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  1. Jimmy Chitwood

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    i don't know how many of you guys know or care about NFLEurope, but it seems like each year one of the NFLE teams is VERY white on the offensive side of the ball. this year it is the Frankfurt Galaxy, who are now 1-1 early in the season.

    the Galaxy start only two black guys on offense, a guard and their third receiver (who happens to be one of the slowest receivers i've ever watched play, but like rod smith of the Broncos, he gets open and makes plays. we all know speed isn't everything.), and it is not unusual to have 10 white guys of the eleven players on the field.

    anyway, three of the top four wide receivers are white (Aaron Hosack who reminds me of Brian Finneran, Adam Herzing who looks an awful lot like Trevor Insley, and my favorite speedster Tom Crowder), along with both running backs (Roger Robinson and J.R. Niklos), their best two QBs (Jeff Otis and Craig Ochs), and two of their three fullback/tight ends (Martin Latka and Sean McHugh).

    the starting tailback, Roger "the rabbit" Robinson is the only running back to go over 100 yards in a game so far this season, and he has done so in both games. in game one, he went for 103 yards on 23 carries, but he did have 3 fumbles (losing two). he got that corrected in week 2, rushing for 150 yards on 23 carries including a 34-yard touchdown scamper that was awesome! he also had 3 catches for 26 yards. and he had zero fumbles.

    the defense starts 4 white guys, including strong safety Rob Lee. btw, he seems to play slower than his timed speed, and sadly hasn't made many plays in the two games so far.

    interestingly enough, the coach of this team is a black guy named mike jones. he also has dropped the team's black QB from number 2 on the depth chart, to clipboard-holding number 3 after his atrocious performance in the first game of the season.

    other players of note in the league are WR Scott McCready of Hamburg, Rich Musinski of Berlin, and WR Chris Samp of Rhein.

    two light, bright, almost-white guys are currently leading the league in receiving: Lance Moore of Berlin and Skyler Fulton of Amsterdam.
     
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    Nice report, JC. I watched Aaron Hosack a lot when he played for the Minnesota Gophers and some in NFL Europe and it's a joke that he isn't starting for an NFL team. All the other WRs you mentioned have NFL ability, esp. McCready. I hope Chris Samp has a big year, he has lots of talent.


    We discussed Roger Robinson a year or two ago, and if memory serves he may be another Goings or J. Fargas -- may have a bit of Mexican or black in him, but I can't remember for sure.
     
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    Chris Samp is a stud I think. Hopefully he catches on witha team. I am following Mitch Meeuwsen closely...he was not even drafted last year even though he was one of the best DB's in america. Had something liek 24 INTS in the PAC-10.
     
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    Meeuwsen had a devastating hit on a sack in his game this week. man, it hurt to watch it! he came in from the blind side and just blew up the QB! [​IMG]
     
  5. white lightning

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    Roger Robinson is hispanic.He changed his name for some reason several years ago.He can flat out run though.I just don't think he will have the size or toughness to make the NFL but I could be wrong.Thanks for the great updates.
     
  6. Jimmy Chitwood

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    he looks white enough for me to root for. [​IMG]
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    he does have superior speed, vision, and cutback ability, however in the two games i've watched he doesn't break many tackles. he either breaks the defenders' ankles, or he gets knocked down. fortunately, they're talking about him as if the fumble problem from week one was incredibly unusual for him. as for his size, they list him at 5'10", 200 pounds which is plenty big enough for many of his black counterparts...

    here's a little pub on the NFLEurope site: Frankfurt Galaxy rusher Roger Robinson has been named NFL Europe Offensive Player of the Week following his outstanding display while leading his team to victory over the Hamburg Sea Devils on Saturday night.

    Robinson, allocated by the Arizona Cardinals, gained 150 yards on 23 carries (6.5-yard average) and scored on a 34-yard run during Frankfurt's 31-14 win. The speedy halfback also added 3 receptions for 26 yards.

    After two weeks of action, Robinson, nicknamed 'Rabbit', has a 99-yard lead over his nearest rival at the top of the NFLEL rushing charts having gained 253 yards on 49 carries (5.2-yard average). He also leads the league in combined yards from scrimmage with 279 (253 rushing, 26 receiving).

    "It feels good to be leading the league in rushing right now, but it's early," said Robinson. "We're only two games into it and we have eight to go. If I'm on top after Week 10, then I'll feel real good."
     
