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D.Ganaway’s NFL Career Finally Under Way

Posted by Randy Lange on May 29, 2012 – 1:30 pm

DaMarcus Ganaway is on a few of Robert Hunter’s long strange trips this offseason with the Jets.

For one thing, off the field the free agent wideout may soon be venturing into his past to answer one of the most frequently asked questions of him in the Jets locker room: Are you and Terrance related?

“Not that we know of,” DaMarcus said with a smile about his fellow NFL newbie, sixth-round running back Terrance Ganaway. “But we’ve been talking about it and we’re talking about going to ancestry.com or a Website like that. We get along really well and we want to look into it.”

On the surface, there’s no reason to assume the two are long-lost cousins. DaMarcus grew up in Indianapolis and excelled at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Terrance, meanwhile, is Texas born and bred, growing up in DeKalb near the Arkansas and Oklahoma borders and then plying his football trade in college at Houston and, more famously, Baylor.

On the other hand, DaMarcus said, “The name isn’t that common. And my mom said we have some family down South. It’d be crazy if we were related.”

The other trek has been for Ganaway to get to where he is now, vying for a spot on the crowded wideout depth chart.

“It’s been a journey,” he said, again in a light rather than heavy mood.

DaMarcus after all is a rare “tweener,” considered a first-year player with NFL “experience” while effectively still a rookie, on his first NFL roster, similar in a way to TE Hayden Smith, who first turned to rugby after his non-football career at a small Denver college.

Ganaway’s senior season at Wesleyan was 2010, and a decent one it was: a team-leading 68 catches for 1,035 yards and touchdowns, which led to his being named Great Lakes Conference Receiver of the Year.

But KWC is an NCAA Division II school that has never had an alumnus play in the NFL. And no doubt level of competition conspired with last year’s lockout to prevent him from latching on anywhere. Other than a bye week workout with the Jets last October, he didn’t get a pro sniff.

But Ganaway still got some NFL exposure, he told Kristian Dyer of Metro New York, by working out with a few big names, among them perennial Cardinals Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald. How’d that happen? Well, Ganaway’s rep is Indy-based superagent Eugene Parker, who has represented Curtis Martin over the years, not to mention Fitzgerald.

“Yeah, we have the same agent, and the camp Larry does up in Minnesota, I was a part of that, too,” Ganaway said. “This offseason I was training in New Orleans with guys like Larry and Torrance Small, who used to play for the Saints.”

Ganaway, Dyer detailed, slept on the floor of brother MarQueis Gray, who just happened to be the U. of Minnesota’s starting QB, during the summer, then once the season began and he had no team, he headed for Jacksonville to be with his girlfriend and two children and work out, often alone.

The Jets signed him in January to a reserve/future deal, then waived him in early April and re-signed him later last month, a procedural matter. Since then, the 6’2″, 185-pounder has been wearing the green and white, showing good hands and drawing occasional kudos from coordinator Tony Sparano.

“I’m excited to be here for my first time as a pro,” he said, “being in this facility with Coach Sparano and [WRs coach] Sanjay Lal. Especially after not playing last year, I feel I need to catch up. The game can lose you, and some things fall through the cracks.”

He’s got plenty of competition before he’s got a job. Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley and Patrick Turner return, Chaz Schilens arrived from Oakland in free agency, and Stephen Hill was drafted in Round 2. For maybe one more active roster spot, he’s got to fight off Round 7 rookie Jordan White, second-year man Dexter Jackson, first-year returnees Scotty McKnight and Eron Riley, and undrafted free agent signee Royce Pollard.

But Ganaway’s finally got a toehold. And he’s among family, maybe even more family than he first thought.

“Hard Knocks” Search Reaches a Fin-ale

NFL Films and HBO just announced this afternoon that they’ve finally settled on an NFL team for this summer’s next “Hard Knocks” miniseries. And the winner is the Miami Dolphins. We know many Jets fans are disappointed at this news … and many more are relieved that the Jets will not be reprising their roles, teamwise and individually, as the stars of the 2010 training camp series.

