Updated: November 12, 2003, 12:10 PM ETBy By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
New York Giants: TE Johnny Mitchell, who recently ran a 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds, on grass, at 255 pounds, called the team Monday about replacing the injured Jeremy Shockey, but was told the Giants were not interested. Mitchell, a former Jets No. 1 draft choice, has been trying to get back into the league after walking away from the game, and was in training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars. "I will not go to my grave regretting a lost talent or potential," Mitchell told the New York Post. "I squandered that. I would like to recover some of it back." Mitchell said several NFL teams told him they will bring him in for a look next spring.
Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Hugh Douglas has been a major disappointment this season. The crowning jewel of the Jags offseason spending spree, he has one sack on the year and has gone sackless in eight consecutive games, the longest such stretch in his career. And when asked if Douglas would be released after this season, the Florida Times-Union reports coach Jack Del Rio refused to try an justify Douglas' performance or give him a public vote of confidence, and instead refused to answer the question. "Why talk about next year?" Del Rio said in response to questions about Douglas. "We have Tennessee to talk about." Detroit Lions: With rookie WR Charles Rogers on the shelf with a broken collarbone and WRs Az-Zahir Hakim and Bill Schroeder failing to live up to expectations since signing as free agents in 2002, the Lions have dropped more passes than any other team in the league (33), and they are looking to upgrade their receiving corps. Such an upgrade could come from WR Kevin Johnson. The former Syracuse star was released by the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, and team president Matt Millen told the Detroit News that Johnson is someone he's looking into acquiring. "That's somebody who we'd be interested in, and somebody we'll look at real strong," Millen said. The waiver deadline for claiming Johnson is 4 p.m. today. If he hasn't been claimed by then, he would be a free agent.