Dec 27, 2013; Annapolis, MD, USA; Marshall Herd tight end Gator Hoskins (26) scores a fourth quarter rushing touchdown against the Maryland Terrapins during the 2013 Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Former Herd Stars Fighting for Roster Spots

Making it to college football isn’t easy nor is making it to the NFL, perhaps even harder is staying on an NFL roster and a few former Marshall guys are fighting for a spot on their teams rosters.

Gator Hoskins — Miami Dophins

Gator is fighting with Kyle Miller for the possible fifth and final tight end spot available according to the Phinsider. Gator’s flexibility position wise may help him out as the roster cut come.

Hoskins is a wildcard this preseason.  He has a lot of talent, but is raw.  If he can put together a solid training camp and preseason, the Dolphins could have to make a decision between trying to stash him on the practice squad and protecting him with a 53-man roster position.

Perhaps Gator should just show coach Joe Philbin this GIF to state his case. The first play here Gator looks like he deals more damage on offense than the Maryland Terrapins trying to tackle him.


Lee Smith — Buffalo Bills

Mike Rodak of says the former Marshall tight end has an 80 percent chance of making the Buffalo roster.

As Rodak points out, Smith is the best blocking option for the Bills running game out of their group of tight ends, but the 14 starts isn’t as big as it seems when he only played 37 percent and Scott Chandler got the Lions share of plays.

Garrett Scott — Seattle Seahawks

Scott hasn’t given up on his NFL dreams quiet yet as he says as he’s being evaluated again to see if he’s fit to play. The hope is that the initial diagnose of an enlarged heart may actually be hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Scott believes the condition may have been caused by his pre-draft workouts. “Your heart is a muscle, so when you work, your heart works. So, those days when I was doing two-a-days, going at it by myself, working to get drafted, I could have triggered something then,” Scott told Bogaczyk. “That’s why they have me on a period now where I’m not working out at all.”

Signs are positive as of right now according to Scott, but no definitive word yet on his playing status. The Seahawks have already did Scott right by signing him, after the diagnose, so he could collect a $100,000+ signing bonus.

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