this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Carson Butler cut by the Patriots today .. again
Carson has now been a member of 7 NFL teams without making an appearance in a single game. Who know, maybe he'll catch on with lucky number eight.
Also of note, the Titans cut Rhode Scholar Myron Rolle.
I'm not sure how many people remember this, but Rolle was a 5* to both Rivals and Scout (#12 and #7 respectively) and was considered by many to be a heavy Michigan lean. That being said, I'm sure he'll land on his feet with whatever post NFL endeavor he chooses. I guess he was one of those NCAA atheltes that's going pro in something other than sports ...
Apparently Carson Butler likes to fight with his own team as well.
The Lions made plenty of mistakes: turnovers, penalties, dropped passes. Schwartz also had to deal with a pregame fight between tight end Carson Butler and defensive end Dewayne White, who tangled during warmups.
"I've never seen that before," Schwartz said. "The thing I like about it is they were competitive and going hard. I came in and said, 'Some of y'all thought the game started at 7 o'clock instead of 7:30.' Obviously that's something that shouldn't happen and it's already been addressed."
White hasn't put the skirmish behind him yet.
"We'll probably have to go at it one more time when we're not playing a game -- next week sometime," he said. "There's going to be bad blood between us."
Was that RR's fault too?
Here are your unofficial Michigan free agency signings, for our boys who missed out on draft day, but will still look to earn an NFL paycheck (except Carson Butler, who will undoubtedly be cut after releasing a terror-spree the nerdy denizens of Wisconsin).
Full (and still unofficial) list can be found here: http://www.nepatriotsdraft.com/2009/04/2009-undrafted-free-agent-signing...
Will Johnson - Ravens
Brandon Harrison - Colts
Tim Jamison - Texans
Doug Dutch - Redskins
Sean Griffin - Seahawks
Carson Butler - Packers
Here's hoping these undrafted guys impress enough to crack the roster.
SI's Don Banks has pegged Carson Butler as one of the top 10 players to watch as possible undrafted FA's who could become legit NFL players (there has to be a more concise way to say that).
5. Carson Butler, TE, Michigan -- Only 21, the Wolverines junior opted for the draft in part because his role in Michigan's offense disappeared when head coach Rich Rodriguez brought the spread offense to Ann Arbor. Butler is a bit of a project for a team that can afford to take its time with him, but he's 6-5, 257 pounds, with an arm-span of more than seven feet. His 4.6 speed should also prove tempting, because it's faster than your typical NFL tight end.
I'm not really sure what to think about this, so was curious what other people's reactions were. And I'm not much on the interwebs posting, so my bad if i did this wrong.
Here's a call to insiders, or just a thread to provoke more rabid debate:
Anyone out there have new info or theories on the early entries, transfers, and un-renewed 5th years?
Last I read B-Graham was filing the NFL advisory council to test the waters but publicly said he is coming back (meaning he will stay unless they tell him he gets big bucks), Butler was rumored to be leaving after this year as well on separate threads.
Any updates on Transfers? Seems like we are due for a handful of people to bolt, and that would probably happen soon so they could move on.
Two position switches have been brought to light over the past few days:
1. Carson Butler has apparently moved to DE. This is probably because he can't block worth crap.
2. Vince Helmuth has been playing DT in practice. He came out of high school as a fullback who also played some DE. Then Mark Moundros came out of nowhere and beat Helmuth out for the FB job. I thought it was strange when I saw Helmuth listed at 262 pounds earlier this year, so he either ate his way out of the FB position or he bulked up for the possible position switch.
Helmuth's switch is supposedly not permanent, but when a guy starts seeing practice snaps on the other side of the ball, that's got to be a sign of something.