"It's not about last year or who's here or who's isn't here," says your head coach. "It's about getting out here and competing and seeing who is here, and that's where we're gonna go."
Nice writeup from Grantland on LeCharles Bentley (former OSU Rimington winner and Cleveland Brown) who after some awful injuries has become a go-to-Guru for NFL offensive linemen. He's currently working with lots of NFL players, and Patrick Omameh makes a short cameo at the beginning of the article. Interesting read on how many NFL coaches can't focus on the little things and how as a former lineman he's so far been able to help lots of pros with many aspects of the position.
“I’m telling you,” says Brewster, who happens to be the center for the Jacksonville Jaguars, “the white one is heavier.” The white one is a Sierra Denali with some custom grille work that Buccaneers guard Patrick Omameh is pushing through a parking lot. Omameh will spend training camp fighting to be one of the Buccaneers’ starting guards, and of everyone here, he would require the least amount of CGI to play the Hulk. Bobby Massie, the Cardinals’ right tackle, who’s spent his morning pulling the maroon F150, isn’t convinced. As Omameh finishes, Brewster calls him over. “Pat, which one is heavier?” A hand on his hip, still catching his breath, Omameh points to the Denali. “I told you,” says Brewster. Pushing trucks isn’t a punishment. Each of the NFL linemen roasting out here has paid to do it. This is LeCharles Bentley’s O-Line Performance, a program started by the former Pro Bowl center in 2008. “This shit ain’t for everybody,” Bentley says, as he watches Steelers left tackle Kelvin Beachum pull. “This ain’t South Beach. There’s no sand here, no pretty girls.”
Tampa Bay stole Patrick away from the 49ers' practice squad, signing him to their active roster, citing "a potential need for depth on the offensive line." [LINK] Rather than take one of the two tackles already on their own practice squad they searched farther afield for a guard.He looks happy.
Less happy note about the "potential need": Three Bucs have been diagnosed with MRSA, one of whom is a guard. The first two cases are supposedly not related to one another (different strains of MRSA) and experts have been called in to ensure a safe environment and educate the players (per CBS News article: LINK).
Patrick Omameh was spotted this week after practice with a new hard cast on his left hand and may have broken it. Doubt it will keep him out of the game, but who knows...definitely shouldn't get called for a holding penalty now.
Omameh was honored with a surprise ceremony Thursday night at the hospital for being part of the 11-member Allstate AFCA Good Works team, an award given to college football players for their community service work.
Sweating profusely, Omameh was stunned. He had known he had been named as part of the team, selected from a pool of 117 candidates and Michigan's first team member since Zoltan Mesko. He had no idea he would be presented his award in front of some of the families he helps each week, media members and around 20 teammates who showed up to help celebrate his accomplishments.
I'm rooting for ND for the first time in my life. Feels dirty.
Denard and Vinny Smits:
BWC and Gordon:
Omameh and The White Receiver: