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Two Duke players sign FA deals

Two Duke players landed free-agent contracts with NFL teams today.

Receiver Eron Riley signed with Baltimore and tackle Cameron Goldberg signed with Kansas City. Despite big numbers in his workouts and on the field, Riley was basically ignored during the draft process — left out of all-star games and the combine. Thirty-three receivers were taken during the draft, including four from the ACC.

Riley hoping for a chance

Eron Riley wasn't invited to the NFL Combine or a postseason all-star game.

The Duke receiver is big, runs a sub-4.4 40-yard dash and put up big numbers in college. He doesn't know what else he can do to get the scouts' attention.

"I can only control what I do," Riley said Thursday.

Paulus works out for Packers

Greg Paulus hasn't played a down of college football but the Duke basketball player worked out for the Green Bay Packers on campus last week.

Duke spokesman Matt Plizga confirmed the report by ProFootballTalk.com that Paulus, an All-American quarterback in high school, worked out for a Packers scout on Thursday. Paulus threw passes to Duke's All-ACC receiver Eron Riley, who's considered a late-round draft prospect. They were the only two players at the workout, according to Duke.

Riley playing through hand injury

DURHAM — Duke wideout Eron Riley is playing through a thumb ligament injury in his right hand. The hand was slightly swollen during Tuesday's regular press conference at the Yoh Football Center but Riley said, nearly two weeks after it happened, it's less swollen than before
and he's feeling much better.

Riley said he tore a ligament in his right thumb the Thursday before Duke played at Georgia Tech but it is something he can play through. Riley has not missed any practices or game time because of it.

Duke fired up for Georgia Tech

DURHAM — If Eron Riley has to miss his last homecoming, as a Duke football player, to his home state of Georgia, the guy might implode.

Duke QB Thaddeus Lewis talks in this audio clip about how no one gets more hyped to play in front of his home fans than Riley, who hails from Savannah, Ga. Riley is listed as questionable with a hand injury for the noon game at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Audios:
Lewis on Riley

Duke injury report: Riley questionable

DURHAM — Duke coach David Cutcliffe released his injury report for Saturday's noon game at Georgia Tech and star senior receiver Eron Riley, who hails from Savannah, Ga., was listed as questionable with a hand injury.

"Questionable" means there is a 50-50 shot he will play. Riley, with 36 points, currently ranks second — Wake Forest Sam Swank is first (40) — in the ACC in scoring. Riley injured the hand during practice this week.

Lewis & Riley discuss 'the play'

DURHAM — Duke kind of outed Virginia on Saturday during a 31-3 win, no more so than when quarterback Thad Lewis and receiver Eron Riley hooked up for a 30-yard touchdown in third quarter.

On the rare play when Riley was facing single coverage, Duke's offense caught Virginia napping. Duke coach David Cutcliffe said after the game that he was so eager for center Brian Morgan to snap the ball and start the play that he eventually started running with Riley down the sideline.

By the numbers: Lewis to Riley

Duke football has boasted a dangerous scoring combination since last season but winning is shining a brighter spotlight on QB Thaddeus Lewis and WR Eron Riley.

The duo hooked up for a 15th, 16th, and 17th time in their careers in the Blue Devils' 41-31 win over Navy at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday. Here's a behind-the-numbers look at the best scoring combo in Duke football history:

3 — Number of TD passes from Lewis to Riley against Navy on Saturday.

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