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first_img Top Stories “I watch Pat Pete(rson) a lot. I watch Tony a lot and Tony was obviously in the same situation I was in and he’s panned out very well here,” Hartfield said. “You kind of measure yourself against those guys and I think that’s what you have to do. If you come in thinking you want to make the practice squad you may not be here long.“You have to look at the elite talent and say, ‘How do I compare to these guys? Can I play with these guys?’ And I feel I can.”Jefferson said the reps that a rookie free agent gets are all magnified because of undrafted rookies’ place in the pecking order.“Especially with the higher drafted guys, whether they come and perform or not, they’ve got the money invested in them to make the team so they’re going to get a better shots,” Jefferson said. “But there’s still those end of the roster sports where you have the opportunity whether you’re drafted or not and the great thing about this organization is, regardless of where you came from or how you got here, they don’t care. If you can help the team you can make it.”Hartfield said he is trying not to focus too much on making splashy plays when he does get his opportunities. “I just play my position to the best of my ability,” he said. “If you play your position the right way, those things will come, but sometimes, if you play your position the right way they may not even throw the ball your way, so I don’t look at getting picks or PBUs. I think that’s putting too much pressure on yourself. It’s really about learning how to be a pro, studying the playbook and getting in that film room more than anything.”Jefferson’s fate was decided three years ago. Hartfield’s fate is still unknown. The hardest part, Parker said, is knowing when to let go after you have been cut.“It’s toughest those first couple of months when you don’t know if you’re going to get a call tomorrow, six months down the road or never so you stay in shape,” said Parker, who works in sales for ADP and recently got engaged. “After the (2013) season ended and they were starting to do futures contracts and I wasn’t getting calls, I had to look hard in the mirror and ask if I wanted to keep chasing this dream.”After a year in the NFL in 1989, Parker’s dad, Anthony, played for the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football before finding his way back to the NFL for eight more seasons. From left: Shaun Prater, Carrington Byndom, Jeff Beathard, Ronald Zamort and Trevon Hartfield are all battling to make the roster. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Tony Jefferson didn’t need any motivation when he arrived for Cardinals offseason workouts as a rookie free agent out of Oklahoma in 2013.“I didn’t really care who was in front of me,” Arizona’s fourth-year safety said. “I was just like ‘line ’em up and I’ll know who I have to beat out.’“I had as much confidence in myself as ever, I was really mad that I didn’t get drafted, I had a chip on my shoulder about everything and I was ready to go out and give them some hell.” Comments   Share   last_img read more

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