• We begin with an item you may have missed over the weekend while you were attending little Billy’s hockey/soccer/pre-season tee ball tournament. It seems each week we’re hearing about different ways players are choosing to spend their new-found free time during the lockout. Some of it is positive yet still quite unique, while other pursuits are downright criminal. Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko lives by the philosophy that as much as he enjoys football, an “overload in anything isn’t good for you,” so he signed on for an internship with a private equity firm.
  • John Elway‘s thorough research into this year’s quarterback draft class may be little more than an effort to be defiant in the face of Tebowmania. But no matter who eventually becomes the franchise quarterback, Elway’s dance to show the public that he’s not caving in to their love for Tim Tebow only feeds Tebowmania, making it larger than the team itself.
  • Of course, Tebowmania shouldn’t be confused with Hulkamania. But we still encourage you to have fun with your family and friends.
  • Just like Tebow did last spring, Cam Newton enters this draft as a quarterback whose success is largely rooted in his legs, yet the Panthers are still keen on selecting the one-year Auburn standout with their first overall pick. Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson also remain high on Carolina’s list, according to Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer.
  • Ryan Mallett visited the Bengals last Thursday and Friday, beginning a busy few weeks of raking up air miles.
  • The Jets Blog wonders if Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea could break into the first round and help New York’s defensive line.
  • John Clayton is one of the most connected and well-versed football minds in the business, and anyone who follows the NFL should be regularly reading and enjoying his work. But it’s a little odd that in a mailbag column Clayton absolutely buried an item about representatives for the owners reportedly refusing to meet with the players last week.
  • Aqib Talib can’t escape his family and a troubling upbringing that has led to a short-temper, character concerns, and now an arrest and alleged shooting.
  • Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier says that selecting a quarterback in the first two rounds would be ideal, but Minnesota won’t be caught reaching just because of a perceived need.