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Although it hasn’t been officially announced yet, my sources tell me that the Skins have signed four players to 2006 futures contracts. I have provided a little background info on these players. Eat your heart out Andyman. :laugh:

1. LaShaun Ward - 25 - WR - 6-1 200 lbs

2. Jonta Woodard - 27 - T 6-5 341 lbs

3. Jashon Sykes - 27 - OLB 6-3 239 lbs

4. Ataveus Cash - 27 - WR 6-2 201 lbs

http://calbears.collegesports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/ward_lashaun00.html

1. LaShaun Ward - WR - 25 6-1 200 - California

Has had tryouts with the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders the last couple of years.

Extremely gifted athlete who successfully made the conversion from cornerback to wide receiver last season ... emerged as Cal's best deep threat with his 23.1 yards-per-catch average last year, ranking among Pac-10's leaders ... came to Cal as standout prep quarterback, but was moved to defensive secondary at Berkeley ... internal injury and hamstring problems slowed his development as a sophomore, but he showed flashes of brilliance at wideout during second half of 2001 ... "LaShaun has outstanding speed," said offensive coordinator George Cortez. "During the spring, I think he improved his concentration and catching ability to become a better all-around receiver." ... 2001 ... tracked down 18 passes for 416 yards and four TDs in his last five games after midseason shift from the defensive secondary ... erupted for 135 yards and two touchdowns on four catches vs. Arizona Nov. 3 ... also snared five balls for 86 yards and one TD at Stanford and caught three passes for 78 yards and TD at Rutgers to close out season ... in addition, gained 69 yards on four carries on end-around plays, ranking third behind Terrell Williams and Joe Igber in team rushing ... 2000 ... saw a good amount of action in the first half of the season, mainly in passing situations ... injured in the UCLA game with internal bleeding and sat out the remainder of the season ... still ended the year with 17 tackles, four pass deflections and an interception ... had an interception at Arizona State, which he returned 14 yards ... best game may have been against UCLA when he had three unassisted tackles and a pair of pass deflections ... 1999 ... saw a significant amount of action as a redshirt-freshman ... on the field in almost all nickel and dime alignments ... teamed with Deltha O'Neal as deep backs on Cal's kickoff returns ... finished the year with six kickoff returns for 78 yards (13.0 ypr), including a career-long 32-yarder at Nebraska ... threw the final block on a key interception return for a TD by O'Neal against Rutgers ... recovered a fumble at the Cal 17-yard-line to stop an Arizona State scoring threat ... his first collegiate interception came with just under four minutes left in the Oregon game, giving Cal the ball at the Duck 35-yard-line and a chance to pull out a victory (Cal moved to the Oregon 4-yard-line before the drive was stopped and Oregon escaped with a 24-19 win) ... had an impact on offense as he played wide receiver in spot situations ... caught a 43-yard pass at Washington State and a 55-yard TD pass at BYU ... 1998 ... came to Cal in 1998 and redshirted.

High School/Personal: A multi-talented prep quarterback who was credited with more than 5,000 yards of total offense his final two seasons at Muir HS ... threw for 1,675 yards and ran for 400 more as a senior ... accounted for 24 touchdowns in '97, passing for 18 and running for six ... a member of the Tom Lemming Prep Report All-Far West team as the No. 71 overall prospect in the region ... also on the PrepStar Western Region team, ranking as the No. 3 prospect in the "athlete" category ... earned first team Pacific League and West San Gabriel Valley honors as both a junior and senior ... an honorable mention CIF pick his senior year, while he earned first team CIF honors in '96 ... as a junior, threw for 2,085 yards and 20 touchdowns with just six interceptions ... father is a policeman in Pasadena ... recruited by colleges as both a defensive back and quarterback an excellent prep sprinter ... has volunteered to speak as D.A.R.E. classes for the Pasadena Police Department ... sociology major ... parents are Jayce and Esmeralda Ward ... born Sept. 22, 1980 in Pasadena, CA.

