Former Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols’ tumultuous time in Tampa Bay came to an end last weekend, and it was there for all to see on Tuesday night’s episode of “Hard Knocks” on HBO.
McNichols was one of the most-highlighted players on the series finale as rosters were cut down to the final 53. Early on, McNichols said, “I’ll do whatever they need me to do,” be it special teams, running the ball, whatever.
Over four preseason games, McNichols rushed 24 times for 79 yards and did not have a reception. In Tuesday’s episode, coach Dirk Koetter told McNichols the Buccaneers wanted him back on their practice squad. McNichols said he liked being in Tampa and would be interested in returning.
On Sunday, the rookie who was a fifth-round pick of the Buccaneers in April signed with the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad. It was one of the final scenes shown as the team was awaiting his decision.
“McNichols got his feelings hurt. If he’s going to mope and complain ... we don’t want that kind of s--- anyway,” General Manager Jason Licht said, adding a sharper expletive when told McNichols was leaving the Bucs’ practice facility.
Of course, the irony of Licht being angry that McNichols may be upset shouldn’t be lost on anyone.
Said McNichols: “I decided to go to the Niners. I just think it’ll be a new start. I’ve got a chip on my shoulder, the only way to go is up.”
In the final game, McNichols is shown struggling in pass blocking, with actor Liev Schreiber’s voice-over saying, “He’s not doing much for his quarterbacks, or his career.” He was released two days later.
“This is the one I’ve been looking forward to the least, because I didn’t see this coming,” Koetter told McNichols. “All along, I had you penciled in as making it. You’re good enough to play in the NFL, but something’s just not clicking right now.”