Nfl notes

Titans hire ‘bounty’ coach

Tennessee snaps up Williams on the day he is reinstated

The Associated PressFebruary 8, 2013 

  • USC, CLEMSON STArs invited to Combine Seven Gamecocks and three Tigers have been invited to this year’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis later this month. USC players: running back Marcus Lattimore, tight end Justice Cunningham, linebacker Devonte Holloman, center T.J. Johnson, wide receiver/kick returner Ace Sanders, safety D.J. Swearinger and defensive end Devin Taylor. Clemson players: wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, running back Andre Ellington and defensive lineman Malliciah Goodman. Date: Feb. 20-26.
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— Gregg Williams knows he’s got to prove himself every day.

The former Saints defensive coordinator said he received a “great rebirth” Thursday when he was reinstated by the NFL and hired by the Tennessee Titans after serving a nearly yearlong suspension for his role in the New Orleans bounty scandal.

But now that he’s back in the league, he’ll have to change the way he’s done things in the past.

“I’ve got a very positive outlook on things,” Williams said. “I understand and respect the game an awful lot, and the past is the past and what I’m talking about doing right now is creating a resume from this day forward.”

Williams took the first step when the Titans hired him as a senior assistant coach for defense. Williams thanked Commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstating him while speaking at a news conference.

Eagles hire Davis

The Philadelphia Eagles will reportedly hire Cleveland linebackers coach Billy Davis to be their defensive coordinator. Davis previously served as defensive coordinator in Arizona and San Francisco.

Jaguars rebuild with four

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley has finalized his staff.

Bradley hired tight ends coach Ron Middleton, running backs coach Terry Richardson, special teams assistant Matthew Smiley and defensive backs assistant Mike Rutenberg, continuing his trend of dipping into the college ranks for assistants.

Smiley spent last season as special teams coordinator at Charleston Southern.

Giants re-sign Rogers

The New York Giants have re-signed veteran defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.

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