Aggies tight end coach Tim Brewster on Monday night tweeted what appears to be a recruiting poster featuring all of the former defensive backs who played under head coach Jimbo Fisher at Florida State and are now playing in the NFL. The poster also includes their total career earnings.
Ramsey, who played under Fisher at FSU from 2013 to ’15, is included in the poster. He responded to Brewster’s tweet by saying: “He didn’t teach me not one DB technique.”
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) February 27, 2018
Know I have nothing but respect for you Coach Brew but don’t use me on a poster for a school I didn’t go to & for a coach who didn’t teach me how to be a DB.
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) February 27, 2018
Fisher left FSU for Texas A&M in December after eight seasons in Tallahassee. He brought Brewster, who was the Seminoles’ tight ends coach from 2013 to ’17, along with him.
Baltimore Ravens to release veteran RB Mark Ingram, sources say
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A year after leading Lamar Jackson‘s MVP campaign with the mantra “Big Truss,” running back Mark Ingram will be released by the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Ingram, 31, was a healthy scratch for four of the Ravens’ final five contests this season, including both playoff games. The Ravens will create $5 million in salary-cap room by releasing the 10-year veteran.
A Pro Bowl player in 2019, Ingram didn’t have the same explosiveness this campaign, and he was slowly phased out of the Ravens’ game plan, finishing with a career-low 72 carries. Baltimore ended up with the No. 1 rushing attack in the NFL by relying on rookie J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards.
Ingram said his goodbye to the Ravens via social media on Monday, calling the team “a first class organization.”
Ingram posted on Twitter: “I love the real ones in flock nation that supported me and showed luv! My blood brothers, whats understood Ain gotta be explained. Best is still ahead, cant wait! Watch God work. #GodWins #BigTrussForever.”
Thank you Mr.Bisciotti and the Ravens for being a first class organization. I love the real ones in flock nation that supported me and showed luv! My blood brothers, whats understood Ain gotta be explained. Best is still ahead, cant wait! Watch God work.#GodWins #BigTrussForever pic.twitter.com/Hx0GZrSIrz
— Mark Ingram II (@markingram21) January 19, 2021
Ingram, a first-round pick by the Saints in 2011, spent his first eight seasons in New Orleans and reached the Pro Bowl in 2014 and ’17. He signed a three-year, $15 million deal with Baltimore in 2019, immediately injecting high energy and leadership into the locker room.
Ingram gained 1,018 yards and scored 10 touchdowns in his first season with the Ravens, championing Jackson’s run for NFL MVP by exclaiming “Big Truss” in postgame news conferences.
In 2020, Ingram lost his starting job midway through the season and continued to mentor Dobbins, the player who replaced him.
“Mark is an unbelievable guy — a big brother to me,” the rookie said at the end of the regular season. “He still texts me every day. He’s still happy for me every day. He actually helped me with the process, teaching me things to do to help me be mentally prepared, to stay locked in. He’s just an amazing guy.”
Ingram was scheduled to earn $5 million in 2021, the final year of his contract.
Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson shouts out ‘Bills Mafia’ for donating $360,000 to charity
“Appreciate that Bills Mafia,” Jackson wrote on Twitter. “Means a lot not to only me but those kids as well.”
The outpouring of support to the “Blessings in a Backpack” Louisville chapter began Saturday night, after the Bills’ 17-3 victory over the visiting Ravens in their AFC divisional playoff game, during which the reigning NFL MVP was ruled out late in the third quarter with a concussion.
As of Monday, there have been 13,600 individual donations from Bills fans, who are affectionately known as “Bills Mafia.”
“It’s just been overwhelming — in the best possible way,” said Nikki Grizzle of “Blessings in a Backpack.”
Jackson, a Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Louisville, had raised $25,000 for the charity through autograph signings in 2018. In less than a day following Buffalo’s playoff win over Baltimore, Bills fans had raised over 10 times that amount.
The organization’s mission is to mobilize communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. According to its website, the program can feed one child on the weekends for a 38-week school year for $130.
This is the latest charitable gesture by Bills fans. At the end of the 2017 regular season, when quarterback Andy Dalton led the Cincinnati Bengals to a win that helped the Bills qualify for the playoffs, they did something similar for Dalton.
Bills fans also donated in droves earlier this season to John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital after it was announced that Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen‘s grandmother had died. Donations to that cause eclipsed $1 million.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss contributed to this article.
NFL changes 2021 scouting combine format because of COVID-19 pandemic
The NFL’s coaches, scouts and personnel executives will not descend on Indianapolis in February for the annual scouting combine, as the league has altered the event to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
The combine, which has been held in Indianapolis since 1987, will be modified because of COVID-19 precautions. In a memo obtained by ESPN that was sent Monday to team executives, athletic trainers, team physicians and head coaches, the NFL outlined the format for this year’s run-up to the draft.
Routinely, around 330 of the draft’s top prospects are invited to the combine each year, an event whose official name is the National Invitational Camp.
The prospects are put through on-field workouts, a battery of psychological testing, in-person interviews with individual teams and an extensive medical exam.
This year, all on-field workouts will be conducted at on-campus pro days, and Monday’s memo outlines that the league will try to have as much uniformity in the on-field drills as possible to give teams the ability to compare the workouts from one site to another. The memo does not specifically outline what COVID-19 precautions will be in place at the on-campus pro days but indicates that more details about how team personnel are to attend the pro days will come at a later date.
All interviews between the prospects and team officials will be conducted virtually, as will the psychological testing. The memo said the schedule for interviews will be coordinated by the staff at the NIC.
The medical exams, for the most part, are expected to be conducted in a combination of virtual interviews between players and each team’s medical staffs, to go with exams done at medical facilities near the prospect’s home campus.
A select number of prospects, the memo said, will be asked to travel to one or more designated sites for a more comprehensive exam — “likely in early April,” according to the memo — that can be attended by one physician and one athletic trainer from each team.
Those in-person exams are expected to be conducted over a two- or three-day period. The memo said more specifics will be sent to teams in the weeks to come.
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