He may have been a prized free agent target, but Bart Scott has humble beginnings in this league.
The Jets’ special teams were the difference in the 24-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans and their contributions did not go unnoticed by linebacker Bart Scott this afternoon. The 28-year-old Scott might be an ascending star now, but he didn’t start an NFL game until his fourth NFL season.
"I knew if I didn’t get out of it before my fourth year, then I would be pretty much labeled as a special teams player for the rest of my career," Scott said on the latest installment of "Barking with Bart."
"I said, ‘You know what? When I go to camp, I’m just going to start knocking people out and either they’re going to cut me or they’re going to say, "You know what? Let’s play him." I’m going to take every day, every practice like a game and I’m going to wear people out, and I’m going to make people not want to practice against me.' "
This guy has done nothing but impress me on and off the field. I know a lot of people thought he'd go the way of a lot of Ravens free agents who struggle after leaving Baltimore. It's a bit early, but it hasn't looked that way for him. He's always around the football. It seems like he plays with the same air of desperation he had as an undrafted rookie. The hunger has not gone away.