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Posted on: September 29, 2010 5:40 pm
 

Dallas Cowboys/Michael Johnson Training Partners

I've written articles the past two years on the rapid development of world class training facilities and the impact they have on prospects preparation for the Combine and Pro Day workouts.

One of the best of those facilities is owned and ran by former Olympian great Michael Johnson. The facility, located in McKinney, Texas has developed a reputation for improving the speed of professional athletes. In fact, over its three years, Michael Johnson Performance has worked with athletes from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS and PGA, as well as served as the Combine prep facility of choice for first round picks Ndamukong Suh, Felix Jones, Knowshon Moreno, Michael Crabtree and many others.

On Wednesday, MJP and the Dallas Cowboys announced that they've become the official training partner of the Dallas Cowboys.

According to their press release, this partnership grants the Cowboys:

  • Exclusive speed training – developed by MJP Founder Michael Johnson based on his legendary career as an Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder.

  • Nike’s patented Sensory Sport Training (SST) – including access to MJP’s Sports Vision Lab, where athletes train to improve their visual capabilities, such as depth perception, peripheral vision and reaction time.

  • MJP Functional movement screening program – specifically, providing program orientation to the Cowboys strength and conditioning staff and assisting with the program’s implementation at their request.

    Said Johnson, per the press release, “We are honored to partner with one of the world’s premier sports franchises. The Cowboys strength and conditioning staff are obviously the best at what they do. I believe that our experience and proven program offerings will only complement their ongoing efforts. And as a Dallas native and lifelong Cowboys fan, the thought of playing some small role in helping the team achieve its ultimate goal is a huge thrill.”

    Click here for the full release.

  • Posted on: August 8, 2010 1:39 pm
     

    Rookie WRs Thomas, Decker latest Broncos hurt

    The Denver Broncos continue to be one of the league's hardest hit teams this year in terms of players injuries. With star pass rusher Elvis Dumervil having already been knocked out for the year with a torn pectoral muscle. The Broncos are hopeful that former first round picks Jarvis Moss and Robert Ayers can pick up the slack after Dumervil, who led the league last season with 17 sacks, was injured, but it will take a monumental effort from the two thus-far disappointing pass rushers to complete the job. Moss promptly broke his hand and is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks of training camp. Ayers is healthy, though he and Moss were each healthy last year, as well, and neither contributed a single sack for the Broncos' defense.

    The Broncos are hopeful that two of their 2010 draft picks are able to make a quicker transition to the NFL on the offensive side of the ball, but first and third round receivers, DeMaryius Thomas and Eric Decker now have injury problems of their own to worry about.

    Thomas injured his left foot -- the same foot he fractured in a pre-Combine workout that kept him from fully working out for scouts prior to the draft -- in leaping to snatch his second touchdown in Denver's scrimmage last night in front of 20,782 fans at Invesco Field at Mile High.

    According to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post, the team believed the injury to be the result of scar-tissue created by Thomas' previous injury and subsequent surgery. Thomas' injury will be further evaluated by the team today.

    Considering his team's rash of injuries this year and Thomas' past, Denver head coach Josh McDaniels was understandably concerned and cautiously optimistic regarding Thomas' injury when addressing the media after last night's practice.

    "
    It obviously was a concern right away," McDaniels said. "Yes, that was a concern because it was the same foot, but hopefully if we miss him for a little while, it would be normal for this camp."

    Decker's injury could prove to be even worse than Thomas'.

    Decker suffered a left foot sprain during the practice, but when team doctors gave Decker an MRI last night they discovered a pre-existing left ankle sprain, as well , according to a report from Josina Anderson of Fox 31 and KDVR.com.

    Like Thomas' apparent re-aggravation of a left foot injury, the concern with Decker is that the foot and ankle sprain is complicated due to the fact that the former Golden Gopher star had his collegiate career end prematurely due to a Lisfranc sprain -- one of the more dreaded injuries in football due to its delicate and often time-consuming rehabilitation.

    Previous to the injuries, Thomas and Decker had reportedly been quite impressive in practice. Thomas had struggled early, but the 6-3, 224 pound receiver had begun to dazzle onlookers with the leaping ability and rare straight-line speed that allowed him to average an eye-popping 19.49 yards per reception and score 14 touchdowns over his career at Georgia Tech. Decker, 6-2, 215, flashed the soft, reliable hands and surprising body control to make the tough catch he'd consistently shown while catching 228 passes for 3,119 yards and 24 touchdowns for Minnesota.  

    The loss of Thomas and/or Decker for any significant time this season could give Denver a second consecutive year with limited output from their rookie class. While the Broncos "other" first round selection -- some guy named Tebow -- looked good in throwing for a touchdown and running for another in Saturday night's scrimmage, he isn't expected to see the field much with Kyle Orton firmly entrenched as the Broncos' starting quarterback.

    Last year, despite again having two first round picks, the Broncos received surprisngly little help from their rookie class. Running back Knowshon Moreno was an obvious exception, leading the team with 247 rushing attempts for 947 yards and seven touchdowns -- though he averaged a dismal 3.8 yards per carry. Ayers, selected with the No. 18 overall pick, recorded 19 tackles and zero sacks for the Broncos as a rookie. The Broncos received similar production last year from their three second selections. Cornerback Alphonso Smith, taken 37th overall, recorded 14 tackles. Safety Darcel McBath, taken with the No. 48 pick, led all Denver rookies with 26 tackles. Tight end Richard Quinn, the final pick of the second round, caught zero passes for the Broncos. He recorded two tackles and returned one kick 19 yards while playing special teams in 15 games.
    Posted on: April 25, 2009 5:44 pm
     

    Saints take Jenkins, Texans up

    I like this pick for the Saints. Jenkins can play the cornerback position. Like Moreno a few picks before, I don't care what he runs in shorts, the kid can flat play football. I like the move for the Saints in particular, because Jenkins has the ability to play free safety, as well. Had he been graded strictly as a free safety, he would have been universally viewed as a 1st round pick and the elite prospect at that position.