So it looks like just another boring month of August getting ready for the regular season up in Cortland, N.Y. …


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20 Responses to “D.Ganaway’s NFL Career Finally Under Way”

  1. By Bennett on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    Jet fan Tom… I fear we might someday see McElroy but it will not be in the green and white. Did you ever notice that the jets NEVER EVER do the logical thing ?…like I don’t know… say giving a young QB that you drafted a shot to at the very least see if he has what it takes. As far as QB controversy get use to it …hasn’t even started yet. Wait untile the idiot media, the self important so caled pundits and the other assorted “experts” start foaming at the mouth in anticipation of Sanchez slipping

  2. By wayne on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    Bully for them!!!! The transformation form loudmouth, publicity chasing, offseason championship winning underachievers continues…….Rex learning coachspeak, Tebow got GQ sweatin’ in his all whites. Nice and boring. I’m gettin’ all choked up here.

  3. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    Bennett, one of the reasons I’m no fan of Mr T and Rex is because our QB situation has been so messed up for so long. We drafted Smith but never gave him a shot at QB, caught a bad break with Chad’s injuries, caught a worse break with Favre’s injury, and now don’t really seem to know what to do with or about Sanchez. The logical thing, as you say, which was to simply let MS sink or swim this yr without any change to his contract, seems to be the last thing that would ever have occurred to Mr T and Rex. Mc’s arm will have to get a lot stronger, as Brady’s did, if he’s gonna become a quality NFL QB but we’d rather screw around with Tebow on punts than develop QBs properly. Quite baffling given how the passing game is played these days.

  4. By IRA on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    Randy, I doubt Cortland will be boring this summer. Congrats to the Fish let them deal with that nonsense this year. There should be some real fun watching these WR’s compete this summer. You never know how a player nobody expects steps up and surprises everybody.
    GO JETS!!!!

  5. By IRA on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    Hear reports the Jets signed two OT’s with some experience. Ray Willis was on the 05 Seahawk roster with Hunter back in 2005.

  6. By scjoe on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    Reading Cimini’s article today re: the OT position makes me feel soooooo much better. He states the Jets now have six “experienced” OTs on the roster, Brick, THEN, Hunter, Ducasse, Heyer, Willis and Austin Howard. Really? Ya think maybe we can trade the latter five for one capable of starting along side of Brick?

  7. By Jimmer on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    I have to agree with some of you about McElroy. I think the original plan was to see if he could push Sanchez. But someone thought TT was too good to pass up. Denver wanted McElroy in the TT trade though, and he’s still here.
    Montana could not zip the ball 60yds, but he sure could put the ball in the right place. I think McElroy has the awareness factor that too few NFL QB’s have. He does not stare a wr down, and will get it to someone who is about to break free, not waiting for someone to announce they’re “open”.
    MS does not have a great arm, so holding that against GM is a cheap call. TT is not accurate enough to push MS, but GM is.

  8. By SCfromNY on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    He will not have such a tough job to get noticed. Since he is so low on the depth chart he will probably have the best QB throwing him the ball.Tebow is a great athlete and football player BUT many more accurate QBs have won the Heisman without being a NFL QB. I wish him luck with the Jets as a wildcat option like Smith, TE, or fullback just not as an answer at QB.

  9. By Jimmer on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    Signing a couple OT’s now is too scary. This screams of us not having a RT. Talk up WH and VD all you want. This is panic. You don’t go out and get 2 huge OT’s after OTA’s without knowing the fans were right in the draft. I’ll bet either one could outplay WH or VD. Why the front office thinks fans are dumb is getting under my skin. Most of us would applaud a RT in round 3.

  10. By TONY GARCIA on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    JET fan since 1969.JET’S will be fine if we win 3 out of first 5 games.WE drafted speed and last years picks should contribute more.

