The proposition of Valentine Holmes earning a spot on the New York Jets’ 53-man game day roster was always a remote one and the recent final roster culling eliminated any speculation.
Holmes can take a job with the practice squad. The Jets have an 11th slot open via the NFL’s International Pathways Program.
Holmes was always a longshot.
At the professional gridiron level, there are thousands of candidates for about 1,700 jobs.
Some of those thousands have major college playing experience and the credentials of having devoted their lives to gridiron from the age of 10 or earlier.
Devotion might not be the precise word. Passion might be closer, because youths have fun and do not start to contemplate the financial implications until their late teens and early 20s.
Holmes is without question a gifted athlete.
Gifted athletes are not rare commodities, however, and in professional gridiron, wasting a roster spot on someone who has never played beyond the novelty level is a risk few clubs are willing to undertake.
The New York Jets are on the 22nd line of the futures market for the winner of the Super Bowl. Not even they were willing to take the risk of a successful conversion from rugby football to gridiron football.
Holmes is young. He can take a spot on the practice squad of the Jets, make a little money, and be in good shape for the 2020 NRL season, where the Gold Coast Titans or one of the other bottom dwellers with cap room can make him a rich man.
NFL practice squad players make at least $US 8,000 per week.
We would love to see Holmes or some other make it in the NFL at one of the skilled positions.
Most of the Australians who have made it in the NFL had college experience, although some of the punting specialists mentioned the type of kicking they did playing Australian Rules as a key factor in securing work as NFL punters.