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Martz upset Owens jumped Bruce, Holt on HOF ballot

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Former Rams coach Mike Martz is baffled that Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt are not among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Martz expressed his frustration over Marvin Harrison and Terrell Owens “leapfrogging” Bruce and Holt into the finals in Owens’ first blackhawks jersey cheap year of eligibility.

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“‘Surprised’ isn’t the word,” Martz said per the St. Louis Dispatch. “You can’t print how I felt when T.O. leapfrogged those two. That’s just plain out-and-out ridiculous.”
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Martz said it was Owens’ persona that put him into Hall of Fame contention.

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“Had they promoted themselves, which was contrary to everything we were about, they’d probably get in without an issue. That’s just not who we were.

“If they big-timed it and did all that dumb stuff, they’d probably get in earlier. I think they’ll eventually get in. I don’t think that’s an issue, but it’s tragic that people wholesale nfl jerseys think of them like that. If Marvin Harrison gets in, how could they not get in?”

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Not everyone shares Martz’s sentiments. Andy Reid, Owens’ former coach with the Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys, said the wide receiver possesses the chops to be a Hall of Famer.

“As far as talent and production goes, T.O is absolutely a Hall of Famer,” Reid said this week per the Philadelphia Daily News.

Reid coached Owens for two seasons in Philadelphia. Owens helped lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl appearance during the 2004 season, but was also responsible for their tumultuous 2005 outing due to a falling out with quarterback Donovan McNabb (among other incidents).

“There was that one off-the-field issue with him, but everything else, he was a pleasure to coach,” Reid added. “The son of a gun would do anything cheap jerseys you asked him to do and he’d do it a hundred miles an hour, which not every player will do.”

Owens is second in career receiving yards (15,934), third in receiving touchdowns (153) and sixth in receptions (1,078).

The 2016 Hall of Fame’s Class will be announced during “NFL Honors” on the eve of the Super Bowl 50.

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Many, like New England Patriots Jerseys coach Bill Belichick, bemoan incoming rookies training for specific drills performed at the NFL Scouting Combine — like the 40-yard-dash. Could those days be coming to an end?
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Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY repots that National Football Scouting Inc., which runs the combine, is establishing a committee of NFL executives, scouts, coaches, athletic trainers, team physicians, among others, to jerseys for cheap review all phases of the annual event.

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“Our first focus is to look at what we do currently and making sure that that’s relevant,” company president Jeff Foster told USA TODAY Sports. “And if it is, great, we’ll continue to do it, because historical comparison is really important to the evaluation process. But if we believe that there’s something that’s not relevant, then what can we replace it with that will help us evaluate the players?”

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Tinkering with the combine is something that has been considered more earnestly in recent years.

The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine kicks off this week in Indianapolis. Players will participate in the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 3 cone drill and shuttle run.

Routinely criticized as “Underwear Olympics,” teams often find more use in the medical examinations and interviews conducted during the Combine than some of the on-field drills.

“We’re continuing to explore everything in an effort to improve,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Pelissero. “So, if there are ways to tweak, improve, modify anything we do, we’ll explore that (and that includes) the combine. The mantra is, how can we get better?”

As data becomes more accessible and easier for teams, agents and players to parse, the tenor of the combine could adjust, making workouts more useful and informative.

“You can get in on a really granular level and analyze these systems — even overlays of some of the stuff they do,” Dr. Marcus Elliott said. “They measure vertical jump, but there’s a lot of ways for two guys to both jump 38 inches. There’s potential for this thing to get so much smarter.”

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Wes Welker ‘not worried about’ concussion history

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Wes Welker Jerseys’s concussion history became a concern again when he signed with the St. Louis Rams Jerseys on Monday. On Tuesday, the receiver dismissed those worries.

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“Not at all,” he said when asked if he was worried when he walks on the field, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I’ve been cleared by the doctors and everything else. Obviously I’m not going to try and look for contact and everything like that, but I’m not thinking about it either.

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“I’m out there playing hard and playing the way I need to play to be successful. You start second-guessing yourself out there and that’s when you get in trouble.”

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Welker has experienced a string of concussions in his career, but the 34-year-old wideout said he played last year without a head injury.

“I’m really not worried about it,” he said. “I know I’m a poster child right now and everything else. I’m good and ready to play some ball.”

The Rams need weapons on offense, but two questions mainly stand out: How much does he have left? And will the Rams actually use him?

Welker’s play deteriorated even when healthy in Denver. His biggest weakness is lack of separation from defensive backs, something that isn’t likely to improve a year later.

The Rams hope Welker can be a third-down pass-catcher, a spot where they’ve struggled, especially in mid-rage conversions — they rank as the NFL’s worst third-down offense, converting 23.8 percent. St. Louis’ offense boils down mainly to cheap jerseys Todd Gurley runs, Tavon Austin Jerseys plays and an occasional deep bomb. It remains to be seen how Welker fits into that puzzle.

“We all know if (Austin) gets the ball in his hands, he can go the distance,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “Now, you have another guy that you’ve got to contend with that’s going to get you the first down.”