Jeremy Shockey: Will Shockey Ever Find A Permanent Home In The NFL?
Jeremy Shockey Needs To Find A Place That He Can Call His Own In The NFL
Jeremy Shockey entered the NFL in 2002, and there was a lot of hype surrounding him. He played college football at Miami when that program was loaded with talent. He was a big, strong and fast tight end in a league that had shifted away from pass catching tight ends, unless you are talking about Tony Gonzalez.
The Giants selected Shockey 14th overall in that draft, and he paid dividends right away. He caught 74 passes in his rookie year for 894 yards. Between 2003-2007, he caught 297 passes for 3,334 yards and 25 touchdowns.
When the Giants made their Super Bowl run in 2007, they did it without Shockey who missed out on the playoffs that year with an injury. His replacement, Kevin Boss, filled in nicely and the Giants traded him to New Orleans.
In three years with New Orleans, Shockey missed at least three games every year, his receptions, yards and touchdown totals went down. Finally, after three years, a Super Bowl title in 2009 and a salary that was nearing $5 million, the Saints decided to cut ties with the pro bowl tight end.
Shockey finds himself looking for work. He probably won't have to look very long, well depending on how the labor negotiations go, but it's still surprising that someone with the skills that he has will find himself on his third team in the last four years.
There could be some concerns about Shockey's attitude - he's never been one to shy away from giving his opinion - but he is still one of the more productive tight ends in the NFL. His biggest problem has been that he hasn't been healthy for a whole season in his career, he has never played in all 16 games in the regular season, but someone will take a chance on him.
Look for a borderline playoff team that needs more pass catchers to give Shockey's agent a call (I'm looking at you St. Louis). Even if it's just a one year experiment, he can be a good fit in a lot of offenses in the NFL.
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