CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – It's not easy earning a spot in the NFL. Two Coastal Carolina alumni are finding out it's not easy holding on to that spot, either.
Former Coastal Carolina star receiver Jerome Simpson was a second round pick in the NFL Draft two years ago. After that pair of NFL seasons, the Cincinnati Bengals and Simpson himself are still waiting to see second round pick-like results on the field. Simpson has just one regular season reception in those two seasons.
"I've been behind some great guys, just learning," said Simpson. "You can get mad all you want to, but that won't help anything. I just go out there and stay focused."
Simpson said he's spending this off-season studying his playbook and working out. He says there's no part of him that wants to leave Cincinnati, and he knows his best football is ahead of him.
"I always have confidence in myself: I know what Jerome Simpson can do," said Simpson. "I just want to go out there and showcase my abilities and get the chance."
Another former CCU star is waiting for his next NFL chance. Marlboro County High School product Quinton Teal was recently released by the Carolina Panthers after three years with the club. The defensive back is confident he'll catch on with another team, but won't give many more details.
"I'm just waiting," said Teal. "It's a waiting game right now. Just work out, stay in shape and wait for my phone to ring. I've heard from a few teams, I don't want to talk about it and, like, have anyone hear this and that. I'm just waiting on a phone call to come say 'come be a part of our team.'"
Teal did say about "four or five" teams had serious interest in him.
"I think i've done enough in the past three years that I'll have a job pretty soon," said Teal.