Read More »

Every repeats as Arnold Palmer Invitational champion

If the Arnold Palmer beverage is anything like the tournament, Matt Every should start drinking iced tea and lemonade. The former Florida golfer repeated as the Arnold Palmer Invitational champion Sunday, winning $1.134 million and punching his ticket to the Masters. “You watch tournaments on TV and guys make a 20-footer on the last and everybody goes nuts. It’s cool to close one out like that,” said Every, who made a birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory… Read More »

Harvin signs one-year deal with Bills

Percy Harvin is on the move again. The former Florida wide receiver signed a one-year, $6 million deal Wednesday with the Bills, his fourth team in four years. He’ll reunite in Buffalo with new coach Rex Ryan, who he played for last season as a member of the New York Jets. Harvin caught 29 passes for 350 yards and a touchdown with the team. Prior to his trade to New York, he played in six total games with the Seattle… Read More »