Torell Troup is on his way back to being full go, though it likely won’t come until training camp as we profiled on the home page of Buffalobills.com today. While the coaches know what he’s capable of he wants to prove to his teammates he can be a reliable and consistent contributor to the cause. And if the fans start believing in him too, it’s gravy.
After Troup’s troublesome 2011 season that was riddled with bad luck (see: broken hand, broken back), he endured an awful lot of criticism from Bills fans. It got to the point where he avoided his twitter account.
“With the fans I’ve taken a lot of heat for this (past season),” Troup told Buffalobills.com. “For example that (second) Jets game for not going out on the field I’ve taken a lot of heat for that. It got to the point where I wouldn’t even check my twitter page because the guys are bashing me on there.”
Troup was a game time decision in Week 12 for the rematch with the Jets, but watching him personally from the press box with binoculars it was obvious he was in no shape to play. He looked like a 70-year old the way he was laboring to walk out there and drop into a three-point stance, instead of a strapping 25-year old NFL lineman. In our profile on Troup even Chan Gailey approached after he knew his body wouldn’t allow him to suit up for that game.
Now on the rehab train and targeting training camp for a return there’s a lot of motivation to prove he belongs in the NFL.
“I want to prove to the fans, but most important I want to be a contributor to my team,” he said. “It’s so hard to see the guys working. I’m in the building and even though I’m kind of with them, I’m not with them. They can do a lot more stuff than I can right now so I still feel like I’m on the outside looking in and that hurts. Until I can get healthy and do everything only then will it feel right again because I just want to be there for my teammates. I just think it could be a big year for us as a defense and as a team and I want to be a part of it. So I’m working my butt off to try and be a part of it for this 2012 season.”
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