Monday, April 14, 2008

Bucs thinking receiver in second, third rounds?

Bucs thinking receiver in second, third rounds?
The St. Petersburg Times reported�Cal receiver Lavelle Hawkins passed through Tampa Bay last week, while Florida receiver and Tampa native Andre Caldwell will visit on Thursday.

The interest in both players is an indication the Bucs are considering a group of receivers that will be available in the second or third round rather than just those considered candidates for the first round.

Saints' Bush wants to hear MVP chants
New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush recently joked that his friend and neighbor, Hornets point guard Chris Paul, "is putting a lot of pressure on me" with his MVP-caliber season.

"Now I've got to come and have an equal or better year," Bush said. "I've got to get the crowd chanting MVP.

"Last season I was injured more than I had ever been injured in my whole career," Bush said during a recent break from the team's offseason workout program. "It was hard to stay on top of staying explosive and strong in the weight room when you're constantly rehabbing every week. It was a little different year. Hopefully I can stay healthy throughout the year, throughout the season and still keep myself in shape physically and up to par."

Keyshawn says Tuna would welcome him back
Although the Miami Dolphins want to get younger, ESPN analyst and retired receiver Keyshawn Johnson, still mulling a comeback, said told the Miami Herald in an a telephone interview:�''I'm pretty sure if I wanted to come to Miami, Bill Parcells would say OK.''

Ravens' Heap refutes 'soft' label
Offseason banter on sports talk shows has raised concerns that, at 28, Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd�Heap is (a) getting brittle with age or (b) soft.

"I've heard that some people have questioned my toughness," he said.

Heap is buoyed after a six-week training regimen that he recently wrapped up at the team's complex in Owings Mills — personal time that he normally spends with family in Arizona. This week he'll take part in the Ravens' voluntary minicamp.

Ex-Pats corner Wilson looks comfortable at safety
When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed free agent defensive back Eugene Wilson last month, their intent was to make the former New England safety a cornerback.

Despite how confident they seemed about the potential for success, it still is a rather big experiment. After Wilson's first full week on the job with the conclusion of last week's offseason practices, it appears the Bucs were onto something.

"You can't say enough good things about him," defensive backs coach Raheem Morris. "He's looking like a stud right now."

Broncos interested in receivers Jackson, Parker?
The Denver Broncos are close to signing former Kansas City Chiefs receiver Samie Parker and are deep in discussions with Darrell Jackson, the former No. 1 pass-catching threat for the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, according to multiple NFL sources.

Parker, 27, was the Chiefs' No. 2 receiver in 2005-06, averaging 38.5 catches and 547 yards. He and the Broncos could finalize an agreement soon according to the Denver Post.

Few receivers have a more impressive resume than Jackson, who was released by San Francisco after last season largely to avoid paying $4 million in salary and bonus. He has averaged 61 receptions in his eight NFL seasons and has three seasons of at least 1,000 yards. He caught 10 TD passes in 2006.

Draft-eligible defensive linemen scheduled to visit Rams
Louisiana State defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey had to cancel his scheduled trip Sunday to St. Louis because of the flu.

Along with Virginia defensive end Chris Long, Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long and Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston, Dorsey was scheduled to meet with Rams officials�this week.

Dorsey will push back his arrival to Tuesday, when more than two dozen prospects are scheduled to visit.