Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Huntington Fights Cut-Day Agony

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Huntington Fights Cut-Day Agony

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Even though he has all but assured himself of a spot on the

team, he'll worry today just like he worries every other cut

day. When the phone rings, his heart will probably pound out a

Buddy Rich drum solo on his chest, his career will pass before

his eyes, and maybe he'll say a little prayer to himself.

Because of injuries on the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive

line, guard Greg Huntington started the first game -- preseason

or otherwise -- of his NFL career Friday night. And, yet, today

he will sweat out another revolting round of cuts.

Just like he has in the past. Just like he will in the future.

August, cursed August, is the worst month of the year for guys

like Huntington.

"This is a tough time for me," he admits. "You're always

wondering if you're going to be the next one to go."

Huntington has seen the list of the Original 10 Jaguars shrivel

and shrink to three, and there's always a chance he, or one of

his remaining comrades, will get nixed next. He has already been

cut once by the Jaguars, which means team officials don't

exactly consider him to be irreplaceable.

The Jaguars, it seems, are like computer software,

revising and upgrading at fiber-optic speed. The old program of

players who were good enough to make the team just a year ago

are already outdated and being replaced by more high-tech

personnel.

For every Andre Rison or Clyde Simmons that is signed, for

every Kevin Hardy or Tony Brackens that is drafted, another of

the bubble players gets busted. The workers build the house, get

everything situated, and then the stars move in.

Which is why we should all be rooting for Greg Huntington to

hang on as long as possible. Because he's one of those workers

who has managed to scrape by in the NFL by doing every menial

task and odd job available. …

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