Jeremy Reaves ready to battle for NFL dream
After a very impressive career at South Alabama, Jeremy Reaves was hoping to be chosen in the NFL draft, but when the last pick went by without getting a call, the Catholic High grad quickly turned it into more motivation. "It's just another stepping stone in the story, this is another thing I can add on to the story to say I overcame this to get where I want to get in life", said Reaves.
His disappointment didn't last long. Soon after the draft ended, his phone started blowing up with teams wanting to sign him as a free agent. He ended up signing with the Super Bowl Champion Eagles. They may be coming off a great season in Philadelphia but they definitely lack depth at defensive back providing a great opportunity. His 1st practices with the team in May quickly convinced him he can hang. Undrafted free agents often face long odds to make an NFL roster but based on articles by Eagles beat writers and comments from coaches, Reaves chances seem much better than most. But a guy used to adversity and being overlooked as too small and too slow, will bring all that fuel to training camp starting July 25th. "Just remember everything I've been through. Remember the broken back in high school, remember the dropped offers, remember no combine invite, remember not getting drafted. Because those are all things you think about when days get hard", said Reaves.
Reaves is looking to join the remarkably long list of NFL players from the Pensacola area. He's been getting lots of advice from two of the more recent guys to make it, Damarious Randall, and Damarius Travis, but that last step of making it happen is just where he wants it, in his hands.