I fell into the Super Bowl!
The NFL is competitive. So much so, in fact, that it is really difficult to make an NFL roster. Therefore, we’d be remiss if we were negligent to the ex-Wildcats who have made a team.
Shane Boyd, Houston Texans, Quarterback
Boyd was undrafted out of UK, but was picked up by the Arizona Cardinals. He has since moved to Houston, and he played in the team’s first preseason game, throwing for 25 yards on 4-5 passing. He also rushed for 28 yards. He has yet to play since, and is not listed on the depth chart.
Keenan Burton, St. Louis Rams, Wide Receiver
Burton has impressed the Rams coaching staff, most notably with the speed at which he plays the game. Burton has 5 catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in the preseason, and he will get extended playing time in the team’s final preseason game Thursday against the Chiefs. He’s fairly deep on the depth chart, but if he continues progressing as he is, it is unlikely that Burton will be kept off the field.
Otis Grigsby, Minnesota Vikings, Defensive End
Grigsby had one tackle a season ago, and he forced a fumble. If he can continue at that clip, he will be the greatest defenseive end ever. He’s had a solid preseason, tallying 8 tackles and 2 sacks. The Vikings have experienced some injuries on the defensive line, so Grigsby will be used to add some needed depth—if he can stay away from the Minneapolis boating scene, of course.
Glenn Holt, Cincinnati Bengals, Wide Receiver
With the troubles experienced by Bengal receivers, Holt may find himself in a more extended role than his usual duties as a return specialist. He’s had a rather quiet preseason with only 2 catches, but he has recorded a touchdown. On his career, Holt has 17 catches and a touchdown.
Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills, Wide Receiver
Johnson, who was able to snag his college number with Buffalo, has 3 catches for 11 yards so far this preseason. He’ll have to make great strides in the final couple of weeks to see significant time, but he is said to have been opening some eyes on the practice field. His explosiveness and success, as well as some injuries, may bolster his bid for playing time.
Rafael Little, Tennessee Titans, Running Back
Little has yet to play in the preseason. It is likely that Little will be moved from the active roster to the unable to perform list. Surprising, because Little never really had trouble with injuries at UK…
Jared Lorenzen, Indianapolis Colts, Quarterback
Lorenzen got his first start of the preseason last night, and he threw for 52 yards on 7-11 passing. He and Quinn Gray remain mired in a battle to be the backup to Peyton Manning’s backup. Here’s an original article comparing Lorenzen’s size to other players who do not play quarterback. Hilarious.
Marlon McCree, Denver Broncos, Free Safety
McCree has made quite a name for himself in the league as a head-hunting safety. He literally nearly decapitated someone last season. He’s listed as a backup to Hamza Abdullah at safety in his first season with the Broncos. However, with news that John Lynch will be leaving the team, McCree’s status will likely be promoted to starter.
Glenn Pakulak, Oakland Raiders, Punter
Pakulak, who is filling in for the currently injured Shane Lechler, has punted well in the preseason, averaging over 45 yards a kick. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that even the Raiders are stupid enough to carry two punters, and this job is Lechler’s.
Artose Pinner, Detroit Lions, Running Back
Pinner is trying to use his experience to his advantage in gaining a roster spot on the Lions. He’s ran well in the preseason, and he will be battling four other worthy backs in hopes of making the team.
Dewayne Robertson, Denver Broncos, Defensive Lineman
Robertson has started the last two games of the preseason, and since the Broncos run a different defense than the Jets, he hopes to finally live up to his potential as a top five draft choice. With an injury sidelining Elvis Dumervil, Robertson has shown that he can compete at the highest level, despite his previous seasons of mediocrity.
Jacob Tamme, Indianapolis Colts, Tight End
Tamme, who modeled his college game after the Colts’ Dallas Clark, may be sitting in the best position of any of the draftees. With Clark holding down one of the end spots, Tamme seems to have a similar hold on the other, with both the former starter (Ben Utecht) and his backup (Bryan Fletcher) departed. Tamme is battling Gijon Robinson, who was on the Colts practice squad last season.
Andre’ Woodson, New York Giants, Quarterback
Woodson has struggled mightily since making the transition to the NFL, especially recently. According to a NY Giants blog, Woodson has been throwing numerous interceptions in practice, and failing to make even the simplest of throws. Perhaps a couple seasons under Eli will help the cause, though.
Wesley Woodyard, Denver Broncos, Linebacker
Woodyard has impressed coaches with his effort and ability, but this Q & A in a local paper that I found while hastily throwing this together suggests that he may not make the squad. Actually, this suggests that he will make the team. Huzzah!
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