Sports
    Next Score View the next score

    Sunday Football Notes

    Ryan Mallett an intriguing asset for Patriots

    Vikings made the bold move of shifting Joe Webb, a fourth-year quarterback who started last season’s wild-card playoff loss, to wide receiver. Webb — who stands 6 feet 4 inches, 220 pounds, and ran a 4.40 40 coming out of Alabama-Birmingham — is making the switch much later than these other current and recent NFL skill-position players who also played QB in college.
    Antwaan Randle EL
    At Indiana Randle El was one of the top dual-threat QBs, passing for nearly 7,500 yards overall and rushing for 1,270 as a junior. Yet his NFL impact was as a receiver (4,467 yards and 15 TDs) and punt returner (311 returns, sixth all time).
    BORN
    August 17, 1979 in Riverdale, IL (Age 33)

    COLLEGE
    Indiana

    DRAFTED
    2nd round (62nd overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Steelers.
    College
    PASSING

    COMP
    528

    INT
    37

    YDS
    7,469

    TD
    42
    NFL
    RECEIVING

    REC
    370

    YDS
    4,467

    TD
    15
    PUNT RETURNS

    RET
    311

    YDS
    2,557

    TD
    5
    KICK RETURNS

    RT
    79

    YDS
    1,759

    TD
    1
    Michael Robinson
    Robinson was the primary QB at Penn State only as a senior (2,350 yards, 17 TDs) and it was never going to be his NFL calling. Since getting a career-high 38 carries as a rookie with the 49ers, Robinson has hung around as a spare part.
    BORN
    February 6, 1983 in Richmond, VA (Age 30)

    COLLEGE
    Penn State

    DRAFTED
    4th round (100th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft to the 49ers
    College
    PASSING

    COMP
    248

    INT
    21

    YDS
    3,531

    TD
    23
    NFL
    RECEIVING

    REC
    73

    YDS
    583

    TD
    3
    RUSHING

    ATT
    114

    YDS
    422

    TD
    2
    KICK RETURNS

    RT
    30

    YDS
    673

    TD
    0
    Julian Edelman
    Edelman was one of the most dangerous players in the Mid-American Conference, passing for just shy of 5,000 yards and rushing for half that total. The Patriots drafted him late in 2009 and he’s turned into a valuable receiver and return man.
    BORN
    May 22, 1986 in Redwood City, CA (Age 27)

    COLLEGE
    Kent State

    DRAFTED
    7th round (232nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Patriots
    College
    PASSING

    COMP
    385

    INT
    31

    YDS
    4,997

    TD
    30
    NFL
    RECEIVING

    REC
    69

    YDS
    714

    TD
    4
    PUNT RETURNS

    RET
    72

    YDS
    947

    TD
    3
    KICK RETURNS

    RT
    26

    YDS
    563

    TD
    0
    Josh Cribbs
    Cribbs preceded Edelman at Kent State, and though he was a capable QB — he remains among the MAC’s all-time leaders in many passing categories — he offered no foreshadowing of becoming one of the NFL’s greatest kick returners.
    BORN
    June 9, 1983 in Washington, DC (Age 30)

    COLLEGE
    Kent State
    College
    PASSING

    COMP
    616

    INT
    34

    YDS
    7,169

    TD
    45
    NFL
    PUNT RETURNS

    RET
    195

    YDS
    2,154

    TD
    3
    KICK RETURNS

    RT
    387

    YDS
    10,015

    TD
    8
    RECEIVING

    REC
    107

    YDS
    1,161

    TD
    7
    Brad Smith
    Smith was an accomplished QB at Missouri, a four-year starter who rushed for 1,000 yards in every year but one. He’s thrown only nine passes in seven NFL seasons, but is averaging 7.3 yards per carry and remains a dangerous kickoff returner.
    BORN
    December 12, 1983 in Youngstown, OH (Age 29)

    COLLEGE
    Missouri

    DRAFTED
    4th round (103rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Jets
    College
    PASSING

    COMP
    835

    INT
    33

    YDS
    8,799

    TD
    56
    NFL
    RECEIVING

    REC
    101

    YDS
    949

    TD
    5
    KICK RETURNS

    RT
    107

    YDS
    2,746

    TD
    4
    Ronald Curry
    Curry was a decent college QB at North Carolina. He wasn’t an adept runner (3.6 yards per carry) but his athleticism appealed to the Raiders, who drafted him late in 2002 and made him a receiver. Curry ended his NFL career with 193 receptions.
    BORN
    May 28, 1979 in Hampton, VA (Age 34)

    COLLEGE
    North Carolina

    DRAFTED
    7th round (235th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Raiders
    College
    PASSING

    COMP
    345

    INT
    35

    YDS
    4,987

    TD
    28
    NFL
    RECEIVING

    REC
    193

    YDS
    2,347

    TD
    13
    Matt Jones
    The Jaguars weren’t alone in thinking Jones’s size (6-6, 240 pounds) would make him an ideal tight end in the NFL. Jacksonville spent a first-round pick on the Arkansas standout, with unfortunate results — he was released in 2009 following two arrests.
    BORN
    April 22, 1983 in Fort Smith, AR (Age 30)

    COLLEGE
    Arkansas

    DRAFTED
    1st round (21st overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Jaguars
    College
    PASSING

    COMP
    417

    INT
    30

    YDS
    5,857

    TD
    53
    NFL
    RECEIVING

    REC
    166

    YDS
    2,153

    TD
    15

    Kevin Golden, Sean Smith / Globe Staff