Four years ago, some unknown running back from a small town in Colorado defied the odds to make the Chargers roster due in large part to his performance in the team’s final preseason game.
That back, within his first few years in the league, would soon turn into one of the best dual-threat ball-carriers in the NFL. If you haven’t guessed yet, that person was Austin Ekeler. But if you were Philip Rivers, you just called him “Three.”
In tonight’s preseason finale against the Seahawks, some wide-eyed rookie — drafted or not — will be hoping his performance will be what earns him a spot on the team’s final 53-man roster.
Will it be defensive tackle Forrest Merrill out of Arkansas State? Did former Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga do enough before being injured to earn a job? What about Willie Yarbary, the former Spring League participant? These are just a few names who will look to put a stamp on their camp performances and parlay the past two months into an actual job in the NFL.
It’s time to put up or shut up.
Enjoy the game, everyone. Bolt up!