Laron Scott made the kind of play that usually makes a rookie breathe a little easier. In his first preseason game with the Saints on Aug 5 – the Hall of Fame Game against the Cardinals – he had a 67-yard kickoff return.
The next day he was called into the offices of the saints’ brass. For congratulations? Nope. To be waived.
“It was just a numbers game,” Scott said today. “The numbers came up and they needed some players at other positions. Unfortunately for me they had to call those guys in. It’s a business, I understand the business, and there’s no hard feelings. It’s great organization.”
He was picked up by the Giants last week and has spent his time here trying to get settled in and find a role for himself. While he raised eyebrows with his special teams play for the saints, he sees himself as a cornerback in the NFL. He was able to get a few snaps at that position in the fourth quarter against the Jets just two days after he signed here, although it was hard to notice.
“Our d-line did a good job so there wasn’t much action back there,” he said. “I just took it for what it was, an opportunity to get better.”
Scott played three years at Georgia Southern. He was not drafted in the spring, but last year he ranked third in the NCAA with a 30.59-yard kickoff return average. He had a career-average of 27.9 yards with two touchdowns. Scott played in 40 college games with 12 starts and had 12 interceptions which he returned 127 yards (10.6-yard average) and had two touchdowns.
He has yet to handle a kickoff or punt for the Giants other than at practice, but could get that chance on Friday against the Bears … especially with Jayron Hosley (toe) certain to miss the game as a punt returner.
“If Friday night I get a chance I have to go out there and do what I’ve been taught at practice and did on film and go out there and try to do my best,” he said.
The last time he did that, he got cut. It’s something Scott can laugh about now, but even when it happened he had a positive attitude about his fate with the Saints.
“It wasn’t that bad,” he said. “I was just happy for the opportunity. You can’t ask for more than the opportunity. And I went out there and I think I did pretty good on that return and showed the world what I can do, so why have complaints or regrets? It’s just the way it goes sometimes.”