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UConn in the NFL 2019

Rob Joyce
July 24, 2019 - 11:33 am

This week NFL training camps begin, with a load of players all fighting for one of 53 positions on the final roster come Week 1. Among the masses of folks putting on the pads is a group of former UConn Huskies, some of whom are safely on the roster, while others are battling for a job. As everyone reports at some point over the next few days, here are the former Huskies looking to make it in the league.

Anthony Sherman:

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With guys like Robert McClain, Darius Butler, Will Beatty and Tyvon Branch out of the league since 2017, Sherman takes the reins as the oldest Husky in the NFL. A mainstay with the Chiefs, he leads the charge as one of the few fullbacks left in the league. Though he only touched the ball nine times a year ago, he’s fresh off a Pro Bowl bid and signed a one-year extension to stay in Kansas City.

Blidi Wreh-Wilson:

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Entering his fourth year with the Falcons, Wreh-Wilson is a fringe player fighting for playing time. In his first three seasons the cornerback has appeared in 12 games for Atlanta, and he’s battling to be the fourth corner on the roster after the team drafted a pair of defensive backs.

Nick Williams:

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Currently a free agent, the undrafted free agent has carved out a journeyman career, playing a combined 26 games with three teams over five seasons. Though he’s a free agent, the Patriots brought him in for a workout this week, and he’ll find a job for training camp somewhere. Whether he makes a Week 1 roster remains to be seen, as he’s only appeared in seven games total the last three years.

Ryan Griffin:

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After six seasons with the Texans, Griffin is the newest member of the Jets after signing on Monday. New York’s expected starter, Chris Herndon, is suspended for the first four weeks, giving Griffin a chance to start. Last year he started 11 games with Houston, catching 24 passes for 305 yards, his best season since 2016.

Shamar Stephen:

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A seventh-round pick by the Vikings in 2014, the defensive tackle returns to Minnesota after a one-year stint with the Seahawks, where he started 14 games and notched a pair of sacks. He’s become known as being a very good run stopper and was rewarded as such with a three-year, $12.5-million deal.

Byron Jones:

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A do-it-all starter in the Dallas secondary, the New Britain native begins his fifth season with the Cowboys as their best cornerback. Coming off his first career Pro Bowl appearance, the team picked up the fifth-year option on Jones’ rookie deal. That means he’ll be due for quite the payday this offseason should he replicate his 2018 success.

Geremy Davis:

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A special teams player for the Chargers, Davis hasn’t caught a regular season pass since his rookie year with the Giants in 2015. Though he signed a one-year deal in the offseason to stay with Los Angeles, he’s fighting for a roster spot with Dylan Cantrell.

Obi Melifonwu:

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The former second-round pick won a Super Bowl with the Patriots in February, but only appeared in two games. Now he’s battling for a spot on the 2019 roster, after receiving a lot of first-team reps in minicamp with Patrick Chung not there. He, Duron Harmon, Nate Ebner and Terrance Brooks are all fighting for a precious few spots as backup safety.

Folorunso Fatukasi:

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Active for a single game in 2019 with the Jets, his versatility in being able to move outside or inside on the defensive line could garner him a backup spot. Quinnen Williams and Steve McLendon have firm holds on the interior starting spots, but Fatukasi could see his way onto the practice squad at worst.

Ryan Crozier:

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An undrafted free agent this year, Crozier was picked up by the Broncos as a reserve offensive lineman. Denver has a starting center in Connor McGovern, so Crozier will be battling for a fringe roster spot, if not the practice squad.