Ward's Career Statistics

Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR

1999 13 5 18 1-10 0.0 1 3

2000 16 1 17 0-0 0.0 1 4

2001 7 1 8 0 0 1 1

Totals 36 7 43 1-10 0.0 3 8

Year Rec Yds Avg TD Long

1999 2 98 49.0 1 55

2001 18 416 23.1 4 48

Totals 20 514 25.7 5 55

http://www.ticats.ca/index.php?module=Roster&func=display&tid=59

2. Jonta Woodard - 27 - T - 6-5 341 lbs. - Hamilton, CFL

Acquired: Signed as a free agent with the Tiger-Cats on May 10th, 2004

2005: Started at left tackle in Hamilton’s 16-16 pre-season tie with Toronto in Halifax on June 11th…started at left tackle in Hamilton’s 34-31 pre-season loss to Toronto on June 17th…started at left tackle in the Tiger-Cats 31-21 season opening loss at Montreal on June 22nd…started at left tackle in Hamilton’s 23-21 loss to Saskatchewan on July 2nd…started at left tackle in the Tiger-Cats 32-13 loss at Saskatchewan on July 17th…started at left tackle in the Tiger-Cats 28-22 loss to B.C. on July 23rd…started at left tackle in the Tiger-Cats 36-30 loss at Edmonton on July 30th…started at left tackle in Hamilton’s 28-12 loss to Ottawa on August 6th…started at left tackle in Hamilton’s 44-14 loss at Winnipeg on August 13th…started at left tackle in the Tiger-Cats 39-15 loss at B.C. on August 19th…started at left tackle in the Tiger-Cats 41-39 victory over Winnipeg on August 26th…started at left tackle in the Tiger-Cats 33-30 victory over Toronto on September 5th…started at left tackle in the Tiger-Cats 48-0 loss at Toronto on September 10th…started at left tackle in the Tiger-Cats 39-17 loss to Calgary on September 17th…started at left tackle in the Tiger-Cats 40-14 victory over Edmonton on September 30th…started at left tackle in the Tiger-Cats 43-21 loss at Ottawa on October 7th…started at left tackle in Hamilton’s 34-17 loss at Calgary on October 14th…started at left tackle in the Tiger-Cats 40-32 victory over Ottawa on October 21st ... started at left tackle and was ejected from the Ticats 34-11 loss in Toronto on October 27 ... did not play in the Ticats 15-9 win versus Montreal on November 9 due to suspension

2004: Was a rarity in the world of pro football by the fact he made the Tiger-Cats after attending their open try-out…not only did he make the team, he made a major impact, starting all 18 games during the regular season for the Tiger-Cats at left tackle…had three defensive tackles…made his Tiger-Cat debut in Hamilton’s 38-36 season opening victory in B.C. on June 18th…started at left tackle in Hamilton’s 24-6 East Semi-Final loss in Toronto…initially signed as a free agent with the Louisville Fire of Arena Football 2...played in two games, making one start on the offensive line during the regular season...in the Fire's 37-35 victory over the Hawaiian Islanders on April 10th, Woodard made one assisted tackle.

College: Played two seasons (2001-02) at the University of Louisville, after transferring from San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California...started 11 of 23 career games at Louisville. (2002) Played in 11 games during the regular season, missing the Cardinals September 14th matchu at Colorado State. (2001) During his junior year Woodard started 11 games at offensive tackle. (1998-99) Played two seasons at San Joaquin Delta College...First Team All-America selection by the California Community College Football Coaches...Gridwire honorable mention All-America selection...voted most valuable offensive lineman...protected a 3,000 yard passer and opened holes for an 800-yard rusher in 1999.

Personal: Born July 22nd, 1978...son of Sheila Hanson...attended Lincoln High School and was an All-san Joaquin Athletic Association choice as a senior

3. Jashon Sykes - 26 - OLB - 6-3 239 3rd Year Colorado

Played with Denver Broncos for 3 years. - Blocked a punt in his rookie season with Broncos. Ran a 4.45 forty at his Pro Day workout.

http://www.denverbroncos.com/page.php?id=498&contentID=757

http://www.houstonprofootball.com/draft/2002/prospects/sykes.html

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4191/is_20030808/ai_n10023067

http://nfldraft.scout.com/2/40225.html

By TFY Draft Preview

Date: Mar 15, 2002

The top rated tight end in the draft, Dan Graham chose not to run for scouts at the combine waiting for the CU Pro-Day. He did not dissapoint and niether did a handful of other Buffalo's who look to be drafted next month.

