Spring League says most NFL teams showed interest

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Few fans knew or cared that the Spring League wrapped up its three-week season in April, but the Spring League says the NFL noticed.

Spring League CEO Brian Woods told ESPN that 10 NFL teams sent scouts and 20 other teams requested practice and game tape, and more than a dozen Spring League players earned invitations to NFL minicamps.

We were pleased with the NFL turnout for sure,” Woods said. “It was overwhelming and we were happy to have it. I was talking as it wrapped up with some of our coaches, and we feel like this league is in position to help quarterbacks as much as anything, and we all know that’s an ongoing priority for the NFL.”

The Spring League is still a long, long way from being a viable developmental league, however, and it’s notable that Ben Tate, the former Texans second-round pick who was reportedly the best player in the league’s brief season, hasn’t signed with an NFL team. The Spring League may have taken a step toward becoming a place that develops future NFL talent, but it was a small step.

19 responses to “Spring League says most NFL teams showed interest

  1. Was it even on tv? I confess Im one that didnt know it was running. I would have watch if I had.

  2. Sounds good. Do whatever is needed to make up for the joke that is NCAA “football”.

  3. Spring league works if it’s for developing future talent. The world already has the CFL if it wants to see guys who already fizzled out from the NFL.

    NCAA rarely develops NFL ready skill players which is why the draft every year is almost laughable at college football fans drueling over which college star is going to be the next “he had so much potential that he didn’t live up to” star. Unless you played defense, you will not be NFL ready since the one thing the NCAA doesn’t believe in is putting teams of similar skill sets against each other regularly. Then these kids get to the NFL and realize even the worst NFL team is better than any of those cupcake games that get put on every major college teams schedule.

  4. The NFL has a feeder system–the NCAA–but it also needs a developmental league. Baseball and hockey have the minor leagues, and the NBA has the D-league. The NFL needs to have a place where players can develop pro football skills, be monitored for improvement, and prepare to move up to the big league. Admittedly, such a league won’t be a big moneymaker (it it makes any money at all), but still–wouldn’t the benefits of grooming players outweigh the operating expense? Do it in the spring, when fans are dying to watch any kind of football and get their fix. Promote it as the place where future NFL stars are born. Have the NFL teams share equally in the costs of the developmental league, then have a player draft at the end of the D-league season. If it’s done right, a developmental league could be a worthwhile move for the NFL. (And don’t do it in Europe. Put D-league franchises in U.S. cities like San Antonio, where stadiums and fan bases already exist.)

  5. Goodell would rather spend $5 million on a crash course in the Ideal Gas Law than on something that might improve the game and keep promising players from washing out early. Typical.

  6. The problem is the NFL have already done a developmental league. The WLAF back in 1991/1992 had franchises in the US and 4 in Europe. The European teams had decent crowds and did well, after year 1 the attendances for most of the US teams declined.

    Thats why the league stopped and came back as an all european affair in 1995. When used right (When teams send over some decent backup/3rd string QB’s) it was fascinating to see how these NFL backups/3rd stringers would play. If teams didnt bother (E.g Tampa Bay sending over the minimum a day before the deadline of players just signed a day before) it wasnt good. But still NFLE found some gems – La’Roi Glover, Brad Johnson, Jake Delhomme, Kurt Warner to name but a few.

    Whatever developmental league is created NFL teams need to send over some decent backups. As a Raiders fan i would want to see how Connor Cook does in a spring league, get him some gametime action instead of the preseason second halves he’ll get in August.

  7. I wish they’d bring the original World League back – it only really struggled in the US (did NY really need another team?!!) but not Canada or Europe. So give San Diego and St Louis the US franchises (& add one for Mexico). It could also replace the current London/International Series games. And to keep it all interesting and relevant the games could start in July, playing a game every couple of weeks (to allow for travel) until Dec, with this new “World” or “International Division” winner being given a playoff against what would otherwise be the weakest NFL wildcard team for that last NFL wildcard spot. Oh, and scrap the NFL preseason games because these new games would be a bit more interesting.

  8. It was held at the Greenbrier Resort in WV. Mr. Woods, players and staff were all very nice to our community. It was good to see some former NFL players trying to get a look from a pro team. I wish them the best of luck! I hope they come back in 2018!

  9. NCAA rarely develops NFL ready skill players which is why the draft every year is almost laughable at college football fans drueling over which college star is going to be the next “he had so much potential that he didn’t live up to” star. Unless you played defense, you will not be NFL ready since the one thing the NCAA doesn’t believe in is putting teams of similar skill sets against each other regularly. Then these kids get to the NFL and realize even the worst NFL team is better than any of those cupcake games that get put on every major college teams schedule.

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    Is there any sport where players fresh out of college are “ready” for the pros? No. Know why? Because it’s college.

    Every sport has a draft where players are hit or miss.

  10. The thing I would want to see in the future is practice squad players from each team playing in this league. Like, the Cardinals, the Patriots, etc. all have their practice and developmental players play within the league, and it’s like MLB’s developmental leagues.

  11. The only way the league survives is if the NFL backs it financially as a “minor league”. The NFL needs a development league, and no, the NCAA is not it as there is an eligibility limit. After college, the athletes are just reaching their athletic prime and need a place to further develop. This is short sided thinking by the NFL in refusal to invest in the future. They’re just taking the money and running.

  12. One of the NFL’s problems is that it is on tv too much already.
    I am a die hard NFL fan but I have virtually stopped watching all the pre and post game shows and I don’t ever make it through a whole Sunday, Monday, or Thursday night game anymore.
    I have also stopped watching COPS II, which of course is any of the sports networks during the week, where more often than not their biggest stories are about NFL players who got arrested or suspended.
    The NFL has saturated the airways so much now that it’s ruining the excitement of the games, to me.
    By far, the worst sports show covering the NFL is the Morning Show on one of the networks. I accidentally watched it one time because I was at someone else’s house and it was horrible. It was like watching a bunch of college preppies at Starbucks. Just a bunch of mindless chattering, amounting to nothing.

  13. NFL D League

    Play games in the spring in smaller US Cities (with AAA minor league baseball demographic) on Sunday night or week night (not Saturday afternoon).

    Richmond
    OKC
    Raleigh Durham
    Columbia
    Columbus
    Louisville
    San Antonio
    etc.

    televise games on NFL network. maybe do a game/games of the week on national broadcast. focus on local attendance and gameday experience like baseball.

  14. Something weird is going on when a guy commenting on an NFL site in May is complaining about football being on tv too much.

  15. “NCAA rarely develops NFL ready skill players” >>>>>>>

    Totally delusional comment. There is a reason why the nfl draft is so popular. It is precisely because the nfl is unique in that the vast majority of drafted players make the final regular season roster.

    The vast majority of these players play immediately. The typical NFL team has 3-4 1st year pros as starters.

    1st year pros don’t sniff a MLB regular season roster. Nor do they in the NHL. Very few NBA draft picks start as 1st yr pros. Less than 15.

    Every year 1st yr pros make the pro bowl and all pro teams.

    The gap between major college football and the nfl is the smallest, by far, of any of the pro sport leagues.

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