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(Updates with some of cuts Sept. 4 … Lionel Dotson, Nate Ness, Syndric Steptoe, Chris Henry, Chris Jennings, Vuna Tuihalamaka and seven-year vet Bobby Wade don't survive the cuts)
Let's make this your one-stop resource to follow the former Arizona Wildcats in the NFL. As of Sept. 3, there are 13 ex-Cats on NFL rosters. If you see a story about one of these guys, post a link in this thread and we'll all be able to keep up on how the ex-Cats are doing.
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Mike Bell, RB, Philadelphia
Experience: 5th season
Earned a Super Bowl ring with New Orleans last season, leading the Saints in carries during the regular season (172 for 654 yards).
Signed a one-year free-agent deal with the Eagles worth $1.7 million.
Lance Briggs, LB, Chicago
Experience: 8th season
Five-time Pro Bowl selection.
Has had six consecutive 100-tackle seasons.
Eben Britton, OT, Jacksonville
Experience: 2nd season
Second-round pick in 2009 after declaring for the draft as a junior.
Started 15 games at right tackle as a rookie last season.
Antoine Cason, CB, San Diego
Experience: 3rd season
Expected to take over as a starting cornerback after the Chargers traded Antonio Cromartie in the offseason.
Made two interceptions in each of his first two years.
Nick Folk, PK, New York Jets
Experience: 4th season
Cut by the Dallas Cowboys in December after he struggled in his comeback from hip surgery.
Was super in his first two seasons with the Cowboys, making 46 of 53 field goal attempts and earning Pro Bowl honors as a rookie in 2007.
Chris Gronkowski, FB, Dallas
Undrafted free agent.
Earning positive reviews in training camp from coach Wade Phillips.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
Second-round rookie is helping to remake the position in New England, which also drafted Florida's Aaron Hernandez in the fourth round.
Back injury cost him the 2009 season at Arizona, but he's a physical specimen who is an all-around tight end.
Michael Johnson, FS, N.Y. Giants
Won a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in the 2007 season and became a starter in 2008, but neither he nor the team's secondary was stellar in 2009.
Started 25 games in his first three seasons, with 156 tackles.
Spencer Larsen, FB, Denver
Former All-Pac-10 linebacker was a two-way player for his first two seasons in Denver, famously starting at fullback and at linebacker as a rookie.
Is making the transition this year to a full-time offensive player.
Brandon Manumaleuna, TE, Chicago
Experience: 10th season
First year in Chicago after spending five years with the St. Louis Rams and four with the San Diego Chargers.
Manumaleuna, a true blocking tight end, signed a five-year contract with the Bears in the offseason.
Earl Mitchell, DT, Houston
Big Earl, after playing defensive tackle for only two seasons at Arizona, was a third-round pick in 2010.
Battling Amobi Okoye for a starting spot in camp.
Dennis Northcutt, WR, Detroit
Experience: 11th season
He's had a productive 10-year career, with 399 catches for 4,941 yards, and three career punt returns for touchdowns.
Northcutt, who was traded from Jacksonville after the 2008 season, made 35 receptions for the Lions last season.
Mike Thomas, WR, Jacksonville
The 2009 fourth-rounder overcame a hamstring injury in training camp to set a franchise rookie record with 48 catches, good for 453 yards.
Thomas, who can also return punts, could be the Jags' No. 2 receiver this season behind Mike Sims-Walker.
Lionel Dotson, DE, Miami
Chris Henry, RB, Houston
Chris Jennings, RB, Cleveland
Nate Ness, DB, Miami
Syndric Steptoe, WR, Cleveland
Vuna Tuihalamaka, LB, Indianapolis
Bobby Wade, WR, Washington
Copeland Bryan, DE, Detroit (knee injury, out for season)
This post has been edited 4 times, most recently by Anthony Gimino on 9/4/2010 at 8:47 PM
As the backfield carousel continued spinning at the Broncos training camp last week, one player assumed the same stance at the same position on each repetition.
One cool thing that will be a part of the 247 national recruiting database is for our staff to go back in time and add previous Arizona recruiting classes, and then add their career statistics not only at Arizona, but also for those who have advanced to the NFL. The database is going to be incredible, but it'll be up to our staff to stay on top of everything so wish us luck.
National Basketball Recruiting Analyst & Publisher of Wildcat Sports Report
Gronkowski scored a touchdown tonight for the Pats. Couldn't find video, but will keep looking.
Editor-In-Chief of Wildcat Sport Report and co-host of the Arizona football and basketball pre and postgame shows on 1290 KCUB.
A little more on Gronk and his role with the Pats.
FOXBORO, Mass. -- With youth comes change, and that’s been a recent story with the Patriots roster. Theyve used a lot of different pieces in the search for capable starters across the board, and that has made this summer an intriguing one in New England.
Yeah, Rob Gronkowski is off to a solid start with the Pats. Through 2 games his numbers are 4 catches for 38 yards (9.5 avg) and a touchdown. His long reception went for 24 yards.
BTW, outstanding initial break down Gimino. Seriously, well done.
This will be a great thread - Good Job!
Nate Ness Update
As cornerback Nate Ness grabbed his second interception of Thursday's morning practice, he briefly held up the ball. A sign of newfound confidence?
Nice article on Ness. Thanks for posting that.
Manumaleuna likes how teammates have learned offense
The Bears player most familiar with Mike Martz’s high-volume offense is impressed with how his new teammates have grasped the system.
Great to hear about Ness. If you can show an ability to break on the ball and create pass break ups you'll find a place on an NFL roster. Great story link!
Nick Folk was 3 of 3 on field goals Saturday night for the Jets -- 43, 36 and 49 yards.
Really good story at the following link:
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- New York Jets kicker Nick Folk shakes his head at the idea of field goals being a matter of life and death. Yes, they're important.
Dallas Morning News writer projects undrafted free agent fullback Chris Gronkowski to make the Cowboys roster. Another Morning News writer chips in with this nugget:
His brothers Rob, with New England, and Dan, with Detroit, are all but assured opening-day spots. If Chris makes it with the Cowboys, the Gronkowskis would become the 25h family to have three or more members make an NFL roster.
The Browners are the all-time leaders, with brothers Jim, Joey, Keith and Ross all playing in the NFL.
This post was edited by Anthony Gimino on 8/23/2010 at 2:48 PM
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Syndric Steptoe waived by the Browns. Saturday is cut-down day. Chris Jennings, Nate Ness, Chris Gronkowski, Vuna Tuihalamaka, Lionel Dotson among those on the bubble.
Looks like Chris Gronk is going to make it, though, as Dallas said it would keep two fullbacks.
Looks like 13 ex-Cats left on active rosters... check out the updated first post.
14 Cats on NFL Opening Day Rosters
Wildcats in the National Football League...
Sorry the Link option kept saying 'arizonawildcats.com is not available'
This post was edited by AZWILDCATS on 9/11/2010 at 7:58 PM
Yes, Brad Allis was smart enough to take GRONK in our fantasy league ...
Gronkowski: One game, one catch, one yard, one TD - AG's Wildcat Report
Took him in two Fantasy leagues!
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