Former Auburn safety suffers “significant” knee injury

It is unknown what the exact injury is at this time.

A former Auburn safety and NFL rookie may have to wait a little bit longer for his NFL debut.

[autotag]Smoke Monday[/autotag], who was signed as an undrafted free agent for the Saints over the offseason, suffered what NFL reporter Mike Garafolo referred to as a “significant” knee injury in training camp on Tuesday. The unfortunate event occurs on the heels of recently signed safety Tyrann Mathieu leaving training camp for personal reasons.

Monday was poised to make his NFL debut after being projected as a late-round pick, but he eventually went undrafted and signed with New Orleans. Monday was impressing in camp and especially garnered the phrase of Mathieu, who praised his work ethic over the offseason.

In his last year at Auburn, Monday boasted 64 tackles, one interception and six pass deflections. It isn’t known exactly what injury Monday suffered, but we’re likely to know more in the coming days.

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Every former Auburn player’s rating in Madden 23

Do you agree with these ratings?

Madden 23 will soon be available on the shelves and that means that the ratings have been released.

These ratings are always interesting as most players feel they deserve a higher rating. There are 27 former Auburn football players who received rankings and there is quite a range in the ranking.

Unsurprisingly, [autotag]Braden Smith[/autotag] has the highest rating at 85 with [autotag]Carl Lawson[/autotag], [autotag]Jamel Dean[/autotag], and [autotag]Carlton Davis III[/autotag] just a few points lower than him.

[autotag]Roger McCreary[/autotag] was the only rookie to receive a rating, earning a 72. If the rest of Auburn’s rookies make rosters after training camp then they will receive rankings.

Here is a look at the rating of each former Tiger in Madden 23.

Former Auburn defensive end cut by NFL team

The team said earlier in the offseason they were unsure if they planned to keep him on the roster.

Edge Rusher [autotag]Dee Ford[/autotag]’s future with the San Francisco 49ers has been in jeopardy for some time now, but the team finally made its decision on Wednesday.

The 49ers finally cut Ford after previously stating they weren’t sure they saw him in their future. Ford hasn’t played for the 49ers all too much, only appearing in seven games across the last two years with the team.

Ford initially came to San Francisco via a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019. He was a big producer for Kansas City and managed to do the same for San Francisco with a 10-sack season in 2019 in just 11 games. Injuries prevented anything further, though, and his campaign with the 49ers finally came to an end without much fanfare on Wednesday.

At Auburn, Ford particularly shined in his fifth year as a Tiger — he put up 10.5 sacks and 29 tackles and earned a First Team All-SEC nod for his efforts. He was drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft with the 23rd pick overall by Kansas City.

Ford now becomes a free agent and can sign with any NFL team should he clear waivers.

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Jets head coach Robert Saleh excited to get Carl Lawson back

Carl Lawson is returning from an Achilles injury.

[autotag]Carl Lawson[/autotag] is set to make his return from an Achilles injury for the New York Jets after being activated from the physically unable to perform list.

The injury caused him to miss the entire first season of his Jets career and his head coach Robert Saleh is excited to have him back.

“Oh, man. It feels awesome to get the d-line working again,” Saleh said. “D-line and o-line competing. Carl – he’s a freak. I’m telling you he was ready to practice at OTAs, it’s just we have to protect Carl from Carl in terms of the amount of work he has to do because he won’t stop unless we tell him to stop. So, were excited to have him back.”

It makes since that the Jets are excited to get him back, they went 4-13 last year in their first season under Saleh.

Lawson was one of their top free-agent signings ahead of that injury. He has made 20 sacks in his first four seasons and he led all defensive lineman with 32 quarterbacks hits in 2020.

Coming of off one of the worst injures in sports it check take time for a player to return to their former level. Saleh was asked about this and believes because Lawson uses his power and strength he may be better off than a player who relies on their speed.

“That’s a really good question,” Salah said. “Carl’s game is actually much more power than anything. He still has all the power and strength and all of that stuff. As he acclimates and gets comfortable and is working through his movements, he’ll return to form. There’s no way I’d be able to tell you one way or another until we get pads on, but he looks good. He looks good.”

Lawson played at Auburn from 2013-16 and played in 33 games, making 24.0 tackles for loss and 14.0 sacks.

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Former Auburn tight end added to NFL active roster

He’s been activated off the PUP list and is ready to start training camp with his new team.

A former Auburn tight end has officially been activated to his new team’s active roster.

Tight end [autotag]C.J. Uzomah[/autotag], who had previously been with the Cincinnati Bengals and was part of their playoff run that culminated in a Super Bowl loss, was officially named to the active roster of the team he signed with as a free agent over the offseason — the New York Jets. He was activated to the main roster with tackle Mekhi Becton and defensive end Carl Lawson.

Uzomah was previously on the Jets’ PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list due to a minor injury that the team did not disclose, but it looks as if he is all ready now as NFL teams begin training camp in the coming days.

While at Auburn, Uzomah played for four years and caught just 29 passes for 435 yards and seven touchdowns across his career. He struggled to catch on with the Bengals sometimes, but last year, he caught 49 passes for 493 yards and 5 touchdowns during the Bengals’ AFC Championship-winning campaign.

Uzomah signed with the Jets in March to a three-year, 24 million-dollar deal.

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Auburn Morning Rush: Cannella heads north, Baseball breaks records

There’s plenty of information in today’s Auburn Morning Rush, so come check it out.

Good morning, Tiger fans. It is time for the Friday edition of the Auburn Morning Rush.

