FTB Update: Former Stinger Cut by NFL Team
(Update to the column on Kristian Matte and Cory Greenwood).
Today, June 16th, the Houston Texans cut Kristian Matte (who for the record, was listed as a guard), along with a few other players. Today was the last day of OTAs (Organized Team Activities) for the Texans, who will not practice again until July 30th, the first day of training camp.
Since NFL teams can only bring 80 players into camp (53 of whom make the team as full-fledged members, some of whome make the team, sort of, as practice-squad players) this decision essentially had to be made today, rather than string him along and waste a month and a half of his life. Considering the Alouettes drafted him in the 1st round of May’s CFL draft, even though he had already signed with the Texans, he’ll likely suit up there pretty soon. He could have a great CFL career, and was arguably one of the best CIS linemen last year. Or another NFL team could give him a shot… you never know.
As for Greenwood, his chances of making it even beyond Chiefs training camp seem pretty good. His workout numbers are comparable to players on NFL rosters, and likely the reason he landed on the Chiefs’ radar. Arrowhead Pride, a popular Chiefs blog, seems to agree. Here is a post that mentions Greenwood as a potential “diamond in the rough” who could actually get some playing time on Special Teams. This is obvious to some, but for those who don’t know, Special Teams is basically all plays where a team is kicking a ball somehow… either a kickoff/kick return, punt/punt return, or kicking/blocking a field goal/extra point. This is often where linebackers with good speed and strength find themselves if they can’t find a spot on the team’s defensive depth chart, but the team still wants them to contribute. Unfortunately guards aren’t needed as much, as the blocking positions are filled by better players. It’s possible that, if Greenwood makes the team as a special teams player, he can eventually get more and more playing time on defense, maybe even become a starter. Only time will tell.
As for Cory Watson, the other top-10 CFL pick and former Stinger is playing pretty well for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Here’s a piece on him from the Winnipeg Free Press.
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