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The Journal Gazette

Friday, May 11, 2018 1:00 am

NFL

Snider grad invited to Bucs' camp

Staff, news services

Former Snider offensive lineman Ruben Holcomb was invited to Tampa Bay's rookie minicamp, which began Thursday.

“Ever since I was in elementary school, I've always loved watching the pros on Sundays with my dad,” Holcomb told WXIN-TV Fox 59 in Indianapolis. “It's always been a  dream of mine ever since back then.”

Holcomb played college football at Indianapolis, where he was a Division II All-American in 2017. He was only the 12th American Football Coaches Association All-American in Indianapolis history, starting all 12 games at left tackle as a senior and led an offensive line that gave up the fewest sacks per game in the nation.

Before he became a Greyhounds standout, Holcomb was a 2012 Class 5A All-State selection at Snider and was a two-time All-SAC performer.

Etling signs with Patriots

Former Purdue quarterback Danny Etling agreed to a four-year contract worth about $2.48 million with New England.

Etling was a seventh-round selection in the NFL draft, pick No. 219 overall.

He played two seasons for the Boilermakers in 2013-14, throwing for 2,490 yards and 16 touchdowns with 12 interceptions before transferring to LSU for the final two seasons of his college career.

Manning linked to Panthers sale

A leading bidder for the Carolina Panthers has reached out to former Colts and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning about joining his ownership group, according to the Charlotte Observer.

The newspaper reported that Manning was “still considering” the offer.

The group is led by Ben Navarro, a 54-year-old billionaire based in Charleston, South Carolina, who heads an investment services company. 

Navarro has reportedly made the highest offer for the Panthers, $2.6 billion, which would set a record for the most spent to acquire a U.S. sports team.

Extra points

Three new voices will work ESPN's Monday night games this NFL season: play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore and analysts Jason Witten and Booger McFarland. Tessitore replaces Sean McDonough, who will return to doing college football. With Jon Gruden back in coaching with the Raiders, Witten and McFarland move into the analysis roles. ... 

Massachusetts police say a third suspect has been arrested in connection with a burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house while the Patriots' star was away at the Super Bowl. . ... Oakland released quarterback Josh Johnson. ...

Chicago signed six of their seven draft picks, leaving Georgia linebacker and No. 8 overall selection Roquan Smith as the only one left. The Bears start rookie minicamp today.