NFL Combine: Former Villanova DE Tanoh Kpassagnon shows off 'freaky gifts'

NFL Combine: Former Villanova DE Tanoh Kpassagnon shows off 'freaky gifts'

INDIANAPOLIS -- If some NFL folks didn't know who Tanoh Kpassagnon was before, they found out at the Senior Bowl weigh-in in Mobile, Alabama, in January. 

That's when the Villanova defensive end emerged on the stage to an audible gasp from the crowd. Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas said it looked like Kpassagnon was cut from stone and was "as body beautiful as it gets." 

Turns out, that wasn't as body beautiful as it gets. 

In a little over a month, Kpassagnon somehow managed to pack on nine more pounds of muscle. At the combine, he came it at 6-foot-7, 289 pounds. 

"Just trying to get stronger honestly," Kpassagnon said. 

If there was any fear that the extra weight would slow him down, the physical freak put it to rest by running a 4.83 in the 40-yard dash Sunday after already putting up 23 reps in the bench press. Before the combine, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said Kpassagnon has "freaky gifts."

They were on display Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. 

As of Saturday afternoon, Kpassagnon already had an informal meeting with the Eagles but wasn’t sure if they were on his list of formal interviews scheduled. 

During his meetings with teams, one of the questions Kpassagnon has gotten the most is about his love for football. He's been getting those questions so much because he's not a dumb jock. He graduated from Villanova with degrees in accounting and finance. 

"I've gotten that a lot. I love the game," he said. "It's probably the first thing I really did for myself. Grades and everything else was instilled by my mom and that was just something that I did to really make my mom happy.

"Football is something I've done for me. Really to make her happy too, but it's really for me."

The Wissahickon High School product had a really impressive career at Villanova, but it was his Senior Bowl performance in January that really began to turn heads. In Mobile, he was able to prove himself against talented players from higher levels of college football. 

"I think the best way to show that was playing with them, practicing with them like I did at the Senior Bowl," he said. "But I mean, combine numbers will hopefully also show that I'm a pretty good athlete."

Kpassagnon is more than a pretty good athlete. He's a freaky one. 

And it's unclear where, but he'll definitely be the first Villanova player drafted since 2011. He's not under the radar anymore. 

"Hopefully I'm going to make this into my profession," Kpassagnon said, "and I want to be the best defensive end there is." 

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

As the annual NFL meetings get set to kick off next week, the Eagles originally proposed four playing rule changes and a resolution that could have eventually led to bringing back Kelly green uniforms as an alternate option. 

But after getting feedback from the NFL's competition committee, the Eagles are withdrawing all but one proposal, according to league sources. 

The only one left would prohibit players from leaping over the line of scrimmage on kicking plays. For now, players are allowed to leap line as long as they don't make contact. That proposal, which the NFLPA has previously supported, seems likely to pass. 

That means the other three playing rule changes and the proposal to allow teams to wear helmets that would match their alternative jerseys won't be specifically discussed. 

Translation: No Kelly green jerseys yet. 

Among the 15 proposed playing rule changes the league released on Friday, teams were responsible for seven of them and the Eagles accounted for four of the seven. 

Just because a specific proposal won't be directly discussed, it doesn't mean that topic won't be discussed by the committee in Phoenix during next week's annual league meetings. 

For instance, one of the Eagles' proposals would alter the current replay system. While the Eagles' individual proposal won't be discussed, replays will be a topic of discussion during the meetings.

NFL Notes: Bears sign Mark Sanchez to 1-year deal

NFL Notes: Bears sign Mark Sanchez to 1-year deal

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears have signed quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is expected to back up Mike Glennon next season.

The Bears announced the one-year contract Friday. Chicago is coming off a season in which it went 3-13 and finished last in the NFC North.

The Bears cut quarterback Jay Cutler this month after eight seasons and the next day signed Glennon of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a three-year deal.

Sanchez played in two games last season with the Dallas Cowboys, throwing for 93 yards on 10 of 18 attempts. He spent five of his eight seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets before going to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The former Southern California star has appeared in six playoff games. He was selected fifth overall in the 2009 draft.

Redskins: WR Brian Quick signs
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins have signed former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brian Quick.

The team announced the deal Friday morning after agent Patrick Dye posted a photo of Quick signing his contract on SportsTrust Advisors' verified Twitter account.

The signing adds depth to the Redskins' receiving corps after they lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency.

Quick, 27, is 6-foot-5 and gives Washington another tall option along with recently signed receiver Terrelle Pryor. Quick had 41 catches for 564 yards and three touchdowns last season with the Rams.

The 33rd pick in the 2012 draft, Quick has 105 catches for 1,499 yards and 10 touchdowns in 67 games over five seasons with the Rams. He missed part of the 2014 season with a shoulder injury.

Panthers: Jonathan Stewart signs extension
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers have signed veteran running back Jonathan Stewart to a one-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2018 season.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed Friday.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman says the 30-year-old Stewart "is still playing at a very high level."

Stewart played in 13 games last season for Carolina and ran for 824 yards with nine touchdowns. He averaged 3.8 yards per carry.

Gettleman isn't worried about Stewart's durability, even though the team's former first-round draft pick has not played in a full 16-game season since 2011 and has missed 24 games the past five seasons with injuries.

Stewart, entering his 10th season, is Carolina's second all-time leading rusher with 6,638 yards and has scored 45 touchdowns rushing and six receivin

Colts: release veteran DT Arthur Jones
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts released defensive tackle Arthur Jones on Friday.

A six-year veteran, Jones was scheduled to cost the team $7.35 million next season. Indianapolis will save $5 million under the salary cap with the move.

Jones did his best work while with Baltimore from 2010-14. He then signed a five-year contract for a total value of $33 million with the Colts, but struggled in Indy. He appeared in 17 games and managed only 1 1-2 sacks and 53 tackles for the Colts.

He was plagued by a series of injuries and also served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers.

Jones, 30, did not play in 2015 because of an ankle injury. He played in eight games last season, with 15 tackles.