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Rookie Roundup: OTAs Begin, Rudolph and Several Former Cowboys Sign Contracts



As NFL teams report for voluntary OTAs, let’s catch up with a slew of former Cowboys as they take the next step towards their NFL dream.

Updates from Steel City

Mason Rudolph and James Washington began OTAs in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, and Rudolph got a little help from his QB1.

And James Washington started to build a rapport with Roethlisberger as well.

QB2/3/4? got some tosses in as well.

And just as a bit of housekeeping, the Steelers have signed Rudolph and Washington were signed to four-year deals.

Brad Lundblade signs with Cincinnati, with a little help

After being cut by Seattle following the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp, the former Cowboy center found an opportunity with the Cincinnati Bengals whose No. 1 draft pick, former Ohio State center Billy Price is sidelined with injury.

There was a great story on the Bengals website about how Price helped Lundblade (and Lundblade helped Price) earn a contract and how Lundblade is doing his best to build his case for a spot on the Bengals’ 53-man roster.

Price knows enough that he helped a guy get a contract. Lundblade didn’t overwhelm the Bengals with his athletic ability, but he displayed plenty of brains as he navigated the weekend, the No. 1 attribute for an NFL center. No surprise there. Lundblade received nearly every major academic award while at Oklahoma State. He’s one of only two players in school history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America first-team honors twice.

Not to mention the Bengals also liked the fact he knew what he was doing at both guards despite only playing center in Stillwater. Lundblade came out of school wise enough to know he needed to know how to also play guard if he had any shot at all to stick in the league, so he signed up to work with Duke Manyweather, a Dallas-based offensive line consultant. []

Tre Flowers Fits Seahawks’ Mold

Flowers continues to get acclimated to his new role at cornerback. In a great piece for the Seattle Times, Bob Condotta wrote about that transition and how, while it may be new for Flowers, it’s nothing new for the Seahawks.

In Flowers, the Seahawks see the same kind of measurables as other players who found success at cornerback in their system. He’s listed at 6-3, 203 pounds, with an arm length of 33-7/8 inches — far above the 32 inches that has long been seen as the minimum Seattle likes in its cornerbacks. That’s almost the exact size as Richard Sherman, who is 6-3, 195, but with longer arms — Sherman measured at 32 inches at the NFL Combine in 2011.

So while Flowers played little cornerback at Oklahoma State, spending most of his time at free and strong safety, the Seahawks are taking a flyer — and a low-risk fifth-round one, at that — that he can, well, blossom at a position where Seattle has a need for some young cornerbacks to develop after the departures of the likes of Sherman, Shead and Jeremy Lane this offseason. [Seattle Times]

Marcell Ateman Signs with Oakland, Switches to No. 88

Ateman formerly chose No. 11 for his jersey but made the switch to No. 88.

Whether or not that was out of respect to former Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski or as a way to associate himself with another former OSU rangy wideout, is unclear. But as lover of the classic look of WRs in the 80s, I’m all for the switch.

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