I was reading an article this morning claiming that James Hardy reported to minicamp out of shape and has not stepped it up yet and that he's in danger of not making the final roster. This got me to thinking about the players on the cusp, that they are in a unique position to basically choose to get cut so that they can play elsewhere.
Let's take Hardy's case in particular, he's a tall receiver with speed that has good hands. He plays on a team that is the laughing stock of the league, a team that is poised to become a power running team, a team with an established #1 guy, a team with a 3-headed noodle arm QB competition. I ask you, where is the motivation to make this roster? He can simply play poorly, get cut and then get picked up by a team where he can actually have some success. He's a former 2nd round pick who had a lot of success in college so he'd get another chance and the odds of it being with a better team with a better QB are quite high - so I ask again, what is his motivation to make the roster?
I certainly am not implying that Hardy is deliberately trying to get cut but I would like to raise the possibility that it could happen. Our team has sunk so low that anything is in the realm of possibility. I sure am anxious to be proud of this team again. I think guys like Wood & Kyle Williams are like gold because they are lunch pail type guys that embrace the challenge and opportunity of rebuilding this team, we need to continue to draft players with this type of attitude and work ethic.
Now I will leave you with a poll, remember that I am not talking about bad players. I am referring to players who have played themselves onto the cusp and essentially can decide their future. Guys who would surely get picked up elsewhere. To me this situation just adds to the importance of having a very experienced coach and GM because they need to be able to read through the tea leaves and address these situations. How can a team get better if they let the potential talent just walk away? Buddy sure has his work cut out for him!