1 » Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz spoke with the media on Thursday and provided some perspective on the team’s decision to sign former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract. “We worked him out and we saw improvement from the last time we saw him,” he said. “[We] had exposure to him live when we played New England when they practiced here. When we worked him out, we saw a great deal of improvement in him.” Ultimately, the Eagles decided “that it was an opportunity to bring in somebody who could compete for a spot,” and all indications are that Tebow will get that chance, a legitimate one at that – unlike some of his other stops..
2 » Forward Chandler Parsons, in his first year with the Dallas Mavericks, has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering what appears to be a serious right knee injury. Parsons, who was averaging 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 33.1 minutes per game for Dallas, was a full-season starter for the Mavericks and the team’s key free agent signing in the offseason. The Houston Rockets, Parsons’s former team, leads the Mavericks 2-0 in their first-round series. Fellow former Florida F Corey Brewer is averaging 15.0 points in 26.5 minutes per game for Houston thus far in the series. He’s shooting .500 from the field and .571 from beyond the arc.
3 » Gators redshirt freshman cornerback J.C. Jackson entered a written plea of not guilty with the Alachua County Court on Thursday. Jackson, who was bonded out of jail and has finally obtained permanent legal representation, will contest the three charges of first-degree felony armed robbery that are currently being held over him. “I think that the evidence is going to show that not only did he not participate in a robbery … but that he didn’t have knowledge of any robbery or intention,” attorney Christopher Brown told the Orlando Sentinel‘s Edgar Thompson. “So not only did he not intend to participate, he did not even unwittingly participate. He didn’t walk into that apartment with two other people.”
4 » New England Patriots defensive end Dominique Easley will be one of three former Florida players hosting a party at a club for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight on Saturday, May 2. Joining him are Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and New Orleans Saints linebacker Ronald Powell. The “upscale celebrity all white dinner and red carpet event” will be held at the Daltoro Restaurant and Lamborghini Museum inside the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas.