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Marty Kauffman of USA Today’s Packer Wire looked at the quarterback play at the Green Bay Packers’ minicamp over the weekend, including that of former BYU signal-caller, Taysom Hill.

Kauffman wrote, “BYU quarterback Taysom Hill, who was one of 15 rookie free agent signings for Green Bay, impressed McCarthy during the team’s rookie minicamp this weekend.”

Kauffman then quoted McCarthy talking about Hill and Drew Bauer, saying, “I thought they did an outstanding job. I thought both of those guys, they threw the ball well, but they took a huge jump.”

After talking about Hill’s age and injury history, Kauffman continued, “Yet Hill has intriguing abilities as a dual-threat quarterback. His unique skill set could push him into the consideration for the third-string quarterback position with Callahan, if Green Bay decides to have three quarterbacks on the roster.”

Utah Jazz are playing for Gordon Hayward’s future

Jason Oliver of Hoops Habit looked at the importance of the Jazz series against the Golden State Warriors when it comes to keeping Gordon Hayward.

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Michael Rothstein of ESPN looked at the decision that former Highland High School star Haloti Ngata made to have his brain tested before returning to the football field.

Rothstein wrote, “The 33-year-old Ngata went to get cognitive and brain exams done at The Sports Neurology Clinic at the CORE Institute in Brighton, Michigan. He underwent a series of tests that spanned two weeks because he wanted to make sure his brain was still healthy before he chose to continue playing football.”

After talking about where the idea originally came from, Rothstein continued, “Ngata said he had one diagnosed concussion during his 11-year career between Baltimore and Detroit. As part his most recent examination, Ngata said he had a brain scan, psychological tests and various assessments while he was working out and at rest to evaluate his levels of functionality.”

Rothstein then talked about CTE and brain injuries and how it helped Ngata change the way he played the game, saying, “Knowledge about — and experience with — brain injuries was part of the reason Ngata changed the way he hits opposing players. In his younger years, Ngata has said, ‘I used my head a lot more,’ but as he learned different techniques, he started to move away from that.”

Jamaal Williams could be the rookie to decide the division

Will Brinson of CBS Sports looked at the rookies who are capable of shifting the balance of power in each division and former BYU running back Jamaal Williams was one of the honorable mentions in the NFC North.

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Mitch Harper of Athlon Sports looked at six BYU Cougars prospects to watch for the NFL Draft.

Along with seniors, Micah Hannemann, Tejan Koroma, Jonny Linehan and Fred Warner, Harper had juniors, Francis Bernard and Tanner Mangum are on the list.

Of Bernard, Harper wrote, “Bernard made the switch to linebacker in large part because he believed he could have a future in the NFL at the position. Bernard had three interceptions a year ago as part of a fairly seamless transition, and many around the team expect even better production in 2017 and beyond.”

Of the six, Harper had Warner as the top prospect, saying, “Many around the BYU program have compared Warner to former Cougars star and current New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy. The two have similar builds, are very athletic, and both have a knack for making big plays.”

Luke Falk, Porter Gustin 2018 NFL draft first-round picks?

Will Brinson of CBS Sports released his way-too-early 2018 NFL Mock Draft and a pair of former Utah high school stars, Luke Falk and Porter Gustin landed in the first round.

Of Falk, who came in at No. 20 to the Arizona Cardinals, Brinson wrote, “Our fifth quarterback of the draft! The Cardinals were a candidate to draft a quarterback early and whether or not Carson Palmer is coming back for 2017, they’re going to need to plan for the future.”

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