Vikings: Studwell Steps Down As Scouting Director
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings college scouting director Scott Studwell has resigned from the position he held for 12 years, stepping back to a different role in the front office.
The Vikings confirmed Monday that Studwell will be replaced by Jamaal Stephenson, who has been the assistant director of college scouting since 2009. The news was first reported Sunday by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, citing Studwell's desire to spend less time traveling and more with family.
Studwell played 14 seasons as a linebacker for the Vikings, who added him to their Ring of Honor in 2009. The 59-year-old Studwell has been with the organization since he was drafted in 1977 in the ninth round out of Illinois, serving as player personnel coordinator for 10 seasons until his promotion in 2002.
Great demand for Sam jerseys
UNDATED (AP) — Michael Sam's St. Louis Rams jersey was the No. 2 seller among just-drafted rookies on NFLShop.com. Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted when St. Louis took him late in the seventh and final round Saturday. The top seller was that of quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL'), who was taken by the Cleveland Browns in the first round.
However, apparently not everyone is happy with the attention Sam is receiving. Former Mississippi basketball player Marshall Henderson says ESPN's coverage of Sam was inappropriate and that he is boycotting SportsCenter.
Henderson took to Twitter using expletives to say that he would not watch the show until the network stopped running the footage of Sam hugging and kissing his partner. He later sent out a string of tweets saying a friend who is a psychology major asked him to send the comments to see how people would react.
Johnny Football is No. 2, Young is cut
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam says the Browns have told newly drafted Johnny Manziel he's the team's backup to quarterback Brian Hoyer.
Haslam says the Browns were excited to select Manziel in the first round of the draft, but adds the former Texas A&M standout will have to win the starting job from Hoyer in competition for the job.
One guy who won't be competing for the starting job is Vince Young, who has been released. Young was thrilled to be getting a chance to revive his career, but will now have to try to do it elsewhere. Young hasn't played in an NFL regular-season game since 2011.
— The Bengals have released backup quarterback Josh Johnson after selecting Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron in the fifth round of the draft. Andy Dalton is the unchallenged starter heading into the season, with newcomer Jason Campbell in the No. 2 spot.
— The NFL has suspended Rams receiver Stedman Bailey for the first four games of the season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs. Bailey caught 17 passes last season.