"This is my last chance, my last go-round," Elam said, via the team's official site, adding: "I've been here for three years, didn't live up to what I wanted to live up to. It's my chance to prove everybody wrong and prove it to myself. This is it, do or die, winner take all. Every day is a championship game for me."
However, Elam struggled with some of the more basic aspects of the position -- tackling and deep coverage. A miserable rookie season bled into 2014, when Elam was eventually replaced by former Giants safety Will Hill. Had Hill not been busted for yet another violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, we might not be talking about Elam this summer at all.
We're not rooting against another opportunity for Elam. As we've said many times before, players deserve the chance to get better and re-write their own narratives. We do, however, disagree with Elam that this is his last chance. As a former first-round pick, he joins a particular pantheon of players who seem to get endless opportunities in the NFL, with each coach trying to be the savior that the previous one could not be. Elam will be in camp somewhere else in 2017 and all will be right with the world. As for 2016, he might need an injury from someone else to get the opportunity he seeks.