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NFL ditches fantasy-camp aspect of Regional Combines

After the NFL allowed a clearly unqualified female kicker to show up for a Regional Combine and then ridiculed her for making a mockery of the process due to the fact that she was clearly unqualified, one key fact became clear. The league, in an apparent effort to create an American Idol vibe, allowed anyone to try out who was: (1) at least three years removed from high school; and (2) willing to pay $275.

As PFT noted at the time, that’s a lot cheaper than any fantasy camp out there.

Since then, I’ve paid little or no attention to the entire Regional Combine dynamic, primarily because the ability of any Joe Schmoe to show up and write a check and slap on cleats and show his (lack of) stuff turned the entire thing into a potential farce. At some point since then, the NFL has reached the same conclusion.

As noticed by MDS, the NFL’s website devoted to the Regional Combine now points out that the process is “limited to players who are eligible for the 2016 Draft and who played college football during the 2015 collegiate season.” The process isn’t open to players eligible for a prior draft, and the league states in two separate part of the page that “NFL Regional Combines are not fantasy camps.”

They may not be now, but at one point they were. The fact that the league has slammed the door on the ability of anyone and everyone to try out for the NFL confirms that they never should have been.

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7 Responses to “NFL ditches fantasy-camp aspect of Regional Combines”
  1. granadafan says: Feb 19, 2016 4:11 PM

    The NFL missed a golden opportunity to film and air to the highest bidder of course, the slobs trying out at the regional combine. They could have had one host it was to be as insulting as possible (Cris Carter? Tiki?), coaches, and a celebrity. Ratings gold.

  2. tvguy22 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:11 PM

    Rats. The guy in the cape from “Invincible” was going to try out.

  3. dmartin17 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:17 PM

    “Rats. The guy in the cape from “Invincible” was going to try out.”

    Mark Wahlberg is still wearing capes?

  4. conormacleod says: Feb 19, 2016 4:21 PM

    Why do you give a rats you know what if the NFL allows anybody to pay a fee and give it a shot? Nobody makes you cover it.

  5. bleedingfacemask says: Feb 19, 2016 4:47 PM

    In other words Odell Beckham’s cousin is going to need to find a different way to get noticed, or we may never see BeastMode and AD transformed into one person.

  6. explosionsauce says: Feb 19, 2016 5:20 PM

    You referred to yourself as I and not we, you ok?

  7. chawk12thman says: Feb 20, 2016 12:56 AM

    If a team’s front office waives a player that they had taken a flyer or reached on during the draft or paid big money for a free agent that didn’t work out we often say “good for them” for cutting their loses. This is the same thing from the NFL front office. They reached….it obviously didn’t work, just as many thought might ultimately be the case……’good for them.’

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