Running back Brandon Burks had a cup of coffee with the Green Bay Packers in 2016. The undrafted free agent from Troy made the team’s final roster and then was released a day later. The Packers brought him back on the practice squad and then released him after about a week-long stint in November.
At the time, I found it curious that a guy is good enough to make the 53-man roster, but then somehow not good enough to be brought back immediately to the practice squad and stick there. But such is the mad genius of Big Ted.
Burks also played for the New York Jets briefly in 2016 and now he’s in the CFL as a member of the Toronto Argonauts.
And, well, watch this shit.
— CFL on TSN (@CFLonTSN) June 2, 2018
Now, that would never happen in the NFL. Defenders stay home. They do their job. They don’t blindly run after the guy with the ball, as pretty much everyone on this Hamilton Tiger-Cats defense did.
This is stuff that happens in college. And the CFL, I guess.
Still, it’s pretty impressive to watch.
This happens in the CFL because the field is longer and wider. It’s easier for a running back to shake defenders. Also, this is a preseason game and 90% of that defense are Americans who still don’t understand the subtle nuances of our brand of football. Watch a little more CFL and you’ll understand.
That’s aboot to help his meters after catch stat, eh?