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UNC Set for Pro Day

The NFL world descends on Chapel Hill on Tuesday for Pro Day at the University of North Carolina. Dozens of NFL head coaches, scouts, and executives will be on UNC's campus as 14 former Tar Heels players are expected to work out. The main attraction is quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who is expected to be a high first round pick in April's draft. (Carolina Blue)

Underdog: The Mack Hollins Chronicles

Mack Hollins: "I’m okay with being an underdog. I didn’t have the bright spotlight coming out of High School. I went to Fort Union Military Academy after graduation to hone my skills, I got better. Still no offers. I wrote 100 coaches, sent them my highlights. Finally, UNC ended up emailing me back, saying they might have a spot for a walk-on. I knew that’s where I wanted to be." (Cover 32)

UNC Football Pro Timing Day Details

More than 50 NFL scouts and pro personnel are expected in Chapel Hill Tuesday for the Tar Heels' annual Pro Timing Day. Fourteen Tar Heels, including several potential NFL draft picks, are scheduled to participate. The workouts begin at 9:30 a.m. with the vertical jump, broad jump, and the bench press. Players begin outdoor workouts (40-yard dash, etc.) at 10:30 a.m. (GoHeels.com)

Brandon Tate Re-Signs with Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills announced Monday it has re-signed wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Tate. Length and terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed. Tate, 29, joined the Bills shortly before the start of the 2016 season and quickly solidified the return game. He ranked fifth in the NFL in average punt return (11.6 yards) and seventh in kick returns (22.8 yards). (Buffalo News)

Ranking the top 10 QB draft prospects of 2017

1. Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina: A one-year starter, Trubisky showed good short-area accuracy, pocket presence, and the ability to make big-time throws outside the numbers. He can still improve his blitz recognition and deep ball, but his impressive one-year sample has pushed him to the top of our quarterback board. (Pro Football Focus)

A Father’s Journal: NFL Combine

Michael Switzer, father of Ryan Switzer, on what it is like to be the Dad of an NFL draft hopeful, and what his attendance at the NFL Combine, which Ryan participated in, was like. "I’m trying to just enjoy the moments. I’ll never do any of this again. He’s preparing for something that is really exclusive. We’re trying to enjoy all of that. And no matter what, I stay proud of my son." (Cover 32)

M.J. Stewart Preparing Early for NFL Opportunity

M.J. Stewart will watch from a distance as his former teammates are measured, tested and drilled at UNC’s pro day on Tuesday. That the Tar Heel cornerback would be participating at Navy Fields was a legitimate option three months ago. Stewart, a two-time All-ACC standout, recently told reporters he was “really close” to entering the NFL Draft a year early. (Inside Carolina)

Keaton Franklin Coker Foundation "Thumbs Up Mission"

North Carolina basketball and former football player Kanler Coker lost his younger brother, Keaton, in 2014 to brain cancer. His family then started the "Thumbs Up Mission." "Thumbs Up Mission" finds other families where a parent or child is going through cancer, and takes them all on a free and fun retreat. Donate now or learn how you can help. (Thumbs Up Mission)

Russell Bodine among Bengals to earn performance and veteran-based NFL bonus

Cincinnati center Russell Bodine once again earned the Bengals' top figure in the NFL’s Performance-Based Pay program that compensates players for playing time based on their salary levels. Bodine received $314,040 in PBP. Bodine has been a starter since Cincinnati drafted him out of North Carolina in 2014. He’s been the team’s top PBP earner every year since. (Cincy Jungle)

Ethan Albright, daughter Gracey turning heads with Page softball

Four seasons ago, Page softball was in need of a cornerstone player to build its program around. Yes, the school had just hired 16-year NFL veteran and UNC alum Ethan Albright to serve as its head coach, but coaches don’t play; players do. Turns out Albright didn’t have to search far, as the foundation was laid with his oldest daughter Gracey. (Greensboro News & Record)

Julius Peppers returns home to make things right

After walking through the halls of Bank of America Stadium and sitting down to sign his one-year contract, defensive end Julius Peppers said it felt like he never left. "It feels great to be back home," said Peppers, the Panthers' all-time leader in sacks with 81. "I feel really good about it. I'm pumped about the season." (Carolina Panthers)

Draft Profile: RB Elijah Hood

Elijah Hood said he was coming back to school before surprising everyone and decided to take a chance in the draft. Some scouts see his obvious talent while some think he should have stayed in Chapel Hill. Hood went to the combine but held out of most of the workouts due to injuries. He did do 18 reps of the bench press. (Carolina Blue)

Connor Barth agrees to one-year deal with Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears on Tuesday agreed to terms with kicker Connor Barth on a one-year contract. In his first season with the Bears last year, Barth made 18-of-23 field-goal attempts with a long of 49 yards and 31-of-32 extra-point tries. Barth originally signed with the Bears one week before the start of the 2016 regular season following the release of Robbie Gould. (Chicago Bears)

Jon Gruden believes Trubisky can handle Browns' hometown pressure and 'he'll be a real steal

Jon Gruden spent Monday with Mitchell Trubisky in Orlando to film their "QB Camp'' segment and came away convinced the Mentor, Ohio, native could handle the pressure of playing for his hometown Browns. "That would be fun to watch,'' Gruden said in an ESPN interview. "He's from Mentor, Ohio, Mr. Football (in Ohio) that would be quite a story." (Cleveland.com)

Julius Peppers says this is not a ‘farewell tour.’ Instead...

Julius Peppers returned to the Carolina Panthers at age 37 over the weekend, signing a one-year, $3.5-million contract. He has yet to have a formal “Welcome Home” press conference after making his return official. Peppers has spoken with both the team website, though -- where he said he wanted to “build the bridge back” between himself and the Panthers. (Charlotte Observer)

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