Proving that the National Football League is a constantly changing profession with zero job security, the Atlanta Falcons announced on Tuesday they were waiving former Alabama State tackle Terren Jones and signing tackle Jeremy Trueblood.
Trueblood (6-8, 320) is a former Boston College standout who was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft. He has played in 101 games since that draft, starting in 84.
Jones (6-7, 340) was signed as a free agent and had jumped every hurdle and cleared every obstacle to make the team, earning a spot on the 53-man roster when it was released on Saturday after other players were played on physically unable to perform, injured reserve or practice squads. Just when it appeared Jones had achieved his dream, the Falcons found an experienced veteran floating around and cut the rookie.
Tarvaris Jackson, picked up over the summer by the Seattle Seahawks after he was waived by Buffalo, held on to his job, but other Hornets weren’t as lucky with Nigel Carr and Jones getting cut. Greg Jenkins was also trimmed from the active roster by the Oakland Raiders on Saturday but was placed on the Raiders’ practice squad on Monday.
Other notable players earning that second chance on Monday with inclusion on the practice squad included former Auburn receiver Emory Blake (Rams) and tailback Onterio McCalebb (Bengals); former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy (Bengals) and safety Robert Lester (Panthers); and former Troy linebacker Kanorris Davis (Patriots).