I’m trying to come up with something to start out this post and this is the word that pops into my mind as I’m reading players’ tweets.
I can drudge through the stats and plays but the emotions of the game and the significance of what’s about to happen in the next 48 hours weigh heavy. I can’t imagine what the players are thinking, feeling right now as they await their fate.
Have they shown enough in the past 4 weeks to make the team? Did some of them just play their way off the roster tonight?
Even Steven Jackson, despite the perfect 4-0 preseason record, has the roster cuts on his mind. SJ had 3 carries for 7 yds, with the longest run gaining 6 yds. Short, sweet, and done for the night.
RB #39 - Steven Jackson
I was hoping WR Mike Sims-Walker would get his few catches in the limelight and show Jacksonville what they lost. But he wasn’t afforded the chance – no targets in the game.
During half time he was asked about this return to Jacksonville:
It’s weird, but it feels good. Over the past four years, I built a lot of relationships and a lot of good friends. The fans gave me a lot of support and the Jacksonville organization gave me a lot of support. I thank them for it.
MSW took the high road:
WR #10 - Mike Sims-Walker
More players chime in on the next few days. Again, they’re glad preseason is over but sad to see guys have to leave.
S #43 - Craig Dahl
MLB #55 - James Laurinaitis
I wouldn’t want to trade places with the actual guys who are awaiting news. It’s got to be killing them! Sleeping tonight seems too good to be true.
So what do they do in the meantime? They tweet, of course.
WR #83 Third Round Draft Pick - Austin Pettis
Almost any other season a third round draft pick would have little doubt about his roster status. But as we all know, this hasn’t been anything close to a typical off season. Pettis is a bit nervous because he hasn’t produced a whole lot during these preseason games.
3 total targets, one catch for 6 yds. Yeah, you read that correctly. He did see some limited special teams time but your guess is as good as mine. Personally, I think the kid deserves a chance to show what he can do and I’m sticking by it.
Austin Pettis’ mom was at the game two weeks ago against the Titans, literally cheering at the top of her lungs as he made his first NFL catch. She was ready to burst. I had a brief conversation with her afterwards and she was still beside herself. She was beyond proud.
I can almost picture her right now. As much as he’s nervous, as evident in his tweet, she has to be a thousand times more anxious.
Then there are guys who know it’s out of their hands now and in the hands of others – whether it be God’s or those of Spags and Billy Devaney.
In Fendi Onobun’s case his fate is actually might rest in the calf muscle of fellow TE Mike Hoomanawanui. Big Mike stayed behind in St. Louis and didn’t even make the trip due to his injury. The Rams may decide to keep Fendi around to play along side Lance Kendricks in those two TE formations.
TE #48 - Fendi Onobun
Now, cue the Carly Simon’s song in the Heinz ketchup commercial I used to see on TV.
WR Danario Alexander is another one of those on the bubble guys. He caught 7 balls out of 12 targets for a total of 109 yds. A big chunk of that 109 came tonight on a 4th quarter 43-yd pass from Thaddeus Lewis. He turned it on towards the end of the game but I wonder if it’s just a little bit too late for DX.
WR #84 - Danario Alexander
Ah, Dom… I caught a glimpse of WR Dominique Curry standing behind Spags during the game. Uniform pristine and clean from not having gotten any playing time. Helmet off and just watching the other players at least get a chance a prove themselves.
Dom probably knows he’s one of the many odd men out come Saturday. You can’t help but wonder how different things could have been if he hadn’t broken his hand earlier during training camp.
Sounds like to me he’s already saying farewell to his bros.
WR #15 - Dominique Curry
And we finish with a reply back from another potential casualty of this weekend.
I for one really like RB Keith Toston and thought he did really well during camp and in the games. But with an already crowded backfield Toston might get lost in the shuffle. I still hope he can make the team somehow.
He has some positive inspiration for everyone:
RB #38 - Keith Toston
It’s late. 1:15 a.m. to be exact. It’s been an extremely long day yet the next 48 hours will seem even longer as we all wait to hear the final countdown to 53.
Good luck guys and like Toston said even if you don’t make it here, “keep ya head up and keep climbing.”