As we near the end of the NFL regular season, let’s look at what the season held for each of the former Cats in the NFL:
Jeremy Jarmon (Redskins) – The pride of KSR found himself on injured reserve after tearing the ACL in his left knee. Sports Illustrated had this to say, after Jarmon’s season ended: “The injury ends a promising rookie year for the supplemental draft pick from Kentucky. Jostling for playing time along a talented defensive line, Jarmon played in all 11 games and had nine tackles and one forced fumble.” Next year will be better, especially if Shanahan takes over the reigns.
Steve Johnson (Bills) – Despite the lack of anything in the Bills WR corp, Johnson didn’t see too much playing. To date he has totaled 2 catches for 10 yards. The silver lining is that the current projection for Johnson says that if Terrell Owens were to sit for any type of injury (which is likely since the Bills are way out of contention), Johnson would be the most likely to take his place.
Wesley Woodyard (Broncos) – According to ESPN’s scouting report, Woodyard is tied for the 3rd best linebacker on the Broncos defense. After playing in all 16 games last season, Woodyard’s tackle total is a bit down this year (39) compared to last year’s (55). However, Woodyard did force one fumble and snag one interception. The Broncos defense was superb at times and good at other times and Woodyard seems to be a big part of that defense’s future.
Myron Pryor (Patriots) – In Pryor’s rookie season he saw a good amount of playing time. The scouting report says that Pryor has shown tendencies that make it look like he’ll have a successful career in the NFL. So far this season, Pryor has totaled 14 tackles and 1 forced fumble. However, he did do most of that damage (11 of his 14 tackles) in the first 8 games of the season. Hopefully he’ll pick back up when the season starts again next year.
Jacob Tamme (Colts) – What can you say about Tamme’s position really? He’s the backup to a future NFL hall of famer and doesn’t see the field very often. He’s totaled 2 receptions for 14 yards this season and even got drafted in the final round of my fantasy football league this year (albeit by a die-hard Cat fan) and he’s actually still owned in 0.1% of ESPN’s leagues. Guess there’s a few Cats fans out there hoping that Dallas Clark bites the dust.
Keenan Burton (Rams) – Burton had a golden opportunity to show his stuff this year. First St. Louis’ #1 WR Laurent Robinson went down, then Donnie Avery which left Burton as the de facto #1 option. Sadly, his reign only lasted one game until he too went out for the season with an injury. Despite the fact that the Rams’ offense was atrocious, Burton was able to rack up 25 receptions and 253 yards in 9 games. Would have been nice to see what he could have done the rest of the season as a number one option. In his only game as the starting 1WR, Burton had 5 catches for 54 yards.
Garry Williams (Panthers) – Hasn’t seen too much action on the year, only 4 games and probably blocked quite a few people in those four games but since no one felt like watching the Panthers this year, there isn’t a lot of information about how Williams really did. The Panther’s RB corp of Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart were consistently among the league’s best, so Williams is at least part of a successful group although he doesn’t see the field too often.