Exactly two players from veteran combine made it this weekend

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The NFL ginned up a little television inventory this offseason, and found a couple of players along the way.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, two players from this year’s veteran combine made 53-man rosters this weekend — Lions linebacker Brandon Copeland and Cardinals TE Ifeanyi Momah.

Of course, notably missing from any roster, NFL or CFL, was Michael Sam, the star of the show. The man attempting to be the league’s first openly gay play shuttled between his workout in Phoenix and his Dancing with the Stars training, a weekend full of reality TV.

And that’s mostly what the veteran combine was, a chance for the NFL Network to otherwise fill hours with stuff that looked like football.

Having been there for the event at the Cardinals facility the day before the owners meeting, you could say most NFL scouts were there grudgingly, watching a bunch of has-beens or never-weres run drills poorly and slowly. There were a handful of decent stories, including guys such as former first-rounder Adam Carriker coming back from multiple injuries (which earned him a tryout with the Falcons but never an invite to camp).

But to say there wasn’t exactly a lot of bang for the personnel buck is an understatement, as this weekend’s moves illustrate.

15 responses to “Exactly two players from veteran combine made it this weekend

  1. The man attempting to be the league’s first openly gay play shuttled between his workout in Phoenix and his Dancing with the Stars training, a weekend full of reality TV.

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    I am sure he is regretting letting the Rams talk him out of doing the Oprah Michael Sam special back when he was drafted.

    The only NFL player (if you want to call Sam an NFL player) TV time than him was Tom Brady.

    The media has spent more time talking about this guy than he has spent on a football field.

  2. This demonstrates just how good NFL personnel people are now at evaluating talent. Do they make mistakes? Sure, but as the veteran combine shows, not very many.

  3. Wow. I can’t believe “exactly” two guys made it !

    I totally thought 2.3 would’ve ….

  4. I’m glad they ginned up something. A little dreary NFL TV was better than no NFL TV at the time.

    What does ginned up even mean?

  5. I would imagine most of the players from the veteran combine are vested already. We’ll likely see a couple more signed after week 1, when the financial risk drops.

  6. Maybe what they need to have is a veteran free agent combine, and draft. The worst teams get a shot at the highest rated free agents to improve their teams. If they cant work out a deal the player can become a real free agent, but the team who took them has the right to match any offer if they can. This would make the league competitive for sure.

  7. It’s not like you are forced to watch it or buy tickets.. I like the idea of giving an underdog a chance. Maybe they should add in top AFL, CFL players to give more interest and exposure to find talent. It’s also the first year so give it a couple years to see if any players make it out of combine. How many busts attend rookie combine? Exactly and they are supposed to be in great shape and top talents unlike veterans who been out of the game .

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