Andy Reid “Had to Laugh” at Rumors the Eagles Stole Matt Barkley from the Chiefs

April 30, 2013 – 5:35 am by Brad Gagnon

Andy Reid coached the Philadelphia Eagles for 14 years, and he can’t seem to escape his former team. Not only does he have to return to Philadelphia in September with the Kansas City Chiefs, but there was a hot rumor during the draft that the Eagles jumped ahead of Kansas City at the beginning of Round 4 to steal Matt Barkley from them.

Not so, says Reid. They were dead set on taking Nico Johnson all along.

Andy Reid joined Soren Petro on WHB in Kansas City to discuss some of his team’s later draft picks, particularly two guys — Travis Kelce and Sanders Commings — who come with character concerns. He also talked about the difficulties attached to coaching players with those concerns, a popular draft rumor involving his former team and Luke Joeckel, whom the Chiefs passed on with the top pick.

On third-round pick Travis Kelce, who has gotten into some trouble in the past and whose older brother Jason played for Reid in Philadelphia:

“He’s kept himself on the straight and narrow here for the last couple years and done well with that. I told him if he acts up I’m gonna just sick his brother on him.”

On fifth-round pick Sanders Commings pleading guilty to domestic violence charges after striking a woman last year:

“I’m not very good with those situations. I have kind of a no-tolerance with that, and so we made sure we did our homework on it, and his roommate was actually a kid [Brandon Boykin] that played for us last year as a rookie at Philadelphia, and I knew the character of the kid. I talked to the coaches about the situation and we looked into it from the law-enforcement standpoint, and we found out what we think really happened and we felt comfortable taking him at that position. Obviously I can’t get into all the details of that, but neither John nor I, we’re against those type of things, but again, we did our homework on it and we feel pretty comfortable with him.”

On the distractions that come with having to watch over players who are also known troublemakers:

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Bjoern Werner Learned About the NFL By Playing “Madden”

April 29, 2013 – 10:10 am by Chris Fedor

For the longest time, the Indianapolis Colts had a great pass rushing duo with Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. But Freeney left this offseason leaving Indy a man short. They needed to find someone to replace him. They did just that on draft night with Bjoern Werner. The German-born defensive end was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year at Florida State this past season and should have a chance to come in and make a difference right away for the Colts.

Bjoern Werner joined 1070 the Fan in Indianapolis with JMV to talk about where the Colts were in terms of level of interest in him, on learning about the NFL by playing Madden, how it felt to finally hear his name called and how big of a deal him getting drafted into the NFL was for his family.

On where the Colts were in terms of level of interest:

“I knew they were really, really interested. Talked to my agent, they were talking to my D-Line coach at Florida State a lot. So I knew if I fell to the 24th pick then they had a good chance to take me. I was hoping they would take me because it’s a great organization and a great football team. They picked me. I can’t complain. I’m so happy.”

On learning about the NFL by playing the video game Madden:

“That is so correct. I knew every NFL star probably when I was 12, 13 or 14. I learned every team, every player in the game and I always created my little All-Star games, All-Star teams. I was just telling a few people when I was 12, 13, 14, I played with Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. They were like the dynamic duo for years. Now I’m going to play with Robert Mathis. He’s going to be my veteran. I can ask questions, I can look up to him. This is just so amazing and so unbelievable.”

How it felt to finally hear his name called:

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Matt Barkley Slips to the Third Day of the Draft, Lands in Philadelphia

April 29, 2013 – 8:20 am by Eric Schmoldt

One year ago, Matt Barkley almost certainly would have been a high first-round draft pick, but he decided to stay at USC for his senior season. Things didn’t go well for the Trojans, Barkley got injured and this past weekend, he slipped all the way to the fourth round. Now he joins up with new coach Chip Kelly in Philadelphia, who already has a pretty full quarterback room with Michael Vick and Nick Foles.

Matt Barkley joined WIP in Philadelphia with Reuben Frank to discuss keeping a positive attitude despite slipping to the fourth round of the NFL draft, how much scouts’ opinions of him changed in one year, not having a chip on his shoulder, joining a couple of other solid quarterbacks in Philadelphia, what it would be like to not start and the process of watching the draft.

On having a positive attitude despite slipping all the way into the fourth round:

“I think I’ve learned a lot over the last couple years, that has been able to give me that positive outlook and attitude. And regardless of where I ended up, I think just the fact that I ended up on a team, and to end up on a team like Philadelphia, with the organization that they have and the fan base, I could not be more excited. I knew that wherever I was going to end up, it’s just the beginning. It was just the starting point, and everything’s a clean slate. I know I have to work my way up from here.”

Was it surprising to you that scouts’ evaluations of you changed so much in one year?:

“Yeah, I’ve definitely learned a lot through that whole process, just what people thought about my year. It was a tough year, but I think because of the expectations that we had on ourself, coming off the 2011 season, and on top of that, what the media and the country placed on us in regards to what they expected of us. … We played tremendous football at times. … The injury, it was painful and took a while to get back up to speed, but it by no means will affect me in the future.”

