Tag:Maurice Clarett
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:19 am
Edited on: July 12, 2011 11:46 am
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Clarett warns Pryor to avoid mistakes he made

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Over a four-year period, Maurice Clarett went from college freshman phenom to NFL Draft bust to prison inmate. He's been a free man for more than a year and is currently a member of the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks. It's a far cry from the Denver Broncos, that team that drafted him in 2005, but it's also a huge upgrade from being incarcerated. It's all about perspective.

Clarett appeared recently on Omaha's 1620 The Zone to talk about, well, everything that's happened to him since college. He's even spoken to Terrelle Pryor, who abruptly left Ohio State last month to enter the NFL Supplemental Draft.

"When I talk to Terrelle, it’s more or less, ‘I don’t want you to go down the same road I did,’" Clarett said, according to Sports Radio Interviews. "I don’t get into what took place at Ohio State, but I understand the mistakes I made after I left Ohio State. I don’t want to see him do some of the things I did.”

Clarett had some thoughts on colleges increasing players' stipends, in part to avoid the rule-breaking that got him in trouble, but also because players shouldn't have to struggle from month to month while universities make millions of dollars.

“In the UFL, the salary cap, they give us $50,000," he said. "… Even if you gave those college kids, there’s 100 of them and you can’t give them all that, but even if you gave them kids $30,000, $20,000, there wouldn’t be any situations where they’d be having illegal benefits or having to take things. They try to say, well, every program is not the same. Well, that’s life. Everybody doesn’t get paid the same.”

Sometimes prison hardens people and they come out worse than when they went in. Clarett seems to have grown from the experience. “There’s so many things [I learned from prison]. More character things, more things on how to respect myself. It was all character based. … The one thing I did learn is I need to give more time to my family and less time to friends and things that are irrelevant.”

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 3:40 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Hot Routes 7.7.11: Redskins don't want Clausen



Posted by Ryan Wilson

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  • CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman thinks "a handshake agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement will happen next week, not on Thursday or Friday." Either way, that's welcome news.  

  • ESPN.com's Matt Williamson thinks Shawne Merriman "is done." In that sense, he should complement former Bills first-rounder Aaron Maybin nicely.
  • Redskins QB update via CSNWashington.com blogger Rich Tandler: "I would say there is zero chance that the Redskins are interested in [Jimmy] Clausen. Think they would rather go with who they have." Washington should subscribe to the addition-by-subtraction personnel philosophy more often.
  • We thought this went without saying since the Broncos spent a first-round pick on Tim Tebow a year ago, but the team has no interest in a poor man's Tebow, aka Terrelle Pryor.
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Posted on: June 13, 2011 9:33 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 11:10 pm
 

NFL Films' Cosell gives Pryor 'late round' grade

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We have talked more today about a player who last appeared in an NFL game two years ago, and another who has yet to do so, than we have about current NFL news. That's because it's June, we're in the middle of a lockout, and there's not much else going on.

But even if this was Week 8 of the regular season, the unfolding Terrelle Pryor saga is worth following. It's got a little bit of everything: lies, duplicity and what sounds like misguided hopes for the future.

Last week, Pryor left Ohio State and an ever-growing scandal in his rearview mirror, presumably with designs on making himself available to NFL teams through the supplemental draft. One problem: Pryor isn't considered much of a prospect, though he seems to think enough of his talents that he kindly told the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders thanks but no thanks after they extended him an offer.

Now Pryor has hired super agent Drew Rosenhaus, who isn't in the habit of representing schlubs on the fringes of professional football.

There are also rumors that Pryor hopes to get Fired Football Coaches Association founder Jon Gruden to serve as his quarterbacks coach in the coming weeks.

In April, Gruden spoke at the Ohio State coaches clinic where he first met Pryor, and when he was asked if he thought Pryor is an NFL prospect, he said, "Yeah, I do -- I really do," according to the Columbus Dispatch. "Again, I'm accused of liking too many people. 'Gruden likes everybody.' Well, sorry about that. (But) Bill Walsh used to say, 'Don't tell me what this guy can't do. Tell me what he can do."

