Tag:Mark Clayton
Posted on: June 23, 2011 1:34 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 1:55 pm

Peterson apologies in advance for his absence

A. Peterson won't attend his own camp this week (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you spent $199 on a football camp bearing Vikings RB Adrian Peterson’s name and you expected Peterson to be there to help run the camp, would you be upset if Peterson actually wasn’t there?

I guess we’ll see, because Peterson won’t be attending his camp in Oklahoma this week.

But, hey, Peterson says he’s sorry about that.

"I want to apologize to all the fans about the confusion regarding the camp in Norman," Peterson said in a statement issued to the Associated Press through his agent (the Tulsa World). "I hosted camps in Palestine and Tyler, Texas, last week that went great. Due to ProCamps misunderstanding of my schedule, I was never able to host this year's Norman camp on their scheduled dates, but look forward to being back in 2012."

Originally, though, the problem wasn’t because the organization running the camp misunderstood Peterson’s schedule. Originally, it was because Peterson chose to be on TV rather than in Norman for the camp.

ProCamps had said the date of the camp clashed with Peterson taping an NFL Network special, but Wednesday, the NFL Network said Peterson wouldn’t actually be in studio until July 3, meaning there was no conflict with the camp. Then, ProCamps changed its story.

"ProCamps Worldwide would like to correct its previous statement regarding this week's Adrian Peterson Camp in Norman, Oklahoma, as well as take full responsibility for the scheduling mishap with this event,” the organization said in a statement. "We erroneously stated that Adrian's inability to attend the camp results from his involvement with the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2011.”

So, ProCamps just didn’t misunderstand Peterson’s schedule; it misunderstood the reason for misunderstanding the schedule.

But what about the campers whose parents, it turns out, paid a bunch of money NOT to practice with Peterson? What happens to them?

Instead of Peterson, they’ll get to learn from former Oklahoma players Jason White, Mark Clayton and DeMarco Murray. Plus, ProCamps will refund that money if the campers decide not to go, and if they do show up, they’ll get $70 worth of gifts.

And think of it this way: If Peterson helped run the camp, the kids might not get to learn from a Heisman Trophy winner. With White in attendance, they will. So, in some respects, this is actually fantastic news.

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Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:38 am
Edited on: April 7, 2011 1:37 pm

Offseason Checkup: St. Louis Rams

Posted by Josh Katzowitz


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The Rams were one of the most surprisingly successful squads in the NFL last season. Coming off a dreadful 1-15 season in 2009 – which netted St. Louis the 2010 No. 1 pick and, naturally, QB Sam Bradford – St. Louis won six more games than it had in 2009 and were a game away from taking home the NFC West division title and a postseason berth, falling instead to the Seahawks in the season finale.

But the biggest news since their loss to Seattle was the hiring of former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. He’ll work closely with Bradfo

Quarterback, new offensive coordinator

While McDaniels helped current Chiefs QB Matt Cassel to a surprisingly good season the year he had to replace Tom Brady – who also got a little bit of McDaniels when he was in New England – and comes to St. Louis with a strong reputation as an offensive coordinator, Bradford will have plenty of work to do. The Rams will forgo the West Coast offense they ran last year and run more of a shotgun, spread-based scheme. This is where an offseason workout schedule would be helpful.

1. Wide Reciever
One of the most impressive accomplishments by Bradford last season was to throw for 3,512 yards to a corps of WRs that screams unknown and unproven (Danny Amendola, you’re our breakout star!!). The team lost Mark Clayton (patellar tendon) and Donnie Avery (ACL) while Danario Alexander missed eight games while undergoing a fifth (!) knee surgery. The acquisition of Randy Moss – if he would have let it happen – would have helped last year, but overall, the Rams really need help in this area.

2. Defensive Line
Surprisingly, the Rams weren’t terrible there last season, and much of that had to do with Fred Robbins and James Hall – who registered double-digit sacks for only the second time in his career at the age of 33. Overall, St. Louis ranked 19th in pass defense and 17th in run defense, and as you probably know, there’s a plethora of defensive linemen in the draft that could get a call from St. Louis (although drafting a WR in the first round makes more sense).

3. Defensive Backs
The Rams released standout SS Oshiomogho Atogwe, a defensive captain last year, because he was due an $8 million roster bonus Feb. 21. As a result, he left for Washington and left a huge hole in the St. Louis secondary. And while the Rams had high hopes in James Butler, he’s been plagued by injury and lost his starting spot. St. Louis probably won’t want to count on him.

The Rams still have plenty of holes to fill, but they also have young standouts on each side of the ball, particularly Bradford and MLB James Laurinaitis. In any other division, you’d say the Rams might struggle a bit and could feel good about themselves if they finish at .500.

But in the weak NFC West, they’ll be one of the favorites to win the division and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

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Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:48 am

Rams want to get Mark Clayton signed

Posted by Andy Benoit

Anyone who watched the Rams-Seahawks Week 17 do-or-die finale could see that had the Rams had any sort of talent at the wide receiver position, they likely would have won the NFC West.

Injuries, however, doomed St. Louis' receiving corps. While the loss of Donnie Avery (ACL) hurt, perhaps no injury was more significant than Mark Clayton’s patellar tendon snafu on October 10. Clayton, who had been acquired from the Ravens in September, had 22 catches for 300 yards through the Rams' first four games.

