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Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2004 15:05:59 -0500 (EST)
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Subject: Vinnie Iyer: QBs Losman, Rivers are intriguing second-tier options

by Vinnie Iyer

QBs Losman, Rivers are intriguing second-tier options

Jan. 21, 2004

MOBILE, Ala. -- Observations of the South team's offense from the second and third practice days for the Senior Bowl:

Teams in search of a quarterback that won't be in position to select Ole Miss' Eli Manning or Miami of Ohio's Ben Roethlisberger shouldn't fret, with the South's J.P. Losman (Tulane) and Philip Rivers (NC State) as intriguing second-tier options.

Losman is athletic and mobile and can make things happen with his feet, either by buying extra time rolling out of the pocket or tucking the ball and running straight ahead. He would fit well in a West Coast scheme that often calls for the featured "sprint option right" play.

Rivers is more of a traditional tall, drop-back pocket passer. He also is the most seasoned passer in the Senior Bowl, having started for the Wolfpack since he was a freshman. South coach Marty Schottenheimer, who likens Rivers to Drew Bledsoe, says "It's clear he has played a lot of football."

Scouts like Rivers' maturity and intangibles, even though his delivery doesn't always show textbook technique. ...

Losman's Tulane teammate Mewelde Moore showed good elusiveness and has the moves of a typical scatback. Florida State's Greg Jones is the most pure power back on the South roster, but it's evident he doesn't have much experience catching passes. Both backs also are working to prove that their significant injuries in the past don't affect them anymore. ...

Despite his miracle Hail Mary catch to beat Kentucky as a junior, wide receiver Devery Henderson didn't get all the attention as a senior at LSU because of Michael Clayton's explosive presence opposite him. But Henderson has made huge strides during this week, catching almost everything and staying focused against tough coverage and big hits. He looks like a solid NFL No. 2 receiver.

Vinnie Iyer is a projects editor for Sporting News. Email him at

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