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10 NFL Free Agents Still Worth a Look During Training Camp

10 NFL Free Agents Still Worth a Look During Training Camp

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NFL mini-camps and OTAs are officially over, and training camp starts in a few weeks. There are still a number of free agents on the market who deserve a roster spot, but for one reason or another, they fell out of favor with their prior team. Here are the top 10 free agents that should get a look during NFL training camp.

10. Terrell Thomas (CB) Last Team - Giants

Terrell Thomas
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10. Terrell Thomas (CB) Last Team - Giants

Terrell Thomas
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The question with Thomas has never been about his talent. But, having sustained multiple ACL injuries over the years (three to be exact) the Giants finally allowed their concerns to outweigh their appetite for risk. This despite the fact that he played in all 16 games last year, recorded 67 combined tackles, forced one fumble and had one interception. He could be a good fit for a team looking for CB depth.

9. Asante Samuel (CB) Last Team - Falcons

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9. Asante Samuel (CB) Last Team - Falcons

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Samuel has already had a long and successful career, but is unquestionably on the downturn. Still, for a team looking for more depth in their defensive backfield, he would be worth a look. He has never been fundamentally solid, but if you have the stomach for gambling, Samuel can get you some interceptions.

8. Pat Angerer (LB) Last Team - Colts

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8. Pat Angerer (LB) Last Team - Colts

Pat Angerer
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Angerer has been plagued by injuries the past two seasons and the Colts made the decision to move on after having selected him with the 63rd overall pick in 2010. He is still relatively young, and could provide some quality snaps for teams who need help in their front seven. If he can stay healthy, he may even get an opportunity to start, depending on the team.

7. Reed Doughty (S) Last Team - Redskins

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7. Reed Doughty (S) Last Team - Redskins

Reed Doughty
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Doughty is the best player available at the safety position, and was a mainstay in the Redskins secondary for years. He is a very solid tackler, and is excellent in run support. He can be vulnerable in coverage however, so teams will have to utilize him in more of a specialized role going forward. He could add some nice safety depth for many teams.

6. Josh Freeman (QB) Last Team - Vikings

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6. Josh Freeman (QB) Last Team - Vikings

Josh Freeman
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People may not like this pick, but with the NFL being such a quarterback-driven league, I think Freeman will, and should get another shot. His stints in Minnesota and New York were disastrous, but both were very difficult situations. Freeman has been working with Jon Gruden and Terry Shea to focus on improving his mechanics and fundamentals. He will definitely get some calls when teams start looking for an extra arm.

5. Michael Bush (RB) Last Team - Bears

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5. Michael Bush (RB) Last Team - Bears

Michael Bush
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Bush has been a solid running back for years in Oakland and Chicago, though he isn’t necessarily as good in short-yardage situations as he should be. He saw an increasingly diminished role in Marc Trestman’s offense, which resulted in the worst statistical year of his career. In such a running-back-by-committee league, he will definitely land on his feet with another team.

4. Jermichael Finley (TE) Last Team - Packers

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4. Jermichael Finley (TE) Last Team - Packers

Jermichael Finley
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Finley is an unrestricted free agent, and the Packers haven’t ruled out bringing him back. But, coming off of a serious spinal injury, and starting to show signs of aging, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Packers move on. He will certainly get a shot with another team, especially those in need of a good pass-catching tight end. Assuming he is fully healthy, he can still be a very productive player in the right offense.

3. Santonio Holmes (WR) Last Team - Jets

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3. Santonio Holmes (WR) Last Team - Jets

Santonio Holmes
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Oh Santonio, Santonio, where art thou Santonio? When the Jets signed Holmes in 2010, they were expecting the dynamic wide receiver he had become in Pittsburgh. What they got was something entirely different. Though it doesn’t help that Mark Sanchez was the one throwing the passes, Holmes never caught more than 52 ball in a season. He will definitely get another shot in this pass-happy league.

2. Danario Alexander (WR) Last Team - Chargers

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2. Danario Alexander (WR) Last Team - Chargers

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Alexander has had a tumultuous, young career. Going undrafted, due to a knee injury that prevented him from participating in the NFL Combine or Pro Day, he latched on with the Rams and later the Chargers. Alexander missed the entire 2013 season due to a knee injury. The Chargers don’t appear likely to re-sign him due to his propensity for injuries, but he is the most talented receiver available and should get a shot with another team.

1. Bruce Campbell (OT ) Last Team - Raiders

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1. Bruce Campbell (OT ) Last Team - Raiders

Bruce Campbell
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The Redskins signed Campbell back in March, but the deal fell through after he failed his physical. Campbell was drafted in 2009 in the fourth round, despite some analysts projecting him as a top-10 pick after he wowed scouts with his combine numbers. He has never delivered on his potential, but he is certainly worthy of another shot since offensive line depth is so critical to a team’s success. Assuming he can pass his physical.