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Friday, April 02, 2010

WitP: Solly and Adam in BC?, Mouton, Elam

Solomon Elimimian and Adam Leonard may be reunited in British Columbia in the near future, according to Mike Beamish of the Vancouver Sun.
Though he has yet to have his signing announced, former University of Hawaii middle linebacker Solomon Elimimian, the Rainbows' Warriors' all-time leading tackler, caused a stir at a Lions free-agent camp last weekend in Los Angeles, Buono says. Another all-WAC linebacker from the Rainbows Warriors -Adam Leonard, who played high school football at Rainier Beach in Seattle -is also high on the Lions' prospects list. Leonard is scheduled to work out for the team at a future tryout in Las Vegas.
According to his Tennessee Titans teammate, Ryan Mouton has a great chance to be a starting cornerback next year.
Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan said he expected Mouton to have a great chance to win the job left open by the decision not to re-sign Nick Harper.

''They have high expectations for Ryan Mouton,'' Finnegan said Thursday on WGFX-FM. ''Rod Hood has been there and done that. He’s definitely a great veteran guy. I like Jason McCourty, too. He is a hard working guy. It's going to be a great battle.''

Mouton struggled throughout his rookie season after being thrown into the starting lineup early on and battled preseason injuries. As the season progressed, however, coaches said he settled down and showed improvements in his technique. The upcoming preseason battle should also benefit the younger players, Finnegan said.

''That competition in that place always breeds for better guys to step up. It’ll be interesting. I know they like Mouton. He's got a lot of upside and so does McCourty so it'll be an interesting battle in training camp.''
And Woody Paige of the Denver Post pays tribute to Jason Elam.
Jason Elam was as dependable as a Waikiki sunset, reliable as Jeeves the butler. He was better than your mom's meatloaf. He had a stronger finishing kick than Usain Bolt. He was on target more than Wyatt Earp.

Jason Elam was money with the game on the line.

Hollywood should make a movie about him titled "My Right Foot."

His right shoe already is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It's the only regulation football shoe to be on the business end of the longest field goal, 63 yards, in NFL history.

Unfortunately, Elam will never get his foot in the door at Canton.

The Hall of Fame selection committee treats kickers and punters as if they are as unnecessary as an appendix.


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