Canadians Covington, Varga make NFL; Brett Jones on IR; Boyko cut from Eagles
CFLpass has been keeping an eye on a quartet of Canadian prospects looking to crack NFL rosters in 2015 and, with the announcement of 53-man rosters yesterday, the suspense is over.
Probably the least surprising – and most badass – result among those trying out was enjoyed by Christian Covington, who managed to make his way onto the Houston Texans as one of five defensive linemen on the Opening Day roster. Covington starts the season as backup to future Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion Vince Wilfork at nose tackle. Though the Texans have become known for shuffling their squad often during the regular season, Covington will certainly stick through ’15.
Through single-minded perseverance – culminating in a nice TD in week three of the preseason and a nifty 19-yard run in relief last Thursday – Tyler Varga beat out the oft-injured Zurlon Tipton for the final RB slot on the Indianapolis Colts roster. Varga was also assisted a bit by an unfortunate slew of injuries to “skill position” players (it kinda reminded CFLpass of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ preseason), as “Boom” Herron, Vick Ballard and Josh Robinson could all start game one at less than 100%.
As for Brett Jones, it’s (mostly) bad/(a tiny bit of) good news. After going down with an MCL sprain in the New York Giants’ final preseason game, Jones was placed on the injured reserve; he’ll sit out the entirety of 2015. If any, the silver lining for Jones is that, before the injury, he had worked his way up the New York depth chart to put himself third at center. Hopefully Jones will get himself into game shape and Giants uniform again by this time next year.
Finally … what happened to Brett Boyko? The UNLV product bagged a $25,000 signing bonus from the Philadelphia Eagles despite Boyko's NFL Combine performance, for which “his numbers were terrible.” Boyko was by many (many!) accounts underwhelming during the preseason and now has to hope to crack the 10-man practice roster. Quite a reversal of fortune from spring – it seems so long ago – when Boyko was perhaps the most highly-regarded of these four…
– written by Os Davis