Tag:Drew Rosenhaus
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.15.11: Pryor in the first round?!?



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • If former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor actually did go in the first round of the NFL supplemental draft, CBSSports.com’s own Rob Rang writes that agent Drew Rosenhaus would really have earned his money.
  • If you like to smoke while watching Bills games in person, you’re going to have to change your habits. The Bills have announced that smoking is banned at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Also, since there is no re-entry policy, you can’t leave to smoke and then return.
  • This was my favorite part of the AP story detailing the Bengals player-led workouts. They even clean up after themselves. Following a full-team practice last week at UC, quarterbacks Jordan Palmer and Andy Dalton filled their arms with water bottles and blocking pads and headed for the storage area. Palmer couldn't recall the last time he's had to put the equipment away. “It's been a while," he said.

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Posted on: June 15, 2011 12:03 am
 

Another UFL coach scoffs at Terrelle Pryor

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

There are quite a few opinions about where former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor will land in the first stop of his professional career.*

*I suppose you could make the argument that Pryor just left the first stop of his pro career.

Drew Rosenhaus – who just happens to be Pryor’s agent – seems to think Pryor could be a first-round pick in the NFL supplemental draft. Others like Greg Cosell, the respected analyst at NFL Films, thinks Pryor shouldn’t get his hopes up quite so much.

And then you have former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer – now the head coach with the UFL’s Virginia Destroyers – who wouldn’t want Pryor at all.

Which leads us to Jerry Glanville, coach of the UFL’s Hartford Colonials, who declared to the Hartford Courant (via Pro Football Talk) that he would have some reservations about taking a player like Pryor.

“If a player’s ability helps the product on the field, I’m all for it,” Glanville said. “But you’re taking a guy – anybody and I’m not saying any guy in particular – and his reputation actually hinders the product on the field, then I don’t care about his reputation or his name. Because to me, this league is all about the product. That’s what we’re selling.

“Our league is an unselfish league. You can’t be a selfish person to play in the UFL. In the NFL, there are selfish people. From what he did and from what happened to him in college . . . I don’t know him and you never know until you meet a guy, he might be the greatest kid you’ve ever met. But if he’s selfish, there’s no room for him in this league.”

OK, so it’s established. While Pryor couldn’t even get a sniff in the UFL, he’s going to be a first-round pick in the NFL supplemental.

Boy, it sounds like Rosenhaus has some major selling to do.

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Posted on: June 14, 2011 2:39 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Rosenhaus expects Pryor to be a '1st-round pick'

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Terrelle Pryor, who left Ohio State last week amid controversy, held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to briefly talk about the past, as well as his plans for the future. He didn't take questions from the media. The partial transcript is below (via ESPN2):
I apologize for putting [coach Jim Tressel] in a situation, and for taking [Tressel] out of a job and a place that [he] loved to be. I regret the fact that [he isn't] there anymore, I regret the fact that I'm not there anymore.

In terms of Ohio State, I have nine more credits left at The Ohio State University and I'd like to come back and graduate sometime … and finish my degree and graduate as a Buckeye.

In terms of my future, I'm entering the supplemental draft and I'm working hard every single day on the field and off the field to be a better quarterback. Also one of my goals is to be the best person I can possibly be off the field and to be the best role model I could possibly be off the field. Thank you all for coming again, and God bless you all.
Pryor's new agent, Drew Rosenhaus, then spoke about his client:
Terrific. Thank you, Terrelle. Guys, I'd like to talk a little big about this outstanding young man's future in the National Football League. I've been an agent for 25 years now and I am very excited to be working with him. I have met with Terrelle at length and I am very impressed with him.

He is a young man here today expressing tremendous remorse. He is very sad about what has happened to his college career and Ohio State. I can tell you that he is extremely, uh … he is responsible for the mistakes he has made. He's owned up to them. There are no excuses here. No excuses at all.

But the past is now the past and we have to move ahead. There is no point in him looking back except for him to become the best person he can be. And I believe in him.

The reason that I signed him as a player, despite all of the prognostications and whatnot, is that I'm a firm believer after 25 years of experience that Terrelle Pryor will be a great -- not a good quarterback -- a great quarterback in the National Football League. That he's going to be a star. That this experience that he has gone through will galvanize him and make him a better person, a stronger person.
Terrelle Pryor's NFL future

There is no doubt in my mind that he has a great work ethic. He has incredible talent. I can tell you that when I was talking to him about representing him, I spoke with Jim Tressel. And I was very moved by what Jim Tressel had to say to me. I don't know that I've ever heard a coach speak more fondly of a player than Jim Tressel spoke about Terrelle.

He talked about him in the same way you'd talk about a son. They talk everyday, four or five times a day. There's no way I'd be representing him … without Jim Tressel's involvement. We're going to work very closely together, he's going to champion this young man. I was very touched by what he had to say about Terrelle's character, his work ethic, his drive and his makeup.

I'm very confident that this drive, this character, this makeup -- along with his incredible physical ability -- he's one of the most gifted quarterbacks that the NFL has seen. For anybody who questions where he's going to be drafted, I expect him to be a first-round pick in the supplemental draft.

