It wasn’t that long ago that Josh Cribbs was considered to be one of the best return men in the NFL and an emerging wide receiver.
Now he’s fighting for his roster spot.
Cribbs, who was released by the Cleveland Brows earlier this year signed with the Oakland Raiders in hopes of reviving his career. Unfortunately, his sub-par play hasn’t endeared himself to the coaching staff and according to CSN Bay Area, he might not have a spot on the team when final rosters are announced.
Per Scott Bair:
After offseason knee surgery, there is some question whether he’ll get it back. Other teams passed on Cribbs this offseason, reportedly due to concerns over his knee. New York Jets GM John Idzik told local press that Cribbs’s knee wasn’t ready just two days before the Raiders signed him.
That was May 16. When asked if anything was physically hampering Cribbs’ ability on Sunday, coach Dennis Allen didn’t give Cribbs an out.
“I think we’ve got to see the burst and the explosion,” Allen said. “That’s something that we’re looking for in the next couple of games.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement.
Despite that, the Raiders don’t have a ton of options and they might be best served hoping Cribbs can return to his former glory rather than letting him go.