Senior Bowl Buzz: Thursday Morning

Thursday morning's no-pads practice wasn't as heavily attended as the previous two days of workouts, but we still spotted team personnel showing interest in specific prospects and got several notes from around the league.

Most of the teams on hand Thursday had skeleton staffs at the no-pads practice. But that does not mean there was no breaking news buzzing around.

Hutchinson Junior College linebacker David Dixon, who was not selected in last July's supplemental draft and played in the CFL last year, will be working out for the Dolphins next week.

USC receiver Dwayne Jarrett hasn't decided whether or not he'll be working out at the NFL Combine next month. The Tennessee Titans have already shown interest in him.

Amobi Okoye is planning to work out at the combine next month.

Terry Bradway of the Jets again spent a significant amount of time speaking with Tampa Bay assistants today. This is further evidence the team is looking to interview running backs coach Art Valero to possibly replace the departed Sam Gash.

The Jets spent an inordinate amount of time with Anthony Spencer after practice this morning.

A league source with knowledge of the situation told Thursday afternoon that the Cleveland Browns have now interviewed four potential candidates for their vacant offensive line job this week, including Steve Loney, Mike Maser, and Tom Cable.

Loney is the former Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach. He also did double duty as the Vikings offensive coordinator in 2005. Maser is the former Carolina Panthers offensive line coach. Cable is the former Atlanta Falcons offensive line coach.

Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage spoke extensively with cornerback Josh Wilson.

Khalid Abdullah, a former fifth-round pick of the Bengals now with the Calgary Stampeders, was on hand hoping to interview and get back into the league.

Sources have told us UNLV cornerback Eric Wright is hard at work in California training for the combine. We have been told Wright's attitude has been top-notch despite previous reports.

The Kansas City Chiefs are trying to get CBA star Nick VanderLaan into NFL Europe.

We wrote extensively about VanderLann in the run-up to last April's draft. The former college basketball player was working out to get consideration as a tight end in the NFL. Lynn Stiles of the Chiefs wanted to sign him, but the idea was nixed by Kansas City's top brass. The franchise hopes to get a better look at him this spring.

Thursday Team Interests

Cleveland Brownss —Troy Smith, Josh Wilson

Baltimore RavensVictor Abiamiri

New York Jets — Anthony Spencer

San Diego ChargersRhema McKnight

Tampa Bay BuccaneersBen Patrick

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