NFL notebook: Manti Te’o runs better at pro day

Former Irish star is ready for draft

“I thought I did pretty good,” Manti Te’o said after his pro day workout in front of scouts from 27 of 32 NFL teams.
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“I thought I did pretty good,” Manti Te’o said after his pro day workout in front of scouts from 27 of 32 NFL teams.

Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o ended a trying three months by putting up a respectable 40-yard dash time Tuesday in South Bend, Ind.

‘‘I thought I did pretty good,’’ Te’o said after his pro day workout in front of scouts from 27 of 32 NFL teams. ‘‘I’m very pleased with the way that I performed.’’

Some had expressed concern whether Te’o could be an every-down back in the NFL after he was timed at 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine in Indianapolis.


But he was timed at 4.69 seconds at Notre Dame’s indoor practice facility, attributing the improvement to being more comfortable at home and around friends. Te’o is hoping to be picked in the first round of next month’s NFL draft.

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He also bench-pressed 225 pounds 21 times and ran the 60-yard shuttle in 11.78 seconds while letting his other performances at the combine stand.

The Heisman Trophy runner-up had an off game in the BCS championship game against Alabama in January.

He then came under scrutiny after it was revealed he fell in love online with a woman who didn’t exist and then had the disappointing time at the combine.

His performance Tuesday came as a relief.


‘‘This is possibly the best day ever. It’s a big, big burden off your shoulders,’’ he said.

Te’o has already met with some NFL teams and has plans to meet with more. He said teams have different levels of interest in talking about how he was duped into having an online relationship with a fake girlfriend.

Te’o was one of 14 Notre Dame players taking part in the pro day. Tight end Tyler Eifert, also considered a possible first-round pick, did not do any of the events he took part in at the combine, but did take part in position drills.

Eifert said he believes what he did last season, catching 50 passes for 685 yards and 4 touchdowns, is what will be most important in determining where he will be drafted.

Packers re-sign Finley

Jermichael Finley is ready for the increased expectations that are sure to come with his increased salary. The Packers opted to pay their mercurial tight end a $3 million roster bonus rather than cut him by 4 p.m. Monday afternoon. Though Finley swears he wasn’t watching the clock, he took to Twitter shortly after the deadline passed, saying, ‘‘Ecstatic 2 b back w @packers. Best place on earth.’’ The Packers have long been enamored with Finley’s size — he’s 6 feet 5 inches, 247 pounds — speed and strength. Not only is he a big target for Aaron Rodgers, but he draws multiple defenders and can block just about anyone. He set a Packers record for receptions by a tight end last season with 61 . . . Tackle Alex Barron signed with the Raiders as he hopes to revive his career after sitting out the past two seasons. Barron, a former first round pick by St. Louis in 2005, has started just one game since 2009.

Next stop Detroit


After spending Monday visiting with the Colts, free agent receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey will meet with the Lions in Detroit Wednesday. The seventh overall pick in 2009 by the Raiders, Heyward-Bey had 140 catches in four seasons in Oakland . . . The Bears agreed to a one-year deal with veteran cornerback Kelvin Hayden, who played in all 16 games for Chicago last season . . . Free agent quarterback Jason Campbell signed a two-year deal with the Browns. He has started 71 career games for the Redskins, Raiders, and Bears . . . Vince Young picked some familiar ground as he tries to resurrect his sinking NFL career. Out of football since being cut by the Bills before last season, the former University of Texas star used the Longhorns’ pro timing day workouts in Austin to throw passes in front of scouts for 30 teams. Seven years earlier, Young used the same venue to make his case as the top QB in the draft. Young is enrolled in school and will finish his degree in May . . . Cowboys guard Josh Brent faces a Sept. 23 trial on an intoxication manslaughter charge in a car wreck that killed a teammate. Prosecutors in Dallas confirmed the trial date over the Dec. 8 crash that killed practice squad player Jerry Brown Jr. Police have said Brent had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit for driving . . . The Giants will be changing their pants when they wear their alternate uniform this season. Instead of their traditional gray pants, they will wear white pants and blue jerseys for undisclosed select games.