All respect to Walsh, one of the great offensive minds in NFL history, but remember this: Walsh was a big fan of Trent Edwards coming out of Stanford. We guess all anyone ever told him was that Edwards excelled at throwing the checkdown pass. That's an example of when more information would have been useful.

"And I tell you, Terrelle Pryor can run and he can throw," Gruden continued. "And he's a helluva competitor. And if I coached him, I'd find something for him to do. You might have to cater your offense to a degree towards his strengths. But I think this guy can develop his passing the more you pass the ball. And I think the guy is a unique, rare talent."

That doesn't seem to be the consensus. In fact, NFL Films' Greg Cosell, who watches as much game tape as most coaches, took to Twitter to evaluate Pryor's NFL prospects.

For your education, in chronological order:
  • "I watched 2 games of Pryor, 7-8 of the other QB in draft. Based on those 2 games, Pryor a late round pick at best." - June 8 
  • "Finished 4 game study of Pryor: Miami, Wisconsin, Iowa and Arkansas in bowl game. A developmental project. No NFL QB traits at this point." - June 9
  • More Pryor: Those who equate body athleticism to QB skills + tools will see positives. Those who see NFL QB as a craft will not see much." - June 10 
  • "More Pryor: Many issues that need major work. 2 are average arm strength + erratic accuracy. Little velocity. Can't drive ball. Poor passer." - June 10 
  • "More Pryor: For those who equate athleticism with QB he's a draftable player. I evaluated him w/late round/free agent grade. No NFL skills." - June 10 
And for those quick to compare Pryor to Cam Newton, there's one huge difference:
  • "Major difference between Pryor + Newton is Newton can throw. Big arm, drives the ball. Newton can make NFL throws, Pryor at this point can't." - June 10 
While it might be hard to make out, there is a silver lining. Again, via Cosell: "Pryor's advantage in supp. draft is no expectations. Can be a #3 QB + perhaps develop over time. Still a major question but ideal situation."

But here's the rub: you'll never read "no expectations" on the scouting report of high-round draft picks. In fact, it's how you end up with the late round/free agent grade Cosell gave Pryor. 

Of course, Rosenhaus' job is to sell his client. Or, at the very least, have that be the perception. If Pryor ends up going in the fifth round of the supplemental draft, Rosenhaus will declare it a victory. In terms of PR, he's probably right. Just something to remember, though: Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett sat out a season before entering the draft. The Broncos eventually took him in the third round, and he didn't make it out of training camp.

The expectations will be much higher for Pryor, and the scrutiny will be even more intense.

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 5:24 pm
 

Hot Routes: 11.19.10: Mocking Brady's rant

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit and Will Brinson

Titans tight end Craig Stevens will miss a few weeks after having his knee scoped. G. Jackson (US Presswire)


The Jets will be without wideout Jerricho Cotchery (groin) this week .


Maurice Clarett has completed his first full football season since 2002 when he was a superstar at Ohio State


An arrest warrant has been issued for former NFL defensive tackle Grady Jackson. Authorities believe he has a $50,000 watch that he shouldn’t have. Jackson says it’s all a misunderstanding .


Want to see an unbelievably hysterical Tom Brady rant mock video ?


DeAngelo Williams' contract situation .


Marion Barber won't be benched in Dallas.


Ravens not underestimating Brian St. Pierre. In unrelated news, they won the award for "Most Cliche Gamespeak of 2010 ".


The Chiefs may be without sensational rookie tight end Tony Moeaki this week (he suffered a head injury late against the Broncos).

Joey Galloway is getting dumped on in Washington . He’s had a very solid career, but is it a surprise that the 38-year-old who couldn’t stick on the Steelers or Patriots rosters last season is struggling now?


Rams punter Donnie Jones is getting some love .


Linebacker Mark Simoneau has retired after his short-lived comeback effort in Kansas City resulted in him going on Injured Reserve .


