NFL Workout Notes: 10/14

While they won't talk about it in public, many NFL clubs have been quietly working out unemployed veteran players behind the scenes. Here's an exclusive report on who has been working out, and what their prospects are to make an NFL roster...

Atlanta Falcons – The team worked out free agent safeties Willie Pile and Lance Schulters recently but passed on signing them. Atlanta could be looking for some veteran depth behind starters Chris Crocker and Lawyer Milloy.

Buffalo Bills
– The team continues to work out free agent offensive linemen, linebackers, and safeties.

The only lineman of note that worked out for the team recently was former Indianapolis Colt Tupe Peko.

At linebacker, the team worked out former Cincinnati Bengal Adrian Ross who hasn't played in the league since the 2003 season. Also working out of note was LB Andre Frazier who wound up signing with the Bengals.

At safety, the team clearly is looking for a veteran backup behind starters Ko Simpson and Donte Whitner and they worked out Willie Offord and Shaunard Harts.

Carolina Panthers – While the team feels comfortable with LB Chris Draft taking over the middle linebacker job from Dan Morgan who will miss the rest of the season, they did work out free agent LBs Sam Cowart, Andre Frazier, James Davis, and Cornelius Wortham recently. None were signed.

Because of the lingering injury to starting SS Shaun Williams, they worked out free agent safeties Deke Cooper and Lance Schulters. Neither was signed but Williams could miss this fourth straight game this week.

Cleveland Browns – Perhaps looking for some veteran depth at quarterback, the team worked out free agents Rohan Davey and J.T. O'Sullivan. Head coach Romeo Crennel is familiar with Davey from his days with New England. O'Sullivan was once viewed as a solid developmental project a few years ago but he's never panned out. He's been with five teams in just five seasons.

They also worked out free agent receivers Freddie Mitchell and Darnerian McCants. Both players are good special team players. Mitchell is seen strictly as a slot receiver and veteran WR Dennis Northcutt takes up that spot. Mitchell hasn't played in the league since 2004. McCants was one of the last players to be cut by the Philadelphia Eagles before the start of the regular season.

Also working recently of note were DT Matthias Askew who is seen in league circles as a talented but underachieving player as well as former Arizona Cardinal MLB Lance Mitchell.

Because the injury problems at cornerback, they also worked out former Green Bay Packer Michael Hawkins and journeyman Ray Mickens.

Dallas Cowboys – Interestingly, the team worked out former Philadelphia Eagle TE Andy Thorn last week prior to their game against Philadelphia and then signed him to their practice squad.

Detroit Lions – Due to the recent spate of injuries in the secondary, the team worked out of note free agent cornerbacks Donald Strickland (worked out twice) and Joey Thomas and safeties Deke Cooper, Antuan Edwards, Earl Little, and Willie Pile.

Strickland was passed over by the Philadelphia Eagles to re-sign when they had a recent injury problem at cornerback.

Houston Texans – The team, perhaps looking for a third quarterback, worked out free agents Omar Jacobs and Bradlee Van Pelt recently. The Texans are among a growing trend this season of teams just having two quarterbacks on the active roster.

They also worked out free agent receivers Randy Hymes, Craphonso Thorpe, and Darius Watts.

Indianapolis Colts – Due to the recent knee injury of No. 3 receiver Brandon Stokley, the team worked out free agent Ricky Proehl this week. Proehl has spent a good portion of his career playing in the slot and could easily be ready to play if needed. The 38-year old receiver has made it known that he wants to play two more seasons.

Due to the loss of veteran DT Corey Simon for the season, the team worked out free agent DT Langston Moore who fits what they're looking for from an interior defensive lineman. Moore is small and fast. For those fans thinking they'll be looking for a big run stuffing tackle, that's not what the team is looking for. Their philosophy is for their lineman to get up field and to get to the quarterback.

New England Patriots – The team recently worked out free agent receivers of note Jabar Gaffney, Kevin Johnson, and Charles Rogers. They signed Gaffney who is a pretty solid slot receiver but he's not seen as an outside receiver by most teams. Veteran WR Troy Brown currently mans the inside slot position so it will be interesting to see how Gaffney is used. The Philadelphia Eagles released him back in early September. He was beaten out for a roster spot by rookie WR Jason Avant.

New York Giants – Perhaps looking for some veteran depth at receiver, the team worked out Darius Watts and Tyrone Calico earlier this week. Both are solid developmental projects. Watts never developed like the Denver Broncos had hoped. Calico was an emerging talent before a series of injuries curtailed his progress.

New York Jets – The team worked out former Philadelphia Eagle DT Keyonta Marshall this week. Marshall was seen as a solid developmental project at one time but he was beaten out for a job by sixth-round pick La Juan Ramsey.

San Diego Chargers – Because of the knee injury to backup S Bhawoh Jue, the team worked out free agent safeties Keion Carpenter, Deke Cooper, and Michael Stone who is known as a good special teams player. Carpenter has extensive starting experience in his career with Buffalo and Atlanta.

Seattle Seahawks – Due to the broken foot suffered by RB Shaun Alexander, the team recently worked out free agent running backs Arlen Harris and Jonathan Wells recently. Harris was released by Detroit prior to the start of the regular season. The Indianapolis Colts released wells. Wells is seen as a quality backup and is a good special teams player. He also is a good short-yardage back.

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