Do you have a chip on your shoulder after all this?:

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D.J. Hayden Overcomes All Odds to be Taken No. 12 Overall by Oakland

April 29, 2013 – 7:45 am by Eric Schmoldt

There are plenty of people who are surprised that D.J. Hayden is even alive right now. But he overcame a tremendous injury in practice for Houston and not only survived, but was selected No. 12 overall by the Oakland Raiders on Thursday. Hayden tore his inferior vena cava, a crucial vein, and has yet to put pads on since, but says he’s ready to give it a go in the NFL.

D.J. Hayden joined 95.7 The Game in San Francisco with Bucher and Towny to discuss being selected No. 12 overall, working out for the first time after surgery to repair a torn vein near his heart, what he remembers about the day he suffered the injury, his mindset now and being taken by the Raiders.

After all that you’ve been through, what was it like for you and your family when you found out you were drafted No. 12 overall?:

“It was just a true blessing. Just for me to be picked 12 overall, it was just crazy. From where I came from, because I’ve been through some trials and tribulations, I should say, and just for me to overcome my injury and all the odds is just amazing.”

After your heart injury and surgery, when was the first time that you worked out and what was that experience like?:

“I was at … a workout facility that I’ve been training at. My trainer, he wasn’t even there. I was there early, and I was just in there just backpedaling. I’m kind of fresh, just two to three weeks out of the hospital, and I’m still kind of skinny, and my back was still kind of hurting me. I was just out there trying to test myself to see where I was. I kind of sprinted a little bit and I kind of broke a sweat. I got so happy, I got so excited then.”

What do you remember about what happened to you during that practice leading up to the injury?:

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Kyle Long Didn’t Expect to be Drafted as High as he Was

April 29, 2013 – 7:05 am by Brad Gagnon

The Chicago Bears continue to make a strong push to revamp an offensive line that for years has taken beatings. The latest step in that process came in Round 1 of the NFL draft, with Chicago taking Oregon offensive guard/tackle Kyle Long, who just so happens to be Howie’s son and Chris’s brother.

Kyle Long joined Boers and Bernstein on WSCR in Chicago to discuss his role with the Bears, what he has to improve, his position, how he’ll avoid temptations at the pro level, his relationship with the game of football, being picked higher than expected and the Bears’ efforts during the pre-draft process.

On expecting to play a big role as a rookie:

“Everybody that comes into an organization and gets drafted should have the confidence to be able to come in and make an impact. Saying that would be kind of a bold statement, but I can promise you I’m gonna show up and I’m gonna work my butt off.”

On what he believes he has to improve:

“My technique. I’m very raw in the game, I’m inexperienced, but I feel like my best football is ahead of me.”

On if he thinks he’ll eventually play tackle, rather than guard:

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Dee Milliner Isn’t Worried About Replacing Darrelle Revis, Feels Comfortable in Rex Ryan’s Defense

April 29, 2013 – 6:15 am by Steven Cuce

The New York Jets started their rebuilding process under new GM John Idzik by drafting defense in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft. A week after trading Darrelle Revis, the Jets used the No. 9 overall pick on Dee Milliner.

The former Alabama cornerback was regarded as the best player at his position in this draft despite injury issues. Milliner is excited to be a Jet and is looking forward to the opportunity of playing for Rex Ryan.

Dee Milliner joined 98.7 ESPN New York with The Michael Kay Show to discuss his excitement of being drafted by the New York Jets, visiting the Jets during the workout process, Alabama’s defense being similar to the Jets’ style of defense, filling in for Darrelle Revis and being considered the best cornerback in the NFL draft.

How excited were you to get drafted by the New York Jets?

“Oh man, it was fun. I enjoyed the process and to finally get to a team and know that I could call it my home.”

Going into the draft, how much knowledge did you have of the Jets and the city of New York?

“I had taken a visit, but going out there I knew everything was going to be fine. There was going to be no problem, and when it comes down to it I didn’t know I was going to be available at the time, but I was there and they decided to take me when I was available.”

Has Rex Ryan told you that Alabama does very similar things that the Jets do?

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Star Lotulelei Says the Panthers “Can Definitely be a Playoff Team”

April 29, 2013 – 5:50 am by Brad Gagnon

The Carolina Panthers were in desperate need of help at defensive tackle, and so they weren’t about to let Utah stud Star Lotulelei keep sliding when he dropped to them in the No. 14 spot Thursday night during the NFL draft. Carolina certainly has high expectations for Lotulelei, and Lotulelei clearly has high expectations for Carolina.

Star Lotulelei joined The Drive on WFNZ in Charlotte to discuss being the first defensive tackle drafted, the Panthers’ defense, the team’s playoff prospects and meeting fellow former Utah star Steve Smith.

On why the Panthers made him the first defensive tackle to be chosen in the draft:

“They took me to the classroom just to see how well I could pick up scheme and how fast I could learn, and I think that definitely [played] a big part. We were doing some chalk talk for a good 45 minutes, almost an hour … so I think that had a lot to do with it. And them seeing what kind of person I am off the field. But as far as on the field, I think what separates me from every other defensive tackle in this class is my explosiveness and my strength, being able to hold the point. I feel like those are my biggest strengths that kind of separate me from everyone else.”

