864 Players Are Doomed

Well, the NFL football season is officially upon us! The Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles are in full swing as the Baltimore Ravens are driving down the freeway as we “speak” for their training camp opening tomorrow, and two-a-days are here! NFL teams will open camp with no less than 80-men on the roster all vying for a job of the final 53-man roster. That means at least 27 players per team (864 total) will be unemployed by the time September 5, 2009, rolls around!

Yikes!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, there are a lot of players who “think” they will be playing for an NFL team this fall, but I can assure you, no matter what some players do during training camp, he is not going to make the team. 

Unfortunate reality check! But as the saying goes, “You can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket!

There will be a few who will make it due to injury and happenstance.  There are about seven players per team who are considered “on-the-bubble” which is where all the real action is taking place anyway. Coaches and the Personnel department have been evaluating the new and old players for quite sometime now, and have a pretty good idea who they want to keep and who is just a camp body; there to relieve the guys who are going to make a rest between repetitions. 

While working in the NFL front-offices, there were many times we pretty much had the roster set well-before final cuts. No one is immune, and many are vying for the same spot. There are even veteran players who think their roster spot is secure, but who will soon be very surprised and even mad, when their name is called sometime between the opening of camp and the final roster cuts.   

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