Friday, September 06, 2013

Getting Cut and Joining the Practice Squad


     Walking down the hall I felt as if I was in a daze... a dream even, and I couldn't believe I was walking down the halls maybe for the last time as I was about to be cut.  It was the day after the final preseason game and the cutting process had begun in order to get down to the 53 man roster.  We were nervously sitting around and Rock, the strength coach, was again roaming the locker room and grabbing players one by one to take the long walk to get cut.  I was confident in the work I had put in since May on both defense and special teams.  Along with depth and injuries I thought I might be safe, but just like that I was grabbed and walking down the long hall to the offices.  Coach Fisher pulled me into his office and told me I was not going to be a part of the 53 and the reasons for doing so.  Next coach Cecil did the same and offered me some advice.  I was escorted to turn in my playbook, sign some paperwork, and collect my belongings before heading out the door for what could have been my last time.  Before I knew it I was headed home and uncertain of what would happen next or if I would have a job at all.

     All I could do now is sit back and wait to hear my fate.  I had to wait two days and on Sunday would find out if I had landed on another team through waivers or would join a practice squad.  I had received some interest from other teams and was nervously waiting to see if I would be claimed.  It would be good to get on a roster, but starting with new coaches and a new system on week 1 would be difficult.  The practice squad would be good if you have an opportunity to move up and mature, but there is a chance you get lost in the shuffle and bumped off to be unemployed.  I was going through all the possibilities in my head, but ultimately the decision was out of my hands.  There were so many emotions lingering about what I just went through and things that could happen that I was just ready to know my future.  After what seemed like the longest hours of Sunday at noon, I got the call to come join the St Louis Ram's practice squad.  It was a weird feeling walking into the facility of the team that just let me go and hearing congratulations on the practice squad.  I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed that I ended up on practice squad.  This is because I have such high expectations of myself and worked hard to make the team which was my goal.  I am simply not satisfied with the result and I will continue to work my hardest in order to prove myself and stick on an active roster.  But don't get me wrong, I am happy to still be a part of the Rams organization and look forward to working my way up and staying ready for whenever my number is called.  I am extremely blessed and thankful to have this opportunity to still play football!

-Student of the Game
#KeeptheFaith

21 comments :

jay said...

Keep your head up. Obviously the coaching staff likes you. You will have an oppurtunity

RamsONDEMAND said...

You've got a lot of fans, Cody. Just keep the faith, and keep grinding. You'll be starting in no time.

fitz said...

best of luck Cody, keep working hard and it will happen.

Martin said...

I was shocked when I saw your name on the list. I just couldn't belive that the coaches didn't see what I (and hopefully a lots of other Rams fans) saw in the preseason games: that you are good! Very good, if we count that you are a rookie, let me say: a student of the game. I couldn't belive that with the 31-old (sorry, but it is true) Giordano and the almost always injured Stewart the coaches thought that they can let go one of the best signed UDFA players in Rams recent history.

But that is the past. You cannot change what happened. Now all you have to do, is focus on your work in the practice squad, do your best, and hope that the decision makers of this team can see what a lot of Rams fans see, that you are worth to be a part of this team, and you deserve a spot on the 53 man roster!

I belive that it won't be long that we can see you on the field again...

fliptalianstallion said...

Being in the Practice Squad indicates Fisher still has faith in you in terms of your future development. Keep improving and you should be in the 53-man roster sooner or later.

Cody R. said...

had a feeling you'd at least be on the practice squad


keep up the good work, and you might make it into the 53 before ya know it!

Roman said...

Enjoyed your post - sorry that you didn't make the team this time around, but my money's on you doing so eventually. Best of luck!

James Ruggeri said...

Great post, classy. Saw your highlights after the Rams grabbed you as a UFA and was immediately impressed. Especially your work against the great passing attack of WVU, the irony of which was not lost on me, showed you've got what it takes to succeed in football. Nobody knows how things will turn out, but I hope you get a shot in the bigs sometime this or next year, keep up the hard work!

Arnett Counts said...

Class act...good luck Cody, lots of fans pulling for you..I was surprised myself, then saw how Gio & Matt Daniels were hitting on ST the other day...Turn your intensity up a notch, study the film of the great FS...You have the talent....Oh, and lift weights like your life depends on it...Chase the dream young man....

Erik Bustillos said...

Cody as a Freshman in a high school your intensity and play inspires me to hopefully play college Ball. Seeing that your atitude and demeanor is top notch it will be soon that I'll own a Davis jersey. Fisher saw your eye for the ball and knows Staford needs a Safety like you to challenge him. Please keep your head up as always and give the people like me a hope and a prayer to play next level just like you will.

Terry Hoey said...

Hey Cody, seems you are still a student of the game, just at a different level. You have a lot of people behind you and we still want to hear from you. Please keep posting.

Cody Davis said...

Thanks, will do. Just taking a little break and getting refocused.

Cody Davis said...

Erik keep working hard and keeping faith, it will work out like it is supposed to. Haha, I hope to have a jersey someday! When I do I will send you one.


Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men

Cody Davis said...

Martin you said it exactly... you cannot change what happened. I will continue to work toward my goal whatever the circumstances. Thanks for the support! #GoRams

Jason Dan Moore said...

Even God had to put his "players" through training before they were ready to lead. It isn't always an easy road, but the joy comes in His presence. Enjoy the ride, and I'm praying/rooting for you! (TTU '98)

Martin said...

Jersey with your name and number is available in the nflshop:

http://www.nflshop.com/St_Louis_Rams_Jerseys/Pro_Line_Mens_St._Louis_Rams_Cody_Davis_Team_Color_Jersey

RamsONDEMAND said...

Just heard you've been called up, man. Make the best of it!

Martin said...

#KeeptheFaith

I've told you! I've told you that you will make the roster sooner than you think.

I am really sorry about TJ. It's always terrible to see when a member of your favourite team gets injured during game. I wish him a quick recovery.

But till he can return it is a good opportunity for you to prove that you deserve this spot on the roster.

Show them the real Cody Davis! Show them the Tackling Beast you are!

Keep the Faith!

Cody Davis said...

Haha! Making me a man of my word!

Cody Davis said...

Will do!

Cody Davis said...

Yep it's tough to see a player you have come to know go down like that. But I will make the most of my opportunity has been given to me!

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