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Copy: It was a routine short pass over the middle. ROOKIE caught the ball in stride for what looked like a four-yard gain. But then he made a move, juking out VETERAN DEFENDER and cutting upfield for an extra 20 yards.
It was only a minicamp drill, but the move opened eyes and turned heads. That catch wasnâ€™t the first time in camp that ROOKIE left a defender tackling thin air. â€œWe didnâ€™t know what we had with this kid,â€ said POSITION COACH after practice. â€œHe really makes things happen.â€
ROOKIE has been making things happen for his entire football career. He broke every rushing record at TINY RURAL HIGH SCHOOL but wasnâ€™t highly recruited because he was just REALLY SHORT feet tall and weighed REALLY LIGHT pounds. After a year in juco, he transferred to UNHEARD OF UNIVERSITY where he overwhelmed the competition, rushing for OBSCENELY GREAT STATS while doing it all for the RIDICULOUSLY NON-THREATINING TEAM NICKNAMEs: rushing, catching passes, returning punts and kicks, and even throwing some option passes.
Still, pro scouts were skeptical of his size and the level of competition. ROOKIE didnâ€™t hear his name called on draft day, but several teams contacted him as a free agent. â€œI knew my size would be a liability. It has been all through my career,â€ ROOKIE said. â€œI came here because I believe coach HEAD COACH will give me the best opportunity to show what I can do.â€
So far, HEAD COACH has been singing ROOKIEâ€™s praises. â€œThat kid gives us a lot of flexibility. He can do a lot of things as a rusher, receiver, and a return man. I also like his effort and intensity.â€ Still, ROOKIE faces an uphill battle to make the roster. FEATURED BACK and VETERAN THIRD DOWN GUY are locks to make the roster, and THIRD-ROUND PICK is ahead of ROOKIE on the depth chart. The team may keep four running backs, so ROOKIEâ€™s best chance to make the roster is to beat out DISAPPOINTING FORMER NO. 1 PICK WITH TWO DUIâ€™S ON HIS RECORD and OBSCURE PRACTICE SQUAD GUY.
ROOKIE remains optimistic despite the odds. â€œI like being the underdog. It motivates me,â€ he said. â€œThis camp has showed me that I can play in the NFL.â€ ROOKIE has faked and juked his way through an impressive college career. His next fancy move could fake him right onto the roster.
feel free to plug in whatever UFA on the steelers that will get cut after camp; i think i read like 2 or 3 versions of this story every summer.
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