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Carroll Recruited DeMarco Murray To USC As Defensive Back

Pete Carroll recruited DeMarco Murray to play at USC as a defensive back.

Murray was coming out of high school as a star running back and decided instead to attend Oklahoma where he followed in the footsteps of Adrian Peterson.

"Pete probably could have made him an NFL corner because DeMarco is so long and athletic," recalled his high school coach, David White. "DeMarco was curious and interested about it, but he really wanted a shot at running back, and USC had three or four guys committed already. He just wanted a real chance to see if he could make it at the next level at running back."

Via Sam Farmer/Los Angeles Times


Dez Bryant, Joseph Randle Have Confrontation At Practice

Dez Bryant and Joseph Randle had a confrontation during the Friday practice for the Dallas Cowboys.

Jason Witten intervened and told Randle to "shut up."

“Dez didn’t miss no games for smacking his momma,” Randle said during his booking on the theft charges, referencing Bryant’s 2012 arrest on family violence charges following an altercation with his mother.

Via Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk


10 GMs, 34 Scouts In Attendance For Florida State Game

There were 10 general managers and 34 NFL scouts in attendance for Florida State's Thursday game against Louisville.

Jameis Winston ranks slightly behind Marcus Mariota in terms of pure talent, but his off-field issues have produced a wide variance in the opinions of NFL talent evaluators.

The St. Louis Rams, Tama Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans all appear to be in the quarterback market for next year's draft and had their GM's in attendance. The Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns also sent their GMs.

Via Pete Thamel/Sports Illustrated



Griffin Won't Try To Be Normal QB Returning From Injury

Robert Griffin III will start at quarterback for Washington this week against the Minnesota Vikings.

Griffin is coming back from a non-contact ankle injury.

“I’m ready to go, ready to play, get back out there with the guys and have fun. That’s what it is,” Griffin said. “God didn’t put us on this earth to be normal. So I’m not gonna go out there and try to be a normal quarterback. I’m gonna go out there and be the quarterback he’s called me to be.”

Via Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk


DeAngelo Hall Tears Achilles Again

DeAngelo Hall, who tore his Achilles tendon last month and underwent surgery to repair it, tore it again this week and will have to redo the surgery, according to sources.

Hall still is likely to be ready for next summer's training camp, though this second injury and surgery will make it that much more difficult.

Via Adam Schefter/ESPN


Greg Hardy Will Miss Remainder Of Season As Trial Postponed

Greg Hardy will miss the remainder of the 2014 NFL season as his trial date has been postponed. It was originally scheduled for mid-November, but it will now begin after the season is over.

Hardy is on the commissioner's exempt list.

Hardy was found guilty in a bench trial of assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder, which is now under appeal.

Via Mike Florio/ProFootballTalk


Khalil Mack 'Almost Unblockable', 'Jumps Off The Film'

Khalil Mack has had an excellent rookie season in what has been a disappointing 2014 for the Oakland Raiders in terms of wins and losses.

The Raiders play at the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

"I think he's really good," said Pete Carroll. "He jumps off the film. Every one of our coaches, when they break up and start looking at the Raiders and taking seriously what they're doing well, everybody comes back talking about him. He's almost unblockable and he's got a great motor. He's fast, he's tough, he's instinctive. We think he's an obvious factor."

Brian Hoyer last week said Mack was "one of the best players we've gone against this year, and that's a unanimous decision in the locker room."

Via Levi Damien/SB Nation


Vikings Want Bridgewater To Think Faster But Not Always Throw Sooner

The Minnesota Vikings want Teddy Bridgewater to think faster but not necessarily throw sooner.

Bridgewater averages 2.56 seconds before throwing, just below the average of 2.52.

"There are times where you can just see, 'Hey, they gave us this look -- get to your next progression,'" Norv Turner said. "For a rookie, it pops up, because things are new. ... Sometimes, if he gets off something too quick, he's too early to another route, and then, it's covered, but it was going to be open if he worked there in the correct timing." 

Via Ben Goessling/ESPN


Mark Ingram Likely To Test Free Agency In 2015

In his Week 8 performance against the Green Bay Packers, Mark Ingram finally looked like the player the New Orleans Saints were expecting when they made him a first round pick out of Alabama.

The Saints declined their fifth-year option on Ingram last offseason.

Ingram is expected to become a free agent in 2015 and is still realtively young and without a ton of miles, which could make him an attractive option for teams looking for a running back.

One scout said Ingram is finally realizing his substantial talent due to increased confidence and the late 2013 shift to an inside/outside blocking scheme that emphasizes his strengths.

Via Chris Wesseling/NFL.com


Robert Griffin III To Start In Week 9 Against Vikings

Robert Griffin III will start for Wednesday this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

NBC4 D.C. earlier reported the decision.

Griffin hasn't played since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2.

Colt McCoy helped lead Washington to a victory on Monday over the Dallas Cowboys.

Via ESPN