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Alabama, Michigan and LSU players stand out on Day 1 of Senior Bowl

Alabama, Michigan and LSU players stand out on Day 1 of Senior Bowl

JP Finlay went to Mobile, Ala., to cover the Senior Bowl for CSN. Below is an edited list of notes, observations and conversations with scouts and coaches from Day 1 watching some of the country's best college seniors work out for NFL coaches and scouts. 

  • O.J. Howard - Alabama TE - This dude is a beast/ sick one-handed catch/ not a need or fit for Skins w Reed but will be a playmaker on next level for sure
  • Alex Anzalone - Florida LB - Dealt w a lot of injuries at Florida but if he can stay healthy definitely can help NFL defense / good lateral quicks, scrapes off blocks side to side/ good size for inside backer @ 6'3
  • Duke Riley - LSU LB - Another SEC linebacker that seemed to get to the ball/ want to watch more
  • Josh Dobbs - Tennesee QB - Not a good day for the Tennessee QB / looked real inaccurate
  • Zay Jones - East Carolina WR - Not known for crazy speed, but seemed lightning quick / Impressive hands and YAC ability, though tough without seeing full speed / 6'2 good size for WR / want to see him go up and get balls / seems like a sleeper
  • Ben Gedeon - Michigan LB - Hard nosed, seems to be going faster than others at the spot / Instinctive / Not a playmaker but could be a strong special teamer 
  • Chris Wormley - Michigan DL - Huge / great line from a scout 'his calfs are the size of goal posts' / prob a 1st rounder, needs to play mean 

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Redskins TE Vernon Davis helps send grieving family to Super Bowl LIII

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Redskins TE Vernon Davis helps send grieving family to Super Bowl LIII

Vernon Davis is a charitable guy, and it's one of the reasons he's the Washington Redskins Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. 

His latest gesture is an attempt to bring a little joy to a grieving family after they recently lost their 17-year-old son, who Davis had previously met. The Redskins veteran tight end met the Howey family and their son, Ryan, who was a huge Washington fan and was going through treatment for brain cancer, according to the team.

Sadly not long after Ryan and his family met Davis, he passed away.

"It broke my heart," Davis told TMZ in a video, adding that about a year ago, Ryan was "totally fine" and going to Redskins games. "It was unfortunate he had to deal with that."

And Davis wanted to do what he could for the Howey family and "bring some joy to their spirit," so he gave them two tickets to Super Bowl LIII, and, with the help of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, he was able to get them a third so Ryan's parents and sister could all attend the game together. Davis said is also paying for their flights to Atlanta and hotel as well.

He said after he heard Ryan passed away, he reached out via FaceTime to the Howey family, and, of course, they didn't know what to expect from such a call. And after he told them what he wanted to do, he told TMZ they were crying "tears of joy."

"It was just on my heart," Davis said in his interview with TMZ. "They were the first ones I could think of when it comes to just making them happy, just bringing some joy in their life after all they've had to deal with their son. I just put myself in that situation, you know? I'm just having some compassion here, and I would want the same thing."

The New England Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on Feb. 3.

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Alex Smith spotted at Wizards game wearing big apparatus on injured right leg

Alex Smith spotted at Wizards game wearing big apparatus on injured right leg

Alex Smith was at the Wizards-Pistons game on Monday, having scored some good seats in the owner's suite. The Redskins quarterback was spotted at Capital One Arena wearing a large apparatus on his right leg as he continues his long recovery from his mid-November injury.

In previous updates about his recovery, Smith's legs were covered and he was in a wheelchair. 

In this glimpse of Smith, he appeared to no longer require a wheelchair, or one wasn't seen in the box. Instead, he was sitting in a seat and two crutches were behind him:

The Redskins and Smith's family had previously asked for privacy during his rehab. Major questions remain about whether he'll play in 2019 for the Redskins, or ever again in fact, but at the very least it's good to see him out in public.

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