  7. Jimmy Chitwood

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    as i said before, NFLEurope gives a lot of white guys opportunities. here's another great story...our guy is "Bubba" Ventrone. he's the one delivering the hit! [​IMG]

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    The strong in safety
    March 29, 2006
    By Mike Trudell
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    We turn to you for protection, Holy Mother of God. Listen to our prayers and help us in our needs. Save us from every danger, glorious and blessed Virgin.

    He first heard the words from his father at a time in his life during which they struck a special chord on his life's guitar. They are words from the Bible that are now somewhere Centurions strong safety Raymond "Bubba" Ventrone will never forget:

    Inscribed on the upper part of his left arm.

    Ventrone got the tattoo as a tangible reminder of strength and protection after undergoing what he said was the toughest thing he had ever overcome in his life.

    In the fall of 2004, Ventrone was playing like the preseason All-American that he was, off to a great start to his senior campaign at Villanova. His and the collective hope of Ventrone's family that he reach the NFL was very close to becoming reality. And then, in the fourth game of the 2004 season at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Bubba was trying to get off a block when his foot got caught underneath him.

    Crack. Uh-oh.

    Bubba's mom Denise was at that game just as she had been throughout his football career. Now visiting her son in Cologne, she could not hold back a mother's tears when thinking about her boy being hurt.

    "At first I thought it was leg cramps, so for a couple of seconds that is what I was hoping," she said. "But I knew it wasn't cramps. My son was hurt. I think it was so tough and upsetting for me because I knew Raymond was so upset about it.

    "At the hospital, the nurse asked me if I had seen the replay. I said no, I didn't, and as she had seen it earlier she told me not to watch it. To this day I have never watched the replay."

    The result was a broken ankle, a fractured fibula, and a tear of the deltoid ligament on the inside of Ventrone's foot. He was in a cast for 11 weeks with a huge screw in his foot, and wasn't able to walk on his foot for three months. College football career over, Bubba's injuries would also prevent him from competing in the NFL combine.

    "When I got hurt, I was distraught," reflected Ventrone. "My mind was in 100 different places. Everybody wants to play in the NFL, and I had a legitimate shot. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to come back and work out for scouts, and it hurt."

    Let's pause here.

    Football may 'just be a game' in the larger, broader context of life, and Ventrone is the first to acknowledge that. Yet sports truly are a microcosm of life and society writ large, with so many essential and irreplaceable values like perseverance, dedication, hard work and teamwork embodied inside the game. Those are all of the things an athlete thinks about when it seems as if it has all been taken away. Becoming an All-Atlantic 10 honoree and NFL hopeful had claimed so many years of the proverbial blood, sweat and tears from Bubba and his family. When the injury first happened, Bubba's first thoughts were those that might arise in any athlete: Will I be able to play again? Is it over? How bad is it? But that pondering soon gave way to the wave of determination and work ethic that Bubba had ridden to reach the field in the first place.

    "I remember looking at him and saying, 'I'm not ready for this to be over,'" said Denise. "He looked at me and said, 'Mom, this isn't over.' I felt better after that, because I knew that he wanted more, and that he was not going to stop until he got there."

    Bubba's dad had introduced him to the game at the age of eight, and coached him all the way through high school. The plethora of sacrifices (and road trips) made along the way by his parents did not go unnoticed.

    "Honestly, without the support of my parents, I really don't know if I would have gotten through it," said a pensive Bubba. "It was very difficult, but I knew I had to get focused. I knew I could still reach my goal."

    Bubba's doctors and training staff at Villanova - whom both he and his mother called superb - told him that he could be back in time for his pro day at the beginning of April, when NFL staffers travel to various schools to observe players. Getting ready for that day became Bubba's singular focus.

    "I put my whole life outside of football on hold, and it was football 24-7," explained Bubba. "I didn't do anything. I had no social life at all, because I knew what my goal was. I knew I had to work hard."

    A successful surgery just a day after the injury and aggressive workouts even while in his cast helped Bubba get ahead of schedule in his rehab, and it looked like he would be nearly 100 percent come pro day in April.

    "He is a very hard worker with anything he does, and whether it is schoolwork or athletics, he gives it more than 100 percent," said Bubba's number one fan. "That's how I knew he was going to be OK once the dust settled."

