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Dungy: I wouldn't have drafted Sam (The SportsXchange) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
Former coach Tony Dungy said he would not have drafted openly gay defensive end Michael Sam were he still running an NFL team. Sam, a seventh-round draft pick in May, is due to report to the St. Louis Rams' camp Tuesday. "I wouldn't have taken him," Dungy, the former coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts, told the Tampa Tribune. "Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it. Yahoo! Mon, Jul 21
Cowboys waive DT Whaley, sign 2 pass-catchers (The Associated Press) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys waived defensive tackle Chris Whaley and signed receiver Dezmon Briscoe and tight end Dallas Walker on Monday. Yahoo! Mon, Jul 21
Cowboys sign WR Briscoe (The SportsXchange) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
The Dallas Cowboys signed wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, the team announced Monday. Yahoo! Mon, Jul 21
Tony Dungy says he would not want to 'deal with' Michael Sam distractions (Shutdown Corner) ( yesterday ) Courtesy of
Tony Dungy has always had a strong voice on African-American issues and even was a guiding light for Michael Vick at his lowest point. But the former Buccaneers and Colts head coach  told the Tampa Bay Tribune he would not have wanted to help shepherd Michael Sam into the NFL if he was still coaching. “I wouldn’t have taken him,’’ said Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. “It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’ [ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ] Things almost happened with an Oprah-led TV crew was set to roll into St. Louis to tell Sam's story, but following some negative backlash to that announcement, Sam's camp announced that the Own Network project would be put on hold, which is industry talk for "someone tried to bury this thing in the desert." Speaking of backlash, Dungy will receive some. This will not make for a popular stance among the media, who typically look to Dungy with respect on his opinions, and it appears to fly slightly in the face of what he has said on the topic previously. When asked prior to the draft about Sam's place in the NFL after he had revealed to the world he was gay, Dungy said ( via NBC Channel 2 in Terre Haute, Ind. ): "The NFL has always been based on merit, and I think that will continue to be the case with Michael Sam and the issue homosexuality or anything else. Guys who produce and play well will be welcomed into the league." There was far more vitriol against Vick when he re-entered the league than what Sam has faced. As in exponentially more. If there are people protesting Sam's place in the NFL, they will be in the mostly shunned and marginalized minority. No one is debating whether Sam belongs in the NFL, the way the convicted dog fighter Vick was after the Eagles signed him. But Dungy acted as a mentor to Vick, and his efforts were noble. He encouraged teams to sign VIck before the Eagles did, speaking on Vick's behalf. But Sam apparently represents a level of distraction that would be too much for Dungy. It's really a puzzling take as things stand right now. The Sam story has picked up a little with training camp approaching, but it has been mostly quiet outside of his emotional and moving speech at the ESPYs. Rather, the rookie who has dominated the news cycle since the draft (and, really, well before that) has been Johnny Manziel. We'll need to get Dungy's take on Johnny Football one of these days. Dungy had an opinion on the issue, and he stated it. Let's not completely eviscerate a man for being honest, even if his take is somewhat controversial. After all, he's publicly expressing a view that other current NFL decision makers likely share — but would not admit to short of having a few doses of few sodium pentathol mainlined — is quite revealing. But Dungy also appeared to have given a scrubbed, politcally correct version of his stance in February only to change it over the next five months without much having really changed in Sam's quest to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. There's an inconsistency and a lack of authenticity to what Dungy has said there that certainly are open to criticism. Plus, although clearly not everyone supports Sam in his effort, you'd have to say that based on how the past five months have gone, Dungy would find his opinion — at least among people not employed in the NFL — to be in the minority. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm Yahoo! Mon, Jul 21
National Football League roundup (Reuters) Courtesy of
(The Sports Xchange) - A Toronto investment group led by rock star Jon Bon Jovi would not plan to move the Buffalo Bills out of western New York if it buys the team, according to the Toronto Sun. The Bills were put on the market after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March. Bon Jovi's group has reportedly been saying privately and plans to inform the trust managing the sale of the Bills that it will not relocate the team. Aside from Bon Jovi, the group also includes Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment chairman Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family. Tanenbaum controls the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors. Yahoo! Sun, Jul 20
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Mike Glennon North Carolina State
Mike Kafka Northwestern
Josh McCown Sam Houston State
Alex Tanney Monmouth (Ill.)
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Brendan Bigelow California
Jeff Demps Florida
Mike James Miami (Fla.)
Jorvorskie Lane Texas A&M
Doug Martin Boise State
Lonnie Pryor Florida State
Bobby Rainey Western Kentucky
Charles Sims West Virginia
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Skye Dawson Texas Christian
Mike Evans Texas A&M
David Gettis Baylor
Lavelle Hawkins California
Robert Herron Wyoming
Vincent Jackson Northern Colorado
Louis Murphy Jr. Florida
Chris Owusu Stanford
Eric Page Toledo
Solomon Patton Florida
Russell Shepard LSU
Tommy Streeter Miami (FL)
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Andrew DePaola Rutgers
Brandon Myers Iowa
Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington
Luke Stocker Tennessee
Tim Wright Rutgers
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Connor Barth North Carolina
Michael Koenen Western Washington
Patrick Murray Fordham
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Da'Quan Bowers Clemson
Adrian Clayborn Iowa
Euclid Cummings Georgia Tech
William Gholston Michigan State
Michael Johnson Georgia Tech
Matthew Masifilo Stanford
Gerald McCoy Oklahoma
Clinton McDonald Memphis
Steven Means Buffalo
Scott Solomon Rice
Akeem Spence Illinois
Chaz Sutton South Carolina
Ronald Talley Delaware
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Nate Askew Texas A&M
Jeremy Cain Massachusetts
Jonathan Casillas Wisconsin
Lavonte David Nebraska
Dane Fletcher Montana State
Mason Foster Washington
Ka'Lial Glaud Rutgers
Danny Lansanah Connecticut
Damaso Munoz Rutgers
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Johnthan Banks Mississippi State
Mark Barron Alabama
Deveron Carr Arizona State
Dashon Goldson Washington
Danny Gorrer Texas A&M
Mike Jenkins South Florida
Leonard Johnson Iowa State
Keith Lewis Virginia-Lynchburg
Kelcie McCray Arkansas State
Bradley McDougald Kansas
Rashaan Melvin Northern Illinois
D.J. Moore Vanderbilt
Quinton Pointer UNLV
Mycal Swaim Eastern Michigan
Keith Tandy West Virginia
Alterraun Verner UCLA
Major Wright Florida
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Josh Allen Louisiana-Monroe
Anthony Collins Kansas
Oniel Cousins UTEP
Jace Daniels Northern Michigan
Evan Dietrich-Smith Idaho State
Demar Dotson Southern Miss
Kadeem Edwards Tennessee State
Jason Foster Rhode Island
Jamon Meredith South Carolina
Andrew Miller Virginia Tech
Carl Nicks Nebraska
Patrick Omameh Michigan
Kevin Pamphile Purdue
Matt Patchan Boston College