I Still Can’t Believe These Former Georgia Bulldogs Aren’t on NFL Rosters
I’ve been blogging about Dawgs in the NFL all week. But how about the Dawgs that aren’t in the NFL? I can’t believe these guys aren’t on rosters.
Jones received an injury settlement from the Arizona Cardinals last Septembers and hasn’t really been heard from since. Quite obviously, a lingering back injury limited Jones (remember, he had back/spine/neck issues dating back to his days at USC before he transferred to Georgia), but his career certainly lacked the punch many expected.
A first round pick back in 2013, Jones lacked the explosiveness to become the outside edge rusher that many expected. Though he could still come back, it appears his NFL career lasted just four years and saw only six quarterback sacks.
It’s wild to me that Murray, the SEC’s all-time leader in [insert passing statistic here] didn’t last as an NFL backup. He was a full roster participant with the Chiefs in 2014 and 2015 before serving as a practice squad QB briefly for the Cardinals in 2016 and signing for a few weeks with the Eagles later in the season. Murray has thrust himself into the sports media (and insurance) business and seems unlikely to make another NFL bid.
Now a graduate assistant at Georgia, it’s hard to believe Rambo didn’t hold on for longer at the NFL level. He started three games as a rookie for the Washington Redskins in 2013, floundered about for a bit in 2014 and then was an 8-game starter for the Bills in 2015 and started five games for the Dolphins in 2016. Rambo intercepted a pass and recovered two fumbles in a single game back in 2015. How does that guy not make it?
The story isn’t written for Trent, and I refuse to pass judgment on him for going pro early. After going undrafted this past spring, Thompson signed a 3-year deal with the Cleveland Browns worth up to $1.71 million. Unfortunately, none of that was guaranteed and Thompson was released a few weeks ago. If he hasn’t been claimed yet, it’s hard to imagine him landing on a roster before the season begins in earnest.
There was a period during which it seemed like Herrera was the only player on Todd Grantham’s defense who knew where to go. And then there was a period during which he anchored Jeremy Pruitt’s unit. Through all of this, Herrerra registered 334 total tackles with 21 coming behind the line of scrimmage. He also logged 3.5 career sacks, 3 interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and nine deflected passes as a Bulldog. He was drafted in the 6th round of the 2015 NFL Draft and played only three games for the Colts.
I have to believe he will be back once more fully healthy.
Much like Herrera, it’s hard to understand how Sanders’ production in the SEC didn’t translate to meaningful NFL attention. Sanders collegiate state line is no joke: 54 games, 53 starts, 156 tackes, 11.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 16 interceptions, 381 interception return yards, 23 pass deflections, 3 fumble recoveries. Sanders was with the Eagles briefly this summer. He worked out with the Cowboys earlier this week but was not signed.
Davis was waived in June by the Giants with an injury settlement, so maybe he’ll resurface. But like Sanders, he was incredibly productive as a defensive back. He started 45 games and logged even more tackles than Sanders (184) while also forcing three fumbles, recovering five fumbles and intercepting five passes.