    Oh yeah, schoolwork...despite leaving school every Thursday afternoon to drive an hour to York, Pennsylvania, where he trained until Monday for the duration of his senior year, Bubba managed to graduate from a tough Villanova finance program with a 3.3. g.p.a. But York was the best way for him to reach the NFL, at a gym where trainer Steve Saunders works with several Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles.

    When pro day (at Villanova) finally came, Bubba ran in the low 4.4s in the 40-yard dash, and had work outs with several teams, including the New England Patriots. With the help of his agent Joe Linta - also the supplier of his York workouts - New England would sign Bubba as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 2005. He made New England's practice squad, where he spent the entire season.

    Bubba was on an NFL team.

    "I felt like I contributed to the team, and I did anything they needed me to do," said Ventrone. "I ended up playing scout team safety or corner, but also running back for three quarters of the season."

    He had rushed for over 3,000 yards and 36 touchdowns as a high school running back at Chartiers Valley High School in his hometown of Pittsburgh, and certainly wasn't going to say no when the Patriots asked him to contribute in myriad ways. He was very happy in an organization synonymous with success, and learned a lot from characters such as safety Rodney Harrison, whom Bubba credits with lending perspective - such that he had learned from his parents - to the rookies.

    A week after New England lost at Denver in the playoffs this past January, Bubba found out he would be heading to Europe.

    "They said I needed some game experience, and I felt good about it," recalled Ventrone. "For my situation, I know that I needed this. I'm having a great time here. The guys on the team are cool, and it feels good to be back on the field and fly around doing what I love doing."

    Denise wasn't so sure about her boy crossing the Atlantic at first, but she certainly came around.

    "I was a little nervous at first because I didn't know what to expect," she reasoned. "But we talk everyday, and he really likes it in Cologne. Now that I'm here, it's beautiful. It's an experience about which I'm very happy, and happy with where he is."

    Mrs. Ventrone got to watch her son tie for the team lead in tackles (6) and force a fumble against the Amsterdam Admirals this past Sunday, and it made her so happy to see her son having fun again on the football field that her smile remained noticeable two days later.

    That's not to say she did not call upon the verse written on her son's left arm. That she's very proud of her son is not because he is playing good football again, but because of all the hard work he undertook to get there, the obstacles he conquered that will serve him long after he plays his last snap. Perhaps that recollection is the source of her tears.

    Holy Mother of God...save us from every danger, glorious and blessed Virgin.

    Bubba doesn't need to look down at his left arm to feel protected.

    His mother is right there.
     
  8. foreverfree

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    I know about NFLE. In fact I watched a couple of minutes of a game from Frankfurt last Sat. on the NFL network. But basically I wait for the real thing to start up again.

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    Im hoping Bellichek gives Vetrone a shot at making the team...he seems like Bruschi at the safety position. The Pats are thin at Safety too so if he keeps up the good work he might get a shot.
     
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    I'm a brit never played American footy would have liked to in high school but we just don't play it over here. But I Like to watch it and am a big Patriots fan. I reckon if the NFL Europe was forced to progressively increase the amount of European nationals (still mainly white) on the rosters to at least 40% you would see a huge increase of white players in the league who would in turn make the NFL and hopefully debunk some of the sterotypes that whites can't play RB or CB only blacks can in the same way that the eastern europeans are doing with heavyweight boxings.

    The Germans have an excellent youth programme with lots of juniors coming through. I predict you will see one of them make a serious impact in NFL Europe then the NFL proper within 10 years and once that happens you will a greater inlux of Europeans to the NFL, just like has happened with the NBA.
     
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    at the midpoint of the season (6 games, anyway [​IMG] sorry i'm late), it's been a very interesting year in NFLE...

    as of right now, the #2, 3, and 4 receivers are white guys. Scott McCready, Aaron Hosack, and Chris Samp. also the top receivng tight end is white: Aaron Halterman, who is the #7 receiver over all). none of the four make it to the end zone very much, however. (light, bright, almost white skyler fulton is by far the top receiver over there.)

    Roger "Rabbit" Robinson, who i think is white but of spanish origins, is easily the elite running back of the league and after playing 5 games (he missed game 5 due to a concussion) is 226 yards ahead of the closest guy. he is coming off a 146-yard, 1 TD performance, with 3 catches for 45 yards.

    Adam Herzing, another white receiver, is the league's top punt returner. Japanese player, Noriaki Kinosh*ta, is the top kick returner.

