TEMPE, AZ--Sunday, in a move that the NFL Network was using to fulfill its “Football 24-7” mantra, the NFL opted to reveal to online users and media via email, as well as on Twitter, that the first Veteran Scouting Combine would be aired on the popular channel.
Incidentally, the broadcast was tape-delayed, airing at 6:00 pm MDT, with it actually occurring earlier that afternoon at the Arizona Cardinals facility in the southeastern Phoenix suburb of Tempe.
Representatives of all 32 teams were on hand as well, including New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese, Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson, among others.
While the event was generally nonchalant, there were several noteworthy moments, such as veteran tailback Michael Bush, who most recently was a contributor with the Chicago Bears in 2013, who said “you gotta be (expletive) me” upon discovering he ran a 4.91 in the 40-yard dash.
I suppose that is one thing the Veteran Combine provides in line with March Madness as Bush, along with teams that have lost the past four days in college basketball's grandest stage, realize that failure in March represents the end of their seasons, or in some cases, careers.
Additionally, quarterback Brady Quinn, who was most recently with the New York Jets and St. Louis Rams in 2013, confirmed to "Around the NFL" that he hoped to experience a comparable renaissance to that of signal-caller Josh McCown who flourished with the Chicago Bears in 2013 when starter Jay Cutler was lost to injury.
Quarterback Tyler Wilson, who has spent time with the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans but netted no game-time snaps of which to speak with either team, had the strongest arm at the Veteran Combine. Wilson confirmed he has had “a lot of contact” with numerous teams.
If nothing else, the NFL Network was successful in creating football conversation in a dead time for the nation's most popular pro sport, prior to the annual collegiate draft, which commences April 30 and I'm sure all football fans can at least appreciate the effort, even if nothing of true substance occurred.
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