Linebacker Jashon Sykes had a good chance of receiving a medical hardship year from the NCAA after he herniated a disc in his neck which required a surgical procedure that included the fusion of two vertebrae to fix but opted to enter the NFL draft instead.

Sykes, who has already graduated from Colorado, looked to prove he is in fine medical health and worked out well for scouts Thursday. His vertical jump was 39 inches and he turned in a broad jump of 10 feet 2 inches. Sykes then posted a pair of 40's in the mid-4.4-second range.

4. Ataveus Cash - 26 - WR - 6-2 201 2nd year Hampton

On New York Giants 2004 practice squad - caught a TD pass vs. Cleveland in Giants 2004 preseason game.

http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/66-09152003-160010.html

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http://nfldraft.scout.com/2/40225.html

By TFY Draft Preview

Date: Mar 15, 2002

The top rated tight end in the draft, Dan Graham chose not to run for scouts at the combine waiting for the CU Pro-Day. He did not dissapoint and niether did a handful of other Buffalo's who look to be drafted next month.

Linebacker Jashon Sykes had a good chance of receiving a medical hardship year from the NCAA after he herniated a disc in his neck which required a surgical procedure that included the fusion of two vertebrae to fix but opted to enter the NFL draft instead.

Sykes, who has already graduated from Colorado, looked to prove he is in fine medical health and worked out well for scouts Thursday. His vertical jump was 39 inches and he turned in a broad jump of 10 feet 2 inches. Sykes then posted a pair of 40's in the mid-4.4 second range.

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4191/is_20030808/ai_n10023067

Broncos to see if Sykes is truly back

Gazette, The (Colorado Springs), Aug 8, 2003 by FRANK SCHWAB

Jashon Sykes had doubts. Nobody could have blamed him.

He was an undrafted rookie linebacker with the Denver Broncos last year, which was enough to cause some uneasiness. But there wasn't another rookie coming off major neck surgery like Sykes was.

Ability wasn't a huge question with Sykes - he was one of the top linebackers in college football at the University of Colorado before a neck injury ended his senior season after four games - but he had to overcome serious mental and physical obstacles after surgery to make it in the NFL.

What kept him fighting the major hurdles he faced was a promise he made to himself.

"If I was going to quit, it was going to be this game forcing me to quit," Sykes said. "I wasn't going to say 'No, I can't do it.' "

After a season on the Broncos' practice squad and more than a year removed from neck surgery, Sykes has a great opportunity to prove he deserves a spot on the Broncos' roster.

Sykes is expected to start Saturday night in a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium, replacing injured John Mobley at strongside linebacker.

"If you put this in a storybook, nobody will believe it," Sykes said. "But it's true."

The team will probably keep five or six linebackers, and rookie Terry Pierce is a roster lock as a backup.

Veteran Keith Burns also has a chance to make it for his special- teams ability and leadership, so it's likely Sykes is competing with Donnie Spragan for the primary outside linebacker job.

The first chance to evaluate how far Sykes has come in his second year will come Saturday night.

"We know Jashon's a great athlete," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "He's got great speed. He's a good run stopper. I think the one thing he's got to get used to is the complexity of our defensive system. It takes some time."

Sykes is hesitant to talk about his neck injury at length, saying he has put it behind him.

But he did offer that he had a lot of different emotions during his comeback last year.

"You got your highs and your lows," Sykes said. "You try to keep everything positive, but at the same time you look at reality. And there are some question marks."

Sykes said the biggest step last year was during the first preseason game, when he finally had a chance to test out his neck in a game.

"I was coming off a major injury, I didn't even know if I was really healthy or able to play football again," Sykes said. "I felt good, but you really don't know until you go out and hit somebody. Now, I don't have that second guess in me."

This season he just has to concern himself with things like mastering the Broncos' defensive scheme. That's something he says is happening gradually as he's gone through camp.

"It's coming," Sykes said. "With more practice and being around the guys and being out here every day, it's becoming a comfort zone. It's all about being comfortable and getting familiar with everything."

Sykes will get his first big chance to make an impression in the battle for a roster spot on Saturday, but he's got a simple plan.

"Just go out there, and don't stick out like a sore thumb," Sykes said. "Make some plays, and have fun. I'm getting an opportunity, and I'm trying to make the most of it."

CONTACT THE WRITER: 476-4891 or fschwab@gazette.com

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