    Matt Sinclair and Scott Scharff are tied with two black players for second place in sacks.

    Tackles are not an officially kept stat, but if they were white French national Phillipe Gardent would be the top guy.

    Gibran Hamdan is the most productive quarterback, but his race is unclear...he has thrown for 1,300 and change, 11 TDs with only 3 int's, and has a QB rating of 114.5.

    additionally, Frankfurt- which has an almost all-white offense, is 4-2 and tied for second place.Edited by: Jimmy Chitwood
     
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    Hamdan is a stinky hindi (indian origin).
     
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    stinky? c'mon man, keep the racial slurs out of this site...
     
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    Hamdan is actually from Kuait (sp) and his family fled to America after Iraq invaded. Has great character - you hear him interviewed he sounds very inteligent and is a proud american.

    Roger Robinson will be good for the cards - He is definetly a white guy, be it a white hispanic or of direct spanish backround. Look for him to be E.James's backup for the start of the comming season, and hopefully more!
     
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    Gibran Hamdan is out for the rest of the season after he broke his ankle this past weekend.

    Roger Robinson is leading in rushes-137, yards-689, average per carry-5.0, longest run-66t, and rushing TDs-4. he did have his worst game of the season last week (just 67 yards) in the rain and mud, but still leads the rushing race by 170 yards. wow!

    Aaron Hosack and Chris Samp still rank 2 and 3 in receiving, and both have increased their touchdown catches (4 and 5 respectively). Scott McCready is still 4th in catches but has fallen to 5th in yardage and has yet to catch a touchdown.

    Adam Herzing has dropped to 3rd in punt returns.

    Scott Scharff is now tied for first with 4 sacks, while German national Christian Mohr is right behind with 3.5 sacks.

    just as importantly, the nearly all-white Frankfurt offense still has the Galaxy in 2nd place at 5-2.Edited by: Jimmy Chitwood
     
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    Is Roger Robinson completely white or a mulatto type? I saw Mitch Meeuwsen had like 2 sacks and was in on some fumbles too...thats good.
     
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    we've discussed this quite a bit here and elsewhere, and just look at the pic above.

    it's generally regarded that he is white but of hispanic descent. regardless, he's white enough for me to root for! [​IMG]
     
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    f**k his color..He is NOT BLACK..and that enough for me [​IMG]
     
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    Robinson should ask for alot of catches out of the backfield. He will need to show his versatility to make an NFL roster. I suspect with his size he won't be given the opportunity to make an NFL roster as a feature back. He will be a third down back or be forced to tryout for a CFL team. In the CFL a 200 pound back can be a feature back though....
     
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    today was a good day in NFLEurope as the white-friendly Galaxy punched their ticket to the World Bowl, NFLE's championship game, despite missing two of their white plamakers with injuries (WRs and WSTDs Adam Herzing and Tom Crowder).

    also, it was another good day for running back Roger Robinson. the Arizona Cardinals-allocated tailback rushed for 133 yards on 32 carries. That gave him a season total of 1,087, which surpassed the league single-season record of 1,057 set by Mike Green of the 2001 Barcelona Dragons.

    Robinson also topped 100 yards rushing for the seventh time this season - also a league record, breaking a tie with Joe Smith, of the 2005 Rhein Fire. and he did so in just nine games, having to sit out one game due to a league rule concerning concussions. pretty amazing season. [​IMG]
     
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    What a season by Robinson.Will it be enough?We all know how the NFL is.It probably wouldn't matter if he rushed for 2000 yards,with the way they treat any running back that is not african american.Let's hope he can help to break the mold!Robinson sure can fly.
     
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    I'm not sure exactly what Roger Robinson's ethnic make-up is, however, one thing is a abundantly clear: Whatever he is, I don't think he's black.

    I was watching a Frankfurt Galaxy game the other day on the NFL Network, and watched him take his helmet off on the sidelines. I studied his facial features closely and came up with this description:

    -sharp angled nose
    -southern European skin tone
    -all around sharply, defined facial features

    I also read somewhere, that he is part-Hispanic. Teams should have the players ethnic backgrounds listed in the teams's website in the "personal" category.

    Due to his American last name, I cannot come to a conclusion on his exact racial make-up. However, my guess is that he is either part-Hispanic, part-Eastern European, or Part-Middle Eastern. Thats just what his facial features say to me.


    also, FYI, the other two RB's on the Galaxy are White: J.R. Niklos and Martin Latka.
     
