For Ex-Jets Bust Vernon Gholston, Second Chance Ends With Bears
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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Maybe former Jets defensive end Vernon Gholston will say he didn’t get a fair shake in Chicago, too.
The Bears waived Gholston and four other players to put their roster at 80 ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, bringing a quick end to a second chance for a former top 10 draft pick.
Taken sixth overall by the Jets in 2008, Gholston was released by New York in March after failing to record a sack in three seasons. He signed a one-year deal with Chicago last month and did little in three preseason games.
“Being a first-round pick, you would have hoped for more,” Gholston said earlier this month after the Giants put on a preseason clinic against Chicago. “Rex made a comment to me when he first came in that he thought I wasn’t liked by the guys on the team, then once he got there he saw that wasn’t the case. Those perceptions kind of determine the outcome, and it’s sad to say.”
Gholston thought Ryan had preconceived ideas of what kind of player he was before he became coach — something the Jets’ head coach didn’t dispute.
“That could be accurate that I prejudged him,” Ryan said. “But trust me, when I came here, I was his coach. He was one of us. I became a Jet. Obviously, I evaluated Vernon when he came out of college”
He added: “I wasn’t as high on him as maybe others were. When I got here, we were all in. I wanted Vernon to be successful. And I still want him to be successful.”
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