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About to post another football feature story to preview the 2010 season in just a few minutes, but before I do, wanted to post a couple of more links on a pair of former football Wildcats who continue to draw praise in NFL camps. Just last week we heard New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan rave about fullback John Conner:

- A wide-eye Trevard Lindley is finding his comfort level at camp, Ray Didinger from wrote Friday. Here is a snippet of what Didinger had to say about Lindley:

Lindley has been impressive all through the OTAs and training camp. From the start, he has demonstrated good man-to-man cover skills. He played at the University of Kentucky, where it was almost exclusively a man-to-man defense, so he has a feel for it.

He doesn't have great stopwatch speed - he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds at the scouting combine - but he makes up for it in other ways. He has long arms and a 38 and one-half inch vertical leap - a full two inches higher than the cornerback average - so he plays big. He also has good footwork so there are no wasted steps when he shadows a receiver.

The rookie has been getting a lot of work with Asante Samuel and Macho Harris both sidelined with hamstring injuries and is making the most of it. He makes one or two plays in every practice that draw praise from the coaches.

- Orlando Ledbetter from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that defensive tackle Corey Peters is picking up the defense quickly in Atlanta Falcons' camp:

He also has gotten off to a good start. He's picking up the defense quickly.

"Corey Peters, I think has really had a solid camp," Smith said. "When we got into the pads, you really saw what he could do. He has a really good anchor point."

Defensive-line coach Ray Hamilton knows there's a long way to go in training camp for Peters.

"Our rookie looks good so far," Hamilton said. "He's catching on to things. He's learning stuff every day."

- It's been a few years since Keith Bogans played at UK, but it's always good to hear how the former players are doing. Reports indicate that Bogans has signed a two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls worth about $2.5 million.

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