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    espn.com has an article about nfl Europe players who have a chance in the league, Roger Robinson is not listed but two other running backs are, including his backup.
     
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    could you post the link or the article? i couldn't find it...
     
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    Because teams allocated so many players to the NFL Europe League this year to give young veterans much-needed experience, only 106 of the 314 players who recently finished the springtime season on active rosters or reserve lists are unrestricted free agents. Just eight of the 27 players named to the All-NFL Europe League team are free agents.

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    From that group of 106 free agents, roughly half are "national" or foreign players who have little chance of ever being invited to a summer training camp, much less earning a spot on a regular-season NFL roster. That leaves a pool of very few free agents for NFL teams to scrutinize as they scramble to fill out their training camp quotas at every position. In fact, NFL franchises were especially active this week in signing the best (relatively speaking) of the available NFL Europe free agents.

    Denver quickly snatched up tailback Marty Johnson, defensive lineman Bryan Save and linebacker Kevin Harrison. The New York Jets signed defensive back Rayshun Reed and wide receiver Reggie Newhouse. Detroit added defensive end Claude Harriott.

    What can teams expect from their NFLEL free agents? In truth, probably not much more than training camp fodder. Most of the top players from the NFLEL, after all, already have an NFL affiliation. For example, Dallas quarterback Drew Henson, who played for the Rhein Fire this spring, already is assured a bunk in training camp. But NFL clubs turn over the final seven to 10 spots on their rosters every season, it seems, and are forever seeking players to fill out special teams slots. And most of the top free agents from Europe have been in NFL camps in the past, know that it will take hustle and plenty of luck to catch someone's eye, and understand their potential roles on the final few rungs of a roster.

    So, certainly, none of the signings from the NFLEL are headline-grabbers, and some overseas players added by NFL teams this week might not even make it onto a training camp practice field next month. That said, at the outset of the NFL lull period, it's worth noting a few European free agents who have sufficient ability to maybe scratch their way onto the bottom of some franchise's roster.

    One of the primary NFLEL prospects is Rhein Fire cornerback Ronyell Whitaker, who actually started one regular-season game for the Tampa Bay Bucs in 2003 and was on the team's practice squad for the 2004 campaign. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings just after the NFLEL free-agent draft, so technically he was not an allocated player. Whitaker had 42 tackles, four interceptions (including two returned for touchdowns), a league-best dozen passes defensed and two forced fumbles.

    Maybe as important as those numbers is that the former Virginia Tech standout also registered nine tackles on special teams, the area in which he probably can most help himself with the Minnesota coaching staff. He has played the outside "gunner" position on occasions in the past, running downfield under punts, and is a solid open-field tackler.

    Whitaker is like a lot of guys in the NFLEL. He has size issues (5-foot-9, 195 pounds) and isn't very fast (probably a mid-4.5 in the 40), and his game includes enough deficiencies to have kept him from being steadily employed in the big leagues. Oh, yeah, he's also 27 years old, which means that this figures to be his last shot at securing an NFL roster spot.

    He is, like every NFLEL free agent, a long shot. But his odds in Minnesota might be enhanced because he played in Tampa Bay for then-Bucs secondary aide Mike Tomlin, now the Vikings' defensive coordinator, and has good familiarity with Cover 2 concepts.

    Shortcomings aside, Whitaker is talented enough to earn his fourth invitation to an NFL training camp; he signed a two-year, minimum-salary contract with the Vikings in late February. Maybe the fourth time will be a charm for Whitaker and he will be able to add to his four-game NFL résumé.

    Here are some other NFLEL free agents, many of whom have had NFL cameos in the past, who might have at least a remote shot of making someone's roster:

    - DE Earl Cochrane (Amsterdam): Has NFL-caliber size (6-5, 285), has been in three NFL training camps and spent the 2003 season on the Green Bay injured reserve list. From Alabama State, he was in the 2003 NFL supplemental draft, has some upfield quickness and posted 51 tackles and five sacks this spring.

    - DE Claude Harriott (Amsterdam): He had a terrific junior season for the University of Pittsburgh and then lost his starting job as a senior, was a fifth-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 2004 and also spent some time in the New York Giants' camp. Registered 22 tackles, four sacks and one forced fumble for the Admirals. Harriott, 25, signed with the Detroit Lions this week.

