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A few minutes with Josh Pinkard

Post by Eric Williams on July 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm with 5 Comments »
July 29, 2011 9:10 pm

Looking for a role

At 6-foot-1, 218 pounds, Pinkard seeks to earn a spot on the 53-man roster in crowded group at defensive back. The USC product spent most of last year on the practice squad, but was on the 53-man roster for the New Orleans’ playoff game.

Pinkard, 25, looks to former Seahawks defensive back Jordan Babineaux as an example of the type of player he could develop into in the league – a special teams and versatile performer that can play both cornerback and safety.

“Jordan Babineaux is a great football player,” Pinkard said. “I was watching him as soon as I got in here, just his athletic ability and him being able to move around and play all the positions. … So I try to take that mentality and mold myself after him. Those are big shoes to fill, but you’ve got to start somewhere.”

The three amigos

Pinkard worked out with fellow defensive back Walter Thurmond and Richard Sherman in Southern California during the lockout

“We were out there getting a ton of work in,” Pinkard said. “We felt like we were ready to go about a month early. So that’s how much work we were doing. It was just a great feeling having those three guys out there … We were all together making sure we were ready to go once we got out here.”

Growing through adversity

Three different ACL injuries at USC – two in his left knee, and one in his right – has not deterred Pinkard from pursuing his dream of becoming a professional football player. He diligently rehabilitated and recovered from the setbacks in order to get back out on the field, so he knows a thing or two about battling through trying times.

“It’s always good to overcome adversity and things like that,” he said. “It just builds character, and lets you know about yourself. It tells you who you are and how much you can go through. And it builds mental toughness. It was a tough break, but I think I’m a better person for it.”

They call him Pink

Pinkard’s nickname is Pink – short for Pinkard.

“A lot of guys call me that since I was younger,” he said. “It just arose, and it stuck with me.”

Notes from practice
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  1. Josh has the profile Coach Carroll is looking for, a tall physical corner. As a senior, he was supposed to move to safety to give him a better chance to catch on in the NFL. Unfortunately, the Trojans suffered injuries at corner, and Coach Carroll asked him to move back to corner. He had his third ACL tear in December of his senior year which is why he was not able to play last season. It is interesting he talks about Babs because he is a similar player, a cross between a safety and corner. If his body can hold up, he can help us. I hope he can make it.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Nice E. Love the “lesser known” guys getting some run.

    A young player could do a lot worse than to follow the Babs blueprint. Special teams leading to spot opportunities on D, and the versatility to play in different packages, to playing your way into a starter (if only marginally). I root for guys like him.

    Keep these coming Eric, good stuff.

  3. How many CB’s have the Hawks kept the last few years?

    I am thinking that these guys have best chance of sticking
    and ?!?!?!?

    Safety to me looks like
    and and open competion behind that

    I actually heard talk that if Jennings is not signed in a week they might bring him back. Ouch!

    I would rather like Babs due to the flexibility and williness to lay it out on STeams.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Personally, I don’t see either Jennings or Babs coming back. As for corner, open season behind camp starters Tru / Walter, no? Their secondary is loaded with talent, impossible to predict any roster yet

  5. Does anybody know a website for CFL stats?

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