In the NFL, even a guaranteed job can disappear in the blink of an eye.
NFL roster cuts are coming in left and right this week, with the deadline to cut down to 53 players fast approaching.
Yet, with the waiver period beginning Saturday, even the players on the roster bubble to did survive final cuts could still be in danger of losing their jobs after all.
One such player is New York Jets fullback John Conner.
Nicknamed “the Terminator” because of his punishing blocks and similar name to the character John Connor in the Terminator films, he’s seen his NFL stock plummet since entering the league in 2010.
A rookie sensation during the Jets’ appearance on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” Conner learned hands-on from one of the great fullbacks of this generation, Tony Richardson, before taking the reigns as the starter in 2011.
As the only fullback in camp this preseason, it appeared Conner would be a shoo-in to make the team this season, but the Jets have been growing more and more impatient with his performance on the field.
The Jets were working out tight end Josh Baker at fullback before his season-ending knee injury, and even linebacker Nick Bellore has been getting reps as the second-string fullback over the last few weeks.
Though Conner has survived the Jets’ final roster cuts, that doesn’t necessarily mean his job is safe.
Former Pro Bowl fullback Ovie Mughelli was cut on Friday, and it’s not hard to imagine that the Jets could put in a waiver claim on him, or any other fullback who hits the waiver wire by Saturday.
In the Jets’ offense, they need to have a fullback they can count on, and right now, I’m not so sure if they’re all that comfortable counting on John Conner.
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