Help from Richard Sherman helps WR Andrew Jamiel get tryout with Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When the New England Patriots have been contemplating internet hosting Division II receiver Andrew Jamiel for a tryout this week, they reached out to five-time All-Professional cornerback Richard Sherman for a reference.

Sherman informed the Patriots the identical factor he is been relaying to Jamiel: “What took you so lengthy! He deserves a shot within the NFL.”

How Sherman turned Jamiel’s prime advocate highlights the lengths Jamiel has taken to maintain his NFL dream alive. When Jamiel graduated from Stonehill School in Easton, Massachusetts, in 2020 — having set lots of the college’s all-time information — it was the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He was imagined to work out at Holy Cross’ professional day, but it surely was canceled. He then seemed to the Canadian Soccer League, however its season was canceled, too. So was the XFL’s.

“I used to be out of choices, and knew I wanted assist; I wanted a professional day analysis coming from a Division II college, so NFL groups would check out me,” Jamiel mentioned.

Then at some point, as he searched social media, he got here throughout the Fan Managed Soccer League, which was promoting open tryouts at a highschool area in Atlanta. Sherman is an investor/proprietor within the league. Quarterback Johnny Manziel and receiver Josh Gordon are among the many one-time NFL gamers to swimsuit up for 7-on-7 indoor video games which might be performed on a 50-yard area, with a one-hour working clock and followers calling performs.

Jamiel’s workforce, the Glacier Boyz, misplaced within the championship recreation within the 2021 season. However Jamiel’s quickness, and knack for getting out and in of his breaks with precision, shortly earned him respect from Sherman, Terrell Owens and others. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Jamiel was declared a franchise participant after he led the league in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

“Lots of the homeowners are well-known athletes, actors, social media personalities. So I knew there can be plenty of hype and plenty of eyes across the league. It was an ideal alternative for me, as a result of at that time I had solely performed towards Division II competitors,” he mentioned.

“Going to that league, I used to be not solely in a position to show to others, however I used to be in a position to show to myself that I belong.

“I may have simply competed on the Division I stage, and I deserve a shot at a stage larger than the FCS. It was superior to have the ability to chase my dream of taking part in professional soccer, and other people taking discover all throughout the web that I can play soccer.”

Jamiel, 25, went on to play within the Spring League (extra conventional 11-on-11 soccer performed outside), which finally led to his name from the Patriots, the workforce he cheered for rising up on Cape Cod. Former Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is the participant he cites as having a significant influence on him.

Jamiel arose at 4:30 a.m. on Monday, and his older brother Joseph drove him to Gillette Stadium for a 6 a.m. arrival.

“An incredible expertise,” he mentioned. “It was my first official exercise with an NFL workforce, in order that entire factor, simply strolling the halls that these gamers and coaches undergo each day, was nice. It made it much more particular, as a result of it’s the workforce that’s an hour from my home and I grew up watching them and rooting for them.

“However on the similar time, I needed to recover from that, as a result of I do know I belong on the NFL stage.”

Jamiel spent 4-5 hours on the stadium, going by bodily examinations, a exercise within the fieldhouse, after which movie work with coaches.

He did not obtain a contract, however mentioned he is decided to remain prepared and probably add 5-10 kilos of muscle. If the NFL would not name once more, he is ready to be a part of the XFL draft after going by tryouts final week.

Jamiel has additionally labored with some Patriots gamers, coaching with them at native excessive colleges. The group has included defensive backs Kyle Dugger, Joejuan Williams, Justin Bethel and former New England cornerback J.C. Jackson.

“He had plenty of velocity, good arms,” Bethel mentioned. “One other factor I preferred was if he received beat on a route, and we lined him nicely, he took path on methods to right himself to make issues higher. You would inform he needed to work exhausting.

“It is superb to listen to the issues he is doing to attempt to get his probability within the league … I hope one thing occurs for him.”

Jamiel can also be flattered by the help from Sherman, who has reminded him gamers could make it from wherever. Owens has echoed an analogous message.

“It is superior, as a result of I do know these guys would not say it in the event that they did not imply it. Them giving props means quite a bit to me, as a result of I used to be all the time watching them rising up,” he mentioned.

“They weren’t saying something too loopy like, ‘He may very well be an ideal NFL participant.’ They have been simply saying, ‘He deserves a shot.’ I really feel the identical method.”