During the season, players are typically off on Tuesdays. And so, with the players in most cities not in the building, coaches and personnel types often bring in some new players for a look-see and, possibly, a contract. (It’s often called a Gong Show, especially when a team has a specific need that it’s trying to fill. And, yes, we mentioned that in order to justify the choice of picture for this story.)
Per a league source, the following tryouts occurred on Tuesday. More than a few recognizable names are among the guys looking for work.
In Buffalo, defensive backs Brandon Bing, Tony Carter, and Terrence Wheatley had some wings and a workout.
In Chicago, defensive back Phillip Adams and linebacker Kion Wilson got their tires kicked.
In Cincinnati, defensive backs Lito Sheppard and Trevard Lindley had a chance to win spots with the unexpectedly undefeated team, along with tight end Donald Lee.
In Detroit, defensive end Jacob Ford and tight end Nathan Overbay got shots at spots on a team that has won five straight games.
In Houston, receiver David Anderson (who was signed) had to compete with David Clowney, Quan Cosby, Craig Davis, Dominique Edison, Darnell Jenkins, and Keith Null. Quarterbacks Rhett Bomar and Keith Null also had tryouts — likely because the Texans needed someone to throw to the seven receivers they auditioned.
In Miami, Brian Westbrook (as he tweeted) got a tryout, along with running backs Julius Jones, Kevin Smith, Dimitri Nance, and Thomas Clayton.
In New England, three linebackers got a chance: Keith Darbut, Heath Farwell, and Lance Laury. Defensive ends Hall Davis and Jake Laptad also had tryouts.
The Jets looked at linebackers Tully Banta-Cain and Chris Wilson.
The Steelers, who signed tackle Jamon Meredith after his tryout, also looked at tackle Ray Willis.
The Chargers had a kick-off that Nick Novak won, beating out Dave Rayner and Shayne Graham.
The Seahawks tried out defensive back Reggie Jones, receiver Cameron Kenney, and tight end Fendi Onobun.
The Bucs looked at defensive tackles Travis Ivey, Johnny Jones, and Jay Ross, along with offensive linemen Jake Kirkpatrick, Chris Riley, and Phil Trautwein.
Finally, the Titans tried out defensive end Everette Brown (a 2009 second-round cut earlier this month by the Panthers), defensive end Keyunta Dawson, defensive tackle Lamar Divens, and linebackers Aaron Maybin (a first-round bust from 2009), Alex Hall, and Antwan Applewhite.