NFL Preseason: 10 Big Names Still Auditioning for Roster Spots
With one week of the 2011 NFL Preseason already in the books, it's already time for teams to make some cuts. Some of those cuts could surprise you, including some big names that are still auditioning for a spot.
Guys like Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Joey Porter all seem to be safe, but there are a select few that are still on the bubble. Either due to contracts or poor play, here are ten players that don't have a roster spot locked up just yet.
Jeff Reed: Seattle Seahawks
Steeler fans would hold their breath every time Jeff Reed stepped up to kick, because you never knew what you were going to get. His aim was not his best friend during the 2010 campaign, and with character issues circulating around him; it was only a matter of time before the Steelers let him walk.
Reed will be battling for a spot with Kicker Brandon Coutu, which means the job will not be won easily.
Aaron Maybin: New York Jets
Maybin has a solid chance with Shaun Ellis heading to New England, but Rex Ryan only wants the best on his team, which means the former-first-round pick's job is not secure.
Michael Clayton: New York Giants
Michael Clayton started his career off with a bang catching 80 passes for 1,193 yards, and seven touchdowns, but since that marvelous season, the former first-round pick of Tampa Bay Buccaneers has not been able to put it together on or off the field.
Clayton is now a member of the New York football Giants, and with a depth chart that supports Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and Domenik Hixon, making this roster will be no easy task for the seven-year veteran.
Malcom Kelly: Washington Redskins
Kelly has done absolutely nothing during his three-year stint in the nation's capital. Malcom has 28 career receptions to go along with 365 yards receiving and zero touchdowns.
The former second-round pick needs a fresh start, which is why there’s a good chance that he won’t make the Redskins final cuts, and could be off to a new team.
Matt Dodge: New York Giants
Dodge is famous for his infamous punt to Eagles receiver, DeSean Jackson, which lead Philadelphia to a comeback win over the Giants.
Dodge is competing with Steve Weatherford, formally of the New York Jets, and both seem to be poised to win over the starting job. The Giants did use a seventh-round pick on Dodge, which could be the only thing that could save his job if the two were even.
Roy Williams: Cincinnati Bengals
Williams, at the age of 30, hasn't been able to play a full season for the Bengals yet and has only recorded 87 tackles in just two years with Cincinnati.
Roy was a clear problem in the Bengals secondary last season, but as of now he looks to still be auditioning for a roster spot.
Brady Quinn: Denver Broncos
With all the hype this offseason being about who would start in Denver between Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton, it seems like the whole world forgot about a former-first-round pick that’s goes by the name of Brady Quinn.
Quinn could bring in some value via trade if he performs well this preseason, and could end up going to a team like the Washington Redskins if Rex Grossman and John Beck, under preform.
Sage Rosenfels/David Carr/Ryan Perrilloux: New York Giants
The Giants will most likely go with only two quarterbacks on their game-day roster so that means all three of these guys are auditioning to become Eli Manning’s backup.
I see Rosenfels beating out Carr, and then I have Perlioux sneaking on the team to become a practice squad player.
Ryan Diem: Indianapolis Colts
The Colts starting right tackle is the clear-cut problem along this offensive line. I believe the Colts should have addressed this issue during the offseason, because Diem is poor in both pass and run blocking.
Diem may be safe because of the limited options that Indianapolis has, but that still has never held some teams from doing what they feel is right.
Bernard Berrian: Minnesota Vikings
Berrian signed a huge contract when he left the Windy City to play for the Twin Cities, but all the hype and money has yet to translate onto the field. Berrian had a dreadful season in 2010, due to the fact that he only caught 28 passes for a mere 252 yards.
Berrian has looked solid this preseason however, and is vying for the starting wide receiver position across from Percy Harvin.