Thursday was a busy day for Auburn Athletics, as [autotag]Bryan Harsin[/autotag], [autotag]Tank Bigsby[/autotag], [autotag]John Samuel Shenker[/autotag], and [autotag]Derick Hall[/autotag] all took the podium at SEC Media Days. Because of that, there were several stories surrounding Auburn Athletics that got swept under the rug. No worries, though. Auburn Wire has put all those stories together for your viewing pleasure.

Auburn Baseball had a successful week in the Major League Baseball draft. But, how successful was it? We break down all of the program records that were set this week.

A former tight end is finally getting his shot to prove himself at the professional level after a successful season in the USFL. Who is he, and where is he going?

The Basketball Tournament is heating up, and Auburn’s alumni squad, “Team War Ready” is set to take the court this Sunday.

Finally, a new NIL deal involving a key piece to Auburn Men’s Basketball’s starting five may have fans drinking a new soda.

All of that is coming up in today’s Auburn Morning Rush:

New list picks quarterback as “key newcomer”

Who do you think will be Auburn’s biggest newcomer?

There are quite a few new faces on the Plains for this upcoming football season, all of which could contribute to the Tigers’ success. As always, though, there’s one position in football far more important than the rest.

A new article from On3 detailing the “key newcomers” from the SEC West pinned new quarterback [autotag]Zach Calzada[/autotag] as Auburn’s selection on the list. Here is what writer Jesse Simonton had to say about the Aggie-turned-Tiger:

“I was tempted to assign freshman safety Caleb Wooden here, as the 4-star prospect was a name-to-know this spring for the Tigers and could push for a starting job early in 2022. But it’s hard not to go with a quarterback, particularly someone who beat archival Alabama last season. Calzada struggled with consistency at Texas A&M (especially accuracy and precision passing) and missing the spring recovering from a shoulder injury. But when healthy, the Peach State native has cannon for an arm and will either win the job outright or force incumbent TJ Finley to prove worthy of keeping Auburn’s QB1 spot.”

Calzada’s defeat over the Tide last year should certainly earn him some points with Auburn fans, but he’ll need to prove that he can consistently produce as a Tigers to truly win them over. Calzada is likely to win the team’s ongoing quarterback competition, so there’s a good possibility he’ll get the first chance to prove his worth when Auburn goes up against the Mercer Bears in its season opener on Sept. 3.

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Cowboys staffer takes job at Auburn

He will serve the role of “General Manager and Director of Football Scouting and Development”.

The Auburn Tigers are getting some NFL experience with a new hiring.

The NFL’s Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that Drew Fabianich, who has most recently served as a national scout for the Dallas Cowboys and has been with the team since 2003. Rapoport mentioned that Fabianich had “several NFL opportunities”, but it seems like he has chosen to join up with coach [autotag]Bryan Harsin[/autotag] and his staff to work with an SEC football team.

Rapoport’s tweet mentions that Fabianich will serve as a “General Manager and Director of Football Scouting and Development.” The Tigers have fallen behind recently in terms of recruiting, and the hiring of a scout who has contributed to what is now a very strong Dallas Cowboys roster could help draw bigger talent to the Plains.

It is unknown what Fabianich’s “general manager” position will exactly entail, but teams in college have hired them recently to coordinate everyday activities on the administration side of football teams, such as recruiting visits, hiring staff and overseeing events.

Former Auburn DB waived by the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday

The former Auburn defensive back had been with the team since 2020.

On Wednesday, the Miami Dolphins announced via Twitter that they had waived former Auburn defensive back Javaris Davis. He has been on and off the roster since 2020. In 2021, he signed a reserve/futures contract with the team. However, he is now looking for a new place to call home.

Davis joined the Auburn Tigers as a part of their 2015 recruiting class. Ultimately, the Florida native chose the Tigers over both Florida and Georgia in his recruitment process. Oddly enough, Davis was recruited to be a running back. After arriving on the Plains, he would quickly make the transition to cornerback.

Over the four years that Davis played for the Tigers, he recorded 150 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and eight interceptions. After his senior season ended, he would be signed as an undrafted free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs. He would spend two months on the team’s practice squad before doing the same with the Dolphins.

The only stats that Davis recorded in an NFL game came in November of 2021 against the Carolina Panthers. He recorded two tackles in that game. It is evident that the success hasn’t translated into the league, but the Auburn faithful hopes that his career will be revitalized once he receives a new opportunity elsewhere.

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Former Auburn WR Darius Slayton hosting camp in June

Former Tigers and current Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton is hosting a skills camp on June 18th.

On Tuesday, former Auburn Tigers and current New York Giants wide receiver [autotag]Darius Slayton[/autotag] announced via Twitter that he will be hosting a football camp on June 18th.

It will be called the “Slayton Skills Camp.” Kids that are ages nine to thirteen years old are allowed to participate in the camp. He also added that the event would take place at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Atlanta, Georgia. The camp will take place from 10 AM to 2 PM ET.

The former Auburn Tiger was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL draft. Thus far, he has hauled in 124 receptions for 1,830 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. It wasn’t too long ago that many reporters were speculated that the Giants were moving on from Slayton at the NFL Draft. However, it appears that he will be with the team for at least another year as the rumors have simmered down.

It is good to see that the Giants organization is giving the Georgia native another year. After the 2022 season concludes, he will become an unrestricted free agent. That means that Slayton can sign with any team that he wants to once free agency begins. As for now, he is focused on teaching the younger generations from his hometown and is excited about another season in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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