1 » Players stand out every year during NFL organized team activieis that never wind up making the active roster but word out of the Baltimore Ravens camps is that former Florida Gators wide receiver Deonte Thompson is doing more than just playing well. According to Comcast SportsNet, Thompson’s performance over the last three weeks has been worthy of the “Most Heads Turned” award. “The undrafted free agent receiver from Florida emerged from the masses, exhibiting a ton of speed and nice hands,” insider John Eisenberg wrote. “[Joe] Flacco hooked up with him several times in the workouts open to the media. He gets the early nod as this year’s player most likely to…earn a roster spot as a longshot.”
2 » Probably not much of a surprise to many who have followed his career and injury history, Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin was back out of action on Thursday just two days after joining OTAs for the first time this offseason. Harvin, who had minor shoulder surgery in April, was completely cleared for practice but no-showed on Thursday and wrote on Twitter that “there’s no such thing as minor surgery trust me.” He goes on to indicate that practice on Tuesday was bothersome to his shoulder and he hoped that he did not over-do it. Head coach Leslie Frazier downplayed Harvin’s absence by noting that OTAs are not mandatory, but it is rare for a player to miss one unless it is family or injury related.
3 » Though Gators guard Bradley Beal is not competing at the 2012 NBA Combine in Chicago, IL, he did get measured and weighed on Thursday. Beal came in at 6’3.25” with socks and 6’4.75” with shoes with a 6’8” wingspan and 8’3” reach. He also weighed 202 lbs. and checked in with just six percent body fat. Beal was listed at 6’3” by Florida so teams are certainly excited to see that extra inch of height. His decision not to participate was likely one made by agent Mark Bartelstein.
4 » There have been plenty of cameras and production crews in Gainesville, FL over the last few months filming former Gators swimmer Ryan Lochte as he trains for the 2012 London Olympics. The latest came as part of a commercial shoot for AT&T, which filmed Lochte at Broward Pool on Wednesday. “Lochte, who stars in the commercial, sprang from a starting block and disappeared beneath the water’s surface,” according to the The Independent Florida Alligator. “Production crew members used rain barrels to create waves in the pool, which was lined with special-effects material to darken its water.” It is unknown when the commercial will air.