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NFL notebook: Packers take QB Hundley, Jets pick Petty


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In the NFL draft, it’s not when you go but where, and new Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley can look to his tutor for further explanation.

Hundley from UCLA was drafted by the Packers in the fifth round, 147th overall, a surprise for many who projected the athletic passer as a second- or third-round pick. Green Bay moved up 19 spots to secure a backup for MVP Aaron Rodgers on Saturday, the final day of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty waited 103 picks before he was drafted by the New York Jets, where he will compete for time with Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick and reunite with college tight end Jace Amaro.

Boise State running back Jay Ajayi, downgraded because of knee concerns, was a fifth-round pick to the Miami Dolphins.

Medical concerns over the long-term durability of Pitt offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings, who has a fractured foot, caused him to sink into the fourth round before being selected by the Minnesota Vikings.

The Titans began the third day of the draft with Auburn defensive tackle Angelo Blackson at pick 100 and picked Minnesota running back David Cobb 138th.

—Zac Stacy got his wish. A day after requesting a trade from the St. Louis Rams, who drafted Georgia running back Todd Gurley 10th overall, Stacy was dealt to the New York Jets on Saturday.

The Jets sent the Rams a seventh-round pick (No. 224 overall). The Rams used the pick on Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager.

When the Rams added Gurley, their backfield became a bit crowded — with Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham also there.

Stacy, a fifth-round pick in 2013, rushed for 973 yards and seven touchdowns in his rookie season, but he managed just 293 yards and one touchdown last season while making just five starts.

—Before Grady Jarrett was drafted by his hometown team on Saturday, he had a horrifying Day 2 of the draft — and not just because he didn’t get picked in the second or third round.

While watching the draft with friends and family at his home in Conyers, Ga., on Friday, a fire broke out — forcing the approximately four dozen people to flee.

Half the house was damaged by the fire, and Jarrett — a star defensive tackle at Clemson — lost most of his football trophies and other memorabilia. But no one was injured.

On Saturday, the Atlanta Falcons — who play just 20 miles from Conyers — drafted Jarrett in the fifth round. That not only kept Jarrett home in Georgia but brought him to the same team for which his father, former linebacker Jessie Tuggle, starred from 1987 to 2000.

—The Falcons’ second-round draft pick, cornerback Jalen Collins from LSU, is subject to the NFL’s substance-abuse program after previously failing multiple drug tests.

“Yes, a player in that situation is subject to being entered into the program,” league spokesman Greg Aiello told “It is handled on a confidential basis by the medical professionals that run the program.”

Collins reportedly failed three drug tests while at LSU. According to ESPN, multiple teams said Collins’ failed tests were related to marijuana, based on their pre-draft reports.

—Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll put the ball in Russell Wilson’s court as a contract stalemate continues entering the contract year for the fourth-year quarterback.

All Wilson has done, of course, is go from third-round pick competing for the quarterback job to the engineer of the Seahawks’ offense and back-to-back trips to the Super Bowl. Wilson can become a free agent at the end of the 2015 season and is expected to bet on himself this season, playing without a long-term deal to take negotiations into February and March 2016.

“It’s ongoing, but going a little slow,” Carroll said Saturday during an interview with ESPN. “We’re waiting to hear from their side. Every guy’s individual case is different. Russell has been an extraordinary player for us and for our community. We hope to get something done as soon as we can and we’re working at it. But there are parts that are moving here. We’ve worked very hard to keep this team together and Russell is a huge part of that. He’s going to be with us and we’re excited about moving forward with him.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter said immediately after the interview that Wilson’s side is not willing to take a financial guarantee they view as below market value. The going rate for top-level quarterbacks is at least $20 million per season.

—Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Greg Hardy was ripped across social media Friday night after posting a tasteless joke on Twitter referencing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Hardy, who is facing a 10-game suspension by the NFL for his role in a domestic-violence case, later apologized Friday night.

Hardy was responding to a fan of his former team in Carolina after the Panthers drafted a 6-foot-5 receiver for the second straight year. The fan made a reference to the receivers as “The Twin Towers” and included photos of both receivers — Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess, a second-round pick Friday night.

Hardy tweeted: “didn’t the twin towers get blowN up lol.”

About five hours after the original tweet, Hardy issued an apology: “Ill say this I apologize 4a comment that mentioned an event where no reference 2humor is ever ok but I hope my real fans know I would never.”

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he was aware of the tweet — which immediately went viral — and the team will discuss the matter with Hardy.

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