Howard signs with Buffalo

Cord Howard signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.

Howard, an all-ACC performer at guard last season, will be reunited with Chan Gailey, his former coach at Georgia Tech.

At 6-5, 308 pounds, Howard can play either guard or right tackle in the NFL. He said after Tech’s pro day, where he seemed to perform well, he has been spending time refining his technique at both positions.

I’m trying to find out if outside linebacker Sedric Griffin has signed with any teams.

Other Tech articles for your perusal from yesterday:

Bay-Bay finds his way: http://www.ajc.com/sports/georgia-tech/somehow-bay-bay-found-487904.html

Dwyer drafted by Steelers: http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-tech-sports/2010/04/24/dwyer-goes-to-pittsburgh-steelers/

Washington, Hill shine at T-Day: http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-tech-sports/2010/04/24/washington-hill-shine-at-t-day-game/

53 comments Add your comment

Buzzzed

April 25th, 2010
1:17 pm

Cool. Another Tech guy to the NFL.

GT in Gold Town

April 25th, 2010
1:23 pm

Congrats Cord, I hope you do well!

stw

April 25th, 2010
2:22 pm

Buzzzed: Great. Two more and they can play bridge…

Tokyo jacket

April 25th, 2010
2:28 pm

I have a feeling that he might make it through the spring. I’d bet a dollar on it anyway.

ZamBonE

April 25th, 2010
2:46 pm

He’ll have a good opportunity to play in Buffalo with their lack of depth on the o-line. Congrats and best of luck Cord

realitycheck

April 25th, 2010
3:47 pm

suprised that the AJC hasnt run any of the quotes from the Steelers confirming what Dwyer said about the Tech offense hindering his draft status. CPJ really has ya’ll running scared over there doesnt he?

Stinger

April 25th, 2010
4:29 pm

This is what coaching up does for you. Check UGA blogs for meaning of coaching down.

Technophobia

April 25th, 2010
4:53 pm

With Howard, that brings Tech up to 28 players in the NFL.

Technophobia

April 25th, 2010
5:08 pm

It’s pretty stupid to blame Dwyer’s fall in the draft on Tech’s offense. He was rated 42nd in the draft and the top power RB in the draft. Are you saying they didn’t know about Tech’s offense when they rated him late first/early second round????? What an idiotic opinion. What changed from the time he was rated so highly and draft day? His drug test and the revelation of his “pre-existing condition”. That’s the only thing that’s new and makes any sense.

GT Man

April 25th, 2010
5:19 pm

Dwyer would have done better to stayed another year–2 uga bench warmers went higher than he did.

shark

April 25th, 2010
6:41 pm

Quality players and quality characters, moving on to the next level. Tech at its best! Congrats to Coach Johnson and his players.

Speaking of quality, Tech won the ACC Golf Championship, again, today. Coach Heppler continues to prove his value, and why he is one of the most respected coaches in the game. While certain coaches bask in the cool of the evening and laid back ways, Coach Heppler is bringing in the two best ‘011 juniors in the state. Does anyone at the AJC appreciate how special Bruce Heppler is? Keep an eye on that golf program, and you soon might.

Tech women won the ACC Tennis title this weekend. The hits keep coming!

Quality and achievement continue to be the “buzz” words on the Flats.

Doug Roberson

April 25th, 2010
6:57 pm

Reality: I just read the quotes from the Steelers coach. Summing it up, he said it will be like teaching him all over again.

Dwyer has lined up 7-yards deep most of his career. Only in the past 2 years has he lined up 5 yards deeps, or however far it is. If memory serves, he also was working on it at the training academy in Dallas.

I asked Anthony Allen, Tech’s new B-back yesterday, if he was apprehensive about his possible NFL future after watching Dwyer drop.
He said no, that he’s Anthony Allen and that Dwyer’s Dwyer.
To be fair, he was used in a spread-type offense at Louisville for 2 years before transferring to Tech, so he’s got all sorts of tape to show.

Ga Tech Old Timer

April 25th, 2010
7:10 pm

Doug,
Just a quick comment on a different topic – Bay-Bay. What a great piece you did on this kid! I had no idea of the struggles and difficulties he had in growing up. We tend to get caught up in the spotlight of college football and backing one team or another. And, then we read about the reality of a kid’s upbringing and the hardships that have been endured to get to this point – and it snaps us back into our own reality and the fact that a great deal of life is what we choose to make of it. Bravo for Bay-Bay rising above the circumstances of his up bringing as a child to become the man he is today – and the example he sets for others. And, bravo to you Doug for writing a fine article about something other than the “X’s” and “O’s” and bringing the “human” touch to business of football.

