Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive lineman Melvin Ingram (left), Miami Hurricanes quaterback Jacory Harris and North Carolina defensive lineman Donter Paige-Moss (39) watch the vertical jump during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
The NFL Combine is here. Some prospects arrived to Indianapolis yesterday and today they will have measurements, medical exams and interviews with the media.
For the last two NFL off-seasons, the subject of Los Angeles getting a pro football team has dominated sports network airwaves. Lots of commentators have thrown around the possibility of the San Diego Chargers moving north to L.A. However, during a visit to the Golden State last week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry made some comments that should have the Spanos family, the owners of the Chargers, considering a move to San Antonio instead.
A third-round pick of the Saints in 2011 (88th overall), the 5-11, 190-pound Patrick played in nine games as a rookie and 15 games last season. He totaled 21 tackles this past season to go along with three passes defensed, while adding five stops for the Saints’ special teams. As a rookie he totaled eight tackles on defense and one on special teams.
The new San Diego coach is keeping options open for what exactly his offense will look like in 2013, such as the frequency with which zone blocking will be used. Last month, he hired offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris, who featured the blocking style in Buffalo.
Former New Orleans Saints cornerback Johnny Patrick wasn’t without a team very long after the Saints waived him Tuesday as the San Diego Chargers claimed Patrick on Wednesday, Patrick and his agent said via Twitter.
It’s fair to say that San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has been off the past two seasons. After being one of the top-rated passers from 2008 through 2010, Rivers saw his production and efficiency sharply drop. That doesn’t appear to be a concern for new head coach Mike McCoy, however.