After the hype of trades, free agency, and the NFL Draft the reality of summer camp, pre-season and the security of your position becomes more prevalent. Not that these factors ever leave the minds of the players – particularly those fighting for position – but it’s sometimes drowned by the noise of the media, naysayers, fans, supporters, critics, coaches, and even team mates.
It’s when seasoned players like Michael Vick begin to analysis their current situation and deal with the reality of his next step(s). Although grateful to have a place with a increasingly respected team – thanks to the help of Rex Ryan – I’m certain this 13 year pro would like to put a stamp on a starting position; however, such may not be the case.
From Marshall’s trade to the Bears potentially being a ‘career saving’ move; to the toss-up of starters in Oakland and the comparison of Corners Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson there will ALWAYS be speculation, “expert opinions”. As quite as it’s kept, I believe do have some influence over how we the bloggers, media, fans, and self-proclaimed football mavens perceive our favorite players’, favorite players. Although numbers “don’t lie”, are they the deciding factor for who gets the starting positions from Oakland to NY? Let’s look at some data:
GENO SMITH – 2013 2ⁿᵈ round (7ᵗʰ pick) by the New York Jets
Born: October 10, 1990