Buzz29

April 25th, 2010
7:18 pm

Hey Shark,
Don’t forget the women’s softball team wrapped up the regular season ACC title this weekend also!

Go Jackets!

Dwyer will run over people

April 25th, 2010
7:25 pm

there is footage on youtube of Dwyer as a freshman when he played for Gailey and different offense so these NFL scouts are not speaking the truth about this issue. It stil has to do with that erroneous drug report popping up two days before and all hell(confusion) set in. I find it hard to believe scouts would discredit a kid for the offense they run in college. CPJ was not the first to run this offense. What about years ago when several coaches had a similar style. Give mea break.

Dwyer

April 25th, 2010
7:32 pm

GT sucks. I wished I never went there. That’s why I fell so far down in the draft. If I had gone to a real football program, I might be able to move out of parents house.

Jeff Owens

April 25th, 2010
8:33 pm

Why did I go to Ugay? I was so highly rated on signing day! If I had went to GT, maybe I could have ended u p like Derrick Morgan!

Kade Weston

April 25th, 2010
8:34 pm

Bay Bay's Cousin

April 25th, 2010
10:12 pm

I’m just touching up on the Bay Bay story also. He did have those stuggles. the reason why his aunt michelle couldn’t pick him up from practice or didn’t want to pick him up from practice is because they stayed in montrose, georgia not dublin (where he went to school). The drive isn’t that long about 10-20 mins off of I-16 going toward savannah. Montrose is very small. smaller than you can imagine. there is no traffic lights, no stores, but my grandmother did sell snacks and stuff out of her house for the kids in the town. Its kind of sad that my aunt didn’t want to pick him up and tried to make him choose between him and her. When he was with our grandmother, he was really grounded. Had to be in the house before dark, she wasn’t able to pick him up from practice because she couldn’t see at night and the three foster girls she had living with her. The best place for him to be was at aunt sherly’s and uncle brown’s house. I guess they forgot to include the corn field uncle brown always had us in picking corn all day for a lousy 10 dollars but it helped out in the long term. Although he went through those struggle with stability to find a home where he would be happy, his father always made sure he didn’t struggle for anything he wanted financially. I know Bay Bay loved sports. He played basketball, football and ran track in high school. Always tried to compete with me. I’m glad he will be able to take care of himself and make easier decisions for himself. I just hope and pray that the new life won’t change who he is. Everything that was mentioned about Bay Bay in this article is true about the kind of person he is. I can’t remember him doing anything bad either except for that one incident. I can only wish the best for him.

Dwyer will run over people

April 26th, 2010
9:51 am

quotes from Steelers in the Pittsburgh newspaper on Dwyer

“The Steelers drafted another wishbone back well into the draft 20 years ago when Barry Foster of Arkansas came to them in the fifth round.

All Foster did was set the Steelers’ record with 1,690 yards rushing in 1992.

“Not often do you find 230-pound halfbacks with his ability with the ball in his hands,” Wilson said.

Dwyer averaged more than 6 yards a carry at Georgia Tech.

“This kid’s broken a lot of long runs,” said Kevin Colbert, the Steelers’ director of football operations. “We think there’s something there we all haven’t seen yet.”

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10115/1053206-66.stm#ixzz0mDKVckCy

Gt4ever

April 26th, 2010
10:06 am

Good Luck Bay Bay! You are the MAN!

Buzz has all new meaning

April 26th, 2010
11:22 am

Tower to Hornets, tower to Hornets, pull up! pull up!

Whadayah mean that was the Varsity. I thought we buzzed an east cobb peewee football game, as there were only 12,000 fans in that stadium.

nex

April 26th, 2010
11:23 am

how does the greatest Tech team in 20 years still have less players taken in the draft when all their studs opted to leave and all of UGA’s decided to stay???

Adam

April 26th, 2010
11:24 am

Buzz has all new meaning,

I think you added 3 unnecessary zeros after 12

Dwyer's REAL Average

April 26th, 2010
11:27 am

The important yardage indicator to the pro scouts was Dwyer’s INABILITY to be able to run on LSU, UGA and IOWA. Look at the number of big boy NFL players from these schools and their respective conferences and then, you too will come to realize what the scouts knew ………….Dwyer is small BUT he his is slow. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHA

33 yds vs UGA and 0 vs Iowa in the first half told the tale on him. This dismal performance sealed his fate. Besides, they knew that CJ Spiller was THE MAN, not Dwyer.

