Clipboard dutyBarring injury, it seems virtually certain...


June 06, 1994|By Ken Murray

Clipboard duty

Barring injury, it seems virtually certain John Congemi will win the No. 2 quarterback job behind marquee player Tracy Ham. If that happens, it means the three rookies in camp -- Bobby Goodman, Shawn Jones and Mike Pawlawski -- are fighting for a spot on the CFL Colts' practice roster.

And so far, no one has the edge because all three are hurt. Goodman is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury, Jones has a strained lat muscle, and Pawlawski a strained oblique muscle. None threw in Saturday's scripted scrimmage at Towson State.

Pawlawski, the former Cal quarterback who was cut by the Tampa Bay Bucs last season, may be the closest to playing. He said he'll do some limited throwing today. "It's not completely healed," he said of his injury, "but it's a dull pain now, not a sharp one. I've stayed with it mentally. That's the most important thing."

Jones, who spent last year on the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad as a free safety, tried to rush his return and had more soreness. "I decided to let it heal," said Jones, who has worked in drills without throwing. "I do what I can every day."

Whether any of the three is willing to accept practice squad status is unclear. "I'm not going to answer that," said Pawlawski. But coach Don Matthews has said he wants to put the No. 3 quarterback on the inactive list, and use the money he saves there for more practice squad players.

Special teams ace

Outside linebacker Jesse Becton is fast carving out a niche on special teams. He blocked a punt in Saturday's scrimmage, his second of camp. Becton played defensive back at New Mexico.

Body count

Defensive halfback James Smith of Richmond was released, reducing the number of players in camp to 68. Veterans are due Thursday and will practice Friday.

The Colts still are waiting on outside linebacker Eric Hickerson of Indiana, who was due at the start of camp. They put free-agent defensive tackle Bill Fischer of Rowan College through light drills yesterday, but aren't expected to sign him.


Matthews did not appear at yesterday's workout, which consisted of conditioning drills and a walk-through on offense.

"He doesn't need to be here for that," said Jim Popp, director of player personnel.

Last word

Asked the significance of the scrimmage, offensive coordinator Steve Buratto said, "These guys are fighting to earn the right to get in a preseason game."


Jearld Baylis

Pos: NG

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 280




Year: 8th in CFL

Outlook: The CFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1993, Baylis had 18 tackles for losses and 11 sacks. He gives the Colts a dominating force up the middle.

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