Some NFL news & notes

I'm sure everyone is thinking NFL today, so here's some info on former Badgers making noise in the NFL:

* Former Badger Troy Vincent, a No. 1 draft pick in 1992 and five-time Pro Bowler, was recently named vice president of player development for active players by the NFL.

DSC_3910.jpg* The Newark Star-Ledger reports that Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin is looking for a role for tight end Travis Beckum: "We are working on that though and we have to. His development is important to us too. Different rookies take different routes. He is a talented young guy that showed us, to be quite honest with you, a lot. Like special teams, he tried hard, was physical, was always on the kickoff return team. You are right, we got to get him in the offense and get him in there with consistency."

* The New Orleans Saints are looking to replace Scott Fujita at strong side linebacker and Jonathan Casillas is in the mix.

* According to the Detroit News, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz seems pretty happy with DeAndre Levy's play at middle linebacker last season: "I think that we are very happy where we are at middle linebacker. I thought DeAndre Levy was a guy that we drafted with a very particular skill-set in mind and we thought he could fill that (position). We are very pleased with what he did (last year) and I think we're in a good position there."

* Unlike the man he protected for so many years (Bret Favre), it looks like Mark Tauscher will finish his career as a Green Bay Packer. And reports say it will be a very lucrative two years for him.

* Matt Shaughnessy looks to be next in line now that the Raiders have released defensive end Greg Ellis.