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Cats in the NFL

NFL Cats: Week 3 Schedule

Tonight, Josh Allen and the Jacksonville Jaguars host Wesley Woodyard and the Tennessee Titans at 8:20 p.m. on the NFL Network. Here’s when you can see the rest of the NFL Cats in action this weekend.

PLAYERTEAMPOSTHIS WEEKTV
Josh AllenJacksonville JaguarsDEThursday, 8:20 PM vs. TennesseeNFL Network
Wesley WoodyardTennessee TitansLBThursday, 8:20 PM at JacksonvilleNFL Network
Randall CobbDallas CowboysWRSunday, 1 PM vs. MiamiFOX
Za’Darius SmithGreen Bay PackersDESunday, 1 PM vs. DenverFOX
Corey PetersArizona CardinalsDTSunday, 4:05 PM vs. CarolinaFOX
George Asafo-AdjeiNew York GiantsOTSunday, 4:05 PM at Tampa BayFOX
Mike EdwardsTampa Bay BucaneersDBSunday, 4:05 PM vs. New York GiantsFOX
Bud DupreePittsburgh SteelersDESunday, 4:25 PM at San FranciscoCBS
Benny SnellPittsburgh SteelersRBSunday, 4:25 PM at San FranciscoCBS
Lonnie JohnsonHouston TexansCBSunday, 4:25 PM at Los AngelesCBS
Larry WarfordNew Orleans SaintsOGSunday, 4:25 PM at SeattleCBS
Danny TrevathanChicago BearsLBMonday, 8:15 PM at WashingtonESPN

Avery Williamson (Jets) and Chris Westry (Cowboys) are on IR


WATCH: Bud Dupree volunteers at LaRosa Boys and Girls Club

WATCH: Bud Dupree volunteers at LaRosa Boys and Girls Club

Bud Dupree is one of the most successful former Wildcats currently playing professional football, but he’s also leaving his mark in Pittsburg off the field. His latest project? The outside linebacker recently spent time at the LaRosa Boys and Girls in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

The Boys and Girls club offers after-school programs to children in the area, including workforce development programming, music production and arts programming. For Dupree, it was all about giving back to an organization he’s been involved with for a very long time.

“We had Boys and Girls clubs growing up, and it was always fun to be a part of that,” Dupree said in a video published by the Steelers organization. “So to come out and actually help now and see the progress they’re making is an absolute blessing.”

Dupree was given the honor of cutting the grand-opening ribbon before spending time playing uno, taking selfies and just hanging out with some local kids. He also showed off his “rap skills.” Well, sort of. You can decide that for yourself:

On a more-serious note, it really is awesome to see a former Cat making such a positive influence in his community.

“We just give kids the opportunity to actually see people in the flesh and not just see them on TV, but to see them in the community. It gives them a better perspective on what it takes to make it and be in our shoes,” Dupree said. “And to let some of the kids know that you’ve be in the some similar situations that they’ve been in in their lives. It’s always good to see someone of your caliber being an actual person so you know you can strive for greatness.”

Greatness, indeed.


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

© Douglas DeFelice | USATSI

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.