The more I think about it, cover it, and analyze it, I realize the NFL is all about opportunity. Yes, simply, opportunity. It’s not a by-the-book meritocracy. Sometimes, you don’t get your shot, or enough of a chance to prove yourself in camp, or in a preseason game, or during in-season practice, you don’t play on Sundays, and everyone assumes you just aren’t good enough.
But that can’t be true. Chargers wideout DeAndre Carter, who went undrafted out of Sacramento State — yeah, Sacramento State — is on his ninth NFL team, and looks to finally be part of a regular receiver rotation. He caught a touchdown in Week 1 from Justin Herbert. Nice diving one, too. He followed that up with three catches for 55 yards on Thursday night against the Chiefs. Carter’s first career score came in 2021 in Washington four years and eight teams into his professional career. He didn’t suddenly become significantly better. He just got a genuine opportunity and is now showing out.
Another example: Practice Squad Power Rankings alum Juwan Johnson wasn’t drafted in 2020, hopped from the Saints’ practice squad to the 53-man roster for the first two years of his career and is now, rightfully where he should be — as New Orleans’ TE1.
I banged the table for weeks and weeks in 2020 about wideout Jauan Jennings. He can be a YAC monster for you, Kyle Shanahan, I wrote. Over and over. Finally, after becoming a voracious PSPR reader, Shanahan called up Jennings often in 2021, and the former seventh-round pick caught 24 passes on 38 targets for nearly 300 yards with five scores, including six catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns in the damn NFC title game! Now he’s the full-time No. 3 in San Francisco. And he hasn’t changed. Still the same Jennings I had a blast watching at the University of Tennessee.
Dane Jackson was a PSPR mainstay in his rookie season of 2020. He had six pass breakups in six contests…
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Author : Chris Trapasso
Publish date : 2022-09-16 12:47:28
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