Michael Vick says new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has improved every facet of his game.
Dolphins say ex-UGA star Jones a no-show; Georgia Tech’s Johnson broke NFL receiving record last year with two broken fingers
When the Miami Dolphins begin this week’s OTA’s today, they will be particularly interested to see if former UGA star safety Reshad Jones shows up.
Jones, who is reportedly unhappy with his contract, raised concern Monday when he did not show up for an offseason conditioning session, according to the Miami Herald. That ended a record of perfect attendance for Jones this offseason, and team officials reportedly tried to track him down.
The Dolphins OTA days this week are today, Wednesday and Thursday. Although both the conditioning and OTA workouts are voluntary, if Jones is a no-show for the rest of the week it might be considered a statement that he wants a better contract.
Jones is in the final year of his rookie contract. It would pay him $1.323 million this season, which could make him the team’s lowest-paid starting defensive back and one of the lowest-paid starters, period.
A fifth-round pick out of Georgia in 2010, Jones has been an important part of the defense, starting 28 games the last two seasons. Last year, he led the team with four interceptions, recovered two fumbles, forced two fumbles, had one sack and was third on the team with 74 solo tackles.
CJ INJURED DURING RECORD RUN: Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson played through his record-setting 2012 season with broken fingers.
The Detroit News reported Monday that Johnson is trying to have the broken fingers straightened out without having surgery.
Johnson set an NFL record with 1,964 receiving yards last year. He caught 122 passes and scored five touchdowns. The yardage record was previously set by Jerry Rice.
On playing with broken fingers, Johnson said there is “nothing that’s going to prohibit me from doing what I got to do.”
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick called out critics who say he holds on to the ball for too long before he makes throws.
“I’m really tempted right now to just say no comment to that because like I said a second ago, you don’t last 12 years in the NFL not being able to read the defense,” Vick told radio station 97.5 FM in Philadelphia recently via PhillyMag.com. “Those people who are talking and saying that are just ignorant, and they know nothing about football.
“Unless they turn on the film and watch my game and see what goes on, then they’ll replace those comments with the right comments.”
New Eagles coach Chip Kelly has been working with Vick on doing a better job of holding on to the ball and is encouraging him to run more.
“Chip told me how to run with the football the other day,” Vick said. “He taught me how to run with the football and how to carry the football, and I think it’s something that you just have to work on.”
After showing Kelly how he runs with the ball during a recent workout with the team, Kelly knocked the ball out of his hands and told him to tuck it in more securely.
CHAD JOHNSON ARRESTED FOR PROBATION VIOLATION: Free agent receiver Chad Johnson, formerly known as “Ochocinco,” was arrested in Florida on Monday for a probation violation.
A warrant for his arrest was issued last week by a Florida judge, but Johnson was out of state. He returned to Florida and was arrested Monday morning.
It is not clear what Johnson’s bail is or when he will have to appear in court.
TMZ ran a photo of Johnson being cuffed by police and taken to Broward County Jail.
Johnson was placed on probation last summer stemming from a domestic violence charge against his then-wife. The warrant was issued after Johnson missed two visits with probation officers and failed to show proof that he enrolled in a domestic violence education class.
Johnson was let go by the Miami Dolphins after his domestic violence arrest last year.
WILLIAMS DENIES BEING SUICIDAL: Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams denied Monday that he has suicidal thoughts.
Williams is in a legal battle with his former fiancee over a $785,000 engagement ring.
A number of text message between Williams and his former fiancee, Erin Marzouki, were released last week by Marzouki’s attorney, Tony Buzbee.
A sampling of the exchange included Williams writing that “I took 3 hydrocodones this morning and no one knows” and “I’m going to take 2 more on the plane and fade away.” He also wrote: “No money in the world should leave me with suicidal thoughts.”
Williams said the pills were prescribed and given to him by the Bills.
FIVE NFL TEAMS HAVE SIGNED NONE OF THEIR DRAFT PICKS: When the Jacksonville Jaguars signed cornerback Jeremy Harris to a four-year contract, they removed themselves from the list of NFL teams without a signed draft pick.
That left five teams that have not signed any of their choices.
Three teams - Chicago (6), Detroit (9) and New Orleans (5) — have signed all of their draft choices, while Carolina, Cleveland, Oakland, St. Louis and Tennessee have yet to sign any.
In the third year of the new CBA, which virtually locks in the contract numbers for every draft pick, little negotiation is needed, especially for players selected after the third round. Guaranteed base salaries within the four-year term of rookie contracts make the signings in the first three rounds take longer.
That’s why only 26 of the 97 players picked in the first three rounds had signed as of Monday. Of the 26, three were first-round picks, 11 in the second round and 12 in the third round.