    The Texans are now up. They have clear needs at linebacker and have long been rumored to like both Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews... Each makes sense here, with Cushing being the safer pick.
    Posted on: April 25, 2009 5:38 pm
     

    Back to back quick picks

    As it turns out, Brian Orakpo's final team visit was the one that mattered most, as he ends up with the Redskins. A good move for a club looking to add a pass rusher next to free agent signee Albert Haynesworth.

    The Denver pick was the bigger surprise. Funny, months ago I was told that the Broncos liked Moreno, but really thought that they'd address their running back needs later in the draft. That said, I love Moreno and thought that he was among the more underrated prospects in this draft. Forget the 40 time on Moreno. He's a star and if he had a decent QB behind him, I'd already proclaim him to be the favorite to be the offensive rookie of the year. I'm that sold on him...

    The New Orleans Saints are on the clock.

    They could use help on the defensive side of the ball and will also consider a RB in Beanie Wells.

    I see the possibilities as:

    A. Brian Cushing, OLB, USC
    B. Malcolm Jenkins, CB/FS, Ohio State
    C. Clay Matthews, OLB, USC
    D. Beanie Wells, RB, Ohio State

    I've consistently projected Brian Cushing here because I thinkthe Saints are higher on him, but if it was me making the pick, I'd take Malcolm Jenkins.
    Posted on: April 25, 2009 5:32 pm
     

    49ers take Crabtree, Bills on the clock

    The 49ers got the player I've had countless scouts tell me may be the best player in the draft 3 years from now at the #10 spot, so the value of the pick is spectacular. Crabtree's size, hands and physicality is a perfect compliment to the power running they have with Frank Gore.

    The Bills are now on the clock and took Penn State DE/OLB Aaron Maybin. I had hoped to mention Maybin, as well as Michael Oher and Brian Orakpo for this pick but the Bills jumped up to make their pick surprisingly fast.

    The Broncos are now on the clock.

    They could be looking at Orakpo, the QB Josh Freeman, OLB Brian Cushing or some have even suggested one of the running backs - Beanie Wells or Knowshon Moreno.

    Ultimately, I think the pick will be one of the pass rushers (Orakpo or Cushing) or a trade down. Orakpo is a bit stiff for my taste as a 3-4 rush linebacker and I have concerns about Cushing's durability.

    Still, ultimately, I'd take Cushing, considering the Broncos' needs on defense.
    Posted on: March 19, 2009 12:54 pm
     

    Early word from Georgia Pro Day... Moreno = 4.60

    Every team in the league is likely to be represented at Georgia's Pro Day today, as potential #1 pick Matthew Stafford is going to be throwing. He did not throw at the Combine.

    The early word out of the workout is that Knowshon Moreno has again run a disappointingly slow time in the 40-yard dash. Moreno measured in at 5-10 5/8", 217 pounds at the Combine and was electronically timed at 4.62 and 4.68 seconds in his two attempts at the 40 in Indianapolis.

    He reportedly weighed in at 210 pounds today, but still clocked a similar time: 4.60 and 4.63 on his two attempts...

    More, including a report on Stafford's throwing, to come...

    Posted on: March 17, 2009 5:30 pm
     

    Pitt RB LeSean McCoy Pro Day Notes

     

     Junior running back LeSean "Shady" McCoy was the big name among the dozen or so former Pitt Panthers who worked out for an estimated 20-25 teams at Pitt's Pro Day Tuesday morning.

    McCoy, who was unable to workout at the Combine due to a bout with the flu, characterized himself as "a little disappointed" in his 4.48-4.53 times in the 40-yard dash, according to Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    McCoy, according to scouts in attendance, was healthy and weighed in at 204 pounds, up 6 pounds from the 198 he weighed in at in Indianapolis. McCoy battled with the decision to leave Pitt after only two seasons with the program. He had previously spent a year at Milford Academy out of high school. McCoy earned First-team All-Big East accolades after each of his two seasons with the Panthers and left with 2,816 yards and 35 touchdowns rushing while adding 65 receptions for 549 yards.

    McCoy is battling with Donald Brown of Connecticut to be the third running back behind Georgia's Knowshon Moreno and Ohio State's Chris "Beanie" Wells. He is viewed as a potential first round prospect, though his inconsistency and lack of prototype size could push him into the middle of the second round. 

    Posted on: February 24, 2009 2:13 pm
     

    Slow 40s shouldn't hurt Moreno, Jenkins -but will

    Scouts would be wise to go back to the film after disappointing workouts from Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno and Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins. Neither was impressive on the Indianapolis track, but each has proven himself to be a verifiable star against quality competition.

    Often it was Moreno who made the biggest plays in critical situations -- not quarterback Matt Stafford -- for the Bulldogs over the past two seasons. Similarly, Jenkins in early season showdown against USC, was arguably the best player on the field.

    Each could slip to the point where they're steals...

     
     
     
     
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