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Tight end Zach Sudfeld (Modesto Christian), to the unaware, was the longshot of all longshots to make the New England Patriots roster. Today, he's virtually a lock.
What changed? Maybe it was that 1-handed touchdown catch that caught Tom Brady's attention in camp.
Or the fact he's 6-foot-7 and 255 pounds with decent speed and athleticism.
Or that Sudfeld was an injury-slowed sixth-year senior at Nevada who finally arrived in 2012 with eight touchdown catches.
Some have called Sudfeld "Baby Gronk" for injured Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. High praise for anyone, much less an undrafted free agent.
Sudfeld accounted for one first-half reception for 22 yards during New England's 31-22 win over Philadelphia Friday night.
Coach Bill Belichick again has reached into our neck of the woods for diamond-in-the-rough talent. His first foray worked better than OK: Veteran all-pro offensive lineman Logan Mankins (Mariposa, Fresno State).
The 49ers' Colin Kaepernick (Pitman), new receiver Anquan Boldin and first-round draft pick Eric Reid all looked good after one preseason game. That's a decent place to start.
A 49er red flag: Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins can't hold onto the ball.
Worse for him: A small army of wide receivers plotting to grab his roster spot.
If I'm Raider QB Matt Flynn, I feel Terrelle Pryor gaining on me.
Overheard this week from a vendor at AT&T Park: "Panda Hats! 50 percent off!"
Here's how Tim Lincecum would be heralded by his new team next year: "He's a two-time Cy Young Award winner and a two-time world champion who regained his form and pitched a no-hitter last year."
Which is exactly why the Giants should sign him.
Sober fact: Newspapers used to buy ballclubs. It's vice-versa today.
When you give up zero unearned runs and allow one intentional walk, you win 15 straight on the road: The Dodgers.
This week's suspension of Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, combined with the non-suspension of Bartolo Colon, should be enough for the A's in the AL West.
I guess Josh Reddick's three-homer game will silence those "Send him to Sacramento" critics.
Tiger Woods' confidence in majors returns when (1) the greens are sidewalk-slick, (2) the flagstick is located on the right side of the green (3) Lindsey Vonn is in the gallery and (4) Jupiter aligns with Mars.
The Modesto Junior College Pirates open preseason camp with about 100 prospects reporting next Thursday. Top priority: Improving from last year's 4-6.
The New Balance Area Code Baseball Games, finishing today at historic Blair Field in Long Beach, feature three local stars for Northern California's "Oakland Athletics": Austin Bush and Brett Cumberland of Turlock, and Bryce Dyrda of Oakdale.
The Modesto Nuts' newcomer who must be seen by season's end: Jon Gray and his 100-mph fastball.
Sounds like Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is available for autographs for the right price.
ESPN's "College GameDay" has been expanded to three hours. For college football fans, heaven.
Nate Sudfeld (Modesto Christian), Zach's brother, tossed seven touchdown passes last fall as a freshman at Indiana.
Why do I think the Sudfeld family will log a truckload of frequent-flyer mileage this fall?
Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at email@example.com or (209) 578-2302. Follow Ron via Twitter @modbeesports.