The New York Giants cut veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Sunday.
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The 2017 season was a difficult one for the 10-year pro who didn’t have an interception and was suspended for one game by then-coach Ben McAdoo for leaving practice without permission.
But Rodgers-Cromartie expressed his regret about leaving the franchise in a tweet Sunday.
”Once a Giant always a Giant right. Thanks for everything, Ima miss my dogs but y’all knw me, SEE BALL, GET BALL!!!”
Rodgers-Cromartie was a first-round draft pick out of Tennessee State by the Cardinals in 2008. He played three seasons for Arizona, getting 13 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns out of three he picked off in 2010. He scored four TDs for Arizona.
He then went to Philadelphia for two years, Denver for one before spending the last four seasons with New York.
Rodgers-Cromartie will be 32 in April. He insisted he mishandled the events leading to his suspension last October, both in how he acted during a game against the Chargers on Oct. 8, and two days later when McAdoo told him he would be inactive for the trip to Denver.
”To be honest, coach called me up and he said some things and I kind of didn’t agree with it and I handled it the wrong way,” Rodgers-Cromartie said then. ”At the end of the day [url=http://www.pantherscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-kawann-short-jersey]Kawann Short Jersey[/url] , that’s on me. So the suspension, I take that. All I can do is try to work back to get in good grace with the guys. I’m just glad that they didn’t let this turn them from me and they accepted me and I’m just back working, man.”
Janoris Jenkins remains the only proven cornerback on the Giants, with troubled Eli Apple still on the roster and potentially slated to replace Rodgers-Cromartie in the lineup.
Jalen Ramsey spent the past few months working out at his father's training facility in Nashville.
It was a new routine that caused him to miss Jacksonville's offseason conditioning program.
The All-Pro cornerback has no regrets, though, about the time away from coaches and teammates.
"How do I put this the nicest way possible?" Ramsey said Tuesday after the first of a mandatory, three-day minicamp.
"I don't think any of my teammates had an issue because they know I was going to come back ready. But at the same time, if they did, I don't think I would care 'cause once I get out here I know what I was doing was the right thing for me."
Ramsey worked out in Jacksonville before his first two NFL seasons and fell behind both times because of injuries.
"It was an offseason of getting back to the basics for me, kind of doing what got me to the position I'm in right now," he said. "It was also an offseason for me that I kind of labeled as 'no-setback season [url=http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-josh-shaw-jersey]Josh Shaw Jersey[/url] ,' just 'cause in the previous two years I haven't even made it this far."
He had surgery in May 2016 for a torn meniscus in his right knee. He had surgery last June for a sports hernia.
Ramsey still managed to become the best player on a stout defense.
The fifth overall pick in the 2016 draft emerged as one of the top defensive backs in the league last year, locking down No. 1 receivers on a weekly basis. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in his second season and made the more exclusive All-Pro team.
"I thought I was good in the past two years, and stay tuned," he said.
Ramsey already has matchups circled months before the season, beginning with Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants in the opener and continuing a few weeks later against Kansas City's Tyreke Hill. The list also includes familiar faces such as former teammate Allen Hurns, Houston's DeAndre Hopkins, Philadelphia's Alshon Jeffery, Indianapolis' T.Y. Hilton and Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown.
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The Jaguars welcomed Ramsey back for minicamp, but coach Doug Marrone planned to work him in slowly.
"Jalen has worked extremely hard with training with his dad. He's anxious to go out there and say, 'I'm ready to go. Let's go,'" Marrone said. "I'm more like, 'OK, listen, we're going to get you in there for a couple and take you out. We just want to see where you are.
"The worst thing you can do as a coach is put someone out there that maybe is not ready. Not to say that Jalen is not ready, but we want to make sure that we are doing the right thing for all of the players."
Ramsey had 107 tackles, 31 pass breakups and six interceptions in his first two seasons. He's earned the respect of opponents as well as teammates, which made his decision to skip Jacksonville's offseason program an easier one.
"I know what I was doing is going to get me prepared as best as anything for the season," he said. "Once I put that out on the field [url=http://www.broncoscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-shaquil-barrett-jersey]Shaquil Barrett Jersey[/url] , there won't be any issues. I have a good relationship with all my teammates anyways, so if they did they would hit me up. I did it respectful. ... I hit up people. I was like, 'Hey, yo, look, this is my plan for the offseason.'
"And it's not that I felt like I owed anybody an explanation. It's just that's how we vibe. That's the locker room. ... I was like, 'Yo, I know y'all fixin' to start it up. I'm not coming. I'm doing my thing. No worries.' They said it right back: 'You good, bro.'"
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