Gannon showing increased arm strength

Norv Turner believes that Rich Gannon's rehab from right shoulder surgery has increased his arm strength.

Updated: July 14, 2004, 6:11 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Rich Gannon
Quarterback
Oakland Raiders
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2003 SEASON STATISTICS
Att Comp PaTD RuTD Int Rat
225 125 6 0 4 73.5
Rich Gannon never had a cannon for an arm, but Norv Turner believes the 38-year-old's rehab from right shoulder surgery has made him a slightly stronger thrower. In offseason camps, Gannon has excelled in throwing 25-to-30-yard intermediate routes with accuracy and even unleashed a few 50-to-55-yard throws. That arm strength has allowed the Raiders to lengthen some of their routes for Jerry Rice and Jerry Porter and put in more seam routes for tight ends Doug Jolley and Teyo Johnson.

Javon Walker
Wide Receiver
Green Bay Packers
Profile
2003 SEASON STATISTICS
Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC
41 716 9 17.5 66 170
No. 1 option?
After an exhausting offseason training regiment, Javon Walker believes he's ready to surpass Donald Driver and Robert Ferguson as the Packers' No. 1 receiver. Phoenix trainer Brett Fischer had Walker run routes and sprints wearing a 30-pound vest. He also caught passes while standing on one leg and while wearing elastic bands that extended from his waist to his wrists. The result: Walker was virtually unstoppable against the Packers' cornerbacks in minicamp.

Deuce McAllister
Running Back
New Orleans Saints
Profile
2003 SEASON STATISTICS
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
351 1641 8 69 516 0
The Deuce diet
Saints coach Jim Haslett likes the idea that halfback Deuce McAllister is on the same page with him on the Deuce diet. After gaining 1,388 yards in 2002 weighing 242 pounds, Haslett suggesting losing two pounds a season to enhance his quickness. McAllister gained 1,641 yards last year weighing 240 and has consistently showed up this offseason weighing 238 and looking quicker than ever.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

John Clayton

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