Tag:Weslye Saunders
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:26 am
Edited on: February 7, 2012 10:09 am

Report: Weslye Saunders suspended 4 games

Weslye Saunders also had problems coming out of the University of South Carolina. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

At one point in time, tight end Weslye Saunders was talked about as a potential first-round draft pick, but ultimately, a foot injury and a troubled reputation caused him to go unselected in 2010. He landed in Pittsburgh and started six of 16 games this season, catching four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown.

Now, he’s apparently landed in more trouble, as Aaron Wilson of Scout.com is reporting that Saunders has been suspended for the first four games of 2012.

At this point, it’s unclear why Saunders has been suspended, but he’s had character concerns going back to his days at the University of South Carolina. During his senior year, he was suspended before the season began and then was kicked off the squad completely in mid-September 2010.

He was questioned by the NCAA about potential agent contact during a party in Miami in the spring of 2010. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said Saunders was suspended for violations that were not connected to the NCAA inquiry.

Saunders was allowed by the school to participate in Pro Day in March of 2011 even though he had fractured his left foot.  He also admitted to lying to Spurrier about why he was late for practice and lying to NCAA officials.

"Fabricating a story, or not even telling the whole truth, is the same as telling a lie," he told the Charleston Post and Courier in March. "Being truthful is the biggest thing. A man is only as good as his word. That's what I've learned most."

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Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:53 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 12:09 am

Monday features flurry of rookie (non) signings

Posted by Will Brinson

Monday night -- theoretically a calm night based on the timeline we heard about earlier in the day -- got pretty spicy pretty quickly as rookies came into play a little sooner than expected.

NFL Senior VP of Public Relations Greg Aiello confirmed to CBSSports.com that teams can use Monday night to talk and negotiate -- but not sign -- with drafted and undrafted free agents. (Yes, that means that Mrs. Brinson is going to hate the as-yet-created Undrafted Free Agent Tracker as much as she dislikes Brett Favre.)

Of course, "talking with" and "actually signing" don't have to be entirely mutually exclusive. For instance, a number of big-name undrafted free agents tweeted on Monday night that they were already locked in with certain teams.

"I'm a Saint twitter! New Orleans here I come!!!!!!!" Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel tweeted.

Kendric Burney out of UNC tweeted that he's "staying home" and gave a shoutout to "Panther nation." (You can make the connection right?)

A number of other high-profile-but-undrafted players were immediately linked with teams.

Mark Herzlich had reportedly signed with the Ravens, but then tweeted that he has "not signed with anyone yet and is still making [his] decision. Weslye Saunders, a tight end out of South Carolina who once seemed like a lock for the first round, is reportedly heading to Pittsburgh.

None of these "non-signings" are "official," of course. But that's what suddenly made a would-be relaxing -- relative to the day's activities anyway -- evening on Monday night turn into a torrent of tweets related to (and from) various UDFA's who found their way onto rosters.

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Posted on: February 26, 2011 2:26 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2011 2:30 pm

Tight end news from the combine

Posted by Andy Benoit

INDIANAPOLIS – We’re still early in the workout portion of the combine, but the man whose workout numbers have generated the most buzz early on around Lucas Oil Stadium is Nevada tight end Virgil Green.

Green set the bar with a 42.5-inch vertical leap. The second highest leap among tight ends thus far is Cameron Jordan of USC, at 37.5 inches. Green also has the best broad jump thus far, 10’7”.

These numbers comparable to what Vernon Davis put up in 2006, though his 4.64 40-time is more middling. Green is rated as the No. 5 tight end by CBS Sports’ Draft Scout. Prior to the combine, he was projected to go in the mid-rounds.

Rob Housler of Florida Atlantic had the fastest 40 time (4.55). Jordan had the second fastest time (4.59).

In other tight end news, South Carolina’s Weslye Saunders, who was declared eligible for the draft just two weeks ago, is out with a broken foot. Saunders, a late round prospect, is CBSSports’ 11th rated tight end.

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