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Former Navarro Bulldog and University of Texas Longhorn Lourde-Quincy Vasser,  by way of The Spring League (TSL) in Austin, will get opportunities to participate in -- not one, but two -- professional football rookie mini-camps. Vasser, who played defensive end for Navarro during 2013 and 2014 seasons, will get opportunities with the NFL's Washington Redskins and also with the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders. Vasser earned NJCAA Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference honors in 2014 on the heels of a 9-3 freshman season when the Bulldogs defeated Hinds Community College, Ms., for the Brazos Valley Bowl Championship. Vasser transferred to the University of Texas in Austin and played 19 games in two seasons there.  He began as a defensive end in 2015. but transitioned to tight end and special teams play in 2016. After his UT career, Vasser largely has been helped by the exposure from joining TSL, an elite, three-week developmental league and scouting event for professional football talent in the Austin area.  TSL's exposure is broadened with its two-year livestreaming contract from Turner Sports, providing a direct-to-consumer platform. All teams in TSL use the same location for practices and games, allowing NFL scouts, GMs and player personnel directors...

Former Navarro College and University of Texas offensive lineman Tristan Nickelson accepted a rookie camp invitation from the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a report Monday from Jeff Howe at Horns247. A source close to Nickelson told Horns 247 following the NFL draft that Nickelson's agents were looking at three different deals late Saturday night, but the 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive tackle ultimately agreed to attend the Bucs' rookie mini-camp. Nickelson, who earned All-SWJCFC honors in 2014 during a 6-3 season for Navarro, appeared in 30 games over three seasons for the Longhorns. He joins Baylor's Maurice "Mo" Porter (Buffalo) as former NC players who signed undrafted free-agent deals with NFL clubs. Nickelson heading to Tampa brings the number of Longhorns headed to the NFL to 11 as he joins a group with fellow free agents Antwuan Davis (Detroit), Poona Ford (Seattle), Armanti Foreman (Minnesota), Jason Hall (Seattle), Holton Hill (Minnesota) and Naashon Hughes (Green Bay) -- plus the four draft picks:  Connor Williams (Dallas), Malik Jefferson (Cincinnati), Michael Dickson (Seattle), and DeShon Elliott (Baltimore). Nickelson had a unique, beat-the-odds journey to the NFL. Lightly recruited from League City Clear Falls High School, he chose to attend Fork Union Military Academy before returning to...

Former Navarro College and Baylor University offensive lineman Maurice 'Mo' Porter signed an undrafted free-agent contract with the NFL's Buffalo Bills on Saturday. The Bills had 78 players on their roster after completing an eight-man draft class, leaving spots open for up to a dozen priority free agents barring any more roster moves, according to the Buffalo News. [caption id="attachment_912647" align="alignright" width="105"] MO PORTER[/caption] Porter, a 6-foot-6, 310-pounder, played in all 12 games with 11 starts at left tackle last season.  A two-year letterman at Baylor, Porter was a dominant lineman and No. 1 rated junior college prospect in Texas per 247Sports from Navarro.  The former national Top-200 prospect out of high school signed with Baylor in its 2013 recruiting class. Porter played two seasons at Navarro under coach Brian Mayper and offensive line coach Cody Crill.  Coming out of Navarro, Porter was ranked 15th by 247Sports, 27th on ESPN JC50, 57th on Rivals JC 100 and 62nd by Scout.  During his sophomore season at Navarro, Porter graded 83 percent with eight knockdowns and two pancakes for a 7-3 Bulldog squad. The Fort Bend Marshall High School product started playing football as a sophomore and played three seasons for head coach James Williams. ---compiled from...

By JOHN OEHSER, Senior Writer, jaguars.com JACKSONVILLE – D.J. Hayden has a difficult task. He also has the pedigree – and confidence -- to handle it, and the sixth-year veteran cornerback said he understands the importance of doing so. Hayden, who spent last season with the Detroit Lions, on Thursday morning officially signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent. He will have a chance to fit into one of the NFL’s best secondaries. He also will have a chance to do so as the team’s nickel corner. “I’m coming in to work hard and make plays,” Hayden said Thursday shortly after officially signing with the Jaguars. “They already have one of the best defenses, a top 5 defense in the league.  I’m just going to be an addition to that.” Hayden (5-feet-11, 190 pounds), a first-round selection (No. 12 overall) by the Oakland Raiders in the 2013 NFL Draft, may replace veteran Aaron Colvin at the Jaguars’ nickel corner position. Colvin reportedly will sign with the Houston Texans as an unrestricted free agent. Hayden, who played collegiately at Houston, spent his first four NFL seasons with the Raiders and started of 25 of 45 games. He intercepted three passes and defensed 20. He spent last...

The Los Angeles Chargers welcome Keith Burns among four new coaches for coach Anthony Lynn's staff next season. Burns transitioned from playing to coaching a little more than 10 years ago.  Burns, a former Bulldog, starred at Oklahoma State before becoming a 7th-round draft pick.  Burns played 11 of his 13 NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos. Before becoming the special teams assistant for the Chargers, Burns worked in a similar capacity for a year in Washington on coach Mike Shanahan's staff....