Week Fifteen Free Agent/Pre-Game Notes

With game-time fast approaching for Sunday's games, here's the latest on some of the notable NFL free agent workouts and some late pre-game items of note.

Atlanta Falcons - In addition to working out RB Jamal Roberson who they signed this week, the team worked out free agent RBs Damien Anderson and Quentin Griffin.

Robertson was active for Saturday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

They also worked out FBs Fred Beasley, Terry Jackson, and Harold Marrow.

KR J.R. Reed worked out for the team earlier this week. The St. Louis Rams released him a few weeks ago. Reed, who was once a very promising kick off returner with the Philadelphia Eagles, suffered severe nerve damage in his leg in a freak off the field injury  a few years ago.


Baltimore Ravens - In addition to working out FB Nick Luchey two weeks ago who signed with them, they also worked out FBs Alan Ricard and Kevin Dudley.

Former Seattle Seahawks special teams ace Alex Bannister worked out for the Ravens last week. 


Dallas Cowboys - A few interesting names showed up on their free agent tryout list recently.

Veteran RB Antowain Smith and free agent LBs Courtney Watson and Rocky Calmus worked out for Dallas last week.

Smith started seven games last season for the New Orleans Saints after starting RB Deuce McAllister had suffered as season-ending knee injury.

Watson, a former second-round pick of the Saints, was once seen as an up and coming talent but he never lived up to his potential.

Watson was traded to the Miami Dolphins back in May of this year but the trade got voided because LB Eddie Moore failed the Saints' physical.

Watson was then traded again, this time to the Buffalo Bills in June but was waived in late August. He was claimed off of waivers by the Houston Texans then waived a week later.

Calmus, a former third-round pick back in 2002 by the Tennessee Titans, suffered a series of injuries with them and they gave up on him and traded him to the Indianapolis Colts back in September of 2005. He also got hurt with the Colts and was placed on injured reserve. A source close to Calmus told scout.com recently that he's been healthy for several months.


Houston Texans - The team worked out free agent LBs James Davis and Cornelius Wortham earlier this week.

Davis was a full-time starter for the Detroit Lions in 2004 and 2005 and would be a solid backup for a team.

Wortham, who was a 2006 seventh-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, was released by Seattle back in early September.


Jacksonville Jaguars - The team worked out a pair of young quarterbacks this week one of which was rookie Bruce Eugene who created a pretty good pre-draft buzz yet wasn't drafted. Eugene was signed by the New Orleans Saints back in late April but was released by the team in late June.


New England Patriots - The team, due to injuries at the tight end position, worked out free agents Lamont Hall, Walter Rasby, Terry Jones, O.J. Santiago, Matt Kranchick, and Rod Trafford.

Santiago was signed and got injured shortly there after and was released.

Trafford was signed to the practice squad and injured his shoulder during his first practice and was placed on the practice squad injured reserve.

Kranchick was also signed to the practice squad and practiced with the team this week but a league source told scout.com Saturday evening was not added to the active roster by Saturday's 4:00 pm et deadline.


Philadelphia Eagles - A team source told scout.com this week that first-round pick DT Brodrick Bunkley will be active Sunday for their big divisional game against the New York Giants and should see more snaps than he's seen in any game this season. The starters have been wearing down of late and the coaches have been more pleased with Bunkley's practices of late.


Seattle Seahawks - The team worked out former Indianapolis Colts DT Josh Williams last week. Williams was former starter for the Colts and one point and is smallish but quick tackle that can fit in certain defensive systems.

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