As expected, Rob Ryan’s name is starting to be tossed around in head coaching discussions.


The Broncos brought back running back Andre Brown. He was with the Giants in training camp, the Broncos early in the season, then the Jags for a few weeks, then the Colts and now the Broncos again. So is he extremely wanted or extremely unwanted ?


The Packers are giving Sam Shields another crack at punt returns .


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Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:59 am
 

Hot Routes 8.31.10: No retractions here

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Lawyers for Chargers WR Vincent Jackson are demanding a retraction from the San Diego Union-Tribune after publishing a story in which it claimed Jackson was receiving financial support from his agents while he’s not in training camp. Pro Football Talk has the story. I’ll refrain from saying anything more, because I certainly don’t want to receive any kind of correspondence from Jackson’s lawyers.

- Buccaneers starting QB Josh Freeman had the cast from his thumb removed , and Tampa Bay says he’s right on schedule to return for the season opener. When your backups are Josh Johnson and Rudy Carpenter, that’s a pretty good piece of news.

- Browns rookie RB Montario Hardesty finally will make his preseason debut Thursday, and to say his teammates are interested in seeing how he produces is a bit of an understatement. Though Jerome Harrison downplays it in this story, I’m sure he’s more interested than just about anybody.

- Former Bengals LB Rashad Jeanty, who was released by Cincinnati on Monday after failing a physical, is known as a good dude in the locker room and a great teammate. But man, his agents are pissed with the team’s training staff. This does not make Cincinnati’s trainers look very good, especially coming on the heels of the Antonio Bryant disaster.

- Before I read this story, I didn’t give credence to the thought that Vikings backup QB Tarvaris Jackson’s No. 2 job might be in jeopardy to Sage Rosenfels. Apparently, coach Brad Childress agrees. He says nothing most likely will change on his depth chart at the QB spot.

- Raiders QB Jason Campbell participated in Oakland’s walk-through on Monday and he performed the same drills as all other quarterbacks. Campbell suffered a “stinger” and a wrist injury during last Saturday’s game against San Francisco.

- Former Cardinals QB Kurt Warner is officially a member of the next season of “Dancing with the Stars.” I don’t think he’ll be the odds-on favorite to win the competition, though. After all, Jennifer Grey from “Dirty Dancing” also is competing.

-Packets OLB Brad Jones likely only will play in one preseason game because the shoulder he injured Aug. 19 still is giving him problems. But despite the fact he’s been fitted with a shoulder harness, he says he feels great about where he stands. In fact, he said his new piece of equipment makes him look a little like Robocop. And as we all know, Robocop was pretty badass.

- It’s a big day for former Ohio State star RB Maurice Clarett, as he’s signed with the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks . The NFL dream lives on. Not bad for a guy who spent more than three years in prison.

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 8:18 pm
 

Maurice Clarett working out for UFL's Nighthawks

Posted by Will Brinson

Maurice Clarett recently requested permission to travel in order to try out for a UFL team -- turns out, he's gonna get his shot with the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks, after recieving permission to do so Wednesday.

That's according to a statement from the team , who said they are willing to give him a tryout.

Nighthawks GM Rick Mueller issued a statement Tuesday saying he wanted to help Clarett take "positive steps toward being the good citizen and solid family man that he aspires to be."

Omaha player personnel director Ted Sundquist was equally optimistic:

"He's truly on the path to trying to right his life and do what's right," Sundquist said Wednesday. "He has a little daughter and I know he's very close to her mother.

"One of the things that really jumped out at me was the support he's gotten from Jim Tressel, the fact he is back in school. everything in my conversation with him, as I compare and contrast it to the last time I spoke with him, said this guy deserves a second chance."

Clarett's story is a sad one -- at one point he seemed like a lock to be a stud in the NFL and then personal problems derailed his career and, eventually, life. But we live in a world of second chances -- even for the most dastardly of people (Clarett doesn't apply there, just saying) -- and hopefully, if he performs well enough to get a shot.

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