The procedure is a minor one for Jones and won’t affect his training camp availability

Tom Brady’s humble NFL beginnings long ago entered gridiron lore. If his backstory is unfamiliar to you, you’re likely a visitor from another planet.

If you are indeed an alien: The man now widely recognized as the greatest quarterback of all-time began his career as a pro football afterthought, a sixth-round draft pick. There were 198 players selected before the Patriots picked Brady, a small village that included six fellow quarterbacks.

The Warriors had planned to sign Jose Calderon for the remainder of the season, but will instead sign then waive him in order to make room for Barnes.

Barnes, 36, was a member of the Warriors from 2006 to 2008. He’s averaging 8.2 points and 4.6 rebounds over his 14-year NBA career.

The procedure is a minor one for Jones and won’t affect his training camp availability, Rapoport was told.

Trubisky, the top-rated quarterback on NFLDraftScout.com’s board, threw the ball well, showing the efficient set-up and delivery, smooth throwing stroke and accuracy that belies his 13 career starts.

Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes II and California’s Davis Webb also fared well in the afternoon quarterback session. Like Watson, Mahomes and Webb were each surprisingly smooth in their drops despite playing their entire careers in Air-Raid spread offenses. Mahomes has an absolute rocket for an arm and showed good trajectory on the deep ball and post-corner. He does have a three-quarters delivery that will be a concern for some, especially given that he measured in at “only” 6-foot-2.

Webb created buzz at the Senior Bowl and built upon that momentum Saturday. He was especially impressive on the deep dig routes, hitting receivers in stride on the throw some feel is the toughest quarterbacks are asked to complete in Indianapolis because it requires timing with receivers they’ve just met.1

Tom Brady shared words of encouragement for everyone at the NFL Combine

The NFL Scouting Combine isn’t just a time for prospective players to show off their skills, it’s also a time to remember. Tom Brady did just that on Friday.

Brady wore his combine shirt from 2000 during a workout and used it as an opportunity to poke fun at the people who doubted him. Here’s what the Patriots quarterback wrote on Instagram.

National Letters of Intent are binding documents that tie prospects and schools together. But they’ve also got stipulations which can empower a school to get out of an NLI if a player gets into trouble before his enrollment.

Ole Miss, for its part, has bigger problems than this one. Our Rebels blog, Red Cup Rebellion, doesn’t think Reed’s departure changes a whole lot:

Most believed that the 6’4, 295-pound Reed was going to be a sign-and-place candidate anyway, so it was going to be at least a year before he was donning the red and blue. But with Fadol Brown, D.J. Jones, and John Youngblood gone, Ole Miss faces a potential shortage of depth on the D-line.

Kliff Kingsbury isn’t letting his players wear Texas Tech’s logo inside the team’s facility. This should improve Tech’s nation-worst defense by at least 0.2 points per game.

“It’s a lot of goals and I’m still a long way off but Shearer was an idol of mine growing up, to see how many goals he scored was incredible. I take it season by season. I don’t like looking too far ahead because you never know what can happen.”

Now, however, the Premier League has become a crowded place for superstars. Kane is jostling for attention with Sergio Aguero, with Romelu Lukaku, and with whichever vastly expensive import rolls up next. Still, it’s the numbers, in the end, that speak loudest of all. And right now, Kane’s numbers are precisely where they need to be: excellent, with the potential to become extraordinary.1

Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery both active for fantasy owners on Monday night

Chicago Bears wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are both active for Monday night’s game against the New York Jets.

Both players are dealing with injuries and were limited in practice, but neither was expected to miss this game despite being listed as questionable. Marshall has an ankle injury and Jeffery is recovering from a hamstring ailment. They were game-time decisions in Week 2 but ended up playing against the San Francisco 49ers. Marshall went off for three touchdowns, while Jeffery was held to 47 yards on three catches.

Rudolph had three receptions for 27 yards before going down on the Vikings’ final drive against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

“Something popped,” Rudolph told the Pioneer Press after the 20-9 loss. “I’ve been battling it for a while.”

Rudolph shed weight during the offseason to increase his speed and stay healthy after he missed the final eight games of 2013 with a broken foot. That, in addition to his Pro Bowl 2012 season, was enough to convince the Vikings to hand him a five-year contract extension in July.

Despite the high expectations, Rudolph has been unable to make a significant impact on offense. He has just seven catches for 69 yards through three games, though he did find the end zone in the opening win against the St. Louis Rams.

“We decided [not to investigate] because it had been elevated to a felony. It was very clear to us that they were going to get any piece of information they wanted. They have the power to get anything they want.”

“I feel regretful because in my heart of hearts if we had gotten the tape early on in the Spring and Roger had seen it, I think it would have been a precedent-setting, multi-game suspension or maybe indefinite.”1