Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Denver Broncos WR Kenny McKinley Deceased at 23

Aregatta family offers its deepest condolences to the McKinley family on the tragic death of their son Kenny, a wide receiver on the Denver Broncos. His tragic death came as a shock to everyone and all who have known him are overcome with grief in the loss of such a vibrate and good natured gentleman, talented athlete, and devout family man.

Kenny was a talented player but his dynamic and engaging personality was his greatest attribute. Always known for his contagious smile, he will be remembered forever by those closest to him including his family, teammates, coaches and fans in both Denver and at the University of South Carolina.

To Aregatta, Kenny was not only a client but also a great friend and a member of the family. Kenny will be missed dearly.

Funeral arrangements are not yet available. Arrangements are also in progress with the NFL Players Association to establish a trust fund in support of Kenny’s son Keyon. Details will be provided shortly.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Roberson Signs with Cleveland Browns

Derrick Roberson has reached a 2 year agreement with the Cleveland Browns on September 7, 2010. Upon passing his physical, Derrick has joined the Cleveland Browns active roster and looks to compete for a starting nickel position. Roberson had a strong showing in the preseason, recording a clutch interception against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Derrick Roberson Picks Off Palko

Aregatta client Derrick Roberson recorded an interception tonight against backup Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Tyler Palko. He also recorded 1 solo tackle in the contest. Roberson is fighting for a spot on the two deep in his second season in Tampa Bay.

McMackin Helps Shock Win ArenaBowl

Offensive lineman Rob McMackin helped lead the Spokane Shock to their first ever ArenaBowl win on Friday. The Shock finished the regular season with the best record in the league at 16-3 and worked their way to the championship game against the Tampa Bay Storm. In a close battle, the Shock emerged victorious with a 69-57 win in front of over 11,000 spectators at Spokane Tribe Field.

McMackin is a graduate of Towson and has been a player in arena football since 2006. In his first two seasons of professional indoor football, he played for both the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pioneers and the Tri-Cities Fever of the af2. In 2008, McMackin moved to the AFL where he played for the Chicago Rush and was a member of the LA Avengers practice squad.

McMackin initially attended Iona before transferring to Towson after his freshman season. As a freshman at Iona, he was named to the all-conference team.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Koetter Praises Miller

Jaguars offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter, lauded tight end Zach Miller after the team's pre-season game against Philadelphia this weekend. Says Koetter, "Every time Zach has been healthy, he’s flashed as a playmaker. His issue is that out of the last 43 practices, how many times has he practiced? When Zach is healthy, he’s a playmaker." Meanwhile, Gene Frenette, blogger for the The Florida Times-Union, comments on Miller's athleticism and agility, which he says will create numerous mismatches for opposing teams. Miller had one reception for 18 yards in Friday's game and will be an integral part of the Jaguars offense this season.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

McCain Adds Weight in the Off-Season

Houston Chronicle beat writer, Jordan Godwin, published a column today on the off-season transformation undertaken by Brice McCain this past spring. McCain added weight to his frame without sacrificing his best asset: speed. He has also improved on the mental aspect of his game and now looks as confident as ever in coverage. McCain is currently slated to be the nickelback for the Texans when the season commences in September. He is still fighting for a starting spot.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

McCain's Athleticism on Display

Alan Burge, Texans beat writer, comments on the athleticism of second year cornerback, Brice McCain, in today's entry on examiner.com. Says Burge, "One thing I've noticed about Brice McCain during drills is that he has a really good vertical leap. That's part of his game, being able to get up and fight for balls against taller receivers. At 5-9 McCain is looking up to virtually every receiver in the league but remember Steve Jackson of the Oilers? He was basically the same height as McCain and he turned out to be a pretty good corner." McCain is battling for a starting cornerback position for the Texans.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Foster continues to see time at fullback

Stampede Blue, the official Colts blog of SB Nation, reports that Eric Foster saw the majority of snaps at fullback for the Colts at today's training camp session. Thought Foster primarily plays on the defensive line, his impressive athleticism has allowed him to line up at fullback for the Colts in the past, a trend that is likely to continue this season.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Foster Impressing at Training Camp

We're only a few days into training camp, but Eric Foster is already turning heads in Indiana. Beat writer Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star reports that Foster tore up the offensive backfield during drills on Tuesday. Says Chappell, "During 11-on-11 work Tuesday morning, he (Foster) was an absolute pest to the offense. On one play, [he] scooted in from the right side, flushed Manning out of the pocket and forced him to throw the ball away. On the next play, a short screen to the left to tight end Dallas Clark, Foster converged on Clark behind the line of scrimmage and blew up the play." Foster will be a fixture on the Colts defensive line this season at both tackle and end.

