Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...
The NFL Players Association elected as their new president former Houston Texans offensive tackle Eric Winston. Tom Pelissero of USA Today did a Q&A with Winston after his election. They discussed various league topics like HGH testing, expanded playoffs, workplace rules and medical care. "This union has always been about fighting," Winston said in the piece. "It won't change."
Blake Bortles' Pro Day outshone golf and NCAA basketball on Wednesday in Orlando, writes Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel. He called it the real March Madness, hyperbolizing in his characteristic bombastic style that NFL coaches and general managers arrived at a school they hadn't heard of six months ago (which, of course they had):
This is yet another example of why the NFL is the king of American sports. Seriously, in what other sport would a scripted workout at a non-BCS school become national news? Forget President Barack Obama filling out his NCAA Tournament bracket with Andy Katz on ESPN; I'm just shocked the prez wasn't on the set with Sal Pal and Jaws breaking down Bortles' footwork and throwing motion on Wednesday.
I never thought I'd say this, but Bortles has done more for UCF in deciding to forgo his senior season than he would have if he'd decided to come back. The incredible amount of publicity the school is reaping from the endless buildup to the NFL draft has given UCF even more national exposure than the Fiesta Bowl victory over Baylor.
Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com compiles a mailbag, giving some thoughts on Texans general manager Rick Smith, Arian Foster's future and what the Texans might do with their second-round pick.