"My wife and I - we were just really excited. He was selected to the consensus preseason first team All-ACC by Sporting News, Phil Steele’s College Football Preview, Lindy’s Sports, Athlon Sports and USA Today prior to his senior season. The four members of the relay team have made all sorts of media appearances, and they're scheduled to throw out the first pitch ahead of Wednesday night's Dodgers game. League average for veterans who are experienced but not yet old. Hometown cornerback Ross Cockrell is eager to prove he can be a factor on the Carolina defense after a horrific leg injury in training camp last July. Pro Football Focus noted the former New York Giant had a career year in 2017 with an 81.6 grade and was the NFL’s 15th best corner in primary coverage. The following game, he collected a season-high 7 solo tackles against the San Diego Chargers. [23] He was placed on injured reserve two days later. According to Cockrell, he never raced Anna -- who is six years younger -- when they were growing up in Charlotte. That’s football. Kalil’s $12.2 million cap hit next year will be tough to swallow, but as CSR’s Bradley Smith has expertly pointed out it doesn’t make financial sense to cut him in 2019. As a Panthers fan still trying to spit out the nasty aftertaste of an undercooked 7-9 season served up cold on a dirty plate, it has become easy for me to be overly pessimistic when looking at Carolina’s roster gaps. [22] During training camp on July 30, 2018, Cockrell suffered a broken left tibia and fibula which required surgery. Just competent. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. The trio carried a combined $11.7 million cap hit and the Panthers got basically no production from them. He played college football at Duke. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s look at the brighter side for a moment and consider the following question: What if left tackle Matt Kalil, cornerback Ross Cockrell, and safety Da’Norris Searcy are all healthy — and competent — in 2019? He finished the 2016 season with a career-high 62 combined tackles, 14 pass deflections, and 16 regular season starts. That 4x400-meter race, which included Cockrell's sister Anna, has now been viewed nearly two million times in less than 96 hours. Among Multiple Bucs Moves", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ross_Cockrell&oldid=985642588, Players of American football from Michigan, Tampa Bay Buccaneers currentteam parameter articles, Infobox NFL biography articles missing alt text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 27 October 2020, at 02:36. [11], On December 25, 2016, Cockrell recorded a season-high seven combined tackles as the Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens 31-27 and clinched the AFC North. All three of these guys — Kalil, Cockrell, and Searcy — have been at least competent, if not better, at different times throughout their careers. "But obviously in track it doesn't really happen that often when a team has that significant of a lead.". With McCaffrey back at practice, will he play at Kansas City in Week 9? She's riding a cloud right now.". Searcy was a fourth round pick in 2011 and by his fourth NFL season (2014) had developed into a capable though unspectacular starter. Three days later, he was fined $9,115 for a late hit against Lucky Whitehead during the loss to the Cowboys. The browser you are using is no longer supported on this site. 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He was able to improve on all of his combine numbers, including a sub-4.40 in the 40-yard dash, 12 bench presses of 225 lbs, and a 39-inch vertical. Getting competent play from Matt Kalil protecting Cam Newton’s blindside would be a game-changer for the Panthers. The main issues that worried scouts were physical attributes like having small hands, a skinny lower body, thin frame, short arms, and his lack of strength during press coverage and taking on blocks. But as he watched the NCAA track and field championship Saturday night, he had a hunch what he saw would go viral. Ross Cockrell profile page, biographical information, injury history and news Not great. "I was jumping around screaming," Cockrell continued. "That's kind of the age that we're living in now," Cockrell said. The reason for Panthers fans to be at least somewhat optimistic right now is the “next men up” may already be on the roster. Ross Cockrell (born August 6, 1991) is an American football cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). Giants cornerback Ross Cockrell could not hide from it in Thursday’s 20 … [3], Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated as the 76th best cornerback prospect of his class. Stranger things have happened. — Sometimes in games, trouble just keeps finding a player. After repeatedly deconstructing the Panthers current roster I’m starting to feel like Tom Hanks in The ‘Burbs, chanting myself into insanity, “Defensive end...offensive line...safety...defensive end...offensive line...safety…”. CHARLOTTE – Panthers cornerback Ross Cockrell isn't big on social media. [9], On January 22, 2016, the Steelers signed Cockrell to a one-year contract extension worth $600,000. [30] He was promoted to the active roster on October 13, 2020. She made up some time during her lap, but things looked bleak for the Trojans, who needed to win the race to claim their first national title in 17 years. Based on Kalil’s history of uneven play and mounting injuries “competent” is probably the best we can hope for, and it’s not completely out of the question. Matt Rhule is 'real hopeful' McCaffrey will play this weekend against the Chiefs. [1] He was an Honorable mention All-America by Sports Illustrated in his junior season. Both Kalil (knee) and Cockrell (broken leg) got injured before the start of the regular season and spent the entire year on injured reserve. All three of these players were projected as Day 1 starters last year. [18][19] He began the season as the Steeler's second cornerback, opposite longtime veteran William Gay. He won the 100 meters at the 2008 CISAA championships, with a career-best time of 10.88 seconds. pic.twitter.com/BOrISxUXXq. [26], After becoming a free agent in March 2020, Cockrell visited the New York Giants on August 8, 2020,[27] but did not sign with the team. Three minutes before USC's anchor Kendall Ellis came out of nowhere to run down Purdue, Anna Cockrell began her second leg in fourth place. If he can return to somewhere near that level of play in 2019, Cockrell will be found money. Carolina has won when protecting Teddy Bridgewater well in 2020. On May 16, 2013, Cockrell was named to Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List prior to his senior season. [2] Also a top competitor in the 400 meters, he won the NCISAA 3A State championships with a personal-best time of 48.42 seconds.

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