Newswire: League News & Notes 6/21

News from around the web includes: New England Patriot running back Corey Dillon speaks out; Arizona Cardinal Matt Leinart sews up the backup quarterback spot; Pittsburgh Steeler's starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger visits Steeler offices and other league news.

Newswire Items 6/21/06

-- With last year's mediocre season behind him New England Patriot running back Corey Dillon had a chance to speak with reporters following the Patriot's minicamp last week. Dillon had the media read aloud his bio and announced that he felt disrespected in light of his career accomplishments. With a good year in 2006, Dillon could easily find himself in NFL's top ten list of running backs. Most running backs tend to fade fast upon reaching the 30's according to Yahoo Sports. Rookie running back Laurence Maroney is expected to share snaps with Dillon once next season gets into full swing.

-- USC's Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart appears to have sewn up the backup quarterback spot for the Arizona Cardinals. "I think he's further along than most first-year quarterbacks would be…" head coach Dennis Green told the media. Speaking of minicamp, Leinart had this to say: "It hasn't been easy, but it's been fun…"

-- Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, visited the team offices for the first time since his motorcycle accident last week. Reports indicate that Roethlisberger wore a hood to cover his facial injuries and was accompanied by body guards.

-- The St. Louis Rams have redefined their front office by getting rid of the general manager position while hiring 2 vice presidents. Former Carolina Panthers' exec Tony Softli is now the Vice President of Player Personnel and former Rams' general manager Charley Armey was hired as the vice president for pro personnel.

-- Nick Hardwick, center for the San Diego Chargers, has agreed to a new six-year contract. Hardwick has been a mainstay in the Charger's offensive line that has helped produce two consecutive 2000+ yard rushing seasons.

-- The Arizona Republic reflects on mistakes that made some people famous including a classic moment in Patriots football history. The November 12, 1982 game between the Dolphins and the Patriots was a low-scoring snow-covered event. Points were at a premium, and it was homefield advantage, which ultimately turned the tables. With time winding down, the a member of the grounds crew out was sent out with a tractor to clear a path for the Patriots kicker. The kick was good and the Patriots had the advantage, much to the dismay of Miami coach Don Shula.

These articles and more can be found in Wednesday's Newswire


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