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Derrick Baity gets a shot with New York Giants

Could Derrick Baity already have a new home?

After being released by the Houston Texans less than two weeks ago, the former Kentucky cornerback has already made his way back onto another NFL field… Or at least an NFL practice field. Baity was one of 12 players who worked out for the New York Giants this week, according to ESPN reporter Jordan Raanan.

Could Baity be back in a blue uniform in the near future?

While things didn’t work out for Baity in Houston, things seem to be going well for another Wildcat-turned-Texan: Lonnie Johnson. Houston recently released Aaron Colvin, which opens up a potential cornerback spot for Johnson.

Here’s hoping even more former Cats earn places on NFL rosters throughout the ongoing season.

Several former Kentucky football players released on Saturday

Matthew Swensen | Giants

This morning, former Kentucky cornerback Derrick Baity was released by the Houston Texans.

Throughout the day, several other former Wildcats were unfortunately added to the list of players cut by their respective franchises.

In the most shocking of all moves, Giants beat reporter Ryan Dunleavy reported this afternoon that CJ Conrad was released by the team.

Elsewhere, former Kentucky receiver Dorian Baker was waived by the Cleveland Browns.

The Jacksonville Jaguars also released Bunchy Stallings, leaving Josh Allen as the lone former Wildcat on the 53-man roster.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys placed Chris Westry on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, with the New York Giants also doing the same with George Asafo-Adjei due to a concussion.

In terms of Kentucky’s most recent draft class, Josh Allen (Jacksonville), Lonnie Johnson (Houston), Mike Edwards (Tampa Bay), and Benny Snell (Pittsburgh) all made the 53-man rosters of their respective teams, as expected.

Other former Wildcats who were released were Jon Toth (New York Jets), Jeff Badet (Minnesota), and Farrington Huguenin (Tampa Bay).

Best of luck to each of the former Kentucky football players in their search for new homes.

WATCH: Josh Allen Throws Out First Pitch for Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

WATCH: Josh Allen Throws Out First Pitch for Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

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When Josh Allen isn’t terrorizing opposing offensive lines, he’s throwing heat at the pitcher’s mound.

Last night, the former Kentucky pass-rusher and current Jacksonville Jaguar tossed out the first pitch for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins.

Like he seemingly does with everything, Allen proved to be a natural, staring off the first-base runner before tossing a dart to the catcher.

Just a tad low and inside, but you can’t scoff at the effort from the No. 7 overall NFL Draft pick.

On Thursday night of last week, Allen registered four tackles, two tackles for loss, and two QB hits against the Miami Dolphins, and that didn’t even tell the entire story.

The highlights of that phenomenal performance were absolutely ridiculous:

After the impressive outing, Allen’s new teammate, Myles Jack said the former Wildcat’s freaky athleticism actually reminds him of none other than LeBron James.

“He’s a beast,” he said. “They did their research on that pick. That was a great pick. Josh is very talented, very athletic. It’s freaky, man. That’s why I call him ‘LeBron James.’ He’s athletic. He can do a lot of things.”

Allen hasn’t even played a regular season game yet, but the city of Jacksonville certainly seems to be giddy about their newest draft pick.

Josh Allen, Lonnie Johnson listed as 2019 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year contenders

Josh Allen, Lonnie Johnson listed as 2019 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year contenders

Josh Allen and Lonnie Johnson are listed as two contenders to win 2019 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Bovada has listed their future betting odds, with Allen coming in at +1400 overall, good for fifth-best among defensive rookies, and Johnson coming in at +5000 overall, tied for 27th overall.

Allen’s position falls right in line with his draft slot, as the former Wildcat was the fifth-highest defender taken in the draft. Devin Bush, Pittsburgh’s No. 10 overall pick out of Michigan, is the current betting favorite.

As for Johnson, this also falls in line with his respective draft position as the 27th defender taken off the board back in April.

Meanwhile, former Kentucky pass-rusher and current Green Bay Packer Za’Darius Smith was listed as one of the leading sack candidates, coming in at +5000, which is tied for 18th overall.

I’m not sure about Johnson or Smith’s chances to win their respective categories, but Josh Allen at +1400 is mighty enticing…