Congratulations! You were able to make it through a long and arduous offseason. The NFL finally starts tonight and USF football starts on Saturday (you can’t tell me it’s already started, Week 1 was fake).
Sadly, a lot of the former Bulls who were in training camp with a team were released upon the final cuts happening at the end of last week. But we’ll give you a quick update on all of them here.
Kayvon Webster- DB
Marquez Valdes-Scantling-WR Green Bay Packers
MVS didn’t log any stats in the preseason and only played in two games, starting both of them. He’s projected to be a starting wideout for Aaron Rogers and is listed on many sites as a fantasy sleeper pick that could explode this year. MVS gets the season started tonight against the Chicago Bears at 8:20.
Deadrin Senat-DT Atlanta Falcons
Senat made the 53 man roster after bouncing up and down between the third team and first team defense all preseason. He’s projected to be the backup defensive tackle. The Falcons kick off 2019 on Sunday against the Vikings at 1:00.
Austin Reiter- C Kansas City Chiefs
Reiter is the only USF offensive lineman in the NFL and is projected to be the starting center on the Chiefs. He’ll start his 4th NFL season on Sunday in Jacksonville at 1:00.
Deatrick Nichols- DB
Nichols was cut by the Arizona Cardinals and has not signed with another team yet.
Terrell McClain- DT
McClain was also cut by the Cardinals and has yet to sign with another team.
Bruce Hector-DT Philadelphia Eagles
Lets keep the depressing news going in Arizona. Hector, only a week or so after being acquired via trade, was also cut by the Cardinals. That was an odd decision to say the least, but he wound up right where he started, back on the Eagles practice squad.
Marlon Mack- RB Indianapolis Colts
The Mack Attack is back and is going to be the leading man in the backfield. With the abrupt retirement of Andrew Luck, Mack will probably see a heavier workload at the start of the season. The Colts get their season going on Sunday against the Chargers at 4:00.
Quinton Flowers- RB Indianapolis Colts.
QUINTON FLOWERS AND MARLON MACK REUNITED!!! THIS ISN’T A DRILL! Flowers was cut from the Bengals roster late last week, but signed to the Colts practice squad shortly after. Hopefully head coach Frank Reich saw some of the magic those two produced together in college and creates some special 9-to-5 package. But either way, I think we’re all Colts fans now, right?
Aaron Lynch- OLB Chicago Bears
Lynch saw his first action of the preseason in Week 4, getting 15 snaps on defense and batting a ball at the line of scrimmage. He had battled injuries all offseason and into camp, but finally is off of the injury report heading into week one, where he should rotate in on defense a good amount.
Mike Love- DE Buffalo Bills
About 20 minutes after last week’s edition of Bulls in the Pros came out, Love was placed on injured reserve with a pectoral injury. Since he was placed on IR before he had a chance to make the 53 man roster, he’s not eligible to play for the whole season. Although, he will still be with the Bills and collecting checks all year. It also bodes well for him that they kept him on IR instead of releasing him with an injury settlement, it must mean they see potential in Love for the future.
Eric Lee- DE
Lee was released by the Lions and has yet to sign with another team.
D’Ernest Johnson- RB Cleveland Browns
Johnson’s story is probably the best one of the all the alumni in the NFL. After basically spending his entire “rookie” year out of football, he got a shot with the AAF and proved he was worth somebody taking a chance on him in the NFL. The Browns signed him as a free-agent and nobody really expected him to make the team, but he kept working and putting up numbers in his preseason games (20 carries, 86 yards/ 7 receptions, 76 yards and a TD).
Johnson made the 53 man roster and will play his first NFL game Sunday at 1:00 against the Titans.
Mazzi Wilkins- DB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mazzi made plays basically every day during training camp. Whether it was an interception, a PBU or just having good coverage, it seemed Wilkins could do it all. It wasn’t enough for him to stick on the 53-man roster, but it was enough to show coaches and the front office how much potential he has, so they gave him a spot on the practice squad.
Pretty good for a guy they called in as a replacement just a few days before camp started, huh?