Several Canadian rookies are participating in NFL mini camps.
Langton, Ontario’s Austin Pasztor, a 6’6, 304-pound offensive lineman, continues to participate in the Minnesota Vikings offseason program. Pasztor signed as an undrafted free agent with the team after a successful career at the University of Virginia. Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, offseason programs are divided into three phases, with each phase governed by separate restrictions and rules.
The Vikings will have ten Organized Team Activities (OTAs) throughout the remainder of Phase 3, and will conclude the offseason program with a mandatory minicamp in June. Roster decisions will take place throughout the summer.
As reported by the Edmonton Journal’s Chris O’Leary and by TSN, Markham Ontario’s Shamawd Chambers will not be offered a contract by the Philadelphia Eagles. The CIS Wilfrid Laurier receiver took part in the Eagles’ recent mini-camp.
Windsor native Tyrone Crawford, the Cowboys third-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, was diagnosed with a heart murmur at the national scouting combine but continues to participate in the team’s offseason program.
Crawford’s agent, Dr. D.S. Ping, recently confirmed what doctors discovered but said it wasn’t a major issue and didn’t believe NFL teams took his client off their draft boards.
“Never affected anything,” Ping told ESPN.com. “No doubt.”
Said team owner/general manger Jerry Jones: “The heart murmur issue is one that I’m satisfied is OK for us.”
Dallas Morning News reporter Brandon George reported that Crawford gained 10 pounds since the NFL Combine (up to 285 pounds). According to Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett this is not a sign that Crawford is out of shape — if anything, the Cowboys wouldn’t mind him adding a little more weight to his frame. “When we analyzed his body at the combine, we feel like he can grow even more, even put on 10 more pounds to get into the high 290s,” Garrett told George.
George also reported from camp that former Cowboys defensive end Charles Haley has already made an impression on his potential protege.
“He’s an aggressive coach,” Crawford told George. “And that’s exactly what I need. He wants us to look him dead in the eye when we’re talking to him. He’s showing us different moves, teaching us little things.”
According to the Denver Post’s Tom Kensler, the Broncos will look for their fourth round pick, Toronto’s Philip Blake, to play at guard as well as his college position (centre).
Kensler reports that the switch would make Blake more versatile, and enable him to join fellow Baylor alumnus J.D. Walton, who is a two-year starter for the Broncos.
“J.D. is a real good guy,” Blake told Kensler. “He’s given me some tips. I can learn from him.”
If Blake can stick with the Broncos he would join fellow Torontonian Orlando Franklin in protecting quarterback Peyton Manning.