This league needs quarterbacks. Are you kidding me? Middle round for this guy? You talk about Cam Newton being the first pick of the draft and he deserves it? Let me tell you what, I'll make all the comparisons all day long: [Pryor] is 31-4 at Ohio State. He has 8,000 total yards in three years. He holds 59 touchdowns -- a record at Ohio State. This is Big 10 football that he has dominated.

He is going to be a great NFL quarterback. With all the teams that need QBs, you can't tell me that people are not going to jump on this young man. And let me tell you what: everyday I'm going to put him in a position where he's going to meet with teams. He's not going to make any excuses. He's going to tell the teams that he made some mistakes out of maturity, but he has a good heart.

I've represented a lot of players in the NFL. This young man has got character."
Rosenhaus may have high hopes for his client, but the reality right now is that Pryor doesn't appear to be an NFL quarterback.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen, having talked to five general managers around the league, said "The early reviews (about Pryor) are not that positive or glowing as Drew would say. I heard somebody speculate on a supplemental draft pick -- and it is far different than the usual draft -- [that Pryor is] a fourth-rounder. ...

"One thing you hear from GMs is that it's not fair to compare him to Cam Newton -- except in size and athleticism -- because Cam Newton is a much stronger thrower in terms of his ability to drive the football."

If history is any guide, facts won't get in the way of Rosenhaus promoting his client.

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Posted on: June 14, 2011 1:30 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Ochocinco defends, works out with Pryor

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Former Ohio State Buckeye Terrelle Pryor and new agent Drew Rosenhaus will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. ET Tuesday. We're betting it will be the opening salvo of a PR onslaught to convince the public, and perhaps even a few NFL teams, that not only is Pryor a swell guy who got caught up in a bad situation at Ohio State, but he's also a legit NFL quarterback worthy of our attention.

What you won't see (though it would make the spectacle much more entertaining): Rosenhaus yelling "NEXT QUESTION!" as Pryor is in the background doing half-naked sit-ups.

Coincidentally, another Rosenhaus client, Chad Ochocinco, worked out with Pryor Tuesday and he couldn't quit raving about what he saw (via Twitter, where "tpeezy2" is Pryor's feed): 

"Media says @tpeezy2 is an NFL QB. I come out n see 4 myself n this mofo is good as hell. He messed up yes but got damn he can throw shhh!!!"

Followed five minutes later by this: "I meant to say the media said @tpeezy2 isn't NFL type QB, after running routes n seeing great timing n arm strength I beg to differ."

And NFL Films' Greg Cosell and SI.com's Tony Pauline beg to differ with Ochocinco.

But Chad wasn't done. One final tweet on the matter: "Last tweet about @tpeezy2 With the right coaching after what I saw today with my own eyes he can be a great QB."

If Ochocinco ever starts his own team, it sounds like Pryor will have a job. Otherwise, at this stage of the proceedings, NFL teams don't appear interested in taking a chance on a kid with questionable character and dubious ability. Still, we're pretty sure that won't slow up the Rosenhaus Propaganda Machine. The circus starts promptly at 2!

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Posted on: June 13, 2011 9:33 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 11:10 pm
 

NFL Films' Cosell gives Pryor 'late round' grade

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We have talked more today about a player who last appeared in an NFL game two years ago, and another who has yet to do so, than we have about current NFL news. That's because it's June, we're in the middle of a lockout, and there's not much else going on.

But even if this was Week 8 of the regular season, the unfolding Terrelle Pryor saga is worth following. It's got a little bit of everything: lies, duplicity and what sounds like misguided hopes for the future.

Last week, Pryor left Ohio State and an ever-growing scandal in his rearview mirror, presumably with designs on making himself available to NFL teams through the supplemental draft. One problem: Pryor isn't considered much of a prospect, though he seems to think enough of his talents that he kindly told the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders thanks but no thanks after they extended him an offer.

Now Pryor has hired super agent Drew Rosenhaus, who isn't in the habit of representing schlubs on the fringes of professional football.

There are also rumors that Pryor hopes to get Fired Football Coaches Association founder Jon Gruden to serve as his quarterbacks coach in the coming weeks.

In April, Gruden spoke at the Ohio State coaches clinic where he first met Pryor, and when he was asked if he thought Pryor is an NFL prospect, he said, "Yeah, I do -- I really do," according to the Columbus Dispatch. "Again, I'm accused of liking too many people. 'Gruden likes everybody.' Well, sorry about that. (But) Bill Walsh used to say, 'Don't tell me what this guy can't do. Tell me what he can do."

All respect to Walsh, one of the great offensive minds in NFL history, but remember this: Walsh was a big fan of Trent Edwards coming out of Stanford. We guess all anyone ever told him was that Edwards excelled at throwing the checkdown pass. That's an example of when more information would have been useful.

"And I tell you, Terrelle Pryor can run and he can throw," Gruden continued. "And he's a helluva competitor. And if I coached him, I'd find something for him to do. You might have to cater your offense to a degree towards his strengths. But I think this guy can develop his passing the more you pass the ball. And I think the guy is a unique, rare talent."

