Training Camp Update – 8/16

From St. Joseph, Missouri

Todd Haley took his team to the movies Tuesday morning, repeating a scene that he used last year in the team’s first season at Missouri Western State University.

His timing was good considering the morning weather here was poor, with rain showers. More than likely, they’ll be forced back onto the artificial turf field inside Spratt Stadium for their afternoon practice.

They also added their 89th player on the roster, signing undrafted rookie free agent Harold Ayodele, a defensive lineman out of Division II Emporia State. That’s him in the picture above making a tackle last season.

The 6-1, 339 pound Ayodele played 22 games for the Hornets, contributing 107 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He originally signed with the University of Florida coming out of high school. But when he couldn’t meet NCAA academic requirements, he ended up at Coffeyville Community College and the Jayhawk Conference. He then moved on to Tennessee State where he spent a year, before transferring to Emporia.

Poor academics, poor attitude and weight were the biggest problems that held Ayodele back over his college career. At one point, he weighed over 370 pounds.

Ayodele grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas, but went to high school In Jacksonville, Florida. He moved there when his oldest brother Akin was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. LB Akin Ayodele is currently with the Buffalo Bills after previous playing with Jacksonville, Dallas, Miami and Denver. Middle brother Remi Ayodele signed in late July with Minnesota, after previously playing with New England, Baltimore, Dallas, Atlanta and New Orleans. He earned a Super Bowl ring with the Saints in 2009.

4 Responses to “Training Camp Update – 8/16”

  • August 16, 2011  - lyle says:

    Does this fit the definition of the right 53? I guess it shows how hard nose tackles are to come by. This signing makes me think that Toribio is going to out for a while

  • August 16, 2011  - el cid says:

    No reason this kid cannot add something. Might have tried a little harder to have kept Smith, but that is water over the dam.

    NTs are hard to find, how many times did Carl swing and miss, probably a major cause for his ending.

  • August 16, 2011  - ron says:

    next will be announcing Cox, and Toribio…to IR

  • August 16, 2011  - lyle says:

    Where does this Cox to IR come from? I’ve heard this before, but don’t remember ever seeing him on the “did not practice” list

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