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NFL Combine news and notes

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Saturday at the combine

After two days of nothing but media interviews and meetings with club officials, players finally got on the field Saturday as offensive linemen and tight ends were put through a series of drills, including the 40-yard dash. Particularly impressive were Auburn tackle Greg Robinson, a 332-pounder who clocked a 4.92 40, and Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan, who ran a 4.87.

Quote of the day

“I just wish you guys would just see me as Michael Sam the football player instead of Michael Sam the gay football player.”

— Missouri defensive end Michael Sam

Weirdest moment

Questions about the maturity of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney weren’t helped when he showed up later than expected Friday night.

Asked what happened when he met the media Saturday, Clowney said: “I was supposed to fly out of Columbia at like 6:45 in the morning. I got there at like 5:45, and then they told me it was going to be like a two-hour delay. Ground gravel. I had never heard of that. So I was like, ‘Do you have a flight going out of Charlotte?’ She was like, ‘Yeah, at like 2:50.’ So I drove to Charlotte in my car, and they delayed the plane up there for like two hours and a half, and I was like, ‘This can’t be good. I am never going to make it to Indianapolis.’ But I got here and I got to the hospital and took care of the business over there.”

Player to watch

Offensive line: Zack Martin, Notre Dame. Martin chose not to run a 40 Saturday but otherwise drew plaudits for his performance in the offensive line workouts, some saying he could sneak into the first round as a player versatile to help out anywhere up front.

Seahawks’ needs

Tight end: There’s been speculation the Seahawks could release tight end Zach Miller, who is due to make $7 million next season and $13 million over the next two.

If so, that could put the Seahawks in the market for a tight end. Analysts say this is a pretty deep tight-end class, so Seattle could potentially get one at just about any spot in the draft.

On deck

Sunday will be the second of four days for on-field workouts. Position groups scheduled to work out Sunday are quarterbacks, receivers and running backs.

Bob Condotta



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