On joining a defense with several good young players:

“Their defense is great. They’ve got a bunch of great leaders. So my part is just to come in there and work hard and to produce and to do whatever the team asks of me.”

On if he thinks the Panthers could be a playoff team in 2013:

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Chael Sonnen: “I’m going to throw him on his back, beat a hole in his face for 25 minutes until he gives up”

April 26, 2013 – 10:00 am by Chris Fedor

This Saturday night Jon “Bones” Jones, the light heavyweight champion in the UFC and quite possibly the best pound-for-pound fighter will take on the undisputed trash talking champion of UFC, Chael Sonnen. That’s who Chael Sonnen is. That’s what he does. He runs his mouth and every now and then he backs it up. The 27-12-1 record isn’t bad and he is always game in a fight, but the last two times he ran his mouth before a fight, both against Anderson Silva, he wasn’t able to back it up. Jones has just one loss in his career and he has taken apart every fighter that has been put in front of him. Sonnen and his big mouth will be next.

Chael Sonnen joined TSN 1050 in Toronto with Mike Richards to talk about the idea that he has gotten under the skin of Jon “Bones” Jones, why Saturday will be different than his recent title fights and if he has a prediction for the fight.

On the idea that he has gotten under the skin of Jon “Bones” Jones:

“That doesn’t help me land a right cross or a left hook in the octagon. I know that fans enjoy that a lot and broadcasters like to talk about ‘you’re in his head’ or terms like that. What is the difference if you’re in his head or not? I still have to walk out there and whip his ass on Saturday night. Whether he’s in my head or I’m in his head, it’s not going to help the judges mark my name. I’m going to have to use my fists and elbows on him.”

You haven’t had much luck in title fights lately so why is Saturday going to be different?

“I don’t know about that. I’ve won the title a couple of times. I dropped my last match. Why is Saturday going to be different? I don’t know that I can answer the question. Why don’t you tune in like the rest of the world and find out?”

Do you make a prediction?

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Mingo Looking to Bring Some Bark Back to the Dog Pound

April 26, 2013 – 9:30 am by Chris Fedor

The Cleveland Browns plan this offseason has been very clear: get after the opposing quarterback. That’s what they identified in free agency. They added defensive tackle Desmond Bryant and outside linebacker Paul Kruger. And that’s what they identified with the 6th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Barkevious Mingo. It loosely translates to quarterback killer. Ok, maybe not. But it would be fitting. Misused at LSU (asked to play a lot of contain against dual threat QB’s) Mingo’s production (just 4.5 sacks) doesn’t look worthy of being a Top 10 pick  to some fans that enjoy eye-popping stats, but his talent warrants his draft position. Mingo’s size, speed, athleticism and explosiveness can’t be taught. He’s a physical freak. The Browns needed a special pass-rusher. And they might have gotten the best one this year’s draft had to offer.

Barkevious Mingo joined 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland with Ken Carman and Les Levine to talk about what he has to do to prepare himself to be a starter as a rookie, what he needs to improve on, on his strength, how playing in the SEC prepared him for the NFL and what his message is to Browns fans.

What he has to do to prepare himself to be a starter as a rookie:

“Just get to work and train my body to be ready for rookie minicamp. Get some running in, get some weightlifting in, pick up some weight and just all around football.”

What he needs to improve on:

“With this system being able to effectively drop and cover those guys. Being a defensive end in college I didn’t drop that much, but the times we did I did okay at it, but now just have to get used to doing that more.”

On his strength:

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San Francisco 49ers Move Up to Take Eric Reid in the First Round

April 26, 2013 – 9:00 am by Eric Schmoldt

Jim Harbaugh wasn’t able to nab Eric Reid the first time around. Harbaugh recruited Reid when he was at Stanford, but Reid wound up at LSU. As Harbaugh jokingly said Thursday night, this time Reid had no choice. The San Francisco 49ers traded up to get Reid with the 18th overall pick.

Jim Harbaugh joined KNBR in San Francisco with Larry Krueger, Damon Bruce and Ray Woodson to discuss why San Francisco moved up to take Eric Reid, the 49ers filling a need at safety and if they got a guy who can contribute immediately.

Why was Eric Reid the guy for you guys?:

“A lot of reasons. A lot of good football players in this draft, but we felt he was especially good for us. Somebody that’s a football player. Let’s sum it up that way.”

Did you pay extra attention to the safety spot when Dashon Goldson left?:

“Our scouting department … there’s no film that they don’t look at. One thing about our group, and the coaches as well, is we’re not afraid to look at film. And they look at film of everybody. So, I wouldn’t say double-down on any particular position, per se. We got a great player, great person. Comes from a wonderful family. Had the opportunity to recruit Eric when we were coaching at Stanford, and thought we were right in there. … This time he had no choice.”

Did you draft him with the mindset that he can be versatile and disguise coverages?:

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