That doesn't seem to be the consensus. In fact, NFL Films' Greg Cosell, who watches as much game tape as most coaches, took to Twitter to evaluate Pryor's NFL prospects.

For your education, in chronological order:
  • "I watched 2 games of Pryor, 7-8 of the other QB in draft. Based on those 2 games, Pryor a late round pick at best." - June 8 
  • "Finished 4 game study of Pryor: Miami, Wisconsin, Iowa and Arkansas in bowl game. A developmental project. No NFL QB traits at this point." - June 9
  • More Pryor: Those who equate body athleticism to QB skills + tools will see positives. Those who see NFL QB as a craft will not see much." - June 10 
  • "More Pryor: Many issues that need major work. 2 are average arm strength + erratic accuracy. Little velocity. Can't drive ball. Poor passer." - June 10 
  • "More Pryor: For those who equate athleticism with QB he's a draftable player. I evaluated him w/late round/free agent grade. No NFL skills." - June 10 
And for those quick to compare Pryor to Cam Newton, there's one huge difference:
  • "Major difference between Pryor + Newton is Newton can throw. Big arm, drives the ball. Newton can make NFL throws, Pryor at this point can't." - June 10 
While it might be hard to make out, there is a silver lining. Again, via Cosell: "Pryor's advantage in supp. draft is no expectations. Can be a #3 QB + perhaps develop over time. Still a major question but ideal situation."

But here's the rub: you'll never read "no expectations" on the scouting report of high-round draft picks. In fact, it's how you end up with the late round/free agent grade Cosell gave Pryor. 

Of course, Rosenhaus' job is to sell his client. Or, at the very least, have that be the perception. If Pryor ends up going in the fifth round of the supplemental draft, Rosenhaus will declare it a victory. In terms of PR, he's probably right. Just something to remember, though: Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett sat out a season before entering the draft. The Broncos eventually took him in the third round, and he didn't make it out of training camp.

The expectations will be much higher for Pryor, and the scrutiny will be even more intense.

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Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:24 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 12:37 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor signs with Drew Rosenhaus

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you didn’t think former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor was serious about entering the NFL – and conversely if you thought other people wouldn’t take his skills seriously – the Associated Press’ Rusty Miller (and his awesome mustache) reports that the QB has signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Which means that Rosenhaus must believe Pryor has some sort of chance to be successful in the NFL.

Of course, this also means Pryor officially won’t be returning to Ohio State – he automatically loses his NCAA eligibility after signing a contract with an agent – and now we can almost be assured that Pryor will attempt to enter the NFL’s supplemental draft.

And if, for some reason, there isn’t a supplemental draft, you can be sure Rosenhaus will set up a podium on somebody’s lawn and yell “Next question!” while Pryor performs sit-ups on the ground beneath.



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Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Rosenhaus won't repeat TO mistake with DeSean

Posted by Will Brinson



Way back in 2005, Terrell Owens and the Philadelphia Eagles had a nasty little divorce. Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was at the center of the feud, made things quite public and didn't really garner a whole lot of popularity in the Philly area.

He's not going to make the same mistake this time, however, when he negotiates a new contract for Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson.

"One of the things I realized with the Eagles is that there’s an approach that works with them and an approach that doesn’t work," Rosenhaus told Mike Florio on Pro Football Talk. "And the approach that doesn’t work is to try and strongarm them and allow it to become public and take them on."

Look, Rosenhaus hasn't become rich and famous without being smart about stuff like contract negotiation.

And there's a reason why Jackson, despite not loving his current contract situation, has been pretty quiet about any possible disagreement he has with the Eagles waiting to give him some more money.

That reason is likely Rosenhaus' experience with the Eagles front office when he was negotiating Owens' deal, and it's also why you shouldn't expect any heavy griping or grumbling coming from Jackson's corner any time soon.

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Posted on: April 8, 2011 2:16 pm
 

Hot Routes 4.8.11 TGI cliche time

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

  • The Vikings stadium bill was posted in the Senate on Friday. The Senate was not in session, so the bill cannot be officially introduced until Monday.

  • Many believe that Marion Barber, due $4.25 million in 2011, will not be in a Cowboys uniform at the beginning of the season.

  • For the draft, Colts president Bill Polian will assume that his team's free agents are gone. (This sounds like lockout news, but chances are, Polian always takes this stance when drafting.)

  • With the Orioles off to a hot start and the Ravens not doing anything whatsoever at the moment, now seems to be a fair time to ask if the city of Baltimore is a baseball town or a football town.

  • Chris Dielman is testifying in defense of his buddy Brian Giles, who is the defendant in a domestic violence case.

  • Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick is visiting with the Raiders.

  • The Patriots could be looking at Illinois running back Mike Leshoure.

  • Brett Favre is hosting a one-day seven on-on-seven high school football camp in Mississippi to raise money for charity.

  • Drew Rosenhaus doesn’t think the Dolphins can win a playoff game with Chad Henne. (It’s rare to hear the super-agent say something that burns any chance of him snagging another client.)

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