Newly signed cornerback Javien Elliot has already been cut by one team (Pittsburgh Steelers) this month, but the uphill climb to earn a roster spot is nothing new for the 22-year old prospect.
Until last fall, three years after making the Seminoles team as a walk-on during his freshman year, Elliot hadn’t played a down of football in college. In many ways, his situation in Tampa is similar the one he had in Tallahassee nine months ago.
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“Tryout, making the team, signing – just doing the same thing,” Elliot said at his first practice Thursday, explaining the process this time around. “Now it’s just really just going out here, impressing these coaches and letting them know that I can do the job that needs to be done.”
During his lone campaign in 2015, Elliot recorded 37 tackles, four for a loss, one sack and one interception, en route to being nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy, which recognizes the nation’s top walk-on.
He learned a simple lesson from making the Florida State team, one he plans to adhere to in Tampa Bay.
“Stay humble, try to stand out,” he said. “Just be the player that you come out here to be. Work hard and separate yourself.”
Elliot said re-joining a few of his former teammates – Jameis Winston and Roberto Aguayo – makes him feel more welcome and at home. But considering his path into football, let alone the NFL, the former Seminole is just appreciative for another opportunity.
“Not too many people are able to say they did what I did,” Elliot said. “It’s very exciting, especially with where I’m coming from and the road I had to take to get here. I thank God for it. It feels great – a dream come true.”
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I respect this kid getting a shot. He worked his ass off at FSU to go from walk on to scholarship so it’s always good to see them get a shot. I don’t think he’ll make the roster though. Maybe practice squad?
I’d like to see him make the practice squad.
It would have been nice to know in the subject line that he is a recent addition. With 90 players on here and almost half newbies, no way I can remember em all.
Who was cut to make room?
Anyone else added and cut not announced either???
Safety John Loudermilk announced his retirement. This player was signed to replace him.
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