ATL XMAN

April 26th, 2010
11:28 am

key word 20 years ago man..PJ offense cost bey bey millions and dwyer even more….and when allen falls like dwyer all tech will have then are converted wideouts and qbs running signing at tech…dwyer might be good in the pros but the teams didnt want to pay him top dollar as a work in progress back. this way they will get more bang for the buck. he might end up being an mvp one year…but it wont be in the next two..he has to relearn how to play in a pro style offense. just like anthony allen will have to do.

bey bey should have gone earlier with his size and hands but..

To Adam

April 26th, 2010
11:28 am

I stand corrected …………you are correct, sir.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH AAAAAAAHAHHA

ATL XMAN

April 26th, 2010
11:31 am

his offense is a joke and you techies will soon see this year and really next year when nesbitt is gone

larnes

April 26th, 2010
11:35 am

Morgan is lucky he got drafted at all, let alone in the first round. Those permanent cleat marks from King and Ealey left nasty scares on his chest.

wes

April 26th, 2010
11:37 am

It’s obvious why the ACC “champ,” with their best talent leaving, flopped in the draft. A. The NFL front offices see the ACC for what it is, an absolute joke. B. Half the ACC finished the regular season .500 or worse, HALF THE F’N CONFERENCE!!! So they realized Yech was the “champ” by default.

The NFL future players from UGA

April 26th, 2010
11:37 am

All Frosh, red shirt Frosh and Sophs and a few Juniors and a Senior or two at UGA will be future high level choices for the scouts from the NFL. Here are just a few:
AJ Green
Clint Boling
3 or 4 from the O line
2 or 3 or so from the D line like Tyson
Linebackers – maybe 2 or 3
Safeties like Baccari, Jakar and Ogletree
Corners like Smith and two or 3 others
Punter
Place kicker
Tight ends – 3 or 4 like Aaron White and Arthur Lunch and Orson Charles and Figgins
Flankers like Tavarres King, or Rontavious Wooten or Marvelous Marlon Brown
Fullbacks – 2 for now

Well, um, that is about it for now. UGA ia about to make a run ………get ready for some fun.

Go Dogs.

PEACHTREE ST.

April 26th, 2010
11:41 am

BINGO WES!!! BINGO!!!!

macrotech

April 26th, 2010
11:45 am

ATL XMAN, I’m starting the think that you’re not a fan of Tech’s offense…..now that you’re an x man….what are you?

Brock

April 26th, 2010
11:50 am

“..you guys have an empty stadium..hee hee bwaaaaa!!

If you guys are gonna show your ignorance by posting here at least get some new material.

Brock

April 26th, 2010
11:51 am

ATL XMAN- were you at the spring game to see the new guys coming in?

Brock

April 26th, 2010
11:56 am

wes- what conf did you win last year? I mean, you’re the one over here blabbing about us WINNING a championship but what did your team do? Are you a gator fan? Tide fan? Texas fan? Which is it?. what are you boasting about?

ahope3

April 26th, 2010
1:03 pm

@ The NFL future players from UGA ,
The only lock for a possible first round is AJ Green. Half of the people on that list you didn’t even give names for, is this a joke or something. Your comment has little basis and stats to show for it. Just because you’re a highly regarded incoming Freshman means nothing. If you’re speaking on your sophomores, they haven’t even gotten a good amount of playing time yet so how would you know. As for you juniors, AJ Green is the only name anyone would recognize as a contender on that list. Even if other juniors did get playing time last year, your season was a disaster so they go unnoticed. And as for your seniors….Who?!?!?

GT12

April 26th, 2010
1:17 pm

ATL XMAN

Wow, you’re such a loser..

wesleywhatwhat

April 26th, 2010
3:00 pm

i’m still laughing at “xman”.

i can’t decide what is funnier, the comic book name he uses instead of his own, or his REALLY stupid posts on every gt article.

nice to know he cares to much about georgia tech football that he is on a gt blog several times a week. personally, as a gt fan, i can’t remember the last time i was on a uga blog – and i went to school there for post graduate classes! i guess i just don’t see the point in making an ass of myself like some people.

but don’t stop, xman. the world needs douches too, or uga wouldn’t fill up sanford stadium in the fall.

F-105 Thunderchief

April 26th, 2010
4:12 pm

Hey Doug, some yahoo on SI.com was writing about Dwyer slipping because of off-field problems at the combine. I’ve never read anywhere that Dwyer has ever gotten into trouble, or been viewed negatively in any way. Have I missed something?

