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Tue, 21 May 2013 13:13:02 -0700
San Diego Chargers LB Manti Te'o has been looking good during the team's organized team activities this week, but the team hasn't been in pads yet. Te'o displayed good balance and looked faster than on film while staying low. He looked smooth in pass coverage but not very fluid in his retreat. He lined up next to LB Donald Butler as the "mike" linebacker in 11-on-11 drills. In rookie drills, he worked at both inside spots. Te'o said the team's 3-4 scheme is similar to what he played in at Notre Dame.
Fantasy Tip: As Tom Krasovic notes, Te'o won't succeed in the NFL on sheer physicality, so he'll have to be adept at anticipating and jumping plays. He's looked good so far, but this is only the beginning. Te'o could prove to be a situational linebacker in the league. We just don't know yet. Don't count on him being a draft pick in IDP leagues in his first season.
Mon, 20 May 2013 13:52:11 -0700
San Diego Chargers LB Manti Te'o is working with the first-team defensive during organized team activities Monday, May 20.
Mon, 20 May 2013 12:19:02 -0700
San Diego Chargers LB Manti Te'o will be kept from facing the media until the team starts their minicamp June 11-13.
Mon, 13 May 2013 16:12:46 -0700
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers praised LB Manti Te'o in his first practice with the team Monday, May 13. "It didn't seem like he was lost or anything ... he didn't stand out, which was a good thing," Rivers said.
Thu, 09 May 2013 17:32:48 -0700
The San Diego Chargers have signed second-round draft choice LB Manti Te'o, third-round draft choice WR Keenan Allen, sixth-round draft choice DE Tourek Williams and seventh-round draft choice QB Brad Sorensen. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Thu, 02 May 2013 06:21:36 -0700
San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said he considers LB Manti Te'o someone very capable of staying on the field on passing downs at the NFL level. "Manti was an excellent third-down player at the college level, especially in zones, especially in his football awareness as far as knowing where routes are coming from, knowing where to pass off a route and pick up another," Telesco said. "He has an innate sense of knowing where people are coming from, not only to take on blocks and avoid blocks but as far as pass receivers coming through his zones. He has the capability of being a three-down linebacker."
Thu, 02 May 2013 05:28:23 -0700
San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said LB Manti Te'o has one of the highest football IQs he has ever been around. He said Te'o excelled in zones, had great football awareness and an innate sense of where to be. However, Telesco said it remains to be seen whether Te'o is able to excel in third-down situations as a rookie or if it will come in time.
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:01:48 -0700
The San Diego Chargers selected Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o 38th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:40:25 -0700
The Baltimore Ravens remain interested in Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o and could consider trading up in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft to take him.
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:01:54 -0700
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o was one of the most notable names not called in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft Thursday, April 25.
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:19:11 -0700
The Chicago Bears may consider taking Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft if he is available when they pick.
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:19:07 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings would like to find a way to draft Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 07:02:58 -0700
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o has reportedly fallen off one NFL team's draft board due to off-field baggage and lack of talent. "We've kind of taken him off the board," said one league scout. "He doesn't have enough ability to put up with all that. Why fool with it? Try-hard, smart (Wonderlic of 23) guy. This was the first year he's really gotten himself in shape. Some of his teammates think he's kind of a phony."
Tue, 16 Apr 2013 20:47:43 -0700
Baltimore Ravens team officials say they're comfortable with Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o from a character standpoint after talking with the player extensively. "We've had a lot of conversations with him, that's what we do," assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said Wednesday, April 16. "We talk to these guys as much as we can. We spent a lot of time with him. I personally have a great comfort level with him."
Sat, 13 Apr 2013 10:37:37 -0700
New York Giants DE Justin Tuck indicated he would be a veteran mentor for Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o if the Giants selected him in the 2013 NFL Draft. "Say he does end up with us, hopefully that is something I can help him with," Tuck said. "And help other guys. I can move the conversation on and say, 'Listen man, he made a mistake.' Hopefully, wherever he ends up, there is a vet guy with that same mentality because the guy can play football."
Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:05:50 -0700
Updating a previous report, Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o visited with the New York Giants Thursday, April 11, and Friday, April 12.
Fri, 12 Apr 2013 06:29:19 -0700
The New York Giants visited with Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o Thursday, April 11.
Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:34:07 -0700
The Miami Dolphins are scheduled to meet with Norte Dame LB Manti Te'o in the near future.
Tue, 09 Apr 2013 11:19:40 -0700
The Detroit Lions have met with Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o.
Tue, 09 Apr 2013 11:06:41 -0700
The San Diego Chargers will meet with Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o.
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 12:25:59 -0700
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o attended a Minnesota Vikings' draft event Tuesday, April 2, and Wednesday, April 3.
Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:19:15 -0700
Cincinnati Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes and linebackers coach Paul Guenther were in South Bend this past week for the Notre Dame Pro Day. They watched TE Tyler Eifert and LB Manti Te'o work out.
Wed, 27 Mar 2013 05:14:28 -0700
At least five NFL teams don't consider Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o a first-round draft pick.
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:57:20 -0700
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o ran a 4.71-second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day Tuesday, Mar. 26.
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 08:59:27 -0700
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o registered an unofficial 4.75-second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day Tuesday, March 26. Another scout had him at 4.72 seconds.
Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:20:41 -0700
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier indicated the team may use a rookie as their starting middle linebacker next season. University of Georgia LB Alec Ogletree and Notre Dame Manti Te'o could be first-round options.
