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First “Tryout Tuesday” involves some recognizable names

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During the season, players are typically off on Tuesdays.  And so, with the players in most cities not in the building, coaches and personnel types often bring in some new players for a look-see and, possibly, a contract.  (It’s often called a Gong Show, especially when a team has a specific need that it’s trying to fill.  And, yes, we mentioned that in order to justify the choice of picture for this story.)

Per a league source, the following tryouts occurred on Tuesday.  More than a few recognizable names are among the guys looking for work.

In Buffalo, defensive backs Brandon Bing, Tony Carter, and Terrence Wheatley had some wings and a workout.

In Chicago, defensive back Phillip Adams and linebacker Kion Wilson got their tires kicked.

In Cincinnati, defensive backs Lito Sheppard and Trevard Lindley had a chance to win spots with the unexpectedly undefeated team, along with tight end Donald Lee.

In Detroit, defensive end Jacob Ford and tight end Nathan Overbay got shots at spots on a team that has won five straight games.

In Houston, receiver David Anderson (who was signed) had to compete with David Clowney, Quan Cosby, Craig Davis, Dominique Edison, Darnell Jenkins, and Keith Null.  Quarterbacks Rhett Bomar and Keith Null also had tryouts — likely because the Texans needed someone to throw to the seven receivers they auditioned.

In Miami, Brian Westbrook (as he tweeted) got a tryout, along with running backs Julius Jones, Kevin Smith, Dimitri Nance, and Thomas Clayton.

In New England, three linebackers got a chance:  Keith Darbut, Heath Farwell, and Lance Laury.  Defensive ends Hall Davis and Jake Laptad also had tryouts.

The Jets looked at linebackers Tully Banta-Cain and Chris Wilson.

The Steelers, who signed tackle Jamon Meredith after his tryout, also looked at tackle Ray Willis.

The Chargers had a kick-off that Nick Novak won, beating out Dave Rayner and Shayne Graham.

The Seahawks tried out defensive back Reggie Jones, receiver Cameron Kenney, and tight end Fendi Onobun.

The Bucs looked at defensive tackles Travis Ivey, Johnny Jones, and Jay Ross, along with offensive linemen Jake Kirkpatrick, Chris Riley, and Phil Trautwein.

Finally, the Titans tried out defensive end Everette Brown (a 2009 second-round cut earlier this month by the Panthers), defensive end Keyunta Dawson, defensive tackle Lamar Divens, and linebackers Aaron Maybin (a first-round bust from 2009), Alex Hall, and Antwan Applewhite.

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19 Responses to “First “Tryout Tuesday” involves some recognizable names”
  1. EJ says: Sep 14, 2011 7:47 AM

    Did i just see Aaron Maybin?

  2. eaglesw00t says: Sep 14, 2011 8:02 AM

    No LBs worked out in Philadelphia, eh? Not good. Not good at all

  3. picksix401 says: Sep 14, 2011 8:26 AM

    LOL, shayne graham… patriots, redskins, chargers, and still no one’s willing to take ya

  4. ajknox88 says: Sep 14, 2011 8:40 AM

    I’m kind of supprised the Chargers would take Novak over Dave Rayner. As a Lions fan I know how good he is. He’s clutch. Hopefully Lions can get him back when Hanson retires.

  5. jeffperk says: Sep 14, 2011 8:53 AM

    Did the Titans bring Divens to town since he spent last year &training camp this year w/ the Ravens?

  6. deadmanwalking47 says: Sep 14, 2011 9:00 AM

    did’nt westbrook try out for the dolphins yesterday?

  7. polishrod says: Sep 14, 2011 9:03 AM

    eaglesw00t says:
    Sep 14, 2011 8:02 AM
    No LBs worked out in Philadelphia, eh? Not good. Not good at all

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    Birds won’t be signing anyone, unless Matthews suddenly turns VERY bad (played OK on Sunday, but very inconsistent) or there is an injury.

    If the Matthews experiment doesn’t work out, they will either try Brian Rolle in the middle or move Chaney to MLB and bring Jordan off the bench to play the WLB.

    The later in the season we get, the more likely we are to see Jordan vs Rolle.

  8. waitingguilty says: Sep 14, 2011 9:35 AM

    In Houston…Null tried out for WR and QB? Was he throwing to himself?

  9. gooseusaf1 says: Sep 14, 2011 9:36 AM

    Just want to point out that Cincinatti tried out three guys that that played for the Eagles…

  10. vaporiizz3r says: Sep 14, 2011 9:37 AM

    EJ says:
    Sep 14, 2011 7:47 AM
    Did i just see Aaron Maybin?

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    i was thinking the same thing, but he was cut by the jets on sep 4th

  11. eaglesw00t says: Sep 14, 2011 9:37 AM

    Birds won’t be signing anyone, unless Matthews suddenly turns VERY bad (played OK on Sunday, but very inconsistent) or there is an injury.

    If the Matthews experiment doesn’t work out, they will either try Brian Rolle in the middle or move Chaney to MLB and bring Jordan off the bench to play the WLB.

    The later in the season we get, the more likely we are to see Jordan vs Rolle.
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    And that, my friend, is the depressing part. Now that the season is underway, there is very little likelyhood that we will sign anyone else after this week. Trades arent common (the Spoon trade was kind of odd). We are most likely stuck with what we have, and that is what depresses me. Our LBs will get tested early and every game. And if we cant manage to build up a lead in games and force teams to pass, we will get abused by physical run teams.

    Chaney would be my choice for the middle of what (little) talent we have now. WILL, however…we just have a collection of ST players and late round draft picks with flashes of occasional talent.

  12. igotacousinweusetocallporky says: Sep 14, 2011 9:41 AM

    Where have you gone Gene Gene the dancin machine our nation turns its lonely eyes to you…woo woo woo…….woo woo woo

  13. joetoronto says: Sep 14, 2011 9:45 AM

    I used to love The Gong Show, it was so bad, it was good, lol.

  14. gooboy6 says: Sep 14, 2011 9:54 AM

    Hmmm Chiefs not on that list. They probably regrouped Monday morning after Bills beatdown at Arrowhead and said ” yeah we’re still 30 million under cap, we’re good”

  15. knew8411 says: Sep 14, 2011 10:00 AM

    Damn, I didn’t see a list of Offensive Coordinator or QB hopefuls trying out for my Vikings!

  16. thephantomstranger says: Sep 14, 2011 11:45 AM

    Did any of the players sing “Feelings” at the tryout?

  17. thingamajig says: Sep 14, 2011 12:17 PM

    What, no Tiki?

  18. jpmelon says: Sep 14, 2011 1:16 PM

    I thought Maybin was gonna really hand it to the Bills when the Jets played them…..I guess it’s confirmed; he really is a puke.

  19. drunkendegenerate says: Sep 15, 2011 9:09 AM

    Glad to see Tiki getting some interest…Wait, what’s that? KARMA

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