6 NFL BITS: Tebow’s throwing motion, Haden fights R-word, Jenkins and Mincey negotiating

1 » USA Today went somewhat in-depth on former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow with Josh Peter penning a feature that looks at how his throwing motion and football mind has evolved while fighting to keep his career alive. Below is a highlight quote from the feature, which you can read in full by clicking here.

“I don’t feel like I’m the same player from a passing standpoint and a mechanics standpoint,” Tebow said. “I love the process and I love that I have a chance to get better,” he added. “That’s an important mindset not just for football, just in life. When you have that mindset, then you won’t look back and you won’t regret anything. No matter how much you succeeded, no matter how good you were at something, you can never look back and say, ‘I regret I didn’t go all the way.'”

2 » Though former Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins missed out on first-round money due to off-field concerns, it appears as if he may be close to striking a substantial contract extension with the St. Louis Rams, which took a chance on him with the No. 39 overall pick in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Jenkins has been a solid starter for the Rams over the last three seasons, making his share of highlight plays and also being on his fair end of offensive highlights for the St. Louis’ opponents. Still, Jenkins will likely command second- or third-tier money, which for a cornerback these days can be a more-than-solid payday. Jenkins picked off seven passes and scored five touchdowns from 2012-14.

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6 BITS: Mike Miller traded, Casey Prather headed overseas, Tim Tebow throws, McElwain praised

1 » Former Florida Gators guard/forward Mike Miller, who signed a two-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers to play with superstar LeBron James and hopefully win another title before retiring, has been traded by the franchise to the Portland Trailblazers. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, who first reported the Miller trade, he will likely be bought out by Portland and become a free agent, though league rules prevent him from resigning with Cleveland for a full season.

With roster spots at a premium right now, Miller would likely have to wait to join a new team; he could also decide to retire. Miller, 35, is owed $2.85 million in the final year of his contract but will likely accept a buyout for a much lower amount. He has already received $400,000 as a trade kicker, a clause that was built into his Cavaliers contract.

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2016 QB Kyle Trask commits to Florida Gators

Two-star quarterback Kyle Trask (Manvel, TX) committed to the Florida Gators on Sunday, becoming the first signal caller to pledge for the team in the Class of 2016.

“I am proud to announce that I have officially committed to the University of Florida!!! #ChompChomp #GoGators,” the prospect wrote on his Twitter account.

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Gators WR Alvin Bailey released from jail in Florida after failing to make court appearance

Florida Gators redshirt sophomore wide receiver Alvin Bailey was arrested on an outstanding warrant and sent to jail Saturday after failing to appear in court for a mandatory hearing on June 9.

Bailey, who was fist cited on May 8, 2014, for unknowingly driving with a suspended license, was cited a second time for driving a vehicle with a suspended license nearly one year later on May 4.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, which first reported Bailey’s arrest, he was booked into Hillsborough County Jail on Saturday evening following an afternoon arrest.

OnlyGators.com has learned, via a court records search, that Bailey was released from jail at 10 p.m. on Saturday after posting a $5,000 bond.

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Four-star LB Jeremiah Moon gives Florida Gators four commits from Friday Night Lights

One day after an evening that had already reaped rewards for the Florida Gators, four-star linebacker Jeremiah Moon (Birmingham, AL) may well be the biggest get as the talented defender has committed to the program shortly after its Friday Night Lights camp in Gainesville, Florida.

“God is awesome! I am officially committed to the University of Florida! #ChompChomp,” Moon wrote on his Twitter account Saturday.

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Three-star C Brett Heggie is Florida Gators’ third commitment during Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights commits: 2016 DB Quincy Lenton | 2017 WR Daquon Green

With offensive line depth an issue for the Florida Gators, there is plenty of opportunity for young players to come in and make a difference immediately. Three-star center Brett Heggie (Mount Dora, FL) has decided to take advantage of that opportunity by committing to Florida on Friday evening.

In attendance at the Gators’ Friday Night Lights camp in Gainesville, Florida, Heggie (6-foot-5, 300 pounds) officially chose UF over Miami, Mississippi State, South Carolina and West Virginia, among others.

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Make it two: four-star 2017 WR Daquon Green commits to Florida Gators at Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights commits: 2016 DB Quincy Lenton | 2016 C Brett Heggie

Just minutes after the Florida Gators added their first new commitment at Friday Night Lights, four-star 2017 wide receiver Daquon Green (Tampa, FL) announced that he, too, would join the program.

“I am truly blessed to say that i am committed to the University of Florida #GoGators,” Green tweeted.

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Three-star 2016 DB Quincy Lenton commits to Florida Gators at Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights commits: 2017 WR Daquon Green | 2016 C Brett Heggie

The Florida Gators pulled a talented player out of the state of Mississippi on Friday when three-star defensive back Quincy Lenton (Meridian, MS) committed while on campus in Gainesville, Florida, at the Gators’ annual Friday Night Lights recruiting event.

Lenton, who was originally pledged to Mississippi State and has a close relationship with new Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, decommitted from the program on May 16, four days after Collins paid him a visit.

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