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ECU P Worth Gregory is scheduled to visit the Vikings.

According to Aaron Wilson, Gregory also has private workouts scheduled for the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars. We rarely see a team use one of their 30 in-house visits on a punter.
Mar 21 - 10:57 AM

An NFL personnel executives suggests that East Carolina WR Zay Jones could be a surprise first-rounder in this year's NFL Draft.

"Zay Jones has crushed the postseason," he said. "He was one of the best players in Mobile (Senior Bowl) and he ran much faster than expected at the combine (4.45 40). He could sneak into the first round." It wasn't just that Jones ran faster than expected in Indy. He destroyed the athletic testing, finishing with the No. 2 SPARQ score among receivers. Jones' 11-foot-plus broad jump was near the top of the field.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 2:28 PM

East Carolina WR Zay Jones tested as a 94.1-percentile SPARQ athlete at the NFL Combine.

He finished with the No. 2 SPARQ score among receivers. Jones surprisingly beat Taywan Taylor and Carlos Henderson in the 40-yard dash by clocking in at 4.46 seconds. In addition, Jones an 11-foot-plus broad jump that was near the top of the field and showed extremely well in position drills. He may have locked in a slot in the top half of Round 2.
Mar 6 - 6:44 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl wrote that it is "[h]ard to argue that there is anyone else whose helped themselves more in the post-season process [than East Carolina WR Zay Jones]."

Jones kicked off his draft process with a strong showing during the Senior Bowl practice week, then ramped it up by running a crisp, speedy 4.45-second 40-yard dash during Saturday's testing in Indianapolis. He also hoisted the bar a position-respectable 15 times in the bench press on Friday. ESPN's Mel Kiper earlier mocked Zay into the first round. We think that may be a bit rich, but early on Day 2 is very much in play with the East Carolina record-setter.
Mar 4 - 1:02 PM

East Carolina hired Western Carolina RB coach Jason Nichols to serve in the same capacity.

Nichols steps in for Antonio King, who resigned as Pirates running back coach earlier this month. This is a homecoming of sorts, as Nichols was a standout receiver at East Carolina from 1994-1997. His 154 receptions are good for fourth-most in school history. In addition to his work at Western Carolina, he has also worked with running backs at Sacred Heart, Appalachian State, Toledo and Louisiana-Monroe.
Source: USA Today
Feb 21 - 9:06 PM

The Cowboys will likely select a defensive player at pick No. 28, but beat writer Vince Langford suggests WR is also a possibility.

Again, Langford believes the odds heavily favor the Cowboys selecting a defensive player "unless ... they see (John) Ross or (Zay) Jones as a singular talent and the edge rushers or DBs they truly like are gone before 28." The two players are quite different. Ross is a shorter speed receiver who plays off a vertical route and can break off routes to create separation. Jones plays mostly out of the slot and is better in the short to intermediate area.
Feb 20 - 11:51 AM

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. lands East Carolina WR Isaiah Jones with the Chiefs at No. 27.

Mock drafts in mid-February only have so much predictive value, but Kiper's offers a few twists. For starters, he does not have Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer being drafted in the first round. And then there's Zay, who he has as the third receiver taken in Round 1. Wrote the analyst, "He slipped a little under the radar at East Carolina but has the size, speed and hands needed, and he put on a show against good competition at the Senior Bowl." The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Hoover-of-a-wideout logged a masterful 158-1746-8 receiving line this past season.
Feb 16 - 6:41 PM

East Carolina signed three-star JUCO junior DT Tyree Owens.

Owens originally signed with West Virginia out of the prep ranks as part of the Class of 2014. He spent two seasons at the JUCO level and was briefly a Texas A&M commit. "Owens can be a tough defender that demonstrates physical ability to come in and compete and be a strong contributor, particularly against the run," ESPN opined.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 2:14 PM

East Carolina received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 S Davondre Robinson.

Robinson was actually ranked as a four-star recruit (Rivals No. 92 overall prospect) in May. The 6-foot, 190-pounder was unable to maintain that high ranking through the 2016 season at Lake Marion (South Carolina), ultimately falling out of the Rivals250 altogether. Despite this drop in the rankings, East Carolina has to be thrilled with this pledge. Scout.com believes that Robinson "has a chance to be a special player" due to his physicality, reaction times and ball skills.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 31 - 1:11 PM

ECU WR Isaiah Jones caught six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's Senior Bowl.

Cal gunslinger Davis Webb came away with Most Outstanding Player honors from the contest, but Jones could have easily come down with that award. Unfortunately, his two most notable plays were negated by circumstance. In the first quarter, the vacuum-handed wideout extended for an Inspector Gadget-esque grab in the back of the end zone. It was not ruled a touchdown on the field and this game did not utilize replay review, meaning that the on-field ruling was the final one. On NFL Network's review, he appeared to have made the catch. His other highlight reel grab came when he hauled in a long pass from Iowa QB C.J. Beathard while tumbling into the end zone. That one was negated by penalty. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline wrote at the end of the practice week that the 6-foot-1, 197-pounder "used strong hands and good technique to win out in contested situations [during drills] and really helped himself with his Senior Bowl performance."
Jan 28 - 5:50 PM

East Carolina senior WR Jimmy Williams was granted a medical hardship waiver.

That means that Williams is eligible to play in 2017. The AAC decided that the two games Williams played in as a true freshman in 2013 before getting knocked out for the season will not exhaust a year of his eligibility. Williams was the school's third-leading pass catcher this season with 45 receptions, converting them into a team-leading 18.8 yards-per-catch average and a tied-for-first eight touchdown grabs. Williams, who has 87 receptions for 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns over his career, will be counted upon greatly next year following Zay Jones' graduation.
Source: ECU
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 02:14:00 PM

ECU QB Philip Nelson accepted an invitation to play in the NFLPA all star game.

Nelson originally signed with Minnesota out of high school before transferring to Rutgers in January of 2014. He was booted off the team in May after facing legal charges. Nelson then walked on to ECU in 2015 and won the starting this season, throwing 16 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions. He missed the final two games of the season.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 11:36:00 AM

ECU senior WR Isaiah Jones caught seven passes for 61 yards in Saturday's 37-10 loss to Temple.

Zay has been as good -- if not better -- than any wide receiver in the country this season. Even the mightiest heroes fall on occasion, though, and so it was with the 6-foot-1, 197-pound senior on Saturday. He finished with a season-low 61 yards receiving against the Owls. That his seven catches also tied a season-low is a sign of just how prolific he has been with the reception this season. Despite Zay's best efforts, East Carolina finished the current campaign with a 3-9 record and there shall be no postseason bowl in his future. He finishes up the 2016 season having caught 158 passes for 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 11:22:00 AM

ECU WR Zay Jones earned a Senior Bowl invitation.

It is an obvious fit, as Jones recently broke the FBS record for career receptions, topping former ECU receiver Justin Hardy's mark. Jones does most of his work in the short and intermediate areas of the field.
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 10:26:00 AM

Rutgers sophomore DE Marques Ford transferred to East Carolina.

Somewhere, former Rutgers HC Kyle Flood is shaking his head, thinking of what might have been. Ford was one of his gem recruits, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound four-star defensive end who ranked as Rivals' No. 186 overall prospect for the 2015 cycle. Ford did not see the field in 2015 and opted to transfer after Flood was fired at the close of the campaign.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 12:41:00 PM


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