It didn’t work out in Minnesota for Greg Childs, but the former fourth round draft pick is getting another chance to make an NFL squad after landing a try out with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Childs story is well known. He was a highly regarded receiving prospect at Arkansas before knee injuries caused his draft stock to tumble. The Vikings took a chance on him with one of their three fourth rounders in 2012, drafting him 39 picks after taking his Arkansas teammate Jarius Wright.
Childs came in with few expectations, just hoping to prove that he could play after all the injury problems. Unfortunately, the injury bug again bit Childs. A devastating double patella tendon tear ended his training camp and landed him on IR.
Despite fighting hard to get back, Childs was unable to play at all in 2013. The Vikings finally elected to move on from him in early 2014, cutting him ahead of free agency.
Childs’ future was very much cast into doubt after the Vikings released him, but now Jacksonville has come calling, at least offering him a chance to make the 90 man roster and go into training camp.
Everyone I think is rooting for Childs to catch on in Jacksonville. But with his injury history, it’s very hard to hard to imagine him ever putting together an NFL career. He obviously isn’t ready to give up yet and I truly hope he makes it happen this time.