One of the most exciting players in college football last year is going to have a chance to play in the NFL this coming season.
Pro Football Talk has reported that Keenan Reynolds is going to be allowed to play football for the Baltimore Ravens by the United States Navy. It was also announced that New England Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona will also be allowed to play as well.
Both have been given permission to play this NFL season while serving in the Navy Reserves, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus told the Dan Patrick Show last week.
The report, as told by Michael David Smith, states the Navy, like the Army and the Air Force, requires graduates to serve in the military after graduation. But exceptions are sometimes made that allow graduates to pursue their careers while in the Reserves. When those exceptions are made for professional athletes, they are usually required to work at military recruiting stations during the offseason, and to do military work after their sports careers end.
Reynolds played college football for the Midshipmen as a quarterback, where finished his career with an NCAA Division I record 88 career touchdowns and an NCAA FBS record 4,559 rushing yards by a quarterback.
It is believed he will play either running back or wide receiver for the Ravens.
COLEMAN OUT OF SHAPE
The one thing the Cleveland Browns did not need (ok, they don’t need a lot of negative things to happen, but this is Cleveland), if for one of their draft picks to come to camp out of shape. But that is the case with the team’s first round draft pick, wide receiver Corey Coleman. Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson addressed the issue on Saturday following rookie minicamp.
“He understands where he needs to be and I’m excited about him. He gets it. It’d be different if I didn’t think a young man gets it, he does,” Jackson said. “And he knows there’s work to do. That’s what this is all about. That’s why they call us coaches. We’ve got to take these guys and mold them into our culture and to our idea of being football players for the Cleveland Browns and we’ll get them there.”
Coleman is being counted on to become the top target for new Browns quarterback, Robert Griffin III.
Jackson made sure the media knew he was not chastising his draft pick, rather making it known what he expects from him.
“This is not a negative,” Jackson said. “This is something that I anticipated in some areas, and we’ll get these guys there because we have one of the best strength staffs that there are in football.”
MYLES JACK SIGNS WITH JAGUARS
There is so much to like about the Jacksonville Jaguars pick of Myles Jack in the second round of the NFL Draft. Jack signed his name on dotted line of Friday, becoming the fourth Jaguars draft pick to sign a deal.
John Oesher of Jaguars.com wrote that terms and duration of the contract were not disclosed.
Jack, (6-feet-1, 241 pounds), the No. 36 selection in the draft, was considered one of the top four or five players in the draft before a knee injury caused him to slip to the second round. The Jaguars traded up two selections with the Baltimore Ravens to obtain the selection.
With Jalen Ramsey taken with the fifth pick, Jacksonville added immediate speed to a defensive unit that was one of the worst in the NFL last season.
The UCLA product was with the team for rookie minicamp and figures to challenge for a starting spot for the team.