A year ago, 49ers draft choice Bear Pascoe was generating buzz after catching several passes during the team's postdraft minicamp.
Some thought Pascoe might become a good second tight end, mostly as a blocker. Despite early reviews, Pascoe did not earn a spot on the 53-man roster.
The lesson: Let's not get too excited about what happens or what is perceived to have happened when players are running around in shorts during late April and early May.
We do know this: A few players earned spots on NFC West 80-man rosters after participating in postdraft camps on a tryout basis. Teams still have most of the next three months to evaluate their rosters and decide which players to bring to training camp. Teams will also release players to make room for draft choices to sign or for other reasons.
The Cardinals, perhaps seeking depth in the secondary and for the return game, signed cornerback Justin Miller after he participated in minicamp on a tryout basis. The move makes sense because Henderson was the Jets' defensive coordinator when they selected Miller in the second round of the 2005 draft. The Cardinals previously acquired safety Kerry Rhodes from the Jets.
Miller has made his greatest impact on special teams, returning five kickoffs for touchdowns (two with the Raiders in 2008, two with the Jets in 2006 and another with the Jets in 2005). The most recent Scouts Inc. report on Miller called him a player with the talent to succeed as a cornerback. "But he is undisciplined in his effort and technique, which has led to marginal performances," the report concluded.
The Rams, who went into their postdraft camp with seven players from the NCAA Division II level, added two more among the four tryout players they signed Monday. The rest of the division has eight Division II players (five in Arizona, two in Seattle and one in San Francisco).
Newly signed Rams receiver Dominique Curry played at California University of Pennsylvania. Defensive tackle Ernest Reid -- featured here -- played at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. The Rams also signed Fresno State cornerback Moses Harris and Nevada cornerback Antoine Thompson.
The 49ers announced they have signed California-Davis receiver Bakari Grant after Grant participated on a tryout basis. I'll add the Seahawks' signings when I get them (no promises, however, as high winds just knocked out power and I'm working on battery for the time being).
Update: Seahawks cut Patrick MacDonald and Reggie Carter. They signed Joe Toledo, formerly of the 49ers, and Chris Richards.