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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

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