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Terps vs. the Turk (pt. 2)

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Here’s part two of our roundup of Maryland players battling to make NFL rosters. You can see part one here.

Washington Redskins
CB Kevin Barnes
RT Scott Burley
C Edwin Williams

The ‘Skins depth chart lists Barnes as the third-string RCB, Williams as the third-string C, and Burley as the fourth-string RT. None of that is very cheery, but the latest projected 53-man roster from The Washington Times has Barnes making the team.

Breakdown: Best case scenario is one more Terp, Barnes, makes a squad and can hang out with ex-Terp Stephon Heyer who will start at RT for Washington.

Detroit Lions
TE Dan Gronkowski

Another one without much information available. I know, weird that there aren’t tons of article of the battle for third-string TE on a team that went 0-16 last year. Here’s what I do know, he scored the game-winning TD against the Colts last week. You can see the highlight here at the 4:35 mark. Yes, they have like five minutes of highlights from a Lions-Colts preseason game.

Breakdown: It could be between Gronkowski and Casey FitzSimmons. FitzSimmons has been in the league for seven years and probably would cost a lot more. Then again, an 0-16 team might not want two rookie tight ends on the roster. I leave this one up to you.

Green Bay Packers
RT Dane Randolph
NT Dean Muhtadi

Both were undrafted free agents that signed in late July. Neither was mentioned in this projected 53-man roster.

Breakdown: It does not look good in Green Bay.

Minnesota Vikings
TE Jeffrey Dugan

He’s battling to be the third tight end behind Visanthe Shiancoe and Jim Kleinsasser. If his name was Geoffrey McQuiggian he’d be a lock.

Breakdown: They already have Erin Henderson, E.J. Henderson, and Madieu Williams. What’s one more Terp?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DT Dre Moore

Last year was a huge disappointment for Moore. A fourth-round draft pick, he failed to make the roster and was delegated to the practice squad. Things seem to be different this year.

Breakdown: Looks like Moore will be in the rotation at DT this fall.

Arizona Cardinals
C Melvin Fowler
LB Chase Bullock
LB David Holloway

Fowler is listed as the third-string center, Bullock third-string inside linebacker, and Holloway isn’t even on the chart. But then again, he wasn’t on the team when the chart was released.

Breakdown: It doesn’t look good for Fowler or Bullock. Holloway was with the Cardinals two years ago, they resigned him last week. They can’t be a bad sign.

Seattle Seahawks
LB Dave Philistin

Another undrafted free agent signing, Philistin is facing long odds to make the roster. But Lofa Tatupu likes what he’s seen from Philistin
and fellow free agent Shane Simmons.

“These guys are fun to watch,” Tatupu said. “I love watching all of them play.”

Breakdown: Despite the kind words, he won’t be making the roster. Maybe another team will like what they see too.

We’ll update you on all the Terps in the league after the final roster cuts are made.

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Terps vs. the Turk (pt. 1)

Posted by SuckaFish

Here’s a roundup of Maryland players battling to make NFL rosters.

Miami Dolphins

TE Joey Haynos
ILB William Kershaw

There are mixed reports out of Miami. Some think neither has done enough, while others are slightly more optimistic.

Breakdown: Haynos seems safe. Kershaw is firmly on the bubble but will probably make the squad too.

Cincinnati Bengals
RG Andrew Crummey

Believe it or not, there’s not a lot of information out there about the guard battle for the Bengals. Things don’t look great for Crummey who was signed by Cincy off of the Redskins practice squad last fall. Crummey is currently listed third on the Bengals depth chart at right guard, and the signing of first-round pick Andre Smith eats up another OL roster spot. He has gotten some snaps at center as the team deals with injuries and his best shot is making the team as a guard/center.

Breakdown: There are only so many spots and he will probably be caught in a numbers game. If he doesn’t make the squad, here’s hoping he signs with another team in a nice, warm place like San Diego.

Indianapolis Colts
RB Lance Ball
OG Jaimie Thomas

Ball has had a solid preseason and many think he’s in good shape for the final RB spot. Thomas is in an extremely tight battle on the O-line. The official depth chart doesn’t paint a pretty picture for either player, but this projected 53-man roster has them both making the cut.

Breakdown: They should both be getting time in the final preseason game. I’ll be stunned if Ball isn’t on the opening day roster. Thomas is borderline and could go either way.

Jacksonville Jaguars
DE Jeremy Navarre
P Adam Podlesh

The Jags haven’t posted an official depth chart yet, I mean it’s only August 31. Navarre is fighting an uphill battle, undrafted free agent rookies rarely make an NFL roster. Podlesh is going to be the punter.

Breakdown: One out of two for the Terps

Dallas Cowboys
RB Keon Lattimore

He has been very impressive in the preseason but with Marion Barber, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice on the roster his only shot is if another back gets injured. Coaches have told him to use this as an opportunity to show what he can do to the other 31 teams, and he has.

Breakdown: He won’t make the Cowboys but should be signed quickly by another team.

Philadelphia Eagles
LB Moise Fokou

A seventh-round pick, Fokou was a long shot to make the team. But he’s had a strong camp, played well on special teams, and moved from OLB to the middle. All of that impressed coaches and there has even been talk that he could earn a starting spot. Omar Gaither officially got that job on Monday, but not without a fight.

Breakdown: Fokou will be an Eagle when the season starts.

Come back for part two tomorrow.

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