  11. By danny on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    Nice to see we picked up 2 monster OT’s. Both of them have to be a upgrade from Wayne Hunter I mean it’s almost impossible to be any worse then Wayne haha

  12. By IRA on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    Jimmer, This is not panic at all. Its making sure they have some veteran depth going to camp and they learned from last year that they can’t go without it. Heyer and Willis will push Hunter and make him a better player or one of them wins the job. Hunter steps up this year with his play and the overall play of the OL will improve too. No excuses but the lockout, not having Moore for most of camp, plus Mangold getting dinged up some in camp too all contributed to Hunter having a bad year. He is better than what we saw last year.
    GO WAYNE!!!!!!

  13. By Bennett on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    Read something about Terrance Gananwy. “If you need 3 yards he will get you 3 yards if you need 4 yards he will get you 3 yards ” Funny ? yes… true… probably but I like it… just what we need a young, physical ground and pound type back who only goes forward and will get you the tought yards on a consisitent basis. My opinion best pick… Hill got the size, crazy speed, physical just might end being the biggest sleeper in the’12 draft ( hope)

  14. By Dan H on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    The recieving corp while largely untested at least is a group that hopefully has a good attitude after last year’s debacle. Let’s see if Holmes plays ball and leads this young group versus the selfish ‘me’ attitude that he had last year.
    The speed and youthful enthusasim should also help Sanchez. There was no separation by the wideouts last season and both Holmes and Burris quit on their routes. I still am at a loss for all of the bashing that Sanchez recieved and continues to get when it’s apparent that the team’s coaches, o-line, recievers and running game all vastly underperformed. Sanchez made mistakes but let’s all take a step back from the ledge. He has all the tools to be a very good QB but needs help in all the areas listed above.

  15. By Bennett on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    Read something about Couples, regarding his senior year seemingly doging it a bit. “I don’t want a first round pick that has to be motivated “. I got to believe that Rex being one of the top Defensive coaches saw some things he really liked and made that call. I think most were surprised. More than a few players out there think when the sign in the NFL that this is the payday after years of very hard work and are not motivated for the long term ,Thier goal was to get the contract and misson accomplished when the sign that fat contract with the nice bonus, the heck with getting beat half to death for the next 10 yrs. Hope Couples came to play hard, Not my first choice at all.

  16. By Bennett on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    Why does Tebow give fits to opposing defenses ? No matter what the play if he sees a nice hole he is going to run and run with authority not like your average sliding QB forced to run. Look at Big Ben he also runs alot with very good results but it is more a scramble to avoid serious contact then a run, Tebow hits the hole like a FB and has no fear of contact, he will hit you head on. This makes him extremley explosive.and a huge headache to prepare for. The Jets aquired this talent lets hope the have the sense to use it. You got a QB that is ready to exploit with explosive power any weakness in your run defense and Tebow is extremely good at spotting them. Say what you will about him but he could be another Vick as far as that aspect

  17. By Doug on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    I really don’t understand all the “Coples doesn’t play hard” nonsense from the analysts. He had 15.5 TFL & 10 sacks his Jr year and 15.5 TFL & 7.5 sacks his Sr year despite his Sr year being a complete mess with different coaches, a new position and the program in disgrace.

    Frankly, I think its pretty amazing he accomplished what he did under the circumstances and I think he’s going to be just fine in the NFL. :)

  18. By GaryC on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    when Heyer played for the redskins he was a worse revolving door then Hunter,he won’t last long. when do we hear about schladeraff,at least he has youth and time to get better.

  19. By GaryC on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    I guess the jets have seen enough of ducasse at tackle,like I said,he will only make it at guard seeing that the jets have brought in these reclamation projects.

  20. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    Tebow’s a headache all right, Bennett, all you gotta do is watch him try to complete a 5-yd pass over the middle. On that score, he makes Sanchez look like Starr, Frank Ryan, or Montana. Unless the Jets can coach Tebow up to truly compete with Sanchez, I look forward to him screwing around on punts, drawing a few laughs and a TD or 2 at FB, and going on his holier-than-thou way next yr with someone else.

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