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USF in NFL: How many Bulls will make opening-week cuts?



If my count is correct, there are 17 former USF football players on NFL rosters right now, though that number could change considerably by the end of the month -- NFL rosters must be cut to 80 players on Aug. 28, then down to the regular-season limit of 53 on Aug. 31.


There are seven former Bulls who should be locks to make their team's opening-day roster -- Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and linebacker Jacquian Williams, Panthers defensive tackle Terrell McClain, Vikings safety Mistral Raymond, Eagles safety Nate Allen, Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins and Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas.

Others are hard to tell because they weren't on an active roster last year or are returning from injury or have new challengers at their position, like Vikings linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, Rams cornerback Jerome Murphy, Jaguars defensive end George Selvie, Panthers linebacker Kion Wilson and Browns receiver Carlton Mitchell.

There are young Bulls facing tough odds to make their active rosters: Cowboys punter Delbert Alvarado, Packers center Sampson Genus, Patriots guard Jeremiah Warren, Giants defensive end Craig Marshall and Vikings receiver A.J. Love.

We'll find out in the next 10 days who will make the cut, with several others in position to land on practice squads. ...

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 11:59am]


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