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Old 05-07-2017, 11:22 AM
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Post ESPN: Is Spring League an NFL springboard? It's at least a shot

The SL - more an academy than a league IMO had some success (by their own measure) with its limited mission. Now a July showcase may be coming.
This is a good article - take a read.

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/1...ard-least-shot

>David Ash stepped away from football in 2014, his career as the University of Texas quarterback cut short by concussions. Then, a wild thing happened. Three years later, he jumped in a car, drove from Texas to West Virginia and joined an upstart developmental league that helped deliver him to the Carolina Panthers' rookie minicamp this weekend.
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Scouts visited from 10 NFL teams and two Canadian Football League teams, according to CEO Brian Woods. Another 20 teams requested practice and game video.
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The structure met with approval among a scouting community that will be vital to The Spring League's future. Whether it was receiving fresh information on nearly forgotten players such as Ash, or benefiting from a conditioned arm in Bethel-Thompson -- who will participate in the New York Jets' minicamp -- the scouts saw potential in the concept.
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It wasn't perfect even by low expectations but it got some into NFL-minicamp and that was the goal.

4th

Last edited by 4th&long; 05-07-2017 at 02:51 PM.
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