For Clemson receiver Deon Cain http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.co ... tel-jersey , there’s nothing tedious about all the timing and testing at the NFL scouting combine.
”It’s a great feeling because I’m starting to get into this professional life and I’m loving it every day,” Cain said.
Cain impressed coaches Saturday with his superior speed and great hands, traits that were particularly apparent in the gauntlet drill at Lucas Oil Stadium.
That’s where receivers stand on one sideline, spin and catch a pass from 10 yards away, then spin and catch one from the other direction. Then, they sprint toward the other sideline, catching five more 10-yard passes from alternating directions before coming back the other way, catching another seven throws.
While Cain was eager to show off his skills Saturday during the on-field sessions with quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends, he said he’s actually enjoyed every aspect of the annual gathering of top college prospects.
”This combine experience has been fun for me. At the end of the day, I love every moment about it,” Cain said. ”Just trying to take everything day by day http://www.detroitlionsteamonline.com/j ... vai-jersey , going through this process, talking to coaches, meeting new people, being around Hall of Famers every day.”
Cain had a goal of running a sub-4.4-second 40-yard dash after all the speed work he did over the last six weeks at the Exos performance center in Phoenix, where he added 10 pounds of lean muscle to his 6-foot-1 frame.
He did just that, posting a time of 4.3 seconds Saturday before showing off his route-running skills during the hour-long session that included top-tier quarterbacks Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson .
”I feel like Exos really prepared me for this moment,” said Cain, who also posted respectable jumps – 33 inches in the vertical and 9 feet, 7 inches in the broad. ”We train hard, train well with great efficiency, prepping me for interviews and everything. I feel like they gave us the upper hand, the answers to the test out here and now it’s just a routine.
”I’m out here trying my best out here and just trying to do what I know I’m capable of doing.”
Cain http://www.houstontexansteamonline.com/ ... ing-jersey , a projected second-day draft pick, played three seasons at Clemson and was productive receiver for a team that made three playoff appearances and played in two national championship games.
Cain played in only one of those national championship games. After the regular season of his freshman year, he was suspended for the College Football Playoff by Tigers coach Dabo Swinney for failing a drug test for marijuana.
Knowing that would come up in interviews with teams this week, Cain prepared to face the scrutiny with honesty, eager to show that’s not an issue teams need to worry about.
”It’s been great so far, really just getting to know all the coaches, let them get a good feel of me, and just show them that I’m smart off the field, smart on the field and I know football both ways, and really just let them get feel of me,” Cain said.
On the field, he said he’s showing teams he’s versatile http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline. ... eke-jersey , coachable and confident yet humble.
”I can do it all. If you want me to play inside, outside. If you want me to go down and block, I can do anything. I said I’m capable of doing anything,” he said.
And he pledged to never stop trying to improve.
”Now that I’m going on to the next level, I always want to be better and more technically sound because now you’re just going against way better DBs now,” Cain said.
Whoever picks him, he said, will ”get an efficient, hard worker, someone who will go hard every play. I’m just going to be me out there, as long as they let me be me and coach me the right way, they’re going to get a great receiver.”
The Chicago Cubs will have to get by without closer Brandon Morrow for a little while.
The Cubs placed the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday because of lower back tightness http://www.jacksonvillejaguarsteamonlin ... lor-jersey , leaving a short-handed bullpen without its most important piece.
While Morrow went on the DL, Yu Darvish threw a simulated game. Manager Joe Maddon said he looked ”outstanding,” and the Cubs will see how he feels Thursday before announcing the next step as he works his way back from tendinitis in his right triceps.
Morrow – signed by Chicago to a $21 million, two-year contract in December after helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cubs in the NLCS – has 16 saves in 17 chances.
He hurt his back taking his pants off at home early Monday morning, after the team returned from St. Louis. The Cubs put him on the DL before their game against the Dodgers and announced right-hander Justin Hancock will remain with the club after being called up from Triple-A Iowa as the 26th man for Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader.
”Anybody who’s had a back spasm knows you can pretty much get it doing anything – brushing your teeth, sneezing, picking up a kid,” Morrow said. ”I think almost everybody has a story about doing so I just said how I did it.”
Morrow said he’s ”pretty comfortable” walking, but feels it when he sits. He said he would have needed a few more days to be ready to pitch. But the Cubs opted not to hold his spot on the active roster.
”We thought it would be wise to give him a couple of days,” Maddon said. ”We just can’t go with one less pitcher right now. We just cannot.”
The Cubs are also missing relievers Carl Edwards Jr. (right shoulder inflammation) and Brian Duensing, who is on the bereavement list after his grandfather died Saturday.
Maddon said the matchups will dictate who closes with Morrow sidelined. He also said the Cubs are ”very close” to mapping out a plan for the return of Edwards, who has been throwing. He said the Cubs hope to get Duensing back by Friday.
Darvish http://www.jacksonvillejaguarsteamonlin ... -ii-jersey , meanwhile, said through an interpreter that the simulated game went better than expected. He felt some anxiety before the outing but felt comfortable on the mound and had good command of his fastball and slider, though he needs to work on his curve and splitter.
Darvish also said he thinks he will need only one rehab start before rejoining the rotation. Once he is ready, the Cubs will have some decisions to make.
Mike Montgomery has a 1.21 ERA in five starts since he was inserted into the rotation in Darvish’s absence. And Tyler Chatwood leads the majors with 63 walks.
Darvish is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA in eight starts, not what the Cubs envisioned when they signed the prized right-hander to a $126 million, six-year contract in February.
Darvish also said he thinks he will need only one rehab start before rejoining the rotation. Once he is ready, the Cubs
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