SIX BITS: George, Bostic, Demps, Tebow, Caldwell

By Adam Silverstein
April 16, 2013

Aside from a story specifically about the events that took place on Monday, OGGOA chose to refrain from posting new material out of respect for those in Boston, MA. Below are six stories from Monday that we did not cover at the time.

1 » Senior forward Jennifer George was chosen with the No. 33 overall pick in the third round of the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever on Monday, becoming the first Florida Gators women’s basketball to be selected in the event since Sha Brooks in 2009. George is the 17th Florida player to ever be picked in the WNBA Draft and joins an Indiana team that concluded the 2012 season by winning the league title. She will not, however, be the only former member of the Gators to be a part of the Fever as former Florida head coach Mickie DeMoss is currently serving as an assistant coach.

2 » Could senior Mike linebacker Jon Bostic be the third Florida player selected in next week’s 2013 NFL Draft. According to veteran analyst Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net, Bostic – who is widely expected to be a third-round selection – may be drafted even higher. “In recent conversations, I’ve been told it’s a distinct possibility he could slip into the late part of the second frame,” Pauline writes. “Teams like the fact that Bostic is a three-down defender and offers the potential of being a day-one starter.”

3 » After informing the New England Patriots that he had decided to return to the track but also hoped to continue his football career – a move that would involve missing much of training camp and perhaps even a few early-season games – running back Jeff Demps was thought to be a goner from the organization. And while that may very well wind up being the case, the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe reports that another option may be on the table – a trade. Demps’s agent Daniel Rose told Howe that the Patriots have discussed a possibility, which is not much of a surprise considering New England’s propensity for making deals (especially around draft time).

Read three more BITS of Florida Gators news…after the break!

4 » Though previously unannounced, Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez underwent shoulder surgery early in the offseason, two sources told NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. Hernandez, who has missed 10 games in his three-year career (six last season) due to a variety of injuries, is expected to sit for organized team activities and minicamp before returning for training camp. He is averaging 11.2 yards per reception and six touchdowns per season over his career thus far but believes both of those averages can increase dramatically if he is able to stay healthy through a full season.

5 » As expected, quarterback Tim Tebow was one of the first players to arrive at the New York Jets’ facility on Monday for the start of voluntary offseason workouts. Tebow, according to media on the scene, arrived between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. and had a smile on his face along with the standard positive attitude he brings into each day of work. Regardless of his disposition, Tebow’s time with the Jets is likely to be limited and all expectations are that he will be released by New York following the draft next week. Why wait so long? According to Mike Klis of The Denver Post, the Jets are not holding him hostage to hurt his chances of catching on with another team this season but rather because of the $1.53 million the team owes the Broncos as part of the trade agreement. New York is hoping that another team will give them something – anything – for Tebow in order to make the $1.53 million loss easier to stomach. Even if the Jets only get a seventh-round selection in 2014 for Tebow, at least that is something compared to simply throwing away the money along with the player.

6 » After learning that his starting quarterback, Peyton Manning, had invited three of his teammates to catch passes last week during private workouts at Duke, Denver Broncos wide receiver Andre Caldwell took to Twitter to vent his frustrations over not being included. “No invite to duke to run routes and catch passes DAMN right I took it personal…#Motivation #StillGrinding,” he tweeted. Caldwell, after playing in double-digit games and averaging 61.3 targets per year over his last three seasons in Cincinnati, signed with Denver as a free agent after Manning was acquired but barely got on the field last year. He played in eight games and was targeted just four times by Manning. “I’m excited to see Bubba’s competitive attitude there,” the quarterback told NFL.com, adding that he could only take three teammates to the workout (starters Wes Walker, Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas). “And I hope he turns that into a productive offseason and can be a productive player for us this year.”

6 Comments

  1. HardToKillGtr says:

    Andre and Tim signed NFL team employment contracts for pretty good money. However, their contracts do not include
    a “we will treat you fair” clause. Guy’s, welcome to the real world.

  2. Joe says:

    Good luck Jeff but I just don’t see you getting your cake and eating it too, especially with Belichick

  3. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Adversity can make you bitter or better…..

  4. MAR says:

    I think TT is handling the real world just fine (at least in the public eye). He is a class act. No matter what happens, he will give 150% and make the best of it. He will get a shot somewhere sometime because of his efforts and attitude. He’s already shown he can lead an NFL team to the play offs, and that team was 1-4 when he took over. He needs a chance to start for a full year as I have no doubt he will improve.

  5. gatorboi352 says:

    $20 says Peyton didn’t invite Bubba because he’s a Gator 🙂

    #neverforget
    #0and4

    • MAR says:

      I certainly wouldn’t bet against it. Maybe it has something to do with why he chose Denver over the other teams pursuing him too. (Not really, but fun to type) Wouldn’t be shocked though if he got a little enjoyment out of seeing Tebow get screwed. No doubt he will ever forget. I remember sitting in the student section during his last game against UF. At games end, he was crying so hard he needed help off the field.

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