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Manti Te'o 'could do something special' if asked to teach players

By Tim Graham

BEREA, Ohio -- Manti Te'o has spent the past few days sitting through seminars and listening to roundtables at the NFL Rookie Symposium.

With everything the San Diego Chargers linebacker has endured, he probably could stroll on stage and easily conduct a presentation of his own.

"I think everybody at this point could give a good seminar on media," Te'o said this morning at a Play 60 event on the Cleveland Browns' practice fields. "For me, I definitely could do something special."

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EJ Manuel on heavy NFL responsibility: Bring it on

By Tim Graham

BEREA, Ohio -- Occasionally, a thick cloud would obscure the sweltering sun and provide a fleeting respite.

On the fields behind the Cleveland Browns' training facility this morning, an NFL Play 60 event would seem like a blithe community interlude, where AFC rookies interacted with local kids and taught some fundamentals.

Sweat streamed down Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel's face.

"I feel like this is a practice for me," Manuel said.

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You know what's going to happen in the draft? Want to bet?

By Tim Graham

I pass along this information only to, ahem, enhance your viewing pleasure of the draft tonight.

Online sportsbook Bovada.lv has posted an array of proposition bets -- many of which will be influenced by what the Buffalo Bills do with their eighth overall pick -- on various positions and prospects.

Bovada.lv sets the over-under total on quarterbacks drafted in the first round at 1.5, safeties at 2.5 and receivers at 3.5.

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Road to the Draft: Manti Te'o

By Jay Skurski

Manti Teo

Position: Inside linebacker
School: Notre Dame
Measurables: 6-foot-1, 241 pounds
40 time: 4.82 seconds. Vertical: 33 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 5 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.27 seconds.
2012 stats: 13 starts, 113 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, 7 interceptions, 4 pass breakups
Draft projection: First-second round

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Tip for future professionals: Don't post pics of guns and dope

By Tim Graham

When it comes to vetting football players, NFL security executives go deeper than weights, heights, 40-yard dash times and a couple of interviews.

"You'd be shocked," Seattle Seahawks General Manager John Schneider told reporters last week at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. "Our security guy does a Twitter and Facebook count."

It should be a lesson to any high school or college kid who hopes to get a job with a major corporation someday that getting stupid with social-media is a fine way to short-circuit a career before it begins.

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Manti Te'o endures his media penance at NFL combine

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Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o holds a news conference with reporters at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. (Photo: Associated Press)

By Tim Graham

INDIANAPOLIS -- NFL teams are grilling Manti Te'o about his fabricated dead girlfriend.

That has been happening here at the NFL scouting combine behind closed doors. The Buffalo Bills will be among the 20 teams Te'o speaks with, and every one of them has asked him tough questions.

"No," Te'o replied with a laugh when I asked him if any of the teams have let him off the hook. "They're all asking me."

The interrogation went public this afternoon.

Te'o began to rehabilitate his reputation in the NFL media community with an effective news conference in Lucas Oil Stadium. The 15-minute session was the first time Te'o met reporters in an uncontrolled setting since the national championship game.

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Buddy Nix: Wacky sideshow won't hurt how Bills rate Manti Te'o

By Tim Graham

INDIANAPOLIS -- Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix probably can speak more authoritatively about telegrams than Facebook and catfishing.

Yet Nix can talk with confidence about Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o as a football player.

"He's a good player," Nix told reporters Thursday at the NFL scouting combine in Lucas Oil Stadium. "He's a guy that can come in and help you early. I think he's a three-down player."

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Bills to ask Manti Te'o what in hell that girlfriend thing was all about

By Tim Graham

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Buffalo Bills want some answers from Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o this week.

Doug Whaley, the Bills' assistant general manager, told The Buffalo News today in Indianapolis that Te'o will be among the 60 college prospects they interview here at the NFL scouting combine.

Te'o made international headlines last month when it was revealed his dead girlfriend -- a significant part of an inspirational tale about a kid playing through tragedy to become a Heisman Trophy runner-up -- didn't exist.

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NFL Sunday outtakes: Role of sports journalism in mythmaking

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo News cleared about 80 column inches for Sunday's story about Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, his legacy, two dead men and some inconvenient questions.

While that's about five times the length of an average newspaper story, it still wasn't even space for me to include all of the fascinating insight I gathered in my research about Lewis and how he should be viewed as a human being, not merely one of the NFL's greatest players.

Dr. Lawrence Wenner, a professor of communication and ethics at Loyola Marymount University, delivered some attention-grabbing thoughts about how sports journalists are complicit in the mythmaking machine.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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