Former Edison High star Cliff Harris cut by NFL’s Jets after marijuana arrest

In this Sept. 10, 2011, photo, Oregon’s Cliff Harris stands on the sideline during an NCAA college football game against Nevada in Eugene. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The New York Jets cut former Edison High star Cliff Harris  along with defensive end Claude Davis one day after they were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in New Jersey.

The two players, who were signed to reserve-future contracts in January and never played for the Jets, were arrested Monday night in Morristown, N.J., after an officer noticed the vehicle they were in was filled with smoke. According to a release provided by Morristown Police, the officer smelled “burnt marijuana” when the driver rolled down his window.

Davis, 23, and Harris, 22, were released after being served a summons, but a third person, Daniel Godfrey, 21, of Morristown, was charged with marijuana possession, intent to distribute and possessing a loaded handgun. Godfrey was detained at Morris County Correctional Facility in default of $50,000 bail.

Harris was considered an NFL draft prospect after leaving Edison High and starring at the University of Oregon. But after an All-America freshman season in 2010, Harris was kicked off  the Ducks  in December 2011 for violating team rules. That move, by then-coach Chip Kelly, came days after Harris was cited in Fresno for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Also while in Eugene, Harris was stopped in June 2011 for speeding at 118 mph by an Oregon state trooper, who said then he smelled marijuana in the car. Harris’ reply: “We smoked it all.”

Harris went undrafted in 2012 then signed as a free agent with the Eagles, who cut him after the season.

NFL set to release schedule today but who will play on MNF opener?

In several hours, the NFL is set to release the 2013 NFL schedule.

Originally the NFL was to have released the schedule on Tuesday but opted to wait two more days.

NFL fans have always circled the calendar a week before the NFL draft to see who will play each week.

But who will play on the MNF doubleheader?

It will likely not be any of these teams: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Oakland and San Diego.

Last season, the Ravens routed the Bengals 44-13. Then the Chargers came away with a 22-14 road victory. Sure, the Raiders have played on the MNF opener the past two seasons, but I don’t see it happening this year because of a subpar 2012 season.

What’s more attractive?

If I was a schedule maker I would put these four teams on MNF: Denver at New England and Seattle at San Francisco.

You’ve got Welker returning to Foxborough and another Brady vs. Manning. Then you have the 49ers and Seahawks who both made key acquisitions in the offseason.

The AFC West had teams in the MNF opener the past five seasons. The last time the NFC West had teams playing in the opener was in 2007 when San Francisco defeated Arizona, 20-17.

The defending champion Baltimore Ravens will open on the road because the Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles has a home game. But where will the Ravens play?

My guess is they will visit Pittsburgh. Bitter rivals. Enough said.

Who would you like to see play on the opening weekend of MNF?

Ex-Bee writers break down 49ers-Packers for ex-Bee editor

David White at Bulldog Stadium in 2005.

It’ll soon be kickoff time at Candlestick for the anticipated 49ers-Packers NFC Divisional Playoff game.

And you’ve probably already read just about every snippet of information about said game, from David Akers and Billy Cundiff to Colin Kaepernick and Aaron Rodgers.

But you haven’t heard about the 49ers-Packers from former Bee scribes … until now.

Former Bee writers David White and John Branch — both of whom went on to cover the NFL after their Bee careers — shared their insights about the football teams and their fans with former Bee sports and metro editor Robert Zizzo, now at the Green Bay Press Gazette.

John Branch takes a turn as mascot of the Grizzlies in 2005.

You can read the entire post here, but here are their predictions:

White, who covered the Raiders and the 49ers for the San Francisco Chronicle before leaving the paper in 2011 to become a pastor in Porterville: Packers by eight.

Branch, who’s been at the New York Times since 2005 and covered the NY Giants’ 2007 championship season: Packers, 24-20.