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    Gatlin, banned from track, works out for Texans

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    [size=6pt]By John Clayton
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    The Houston Texans worked out the world's fastest man, Justin Gatlin, on Tuesday but that doesn't mean he's making a fast entrance into the NFL. The Texans didn't make a big deal out of the Tuesday visit. They looked at Gatlin like they did with two other receivers -- Kevin McMahan of Maine and Jovan Witherspoon of Central Michigan. NFL teams usually bring in players for Tuesday workouts while the 53 players on the regular roster take a day off.

    The only difference in this workout was the name recognition of Gatlin, the 100-meter gold medal winner in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Gatlin holds the world record for running the 100 meters in 9.76 seconds.

    In April, he tested positive for the banned substance testosterone and accepted an eight-year ban from track and field.

    Though the Texans wouldn't be willing to sign him for this season, they are one of the first NFL teams to look at him for future contracts, which teams can start signing in late December.

    The reason for the slow reaction by NFL teams to Gatlin's availability is his lack of football experience. At the University of Tennessee he ran track instead of playing football. He hadn't played football since 10th grade.

    Still, he's an interesting athlete to study. He's 6-foot-1, 180-pounds and only 24 years old. His agent is former track star Renaldo Nehemiah.

    Senior writer John Clayton covers the NFL for ESPN.com.
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    Re: Gatlin, banned from track, works out for Texans

    Hey maybe he could enter the draft next year and we could move up to #7 to take him. Oh sorry we already have a fast guy who can't catch.

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    Re: Gatlin, banned from track, works out for Texans

    He will not be that fast with PADS.
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    Re: Gatlin, banned from track, works out for Texans

    A guy that I played HS football with, Troy Faucheaux, was Justin Gatlin's track coach in HS!

    Shout out to Fauch!!!

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    BANNED OR DEAD...I'LL TAKE EITHER ONE

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    Re: Gatlin, banned from track, works out for Texans

    That would be cool to see that guy fly in the open field. I don't think he would have much for moves but if he got around that corner... see ya! haha He could return kicks or something probably.

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    Re: Gatlin, banned from track, works out for Texans

    "Vikes" wrote:
    He will not be that fast with PADS.
    No he wont be. But no one in the NFL is that fast without pads either.

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    Re: Gatlin, banned from track, works out for Texans

    On KFAN this morning they said that Gatlin's 40 time was clocked at 3.8! How is that even possible?! That is so freaken fast its just stupid.

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    Re: Gatlin, banned from track, works out for Texans

    3.8 is rediculous. They would have to double him every play because he could beat ANYBODY deep. It would be like having Moss back-just not a good one. Wow 3.8-my jaw dropped when I saw that.
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    Re: Gatlin, banned from track, works out for Texans

    Speed kills! So does crack though.

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    Re: Gatlin, banned from track, works out for Texans

    3.8 is disgusting. If it turns out he has hands he could make an amazing pro. Then agian, if it turns out he doesn't, he'll end up like troy.

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