    - LB Travis Harris (Frankfurt): A former University of Florida defender, Harris, 24, rang up 61 tackles, four passes defensed and a forced fumble during the European season. He has decent size (6-2, 241) and can play special teams. He was an undrafted free agent in the Tennessee Titans' camp last summer.

    - LB Kevin Harrison (Berlin): Signed by the Broncos this week, Harrison, 24, is coming off a spring season in which he had 61 tackles, two sacks, four passes defensed and a forced fumble. As a three-year starter at Eastern Michigan, he piled up 320 tackles. Harrison was in camp with the Cleveland Browns in 2005 as an undrafted free agent.



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    Butchie Wallace rushed for 143 yards and was the MVP of the World Bowl.- OT Ben Herrell (Amsterdam): Signed this week by the New York Giants, at 6-7 and 316 pounds he has the kind of size to play in the NFL. From Miami (Ohio), he has been in two NFL camps, with the Carolina Panthers in 2004 and the Tennessee Titans in 2005.

    - LS Jordan Hicks (Hamburg): A good-sized (6-2, 260) long snapper from Georgetown (Ken.) College, Hicks was in the Oakland Raiders' camp last summer. In more than 50 snaps this spring, he had just one slightly errant effort. He's a good enough athlete to snap the ball and get downfield for coverage duties, and he recorded four special teams tackles this spring. Hicks signed with Tampa Bay this week.

    - RB Marty Johnson (Berlin): Another of the NFLEL free agents added by the Broncos this week, Johnson was a solid back at Utah and set a school record for single-season rushing touchdowns (15) his senior year. Johnson has good enough size (5-11, 225) but isn't especially quick. Plus, he's 26 years old, a little long in the tooth to be starting an NFL career. In Europe this season, he rushed for 424 yards and two touchdowns on 101 carries and also had 22 catches for 178 yards and two scores.

    - C Tyler Lenda (Amsterdam): Not surprising that his lone NFL exposure came with Denver in 2003, since he is an undersized (6-1, 289) interior lineman whose best shot is to sign with a zone-blocking team, one that uses the same blocking design the Broncos use. Has played guard and center in Europe, but would be overwhelmed at the former of those positions at the NFL level.

    - WR Scott McCready (Hamburg): Formerly with South Florida, he has been with three different NFL franchises, and the closest he came to the big-time was as a member of the New England practice squad in 2001, when he earned a Super Bowl ring. After five seasons in NFLEL, McCready may have risen about as far as he ever will. Still, his terrific hands and excellent size (6-1, 219) might be enough to tempt some team to give him one more try.

    - WR Reggie Newhouse (Cologne): From Baylor, he has nice size (6-1, 191) and runs well enough. He played three games each for the Arizona Cardinals in 2004 and 2005 and totaled five receptions for 50 yards. In the NFLEL this spring, Newhouse had 23 receptions for 363 yards and two touchdowns.

    - DB Rayshun Reed (Hamburg): Played cornerback in Europe, but his lack of speed probably makes him a safety prospect in the NFL. The problem is, he might not be big or physical enough to play safety at the NFL level. A pretty good ballhawk who closes nicely and has good timing on the delayed blitz, Reed had 34 tackles, three interceptions, nine passes defensed, two sacks and two forced fumbles. He also played on special teams. The former Troy State corner signed with the Jets this week.

    - DT Bryan Save (Cologne): Signed with the Broncos this week, and they represent the fifth NFL franchise to provide him a chance. A Colorado State product, Save (6-1, 313 pounds) looks like a two-gap defender. The 24-year-old native of Hawaii had 35 tackles, 4½ sacks and two forced fumbles during the NFLEL season.

    - DE Derrick Strong (Rhein): Lacks bulk (6-3, 261) and isn't very explosive, but he still managed to record five sacks this spring, to go along with 25 tackles and three pass deflections. Undrafted out of Illinois, he was a free agent with Carolina in 2004 and was in the Tennessee camp in 2005.

    - RB Butchie Wallace (Frankfurt): Signed with the Falcons ealrier this week. He's tougher than his size (5-10, 205) might indicate, and a pretty good all-around back, but there's not much wiggle or speed to his game. From Marshall, Wallace, 25, was the top player in last weekend's World Bowl. During the season he gained 343 yards on 72 carries.

    Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here .
     

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