Miller's option capabilities creating buzz

Zach Miller has operated out of the wildcat at certain points during the Jaguars training camp this summer, and at least one blogger is hoping that the team makes the move a permanent one. ESPN blogger, Paul Kuharsky, says he'd like to see Miller run some option plays during live games: "I hope offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter runs some option with tight end Zach Miller taking snaps. It’d create excitement and a wrinkle for a team that can be limited on offense and wouldn’t suffer for taking some snaps from Garrard."

Perkins Thanks Eric Foster

Eric Foster paid a visit to a local Perkins, and the restaurant was glad he stopped by. Phillip Wilson of IndyStar.com reports, "Perkins was tickled about one of the Colts paying a visit. The restaurant's sign read: "Thanks for stopping in, Eric Foster," a tribute to the Colts' defensive lineman."

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Zach Miller back from injury

Zach Miller was activated from the PUP list on Sunday and started working out later that day. On Monday, he lined up at quarterback in the wildcat and displayed no ill-effects from his foot injury. Miller figures to see significant time at tight end for the Jaguars this season.

Mitchell dominates in Nutcracker drill

Khalif Mitchell had an impressive showing in the Nutcracker drill at 49ers training camp, reports various team beat writers. Matt Barrows of the Sacarmento Bee states that "both Ricky Jean Francois (no hyphen) and Khalif Mitchell vanquished their opponents pretty handily. RJF beat Cody Wallace and Tony Wragge while Mitchell, who has been playing both defensive end and nose tackle, beat Alex Boone once, had a draw with Anthony Davis and then beat Davis." Mitchell is expected to fight for a backup spot along the defensive line.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Eric Foster vying for PT

The Colts released do-it-all defensive lineman Raheem Brock this past March, and one of the players looking to benefit from his departure is Aregatta client, Eric Foster. Foster is among a short-list of candidates with the versatility to play each position along the defensive line, and his impressive athleticism also gives him the opportunity to line up at linebacker is specific situations. Replacing Brock is one of the Colts' top 5 unresolved issues entering training camp.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Love starts training camp on PUP list

Jamar Love will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. He is one of 6 Titans to being camp on the PUP list.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Texans commence training camp

Day 1 of the Houston Texans training camp is over. According to Texans beat writer, Alan Burge, Brice McCain led the DB's out onto the field to start camp. Later in the day, McCain knocked down former Pitt tight end, Dorin Dickerson, in press coverage.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Athlon Jaguars Season Preview

Athlon Sports, an acclaimed sports magazine, has released its season preview of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The piece recognizes the tremendous transition undertaken by Zach Miller last year. Miller, a former college quarterback, had a solid rookie campaign in 2009 at tight end, which was the fist time he had ever played the position. Athlon states, "Second-year player Zach Miller has completed the switch from college quarterback (at Nebraska-Omaha) to tight end, and he made a real impact toward the end of the season. Expect Miller to see much more playing time this year, spelling Lewis and in two-tight end sets." Miller will join the rest of his Jaguar teammates this week for the start of training camp.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

RealGM Colts Season Preview

RealGM released their season preview of the Indianapolis Colts today and had some kind words for Aregatta client, Eric Foster. Writer Jeff Risdon lauded Foster's hustle, stating, "[t]here was no interior pass rush to speak of other than reserve Eric Foster, who showed a little acumen at twisting with Mathis." Risdon also notes that "Foster was the most active of the DTs." The Colts will open training camp on August 2.

Friday, July 16, 2010

The NYT praises Eric Foster

The New York Times praised defensive tackle, Eric Foster, in their annual season previews today. Columnist Andy Benoit notes, "[e]nergetic backup Eric Foster plays with terrific leverage" and "he deserves to see time in more packages than nickel." The Colts will commence training camp in a few weeks and Foster figures to play a major role on the defensive line once again this season.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Jacksonville Season Preview

SportsChatPlace.com released its season preview of the Jacksonville Jaguars today and commended Aregatta client, Zach Miller, on his strong overall skillset. The report states, "Zach Miller and Mercedes Lewis are quality tight ends that have value in both the running and passing games." Jaguars training camp is set to begin in 2 weeks.

