After a porous performance in the pre season with a young pup waiting in the wings, it appears Derrick Ward is on the roster bubble for the first time of his career.
I watched the game and for lack of a better word, the guy sucked; 12 carries for 20 yards when you’re one year removed from inking a four, year, $16 million deal is simply unacceptable.
This is only compounded by the fact the guy was supposed to shoulder the majority of the rushing load last season and only tallied one touchdown in 14 games while sporting a 3.6 YPC average.
In a league where an uber premium is put on young talent, it would not surprise me one bit to see the so-far impressive Kareem Huggins take his roster spot. Huggins had eight carries for 55 yards in contrast to the 0.6 YPC average of Ward.
The five-year gap in age along with the gap in salary could be compelling factors when deciding who to give their pink slip.
Despite the fact majority of cuts that occur during the pre season are raw rookies, plenty of veterans are shown the door before week one as well.
Last season running back Dominic Rhodes, a major contributor to the Colts Super Bowl win in 2007, was released last season by the Buffalo Bills during the pre-season.
The same could happen to Ward, who was a key element in the three-headed monster of a rushing attack the Giants employed en route to their 2007 Super Bowl season.
From key Super Bowl cog to castoff, maybe he should ask Plaxico Burress how to handle it.