NFL Notes 4/1/12

Brandon Jacobs is the latest Giant to sign with the 49ers

We already know about Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. They are a virtual slam dunk to go one –two in the NFL draft. But is anybody talking about the third quarterback that will be taken? By all projections it is likely to be Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M. He could go as early as fourth to Cleveland if Minnesota takes USC OT Matt Kalil with the third pick.

Tannehill, 6’3”, 221, threw for 3744 yards and 29 touchdowns last year with a quarterback rating of 133.18. If Cleveland doesn’t take him he could drop to Miami at number eight.

Alabama’s Trent Richardson is expected to be the first running back taken- possibly at number five to Tampa Bay.

Life just keeps getting worse for former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf. Leaf, who was the second overall pick in the in the 1998 draft behind Peyton Manning, was arrested on felony burglary and possession of dangerous drugs. He apparently broke into an acquaintance’s home to steal prescription painkillers.

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis plan to appeal their suspensions this week as a result of the bounty program the team used from 2009-2011. Both plan to be at the NFL’s New York offices Tuesday. The Saints haven’t decided on an HC yet but they are in discussions with Bill Parcells.

New York Jets’ Coach Rex Ryan said that Mark Sanchez is the unquestioned starter, but that Tim Tebow will serve as the backup and have a significant role in the offense.

Jason Peters, the five-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle for the Eagles, ruptured the Achilles tendon in his right leg on March 27 while working out and will undergo surgery Tuesday. He is expected to be out six months. Peters is considered by many to be the best lineman in the game.

With a group headed by LA icon Magic Johnson purchasing the Dodgers for $2.1 billion, you can now throw Chavez Ravine on to the lists of possible future Los Angeles sites for an NFL franchise.

Leon Lett is back with the Dallas Cowboys. The “Big Cat” who helped the Cowboys to three Super Bowl wins in the nineties, has been hired as an assistant offensive line coach.

The Jets could make life easier for Sanchez by selecting Michael Floyd from Notre Dame with the 12th pick in the draft. Floyd has the size to make plays and the speed to stretch defenses. Floyd should be the second wide receiver taken in the draft behind Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon who could go as high as sixth to the Rams.

Longtime athletic trainer for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders George Anderson passed away Thursday after a bout with Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. Anderson, who spent 35 years with the Raiders, is credited with devising an innovative knee brace that became the standard for football players. He joined the Raiders in 1960. He was 82.

The San Francisco 49ers signed running back Brandon Jacobs to a one year contract this week. Jacobs is the second New York Giants player to sign with the Niners, joining
receiver Mario Manningham who signed a two-year contract with San Francisco last week. Jacobs gives the 49ers a formidable one-two punch at running back with Frank Gore.

The NFL Draft will take place April 26-28.

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