Thu, 07 Mar 2013 17:22:50 -0800
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said the team did not talk with Notre Dame Manti Te'o at the NFL Scouting Combine. Coughlin said he believes Te'o will be available when the Giants pick in the first round because of his performance in the National Championship game as well as his 40-yard dash time of 4.82 seconds. General manager Jerry Reese has said the team plans to meet with Te'o at some point.
Sun, 03 Mar 2013 08:08:08 -0800
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o said he believes he will be able to run the 40-yard dash faster at his Pro Day than the 4.8 seconds he posted at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I think that's something that I'm going to get better. The only way from here is up, so I'm definitely going to get better at that. I think, as far as play, I think what's on the film, that's the play. Obviously, I can get faster in my 40," Te'o said.
Sat, 02 Mar 2013 16:57:16 -0800
The Cleveland Browns likely will not take Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o in the 2013 NFL Draft because they will not take him with the sixth overall pick and they do not have a second-round pick.
Sat, 02 Mar 2013 06:35:51 -0800
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o said he posted a time of 4.60 seconds in his training for the NFL Scouting Combine. Te'o pointed at the stress of the combine environment as a contributing factor to his poor performance in the 40-yard dash (4.82 seconds), and he vows to post a better time during his Pro Day.
Sat, 02 Mar 2013 05:34:35 -0800
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o denied reports that some NFL teams inquired about his sexual orientation during interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine. "No, I don't think that's a question they asked," Te'o said.
Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:17:50 -0800
The New York Jets will not consider taking Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o if he is available when they draft in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, according to a source. Senior personnel executive Terry Bradway said in an interview that Te'o's play in the National Championship game and his off-field problems scare some people. "He's a good football player," Bradway said. "I know a lot of us gave him pretty good grades, but when you look at the Alabama game and you look at what's happened since, it just scares you a little bit. ... It has caused everybody to go back and re-watch and see what we have here. It's going to be interesting to see where he's drafted."
Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:03:39 -0800
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o was crushed by the media for subpar time in the 40-yard dash, but sources said he was better than average and near the top in some measured drills. And in positional drills, he proved to be a good all-around athlete with smooth movement skills, but not elite athleticism. However, nearly everyone agreed after the week that he can be a solid starting NFL linebacker either in the middle of a 4-3 scheme, or as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 setup.
Wed, 27 Feb 2013 08:24:24 -0800
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o will reportedly not last past the first round of the NFL Draft, despite a slow time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine and an online hoax involving a fake girlfriend.
Wed, 27 Feb 2013 08:21:12 -0800
The Denver Broncos are intrigued by Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o, and he is a possibility for the team with the No. 28 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Tue, 26 Feb 2013 20:45:23 -0800
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o posted a time of 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, along with a 33-inch vertical leap and 9-foot-5 broad jump. He also posted times of 7.13 seconds in the three-cone drill and 4.27 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.
Tue, 26 Feb 2013 18:16:41 -0800
According to a report by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and NBC Sports, NFL coaches and general managers want to know if Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o is gay. "It's been described to me as the proverbial elephant in the room and I don't think anyone knows how to solve this dilemma yet. It's just that they want to know what they're getting," Florio said. "They want to know what issues they may be dealing with down the road. We just assumed that at some point there would be an openly gay played in an NFL locker room and the team would have to work with the realities and make sure that everything's fine. I'm not saying anyone would take Manti Te'o off the board if they suspected he's gay or know he's gay. That's just the thing that's out there that they want to know the answer to."
Tue, 26 Feb 2013 18:13:39 -0800
Updating a previous report, Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o vowed a better showing at his school's Pro Day March 26, after he struggled with a 4.82-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. He blamed his slow time on the "very exhausting process", explaining that he got to bed late and got up early, with roughly four hours of sleep per night. "(People can expect) better numbers," Te'o said Tuesday, Feb. 26. "(I will be) rested. One day you hit it hard and then you are done."
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:06:37 -0800
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o blamed a slow 40-yard dash time on NFL Scouting Combine-related stress, and said he expects to have an improved time at his Pro Day. "I was running near a 4.6, a 4.5," Te'o told NFL Network after officially clocking a 4.82-second 40-yard dash. "Today was just a long, long day."
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:39:00 -0800
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o said he met with the Denver Broncos at the NFL Draft Combine.
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:28:39 -0800
The New England Patriots did not speak with Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o at the NFL Draft Combine.
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:49:23 -0800
The Chicago Bears may find a better fit to draft at linebacker than Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o, according to Michael Wright of ESPN Chicago. While Te'o may appear to be a fit, Georgia LB Alec Ogletree and LSU LB Kevin Minter may be better fits for the Bears new defensive system that will play a Tampa-2.
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:59:54 -0800
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o measured in at 6-foot-1, 241 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:35:30 -0800
Updating a previous report, Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o measured a 9-foot-5 broad jump and a 33-inch vertical jump at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:31:40 -0800
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o ran the 40-yard dash in 4.82 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 06:00:46 -0800
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o is not expected to last past the bottom portion of the first round in the NFL Draft. The Cincinnati Bengals would likely select Te'o if he is still available at No. 21 overall. "Unbelievable kid," said one interviewer for a team when asked to describe Te'o. "Everybody in our room fell in love with him."
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 05:50:35 -0800
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o (shoulder) will not take part in the 225-pound bench press workout at the NFL Scouting Combine. Te'o said he is rehabbing from a stinger in his right shoulder and won't lift. He will take part in all other drills, however.
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 05:41:55 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said he mas met with Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o.
Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:50:34 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer said the team met with Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o at the NFL Scouting Combine and that he came away impressed with Te'o.
Sat, 23 Feb 2013 21:27:01 -0800
Updating a previous report, Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o confirmed Saturday, Feb. 23, that there are 20 NFL teams that will be speaking with him at the NFL Scouting Combine.