"Right now, I definitely believe we're way further ahead," Wilson
said, according to ESPN.com. "It's exciting. You have an itch
because you know how to do it at a very high level. And the best
part about it is we can continue to do it better."
Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings said he wants to be the man
to reverse the trend of the running back position being devalued
throughout the NFL.
Peterson told Dan Pompei of Sports on Earth that he wants to "beat
down the things they are saying about the running back position." A
running back hasn't been taken in the first round of the NFL draft
for the past two seasons. He believes that reflects more on the
talent in the draft.
New York Giants running back David Wilson is looking ahead to a July
21 exam of his surgically repaired neck that he hopes will clear him
for contact in time for training camp.
Wilson had a season-ending neck injury in Week 5 last year and
underwent surgery this offseason.
New York Jets running back Chris Johnson is not the same player when
he rushed for more than 2,000 yards in 2009, so the team plans to
mix it up in the backfield to keep him fresh.
Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn conceded the team will use
Johnson judiciously, incorporating him into a rotation with Chris
Ivory and Bilal Powell, who nearly evenly split the bulk of the
team's carries a year ago.
The Washington Redskins signed college free agent wide receiver
Jerry Rice Jr., the son of the NFL's all-time leading receiver, the
team announced Thursday.
Rice Jr. had tryouts with the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco
49ers this offseason.
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Former New York Jets running back Mike Goodson missed his court
appearance Thursday on charges related to drug and weapons
Goodson, who was released June 18 by the Jets one day after he did
not show up for a mandatory minicamp practice, was due in Morris
County (N.J.) Superior Court for a status conference.
Jadeveon Clowney's sports hernia surfaced last year at South
Carolina and was not the result of a recent injury, the NFL Draft's
No. 1 pick told NFL.com on Thursday.
Clowney spoke with Gil Brant of the NFL Network at the league's
Rookie Symposium and said he played through the hernia during his
final season at South Carolina. The Houston Texans rookie linebacker
underwent surgery earlier this month in Philadelphia to repair the
problem. (Editing by Frank Pingue)
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