Newswire Items 7/07/06
-- New England Patriot rookie running back Patrick Cobbs is living a dream that is lasting longer than anticipated. The North Texas undrafted free agent tells the Countrywide News that he didn't expect to make it past the Patriot's minicamp. Cobbs is now in a fight for the fourth spot on the Patriot's roster. Veterans Corey Dillon, Kevin Faulk and rookie Laurence Maroney occupy the first three spots.
-- Former New England Patriot tight end Ben Coates will be inducted into the Greenwood High School Hall of Fame. The Index Journal reports that while attending high school, Coates was an all-region tight end and defensive lineman. Coates was drafted by the Patriots in 1991 and won a super bowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens. He currently is the tight end's coach for the Cleveland Browns.
-- New York Jet's rookie head coach Eric Mangini is eager for the new season ahead. Mangini lost his father early in his life. Since that time, he has felt an urgency about life. Mangini tells USA Today, "I've always thought you can't wait, you can't wait to say, 'Thank you.' You can't wait to say, 'I love you.' You can't wait to do the things you want to do in life. Now is the time to do it."
-- Denver Bronco's wide receiver Ashley Lelie is a minicamp holdout. Lelie isn't happy with his current situation with the Broncos and wants to be traded. Bronco head coach Mike Shanahan tells the Associated Press "If you want to compete to be the No. 1 guy, why not be here? Why not be here in camp?" Lelie was the subject of trade rumors with the Patriots, a rumor Patriots coach Bill Belichick shot down a few weeks ago.
-- Former New England Patriot running back Cedric Cobbs is fighting for a roster spot with the Denver Broncos. Cobbs is currently 3rd on the Bronco's depth chart behind Ron Dayne and Tatum Bell.
-- Denver Bronco starting quarterback Jake Plummer was offered a plea bargain in an alleged road rage incident. Englewood police investigator John Hoehler tells the Associated Press "An offer was made, and Jake's attorney was going to discuss it with his client"
-- Former Patriot running back DeCori Birmingham was released by the New York Giants. Birmingham, originally signed by New England as an undrafted free agent, spent time with the Jets, 49ers, and the Giants.
-- Patriots' fullback Heath Evans will spend some time with NFL MVP running back Shaun Alexander as both players participate in a football camp for an expected crowd of about 450 youths. The two backs both spent time their college days playing at local schools and were teammates on the Seattle Seahawks.
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