NFL: Four Players That Deserve A Chance
The business of professional football and especially the NFL isn’t always fair. Sometimes athletes and fans believe that certain players deserve another shot or chance at playing professional football. The NFL always has players come and go through spring training, summer practices, preseason, or the regular season.
Sometimes certain players deserve a shot either through a team work out, practices, or NFL games. There are plenty of potential guys that could get another try, but I’m going to focus on four players. Let’s take a look at four players that deserve a chance in the NFL.
Tavaris Barnes, Defensive End
Tavaris Barnes played college football at Clemson before playing in the NFL. The 6’5, 260 lbs defensive end had 46 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and five sacks as a Clemson Tiger. Barnes would go undrafted, sign with the New Orleans Saints, and spend time on the Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Washington Redskins before exiting the NFL.
Tavaris played in the Alliance of American Football (AAF) for the Atlanta Legends before they shut down. He registered seven tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks, and two QB hits with Atlanta. Recently Barnes signed with the DC Defenders of the XFL and played till they shut down due to the Corona Virus. He had four tackles, 1.5 sacks, two QB hits, and two tackles for loss with the Defenders. Tavaris Barnes is a guy who has shown he can still play and can make an impact.
He can rush the passer, defend in the run game, hit quarterbacks, and play sideline to sideline. He penetrates the offensive line and collapses the pocket better than most defensive linemen. An NFL team should give him a shot and he should receive a chance to make an NFL roster this year.
My Personal Best Fits: Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, and Tennessee Titans.
Jerimiah Spicer, Linebacker
Jerimiah Spicer is a 6’1 245 lbs linebacker who runs a 4.73 40-yard dash and played college football at Riverside Community College. He played in 2018 for the Cape Fear Heroes of the American Arena League and racked up 147 tackles as a rookie. Spicer would lead the league in tackles. Then he received tryouts by NFL teams but did not get signed. He most recently was drafted in the XFL Draft by the Los Angeles Wildcats before being released prior to the start of the 2020 XFL season due to him being too physical at practice.
He was named the most physical linebacker drafted in the XFL and the film shows it. Jerimiah Spicer plays with a tremendous amount of heart and toughness. He doesn’t have any quit, plays sideline to sideline, and plays till the whistle blows. Not many players are going to outwork Jerimiah and he just needs a chance to make an NFL roster. Spicer would make an impact on a team’s defense from day one. Currently, Jerimiah has received interest from some NFL teams this offseason.
My Personal Best Fits: Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, and Cleveland Browns.
Dajon Emory, Defensive End
Dajon Emory is 6’2 275 lbs and runs a 4.8 40-yard dash. He played defensive end for the Arkansas State Red Wolves in college and before that at Lackawanna Community College.
Emory registered 40 tackles, 7 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles in the seasons at Arkansas State. In his senior year, he helped lead the Red Wolves to an 8-4 record and had one of his biggest highlights sacking Tua Tagovailoa. Dajon showed in big games he can perform and he should get an opportunity in the NFL. Most recently he signed with the Green Bay Blizzard of the Indoor Football League before the season was canceled this year.
His strengths include being quick off the snap of the ball, he’s great at power pass rushes, and he can also play the run well which makes him a versatile player. In the NFL you need guys that will make an impact and Dajon Emory will because watching film on him he’s always in the play. He doesn’t quit and he deserves a chance on an NFL roster.
My Personal Best Fits: Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, and Buffalo Bills.
David Pindell, Quarterback
David Pindell is a 6’1 203 lbs quarterback who played at Lackawanna Community College and played for the Uconn Huskies. With the Lackawanna Falcons, he had 2,512 yards passing, 31 touchdowns, and only 7 interceptions. Pindell had 478 rushing yards and 9 touchdown runs. With the Uconn Huskies David had 2,899 passing yards in two seasons with 23 touchdowns thrown. He had 1,428 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns as the Uconn quarterback.
Pindell recorded the most rushing yards by a QB in Uconn single-season history with 1,139 yards and finished third in Uconn single-season history for net yards of total offense with 3,117 in 2018. He would go undrafted in 2019 and piqued the interest of NFL along with CFL teams, but remains a free agent. David Pindell deserves a chance to be a quarterback in the NFL. He’s very accurate and can read defenses well. Pindell can throw every pass that you need your quarterback to make and is a threat rushing the ball. He can make an immediate impact in an NFL QB room and deserves a spot on an NFL roster.
My Personal Best Fits: New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
All of these players deserve a chance in the NFL. Whether it be on the roster through OTAs, preseason, or through the whole season on the 53-man roster, they all deserve a shot. Out of 32 teams, at least one team should give each of these players a chance in 2020. I hope to see these four guys on Sundays this fall.
Do you think any of these players deserve a shot?
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