Former BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman found out that the NFL can be a cruel mother. On Sun. Aug. 24 Hoffman and eight other players were cut by the Washington Redskins, thus ending Hoffman's first foray into pro football for now.
There is no telling which team will pick up Hoffman next, but one thing appears to be certain: he made a terrible mistake staying in school for his senior year. In his junior year at BYU, the year he should have left for the NFL Draft, Hoffman hauled in 100 receptions for 1,248 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Had Hoffman left school early, he was projected to be picked in the top three rounds--guaranteed money land for those of you who don't know how NFL rookie contracts work.
For those who don't agree, consider that Hoffman wasn't drafted after having just 57 catches for 894 yards and five touchdowns, numbers almost less than half of what he got last year.
The Redskins grabbed Hoffman out of free agency--yet the former BYU standout didn't make one catch or one touchdown grab for Washington in the NFL pre-season. Heck, Hoffman barely had anyone look his way to throw the football towards him.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was sympathetic to Hoffman and to others' plight, but he didn't sugarcoat anything following his decision to let the former BYU star and others try and find a job elsewhere.
“You get to know these guys, they work hard, they come to meetings, they’re on time, they've done everything right and then when you tell them it's over, it's very tough,” Gruden said. “I think some of the position battles have played themselves out where you know it's pretty simple to see, but still, it's going to be hard to let some of them go.”
In Hoffman's case, the Redskins depth chart was filled with nine receivers--10 if you count Jerry Rice, Jr, the son of you know who. Despite Hoffman's extraordinary height at 6-foot-4 that made him the tallest receiver on the Redskins roster, there wasn't a place for him in the nation's capital.