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Gators Gone Pro

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Gillislee grateful for chance as Dolphins camp begins

Another NFL offseason has proven itself to be an inescapable black hole for stars or potential stars. But not all get devoured like Aaron Hernandez, Titus Young, etc., leaving behind nothing except another unceremonious story to read. They shouldn’t eclipse those players that use the hottest time of year to shine the brightest in the fall. And running back Mike Gillislee, with his down-to-earth demeanor, seems poised to do just that with the Dolphins as they begin training camp in… Read More »

Dunlap’s deal a sign of NFL’s changing times

He’s not great against the run. He’s yet to play a full season in the NFL. Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap has received criticism about what he can’t do, but there’s no question about what he can do. And that just so happens to be the main thing defenses are looking for in today’s NFL. Get to the quarterback. That’s why despite his shortcomings, Cincinnati signed the 6-foot-6, 280-pound pass-rushing menace to a six-year, $40 million extension on Monday. Dunlap… Read More »

Tebow’s signing with Patriots filled with irony

We thought we had possibly seen the last of Tim Tebow. There’s no doubt some in the New York Jets organization believed the same thing. It turns out the Jets may be seeing him twice a year. That’s because their AFC East rivals, the New England Patriots, are expected to sign Tebow and see him at minicamp on Tuesday, according to ESPN sources. The network’s Ed Werder couldn’t release details of Tebow’s contract, but he said the Patriots did bring… Read More »

Nelson a good addition to Browns’ receiving corps

The last time I saw David Nelson, it was in the visitors’ locker room of the Georgia Dome in 2009. The far corner of the locker room. The only thing you could hear was the sound of Gator players slowly taking off their equipment. All other media, and the hundreds that comprised it, were already gone. They had pooled at the podium not far away to lob the easy questions to Alabama coach Nick Saban, who had led the program… Read More »

Sources: Vikings trade Harvin to Seahawks

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has always had an eye on Percy Harvin, and now it looks like he’s finally got him. On Monday, the eve of NFL free agency, Minnesota agreed to trade the receiver to Seattle, according to multiple media outlets. The Seahawks are expected to surrender their 2013 first-round draft pick (No. 25 overall) and possibly other picks to the Vikings in exchange for Harvin. The deal is pending his agreement to a new contract with the Seahawks… Read More »

Breakdown of 10 Gators at this year’s NFL Combine

The NFL Combine officially begins today in Indianapolis, and 10 Gators were invited. Let’s take a look at each Gator who will be participating. At the bottom is a breakdown of the combine schedule, detailing when each position group will arrive and what they will undergo during the process. Sharrif Floyd, DT Unlike the rest of his Gator teammates, Floyd is a sure-fire first-round selection. Some draft analysts even have Floyd going as the second or third overall selection in… Read More »

Report: Vikes look to trade Harvin, who has suitors

Reports out of Minnesota indicate that the Vikings will pursue trading Percy Harvin. A serious MVP candidate at the halfway point last season, Harvin got the ultimate endorsement from the player who ended up winning MVP at season’s end: his teammate Adrian Peterson. “To be honest with you, I don’t know if we will or not. But me, individually, and giving you my opinion, I wouldn’t trade him for nothing,” the Vikings’ running back said Tuesday in an interview with… Read More »

Jelani Jenkins will attempt to justify his jump to NFL

Of the Gator football team’s four juniors gone pro, outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins has received his fair share of criticism. And it’s warranted. Jenkins, who has hired an agent, missed four games (including the Sugar Bowl) due to thumb, hamstring and foot injuries. The last setback required surgery and may leave him less than 100 percent for the NFL Combine. His 2012 season left the coaching staff, and Gator fans, convinced that they’d have him back in 2013. But if… Read More »

Hernandez, Spikes key to Patriots’ title hopes again

The Patriots find themselves in a position all too familiar to last season. Not just because the Super Bowl is one win away or because they’ll have to beat the Ravens to get there. Tight end Rob Gronkowski once again suffered an injury, this one even more serious as he’ll officially miss the rest of the playoffs after breaking his left forearm in the team’s 41-28 win over the Texans on Sunday. That means more work for fellow tight end… Read More »

Chiefs’ Siler starts in place of deceased friend Belcher

Brandon Siler was hoping he’d get his chance with the Chiefs, but not like this. The tragic news of Jovan Belcher’s murder-suicide hit Siler harder than most. Belcher, the team’s starting middle linebacker, and Siler, his backup, were friends and sat next to each other during daily meetings. Siler spent this past Saturday mourning the death of his teammate after it became public that Belcher shot Kasandra Perkins, his girlfriend and the mother of their three-month old daughter, and then… Read More »