July 16, 2007

Taylor and Verdun hanging on to NFL spots

With the NFL training camps just around the corner, a couple of former Georgia linebackers will be hoping to hold on to their roster spot and make the team.

In all, three linebackers from the 2006 squad were picked as unsigned free agents following the league's April draft: Tony Taylor by the Falcons, Danny Verdun by the Bears, and Jarvis Jackson by the Tennessee Titans. Jackson has since been released, but things are looking good for both Taylor and Verdun as far as their chances of surviving the impending cuts.

"I think that Tony is above average in terms of his knowledge of the game of football," said UGA linebacker coach John Jancek. "He is a sports savvy young man, and I think that is a huge advantage for him. He is very athletic, he has good fundamentals, and I think those are all positives."

Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino agrees.

"I like Tony and he does a nice job," said the former Louisville coach after the team's June minicamp. "He's very intelligent and he's a good learner. Many times with linebackers, offensive linemen and defensive linemen, you learn a lot more when the pads are on and you are tackling. I look forward to watching him during the preseason.

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