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Long Shots

In Search of Another Shot

Now that training camp is over, as well as the preseason games, NFL teams are preparing for their first in-season game. They have to make drastic cuts to the roster so that they remain at 53 players.

To put things in perspective, most teams started with 80 entering into training camp, then reduced the roster to 75 by Sept. 1 and now to 53 on Sept. 5. This means 22 players will be cut by each team, but there is a slight silver lining -- eight of those 22 players could be invited back for a spot on the practice squad.

Practice squad is exactly what it entails. As a player you are there for the team for practices but not active during games. Being on the practice squad does provide some upper movement within the league. If injuries happen to plague a team in your position or you play better throughout the season, you may be able to move to the active roster on your team.

Another way of upper movement is when another team in the league wants to sign a practice squad player, it's required to have the player on its active roster for a minimum of three games.

Now we come to where I fit, at this moment, as an NFL player. On Sept. 5, I was officially put on waivers by the Green Bay Packers. My agent, Josh Stevens, will be making all of the necessary phone calls to the league teams that are interested in signing me.

Although I still have the chance to make the practice squad with the Packers, they have to release me for a period of 24 hours before offering a new contract; this allows all of the teams in the league an equal opportunity to sign me. So you can imagine this is definitely a stressful time for rookie players like myself.

The process of going undrafted and unsigned as a free agent, to making a team from a tryout of 20-plus other athletes and surviving the first mandatory cut of training camp has been encouraging. I've proven myself time and time again that I have what it takes to play in this league.

Now, I need another shot, and I'm sure this one will be much shorter than the last.

By Dane Randolph  |  September 7, 2009; 10:00 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I am proud that your mother raise you to be the man that your are today. She has instill a lot of confidence and determination in you that will enable you to succeed in anything you do. Keep at it and do not allow anyone or anything stray you away. YOU WILL HAVE A SHOT!!!!!

Your Cousin

Posted by: roderickraymond | September 10, 2009 9:38 AM

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