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Fri, 21 Jun 2002 14:35:31 -0700
Bill Williamson, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, reports for the Sporting News that Minnesota Vikings TE Johnny McWilliams currently is the backup to TE Byron Chamberlain.
Tue, 19 Mar 2002 18:28:23 -0800
The Star Tribune reports free agent TE Ken Dilger (Colts) is expected to visit the Minnesota Vikings this week. There have been some concerns of Dilger's knee, but the Vikings are confident he is healthy and could enhance a TE group that already includes Jim Kleinsasser and Johnny McWilliams. The team remains interested in re-signing TE Byron Chamberlain. After Chamberlain visited with Detroit, the Vikings too their $1.6 million-per-year offer off the table. Team officials said they have reallocated the money initially targeted for Chamberlain and any forthcoming offer will be lower than their original one.
Mon, 25 Feb 2002 17:53:31 -0800
USA Today reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed TE Johnny McWilliams and P Brian Morton. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Fri, 22 Feb 2002 22:58:04 -0800
The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings will be bringing in TEs Johnny McWilliams and Hunter Goodwin, both former Vikings, for workouts Monday. The move could be a sign they're not thrilled with the way negotiations are going with free agent TE Byron Chamberlain.
Sun, 02 Sep 2001 15:14:46 -0700
NFL.com reports the New England Patriots have released LB Matt Chatham, P Brad Costello, TE Chris Eitzmann, LB Rob Holmberg, OL Drew Inzer, OL Sale Isaia, WR Curtis Jackson, NT Garrett Johnson, TE Johnny McWilliams, LB Marty Moore, WR Sean Morey, DE David Nugent, PK Owen Pochman, OL Josh Rawlings, CB Kato Serwanga and WR Tony Simmons. They placed RB Walter Williams on the injured reserve list.
Wed, 22 Aug 2001 21:20:40 -0700
According to Michael Felger of the Boston Herald, none of the New England Patriots TEs has stepped forward to become the clear cut starter. The leading candidates, Johnny McWilliams and Rod Rutledge each have two catches in the pre-season, while Jermaine Wiggins, who has been running with the first team, has just one.
Sun, 29 Jul 2001 07:47:57 -0700
The Boston Globe reports the battle to start at TE for the New England Patriots is close between Jermaine Wiggins, who has been catching everything in sight and Rod Rutledge, whose goal is to shed his "good block, no catch" image. Rutledge reported in great shape, about 15 pounds lighter than last season, and he does look quicker. Three other candidates for the job, Johnny McWilliams (hamstring) and rookies Jabari Holloway (hamstring) and Arther Love (groin) remain sidelined with injuries. Chris Eitzmann, another candidate, caught the wrath of the coaches for dropping a pass when he was wide-open.
Thu, 26 Jul 2001 21:25:40 -0700
According to the Boston Herald, New England Patriots TE Johnny McWilliams sat out practice on Thursday with a hamstring injury.
Tue, 10 Jul 2001 09:40:50 -0700
Patriots.com reports the New England Patriots toughest decision in training camp may come from the tight end position. Jermaine Wiggins was able to make an impression during mini-camp and goes in as the favorite to win the starting job. However, Wiggins will have to prove to coach Bill Belichick that he can become a full time player. Belichick said the job is wide open and five players will be vying for the starting TE spot including Rod Rutledge, Johnny McWilliams, Jabari Holloway, Arther Love and Wiggins.
Sun, 24 Jun 2001 09:41:17 -0700
According to the Boston Herald, the New England Patriots have a battle for the starting tight end position ready to kick off at the start of training camp. TEs Jermaine Wiggins, who looked impressive at the end of the 2000 season, will battle with Jabari Holloway, Johnny McWilliams and Rod Rutledge. The team appears to view rookie Arther Love as a project and Chris Eitzmann has an uphill battle in front of him just to make the roster. QBs enjoyed throwing to Holloway during camps this year while McWilliams did little to impress during summer workouts.
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