Free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft have come and gone. Both events have altered the structure of many teams. New talent has come in, old talent has been sent out, and now jobs are on the line across the NFL. That’s the nature of business in professional sports, and the NFL is certainly no different.
With that in mind, here’s a look at players whose jobs are in jeopardy as training camps looms.
Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst lost some valuable stuff after Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions, including a team iPad.
Atlanta police say Hurst had a book bag stolen from the passenger seat of his car on Sunday, according to TMZ Sports. The bag contained a number of valuable items, most notably a “new model” Falcons iPad.
Hurst tweeted a picture of his shattered passenger window on Sunday.
Hurst’s vehicle had been parked at his sister’s house. Police say security camera footage captured the robbery, and fingerprints have been retrieved from the car.
There’s precedent for team-issued iPads getting stolen. They often contain the team’s playbook and other confidential information, but teams can typically clear them remotely to ensure the data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
Hurst, meanwhile, has had some very bad luck with legal issues this year. Hopefully his stolen items can be recovered quickly and that will be the end of it.
Hayden Hurst and Dak Prescott shared a nice exchange after Sunday’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons.
Prescott’s Cowboys came back to beat Hurst’s Falcons 40-39. After the game, Hurst approached the Cowboys quarterback and thanked him for opening up about his depression.
Prescott admitted in a recently published interview that he experienced anxiety and depression early during the nationwide quarantine period.
Hurst dealt with depression and had a suicide attempt, which is why he especially appreciates Prescott opening up. The Cowboys quarterback told the Falcons tight end that they should collaborate on something.
Prescott dealt with some criticism for opening up about his feelings, but Hurst’s comments show plenty of people respect the quarterback for his actions.
The Atlanta Falcons chose not to place the franchise tag on tight end Austin Hooper, and that may have been because they already had a replacement in place.
Not long after Hooper agreed to a multi-year deal with the Cleveland Browns, the Falcons acquired tight end Hayden Hurst in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens. ESPN’s Adam Schefter had the full details of the trade:
Hurst, the No. 25 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, caught 30 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns last season. He made some big plays for Baltimore’s explosive offense, but he was clearly second on the depth chart behind fellow 2018 NFL Draft class tight end Mark Andrews. Hurst should have a decent role in Atlanta’s passing game.
Tim Lincecum is back in the news, though not for anything he has done.
A 25-year-old Pennsylvania man named Michael Daily has been arrested and charged with identity theft, theft by deception, and unlawful use of a computer, according to TMZ Sports. Daily allegedly is a scammer who used various social media accounts and posed as others in order to obtain memorabilia that he later sold online.
The case that got him caught involved Daily allegedly posing on Twitter as Tim Lincecum and reaching out to Hayden Hurst, asking the Baltimore Ravens tight end to send some signed memorabilia for what supposedly was a charitable auction.
Hurst allegedly sent two signed jerseys to Daily, believing the jerseys were being sent to the former San Francisco Giants pitcher for charity purposes. The scam was uncovered when Hurst’s agent came across the items being sold online.
Lincecum, 35, won two Cy Young awards during his MLB career. We haven’t heard from him since he was released by the Rangers two years ago.
Hurst, 26, was a first-round pick by the Ravens out of South Carolina in 2018. He had 30 catches for 349 yards and two touchdowns last season.
The 2018 NFL regular season was filled with highs and lows from start to finish. New players established themselves as the future, older players have had their careers called into question, and the amount of change league-wide was unparalleled. It was exciting, frustrating and euphoric all in one. But for some players, it was also wildly disappointing. Who are the players who disappointed? Here’s a look at 10 players who under-performed in 2018.
10. Chris Boswell, K, Pittsburgh Steelers
A year ago, Chris Boswell was considered one of the best kickers in the league and was voted to his first ever Pro Bowl. In fact, he was so dominating in 2017 that he was named an honorary member of the Killer B’s alongside Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, and even received a four-year, $16.8 million extension from the Steelers. However, like each of the other Killer B’s, 2018 wasn’t nearly as kind to him. Boswell alone cost Pittsburgh at least two games with missed kicks, and it could be argued that he was the reason they ultimately missed the playoffs. Boswell finished the 2018 campaign having connected on just 65% of his field goal attempts (13-of-20), while missing five — yes, five — point after (PAT) attempts. It had gotten so bad late in the season that Pittsburgh considered signing a new kicker, cutting Bowsell loose and just eating the remainder of his contract.
Hayden Hurst has given the Baltimore Ravens plenty of reasons to be excited in his first training camp and preseason, but the rookie tight end is going to have to wait longer than expected to make his regular season debut.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that Hurst has a stress fracture in his foot and needs to undergo surgery. He is expected to miss up to a month, which means he won’t be ready for Week 1.
The Ravens drafted Hurst with the No. 25 overall pick, so they clearly believe he is a player who can make a big impact. Hurst had 92 catches over his last two seasons with South Carolina, so he’s more than just a blocking tight end. That is something Baltimore’s passing game has been lacking in recent seasons, and they’re hoping the rookie is a quick healer.