The former first-round pick is now a free agent. The Rams say they would love to re-sign Clayton, preferably before the CBA expires March 4.

"We've had some conversations, and it's just taking a natural course," Clayton's St. Louis-based agent, Jim Steiner, told the Post Dispatch. "There doesn't seem to be any urgency on either side, but we have started the process."

Regarding his client’s rehab, Steiner said, "He's doing extremely well. He'll be 100 percent, and be fine. I don't know exactly when he'll be at full, full, full, speed. I don't want to speak out of turn, but I think it's somewhere at the end of March, something like that, or in April."

This, of course, means that if a deal is to get done in the desired timeframe, the Rams will have to roll the dice and sign Clayton before he’s fully recovered.

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 6:12 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2010 1:47 pm

Mark Clayton could be done for season

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATE: The worst case scenario is confirmed: Clayton is done for the season with a torn patella tendon.

Rams WR Mark Clayton, who’s quickly become a favorite of rookie QB Sam Bradford, might be out for the season with a right knee injury. After the game, coach Steve Spagnuolo said the injury could be a torn patella tendon.

Clayton was traded by the Ravens before the season began after they acquired T.J. Houshmandzadeh, but Clayton found new life with Bradford and St. Louis. He entered the game with 22 catches for 300 yards and two touchdowns – all of which were tops on the team.

But while running a deep pattern in the first quarter of St. Louis’s 44-6 loss to the Lions, his knee gave out without any contact and he fell to the ground. He had to be carted off the field. Clayton was later fitted with an air cast.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 11:32 am
Edited on: September 6, 2010 3:20 pm

Houshmandzadeh signs with Ravens

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Remember how we posted last night that former Seahawks WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh – he of the $7 million guarantee – likely would end up in Oakland or in Washington. Well, we were close. He’s going to Baltimore.

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com , who’s been on quite a tear the past couple days, is reporting Houshmandzadeh and the Ravens have reached agreement on a one-year deal that will pay him $855,000 (the Seahawks have to pay him the rest of his guaranteed money).

In an interesting twist, Houshmandzadeh will be on the field when New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis takes his first game action of the 2010 season Sept. 13. Anquan Boldin is Baltimore’s top WR, but Houshmandzadeh should fit in fine with reliable WR Derrick Mason and TE Todd Heap. I imagine Houshmandzadeh will take a good chunk of Mark Clayton’s work in those three-receiver packages.

This isn’t the fastest or the youngest WR corps in the NFL, but the Ravens front office has given QB Joe Flacco some pretty good weapons. Houshmandzadeh will add his specialty into the mix, making tough catches across the middle and grabbing receptions that give his team first downs.

UPDATE (1:02 P.M.): According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post , Clayton is on the trading block now. If the Ravens can't trade him, the plan is to release him.

UPDATE (1:25 p.m.): USA Today caught up with Houshmandzadeh, and the WR said LB Ray Lewis recruited him to the team to help the Ravens win the Super Bowl.

"Ray said, 'If you want to win, this is the place to be,''' Houshmandzadeh told the paper. "The way he is on the field is how he is off the field. Passionate. Our conversation was passionate and insightful.

"I know from competing againt those guys when I was in Cincinnati how it is in Baltimore.''

UPDATE (3:19 p.m.): Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com is reporting the Ravens have traded Clayton to the Rams for late-round draft pick considerations. St. Louis needs some help at WR, and now, the Rams have it. 

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 12:20 pm

Antrel Rolle to officials: 'Let us play ball'

Posted by Will Brinson

Antrel Rolle got flagged, got a personal foul and will probably end up getting a fine for a hit he laid on the Ravens' Mark Clayton Saturday night.

But that's not stopping him from getting really aggressive (or just silly if you want to look at it that way) on his stance towards officiating that involves stuff like "keeping people safe" and "not killing people. "

"I don't understand how they want us to tackle," Rolle said after the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Ravens. "It's pretty much out of control. You're running full speed. Just let us play ball. We're not intentionally out there to hurt somebody. Let us play ball."

Here's an idea: tackle without putting your head into someone else's head. It's pretty simple, actually.

"Honestly, I don't see any other way I could have done it," Rolle said. "He was bobbling the ball. He could've caught the ball had I not made the collision with him."

Really? We're supposed to believe that? From a guy who got fined $7,500 last year for a hit on now-teammate Kevin Boss?

Look, it stinks sometimes that the NFL takes the "big" out of "big hit" but we're talking about people's lives and long-term health here. It shouldn't be that difficult to learn how not to be over-aggressive.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 12:17 am

Stallworth breaks bone in foot, out half the year

Posted by Andy Benoit

Donte’ Stallworth’s comeback will have to wait until at least October. The Ravens new wide receiver, fresh off his year-long suspension for pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter, broke a bone in his foot against the Giants Saturday night. D. Stallworth

Stallworth will need surgery to have a screw inserted. Ravens coach John Harbaugh is hopeful the wideout can return by Week 8. The Ravens seem willing to keep a roster spot open for Stallworth – he was actually seeing significant action as the No. 3 receiver. Now, Mark Clayton will fill that role. (Baltimore’s starting receivers will be Anquan Boldin and Derek Mason.)

Because of Stallworth’s suspension, it’s easy to forget that he has always been injury prone. The 29-year-old veteran has played just three complete seasons in his NFL career.

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