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After Hard Knocks exit, Jerome Messam heads back to CFL

Eskimos' Messam loses helmet to Alouettes' Bowman and Guzman during their CFL football game in Edmonton Reuters

On this week’s edition of Hard Knocks, running back Jerome Messam was shown complaining to Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland that the team had just cut him without ever giving him a chance to prove what he can do on the field. Now Messam is heading back to the league where he has already proven what he can do.

Messam will return to the Edmonton Eskimos, the Canadian Football League team he played for last season, when he was a 1,000-yard rusher and named the league’s Most Outstanding Canadian.

The Dolphins hit the jackpot in 2009 when they reached into the CFL and grabbed pass rusher Cameron Wake, who has 28 sacks in three NFL seasons. But after signing Messam this year, they released him without ever giving him a preseason carry.

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19 Responses to “After Hard Knocks exit, Jerome Messam heads back to CFL”
  1. mysteryslice says: Aug 30, 2012 2:41 PM

    WhY do I get the feeling that Ireland=Millen more and more every day?

  2. 69finfan says: Aug 30, 2012 2:50 PM

    So JM your dream is/was to play in the NFL and your first and only NFL team cuts you and you’re going to high tail it back to Canada, eh. Your perserverance could be in question and that plus the fact that you showed nothing in Training Camp might be just one of the reasons you got cut. If he is going to give up that easy we don’t want him.

  3. cornersss says: Aug 30, 2012 2:53 PM

    “WhY do I get the feeling that Ireland=Millen more and more every day?”

    How does letting this RB go when we have a glutton at RB and pointing out finding Cam Wake make Ireland =Millen? Far from it, Millen was the worst of the worst. Might as well call him “Receiver Time”

  4. wussbasket says: Aug 30, 2012 2:56 PM

    i remember the eagles brought in the leading rusher from the cfl a few years back and he didnt make first cut either

  5. snikerbotloot says: Aug 30, 2012 2:56 PM

    Jeff Ireland reminds me of Elmer Fudd

  6. phinfan says: Aug 30, 2012 3:04 PM

    Ireland puzzles me.

  7. greyhawk9 says: Aug 30, 2012 3:12 PM

    do you have to be irish to have the last name ireland??

  8. whodeyinpa says: Aug 30, 2012 3:14 PM

    Why even bring the guy in if you aren’t going to give him a single touch? This guy runs for 1000+ yards up north and he isn’t even worth giving a single carry to in garbage time of a preseason game? Puzzling move to say the least.

  9. thepowerrankings says: Aug 30, 2012 3:17 PM

    How long until the Patriots grab him and he’s Danny Woodhead 2.0?

    Meanwhile the Dolphins are onto their 2nd WR dumped by the Pats this offseason. We all know how the first worked out.

  10. anbesanegus says: Aug 30, 2012 3:57 PM

    Well the fact is he showed absolutely nothing in training camp. Not much speed, for a guy that size very little power and not much physicality. Good for him for rushing for 1000 yards in one of his cfl seasons but this isn’t the cfl. He has nobody to complain to but himself it’s one thing to just merely lack the talent which looks like the case here but it’s sad to see someone get an opportunity and lack the drive.

  11. rcali says: Aug 30, 2012 4:04 PM

    Hey, when you’re playing for the first pick in the draft, you can’t take any chances with a guy who may over achieve.

  12. AlanSaysYo says: Aug 30, 2012 4:21 PM

    I loved the scene from Hard Knocks where Messam is kvetching that he didn’t get to play in a game and therefore didn’t get to show his talents, and Ireland responded by saying that practice is also a time to show your talents, which is code for “you were so terrible in practice that we didn’t need to put you on the field to figure out a roster spot.”

    Bush and Thomas are obviously getting roster spots. Lamar Miller just got drafted and has a lot of upside. Messam was very unlikely to make the team.

  13. m1000be says: Aug 30, 2012 4:25 PM

    I’ve watched Hard Knocks all season, but I won’t pretend to know what this guy did or didn’t do in practice, but I do know this. You brought him out of the CFL and couldn’t give him one single touch in garbage preseason games? What were the Dolphins going to lose by giving him a few touches? That’s just poor management and another reason Ireland and crew are completely inept.

  14. cantonbound13 says: Aug 30, 2012 4:51 PM

    Dolphin management is a joke!

  15. dukemarc says: Aug 30, 2012 5:00 PM

    69finfan says:
    Aug 30, 2012 2:50 PM
    So JM your dream is/was to play in the NFL and your first and only NFL team cuts you and you’re going to high tail it back to Canada, eh. Your perserverance could be in question and that plus the fact that you showed nothing in Training Camp might be just one of the reasons you got cut. If he is going to give up that easy we don’t want him.
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    You have no idea what you are talking about. The likelihood of this guy getting picked up by an NFL team a week before season starts is pretty low. I’m not going to blame him for going back to the CFL for a guaranteed job. How exactly is he giving up? By complaining to Ireland, one of the worst GMs in the business, about not getting a shot in a game?

  16. lgwelsh1 says: Aug 30, 2012 6:47 PM

    The guy never even touched the ball LOL

    How can you seriously evaluate a player if you don’t get him into the game? The Dolphins really need get get rid of their GM.

    This guy has dragged down the entire franchise, how can you justify keeping him employed?

  17. inthezone4 says: Aug 30, 2012 8:11 PM

    Better than having a real job ha!

  18. whodey33ds says: Aug 30, 2012 9:51 PM

    Dolphins management , Is a joke !! How philbin is a sorry coach , these players won’t play for him , he’s a jerk on hard knocks , gettin on guys for wrappers on locker room floor , for not havin shoes tied ( regardless of casual or cleats ) Really and the dis respect of players , One year and this guy will be fired!! Or as chad would say “kiss Da Baby “

  19. mulliganmiami says: Aug 31, 2012 9:25 AM

    Practice habits translate into what you will do in a game, if he practices bad and can’t get the offense scheme he doesn’t deserve to take other snaps away from players who need the work

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