After the football season came to a close, everyone in Buffalo knew that Bills quarterback J.P. Losman would be playing for a new team in 2009. No one could have guessed that his new team would be playing their games in Las Vegas.
Losman, the Bills' first-round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, is set to be the signal caller on the Las Vegas team in the United Football League, according to UFLAccess.com.
It is now clear that Losman has officially hit rock bottom. After being benched for the last two seasons, Trent Edwards took the reins of the Bills starting job and now Losman is taking snaps in a UFL jersey.
Losman certainly has the raw talent to make it in the NFL, that was never a concern about him. What hurt him was his inconsistency, his lack of field vision, undiscipline play, and locking onto wide receivers even when they were tightly covered.
He had his good times with comeback wins and almost leading the Bills to the playoffs in 2006. He also had his bad times, with not being able to finish critical drives and constantly coughing up the football in the absolute worst moments.
The move makes sense for Losman as he is trying to work his way back onto a NFL squad. With most spots already filled this season, Losman didn't have many options in terms of teams to go to, and the ones he did he had no chance of starting. He chose playing over sitting the bench and the UFL will give him a chance to show that he still has some talent worth putting on a NFL depth chart.
The UFL (which doesn't even have nicknames for its four francishes in Las Vegas, Orlando, New York and San Francisco), only plays six regular season games, and is expected to have a Championship game around Thanksgiving.
Who knows, there may even be an injury to a team at the quarterback position in which they will be looking for depth. If everything goes right for Losman, he might even be back in a NFL uniform during the 2009 season.
In his five-year NFL career, Losman completed 558 of 941 passes (59.3 percent) for 6,211 yards, 33 touchdowns and 34 interceptions. Losman also gained 489 yards on the ground, scoring three touchdowns. He also fumbled the ball 32 times during the five-year span, 17 of which that were lost to the opposing team. Overall in his career, Losman accounted for 36 touchdowns but 51 turnovers.
Most fans have already said good riddance to the 28-year-old quarterback. However, I am quite interested to see how this whole thing turns out. Maybe under Las Vegas coach Jim Fassel, Losman can finally turn the corner in his development and turn into a serviceable NFL QB...
...or maybe Losman might be looking for a new day job come next year.
Either way, you can't blame him for trying.
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