Derrick Willies, Wide Receiver
Willies not making the 53-man roster was certainly puzzling to some. His size combined with his special teams play made it seem like his inclusion to the active roster was all but assured. Unfortunately for Willies, the last two preseason games were not his best showings.
Although in the end, what he put on tape in those last two games might be what land him on the practice squad. If Willies clears waivers, the second-year wide receiver could very well end up back in Cleveland.
Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi, WR/KR
Unfortunately for DSG, the feel-good story of camp eventually faded. Early on, Sheehy-Guiseppi appeared to have coaches, teammates, and the fans enamored with his tale. But in the end, he couldn’t prove himself as wide receiver worthy of a roster spot. His one shot would have been as a return specialist.
He also proved to be wildly inconsistent in fielding punts. On top of it all, he is severely undersized and would have needed to do everything nearly flawlessly to make this team. So, you might be asking yourself, why would he be a candidate for the practice squad? The answer is simple: 4.38.
Sheehy-Guiseppi’s speed is something that you can’t coach and outside of his size, all of his other deficiencies can be coached up. He could provide value to this team in practice with his speed, and at the same time develop as a wide receiver. Best case scenario is his feel-good story kicks back up late next summer.
John Dorsey, along with his team of scouts and front office personnel, are no doubt burning the midnight oil looking for gems that slipped through the cracks. Their jobs will be a little easier if some of the gems they were forced to part with wind up back in their laps.
Someone much wiser than me once said, if you love something let it go if it comes back to you it is meant to be. Funny enough, that statement also applies when building practice squads.