GTOldSchool21

April 26th, 2010
5:56 pm

I’m a huge Dwyer Fan. Absolutely love the kid. What hurt him the most is that he couldn’t control his weight. If he ended the season (while playing) at 240, what did he get to in the ensuing weeks after the bowl game? Let’s say he took 3 weeks off to relax. Bam…he’s at 250. Then he had about 6 to 8 weeks to prepare for the combine. When you drop 25 lbs you also lose strength. His weight at the combine was 225.

He had one of the weakest pro benches I’ve ever seen at 15 reps. That’s quite poor for a guy that is 225 and called “the Diesel”. He also had the slowest 20 yard shuttle, 3 cone drill and worst broad jump of all running backs at the combine. Bottomline…he was neither mentally nor physically ready for the combine or the draft. You could see his body at the combine…he did not look like Diesel to me. And that is very unfortunate. If you go back to the first game of last year, he had some extra weight in his gut. Although he took the first snap of the 2009 season 79 yards for a TD he was overweight in my opinion. It took him about 4 or 5 games to shed that weight and get into playing shape. Not good.

I think Dwyer is going to be an outstanding NFL running back. The combine doesn’t measure the type of power that he delivers on his runs, his vision, and his heart. What he needs is a serious commitment to becoming a professional athlete based on a strict diet and training program. He had an incredible opportunity but failed to capitalize. He is smart enough to know that his time in the NFL may be short lived if he does not get the Diesel into gear.

Senior is Clint Boling

April 26th, 2010
7:17 pm

Read my comment moron ( obamaron) I suggested draft choices not first rounders. I am describing talent to be developed and NFL drafted. Read it obamaron. Your inability to read tells me that you are not college material, sir. Go back to Ethyl Street and hang out in the weeds.

Go Dogs.

Senior is Clint Boling

April 26th, 2010
7:19 pm

Ahope is a dope.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHA,AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHA 30-24 and get those Navy Jets up and out of here. AAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHA

SILLY UGA FANS

April 26th, 2010
8:50 pm

the name says it all

Another One Bites the Dust

April 26th, 2010
11:05 pm

Just saw where another mutt was arrested. Gawd, the Clarke County taxpayers better be ready for an increase to pay for the jail expansion!

GT VET

April 26th, 2010
11:53 pm

I will fly my NAVY Jets anywhere I please pup,25-6 AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHA cant wait for the game at the TED..could get REAL UGLY..GO Jackets!!!

GT VET

April 26th, 2010
11:59 pm

GT ,ACC CHAMPIONS,Football,mens golf,womens tennis,probably in baseball and softball ,2nd place in basketball,mens and womens..Does Ugay win any SEC championships in anything but Gym??? just wondering

UGASlobberknocker

April 27th, 2010
10:00 am

I’m sorry to have to use the Tech board to ask a UGA question..but Dawg fans are here..and since every time a Dawg is arrested the ajc closes comments..that leaves a very narrow window for comments :) .

Is Parrish the son of ex Dawg Joel Parrish?

Too bad for Parrish .He was an academic high school All American and by al accts had his head on right. I know Im glad the drinking age was 18 when I was in school, otherwise me and all Freshman would do what he did..fake Id to drink some beer. I do think Richt overreacted a bit..due to the other players legal problems.

Texas Wreck

April 27th, 2010
10:11 am

As in the previous post, why are the comments on UGA arrests immediately closed?? And just to finish up this topic, Tech runs the read option, not the wishbone. Living in Texas, I can tell you there is a huge difference in the plays and the results. The Wishbone has three running backs and two wide receivers who are really tight ends. The read option has two slots (who run and catch) and two wide receivers with one running back. There is a quarterback who has to run the show. In the wishbone there is not a read component, just a precalled handoff in most cases to the fullback or halfback with a bunch of fakes in there to hide the ball. Hiding a handoff in the pros does not work most of the time- the qb gets his head taken off while the fake is being carried out. Just get is straight. UT won a national championship with the wishbone because they threw their only pass at the end of the game that no one expected. It was boring; there were no long playes; there were lots of punts; in short, it was not the read option= it was the wishbone!!

POAD

April 27th, 2010
10:13 am

Slobber NO he is not. And now the AJC will not let people rip kids after an arrest. I think it is that Innocent until proven guilty thing. The kid was a walk-on so Richt just had him walk-off. No gained scolly though.