Former Seattle Seahawk Koren Robinson reportedly has found a new home to play football – in the newly created United Football League.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting the Seahawks former, first round draft pick in the 2001 draft will play for the Orlando Tuskers of the NFL.
After struggling with substance abuse problems during his first stint with the team, Robinson came back to redeem himself last season, helping the team’s injury-depleted wide receivers group.
Robinson played started 12 games for the Seahawks in 2008, catching 31 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns.
He’ll be eligible to return to the NFL on Nov. 28 after his stint with the UFL.
The TNT’s Ryan Divish reports that Julius Jones is comfortable and at ease with the team in his second season, and head coach Jim Mora trusts that the former Dallas Cowboy running back can get the job done.
The TNT’s Dave Boling says rookie offensive lineman Max Unger looks the part. His column includes this quote from offensive line coach Mike Solari.
“We don’t have time; Max has got to go,” line coach Mike Solari said. “We’re relying on Max to be part of the offensive line this year. We’re expecting Max to have a role as the season progresses.”
The extent of that role?
“That will depend on how well he’s able to perform when the popcorn is poppin’ under the lights,” Solari said. “That’s the key with him.”
Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian also weighs in on Unger.
I talked with KJR’s Ian Furness on Wednesday about what’s going on during camp so far in this audio link. I believe the plan is for me to go on every Wednesday during the season, so check it out.
More Florio: He ranks Seattle a surprising fourth in his list of NFC playoff contenders.
Columnist Jim Moore of the Seattlepi.com weighs in the twitter movement in the NFL.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com provides some more info on Hawks pick-up linebacker Shane Simmons.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that Ray Willis is the mean streak on the Hawks offensive line.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald reports that Mora is being extra cautious with back injuries to Marcus Trufant and Walter Jones.
Gregg Bell of the Associated Press writes that’s its conceivable the Seahawks could give Aaron Curry $30 million in guaranteed money before his first game in the league, which would be before almost double what three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck earned in guarantees from his current contract. This is a prime example of why league veterans and executives want to slot rookie contracts.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com said T.J. Houshmandzadeh was the player of the day during Wednesday evening’s practice.
KJR’s Furness talks with linebacker Leroy Hill about the differences in the defense from last year to this year in this audio link.
Matt Hasselbeck joins Brock and Salk in this audio links, and talks about his developing relationship with receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
San Francisco 49ers
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that head coach Mike Singletary is not worried about the mounting injuries affecting his team, including stud linebacker Patrick Willis, who is out with a sprained ankle.
Ray Ratto, columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, implores the 49ers to sign Michael Crabtree now.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers have been pushed around in the past, and will not cave in to Crabtree’s demands.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrats reports the competition remains even in the battle for the starting quarterback spot between Shaun Hill and Alex Smith.
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers will count on linebacker Manny Lawson to help improve the team’s pass rush this season.
ESPN’s Mike Sando offers some key questions concerning 49ers as they work through training camp.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic writes the Cardinals offensive line, which remained mostly healthy last season, is looking to build on that experience.
More Somers: He says the Cardinals practiced under the lights in this report from training camp on Wednesday.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the social-networking system of twitter allows outspoken defensive lineman Darnell Dockett to speak his mind.
St. Louis Cardinals
In this report from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, running back Stephen Jackson talks about the adjustment to a more physical training camp this year.
Bill Coats of the Post-Dispatch says the Rams have remained mostly injury free during the first week of camp.
More Coats: The young offensive line is improving.