Jags Confident in Miller

Zach Miller is in a tough position battle down in Jacksonville as he is fighting for the back-up tight end position with Ernest Wilford, ESPN reports. Jags offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter, is confident that Miller will make an impact in 2010 after his strong finish to the 2009 season. Says Koetter, "We think Zach can be that guy, we have high hopes for him." The Jaguars will start training camp on July 30.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Brice McCain - Speed Kills

Andy Benoit of The New York Times released the paper's annual preview of the Houston Texans this morning, and the piece emphasizes the importance Brice McCain's speed on the outside. McCain, Benoit notes, "has the inside track on the No. 3 job. [His] 4.3-speed makes him the best fit to cover the outside receiver in nickel packages." Brice will have a chance to solidify himself as a starter when the Texas start their training camp on July 30.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Broncos WR Battle

Broncostalk.net details the intense WR position battle in Denver that will start in just a short month's time. Among the receivers vying for a roster spot is Aregatta client, Kenny McKinley.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Aregatta adds Dr. Stephen Bacque

The Aregatta Group is pleased to announce that it has signed Dr. Stephen E. Bacque as a client. Dr. Bacque is the ultimate underdog and survivor. He was born in Texas and had an extremely rough childhood. He struggled in school due to an undiagnosed and severe form of dyslexia and eventually found himself homeless. Undeterred, Dr. Bacque was able to turn his life around, becoming a self-made millionaire in the process. Dr. Bacque now travels the globe telling his story and preaching themes of hope, faith, and perseverance. He is in the process of finalizing a book deal and has published a series of 8 workbooks on the topics of entrepreneurialism, small business finance, and other business-related topics. Additionally, a film script is being written with an option for his life story.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Betting on Sports Gambling Revenue

In conjunction with the New Jersey State Bar Association, Aregatta president Andrew Bondarowicz participated in and cohosted a panel on sports gambling in the state of New Jersey. Andrew, who is currently the chairman for the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section for the NJSBA, was joined on the panel by Josh Lichtblau (Director, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement), Richard Rudin, Esq. (Weiner Lesniak), and Michael Vild, Esq. (General Counsel, Delaware Park).

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Aregatta signs Fred Bledsoe

The Aregatta Group is pleased to announce that it has signed defensive tackle, Fred Bledsoe. Bledsoe, a native of Little Rock, AR, played his college football for the University of Arkansas and was signed in 2008 as an undrafted free agent by the Green Bay Packers. Bledsoe currently plays for the Florida Tuskers, a member of the United Football League. He is expected to participate in an NFL camp this summer.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Oderick Turner Invited To Minicamp

Aregatta client and former University of Pittsburgh wide receiver, Oderick Turner, has been invited to participate in the New York Giants Rookie Minicamp. Turner, a native of Teaneck, NJ, was named a freshman All-American after his first year at Pitt and went on to finish his career with over 120 receptions for 1,681 yards and 15 touchdowns. Standing at 6'3" 205 lbs, Turner is the ideal NFL receiver.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Travis Timmons Makes an Impact

Current Aregatta client and NFL Draft hopeful, Travis Timmons, visited Park Middle School in Scotch Plains, NJ today for Earth Day as part of his efforts to increase environmental awareness. Timmons, a well-regarded defensive tackle from the University of Central Florida, is an avid environmentalist and decided to take time out of his hectic pre-draft workout schedule to talk to young students about the importance of taking care of our planet. Timmons was joined on the trip by Aregatta president, Andrew Bondarowicz Esq. At the end of the day, Timmons participated with the students in a friendly game of kick-ball.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Seton Hall Law Symposium

The Seton Hall Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law hosted its annual Symposium today to address certain issues facing the sports and entertainment industries. Aregatta founder and president, Andrew Bondarowicz Esq., served as featured speaker on the first panel concerned with "Financial & Estate Planning for Athletes and Entertainers in Turbulent Times." The panel also featured NFL Contract Advisor Brian Mackler, as well as former NFL player Courtney Hall, former Duke basketball player Jim Spanarkel, and McKenna McIlwain partner Timothy J. McIlwain.