5 NFL veterans that won’t play in 2012
90 days ago this conversation is about who is available and where they will end up.
There are still some names of value on the block such as Ryan Grant, Cedric Benson and a potentially healthy Andre Carter.
As we hit mid-July, the hollow truth begins to close in on some veterans that they will have to root for training-camp injuries to get a job.
For others, injury or no injury you have to wonder ‘has their window of opportunity shut for good?’
#5 Jeremy Shockey
Shockey’s biggest 2012 splash has been in regards to whether he was or was not the “snitch” in the Saints Bounty Gate scandal.
The tight end with the notorious wild-streak did time in Carolina blue for 2011 and failed to blow the roof off there with only 37 grabs in 15 games.
Nearly 25 percent of those grabs came in back-to-back games. In truth, Shockey had six games where he had less than three catches and none where he registered more than four in one contest.
Blocking has never been his strong suit, so his value as a TE is nothing like it used to be.
He’s closing in on 32-years-old and even tried to get his job back with the New York Giants, a team that he forced his way out of in 2008.
New York GM Jerry Reece certainly must have chuckled at that idea after the nature of their previous relationship.
He’s amassed two Super Bowl rings which are two more than most of the guys that have played this game and he did it with two different teams.
His reps have stated that he’s not done but with stronger options like Visanthe Shiancoe still on the market, it’s going to be a while if ever before Shockey bucks up again.