By my own admittedly unreliable count, there are 28 former Horned Frogs participating in NFL Training Camps right now. I can't promise this will be a daily feature, but we here at Spit Blood will try to keep you up to date on what is happening with these guys. Here's what I was able to find out this morning:
-Andy Dalton is impressing his offensive coordinator (and some Cincinnati bloggers) early on in Bengals' camp. Sounds like they really like his poise and confidence...which shouldn't be a surprise to any of you that have watched him do nothing but win the last four years in Fort Worth.
-LaDainian Tomlinson has taken a pay-cut to help the Jets position themselves for a championship. Instead of making the $2.6 million he was due to be paid this year, LT's restructured contract will pay him about $1.1 million this year- so it's not like he'll be starving. Part of that savings was used to sign free agents Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress and Antonio Cromartie.
-David Hawthorne is the new starting MLB for the Seahawks after they released Lofa Tatupu. Said Coach Pete Carroll: "I think David Hawthorne is ready. He's been ready."
-Marshall Newhouse is drawing some praise while currently working as the Packers' #1 left tackle while regular starter Chad Clifton rests his achy knees. Newhouse was hurt most of last year during Green Bay's run to the Super Bowl title, but it looks as if he might take a more active role in their hunt for their next one.
-Robert Henson has a banged-up knee and has been placed on the physically unable to perform list by the Redskins. RH51 apparently has made some progress and was seen as a possible candidate for a starting position, so keep an eye on this situation- if he stays on the PUP list past the season opener, he has to remain there for at least the first six weeks of the season.
-Michael Toudouze has re-signed with the Colts. Did you know that this is actually his third go-round with Indianapolis? He left previously for two short stints in the UFL and also was a member of the Titans for a short while. For you Texans fans out there, there are now 3 former Frogs on the Colts- Toudouze, Jerry Hughes and Jake Kirkpatrick. So there's your silver-lining after those two losses.
-Jason Phillips is getting some reps with the first team, and has been singled out for his hard-hitting in camp- which is saying quite a bit when you consider how many hard-hitters there are on that Ravens' D.
-Daryl Washington is pencilled in as an opening-day starter in Arizona, a year after he made 78 tackles in 11 starts for the Cardinals as a rookie.
-Colin Jones is part of a wide-open depth chart at safety for the 49ers while starter Dashon Goldson holds out. I'm not saying Jones is going to step in and start right away, but the more reps he's able to get in practice now the better chance he has of making the team and being able to contribute in games.
-Rafael Priest got a shout-out from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for making an interception in Falcons' training camp- where they've moved him to safety. Priest signed with Atlanta in February after having been cut from the Saints' practice squad in the early part of last season.
It's likely that not all of these updates will be so thorough, but hopefully there will be plenty of positive news coming out of NFL camps about the former Frogs.