Alabama Football: Tide Players In The NFL

Mark Ingram raves over Dont’a Hightower’s NFL potential

Just a big, strong, powerful guy,” Ingram said of Hightower. “He can play middle (linebacker). He can rush the passer. He can cover out (of) the backfield. He’s just a complete linebacker and a playmaker on the field.”

Ravens Notebook: OLB Courtney Upshaw confident he’ll play Friday against Lions

I’m not feeling any pressure,” Upshaw said. “It’s just that all these guys here are fighting. I knew that coming in after they drafted me. It’s on me, that when I get better to come back in and fight with them.”

Julio Jones Looks to Become Unleashed in 2012

Julio continues to progress like he did last year,” Smith said in a post-game press conference. “I think he made some real strong catches. That was a great catch there in the end zone. He went over 100 yards in the short time that he was playing out there.”

Trent Richardson can help restore order for Browns

Assuming Richardson’s knee heals up, Brandon Weeden has something everyone from Tim Couch to Colt McCoy lacked: A potentially elite back who can keep defenses honest and take the heat off a developing signal-caller.

Marquis Johnson – Following Spagnuolo Towards Success

Marquis Johnson‘s measurables are nothing eye popping, but he has shown himself to be a solid tactician and tackler thus far with the Saints. Johnson stands a mere 5’11″ and is only 203 pounds. Though he may not be the biggest guy, he must have been high on Steve Spagnuolo’s list, because New Orleans brought Marquis over at his request, to contribute in his new defensive scheme this offseason.

Mark Anderson making a name for himself with Bills

If Anderson keeps performing at his current level, however, he’s going to grab his own share of the spotlight very soon. The 29-year-old has been one of Buffalo’s most impressive performers at training camp. In fact, he’s been one of the team’s best players since joining the Bills as a free agent in March.

DeMeco Ryans Is Ready To Lead

His presence has been felt,” fellow linebacker Jamar Chaney said. “You can tell he was a leader with the Texans and when he was in college in Alabama. With a guy like that who has all that experience and accolades — he’s not a guy who is just coming in here because he has Pro Bowls and all stuff like that. You listen to him a little more than you listen to another guy.”

Kareem Jackson learning from Johnathan Joseph

To have a veteran guy like J-Joe in the room with you, it’s obvious for you to pick his (brain),” Jackson said. ”Just learn some of the little tips and what to watch. I learned a lot.”

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