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The large man speaks

Postby newshog » Fri Jul 04, 2003 12:55 am

A couple of interesting statements from our man Len Pasquarelli today at ESPN.com:
Still wondering why the Jets fought so hard (but unsuccessfully) a few months ago to keep restricted free agent Chad Morton from defecting to the Washington Redskins? One of the league's premier return specialists, Morton was key to the Jets leading the NFL in 2002 in average field position following a kickoff. The average starting point for New York was the 31.7-yard line. There were just five teams that averaged better than the 30-yard line after a kickoff and here is a look at them:
Team Average field position
N.Y. Jets 31.7
New England 31.4
Philadelphia 31.1
Dallas 30.6
Kansas City 30.1
and
Dockery taking advantage of second chance: Funny sometimes how quickly things change in the league. At the predraft combine workouts in Indianapolis, no team was more turned off by the performance of University of Texas offensive lineman Derrick Dockery than the Washington Redskins, who felt he lacked definition and simply hadn't prepared very well for his audition. But credit the Redskins for continuing to monitor Dockery, despite their initial disgust, in the weeks preceding the draft. Washington scouts and personnel officials eventually did an about-face on Dockery and chose him in the third round. Heading into training camp, coming off solid performances in offseason sessions, he already has emerged as a key figure for line coach Kim Helton. There is a chance that the versatile Dockery could, with a very good camp, bump Larry Moore from the starting center spot. Or he could beat out Dave Fiore at right guard and force the veteran to move to center. At worst, Redskins coaches figure Dockery will be the No. 3 tackle, behind starters Jon Jansen and Chris Samuels. Good thing for Washington, it seems, that its personnel staff afford Dockery a second chance to make a good impression.
And a funny thing:
Updates from the CFL: Heartbreaking news for that loyal handful of Albert Connell fans that breathlessly awaits our weekly updates on the wide receiver's CFL exploits: Seems that Connell, who had six receptions in his first two games for the Calgary Stampeders, has been moved to the injury list and didn't play in this week's victory over Ottawa. Even worse news for those fans who still believe Lawrence Phillips has a chance of re-emerging in an NFL uniform some day. The Calgary tailback broke his hand after rushing for 65 yards on six carries and is probably sidelined for three months.

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