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Yellow Jackets In The NFL Update

Sept. 6, 2010

As NFL teams made their final cuts last week, there was good news and bad news for Georgia Tech alums.

The good news: there are 24 former Yellow Jackets on opening-day rosters, including rookie Jonathan Dwyer of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The bad news: Andrew Gardner was cut by the Miami Dolphins and J.P. Foschi did not make the Buffalo Bills’ final roster.

Below is a glance at former Yellow Jackets in the NFL: 


TEAM                                   PLAYER                        POS          YEARS   W-L         NOTE

Atlanta Falcons                  Vance Walker                DT            2nd           0-0            Falcons open season Sept. 12 at Pittsburgh

Baltimore Ravens               Dawan Landry              S                6th            0-0            Ravens open on Monday, Sept. 13, at NYJ               

Buffalo Bills                        John Paul Foschi         TE             4th            0-0            Released by the Bills on the last day of cuts

                                                Cord Howard                OL            1st                              Made 53-man roster as undrafted free agent               

Cincinnati Bengals           Michael Johnson          LB            2nd           0-0            Second team OLB behind Rey Maualuga

Dallas Cowboys                Keith Brooking            LB            13th         0-0            Former Falcon a starter for the Cowboys

                                                Tashard Choice             RB            3rd                              Part of a deep backfield in Dallas         

 Denver Broncos                Demaryius Thomas      WR           1st            0-0            Slowed in the preseason with a foot injury              

 Detroit Lions                     Will Heller                    TE             9th            0-0            Will veteran catch passes from UGA’s Stafford?    

                                                Calvin Johnson            WR           4th                              One of the NFL’s premier wide receivers

                                                Jahi Word-Daniels      DB            2nd                             On injured reserve after a hamstring injury

Green Bay Packers            Morgan Burnett            DB            1st            0-0            4th-round pick has earned a starting job

Indianapolis Colts            Philip Wheeler             LB            3rd            0-0            Starting at linebacker for Jim Caldwell’s club

Jacksonville Jaguars         Daryl Smith                   LB            7th            0-0            One of seven Yellow Jacket LBs in the NFL

Kansas City Chiefs            Mike Cox                        FB             3rd            0-0            Older brother of Tech B-back Lucas Cox

Miami Dolphins                 Andrew Gardner          OL            2nd           0-0            Waived by Miami on September 4th

New England Patriots     Gary Guyton                 LB            3rd            0-0            Former free agent playing big role in Foxborough

                                                Darryl Richard              DT            2nd                             Placed on injured reserve with a foot injury

New Orleans Saints          Anthony Hargrove      DL            6th            0-0            Second team DT for the world champions                  

                                                Chris Reis                      S                4th                              A key member of the Saints’ special teams

New York Giants              Gerris Wilkinson        LB            5th            0-0            Open season Aug. 12 at home vs. Carolina

Pittsburgh Steelers           Jonathan Dwyer           RB            1st            0-0            Relieved to make the 53-man roster     

                                                Keyaron Fox                  LB            7th                              Owns a Super Bowl ring

St. Louis Rams                    James Butler                   S                6th            0-0            Reserve in the secondary; playing special teams

Seattle Seahawks               Mansfield Wrotto        OL            4th            0-0            Released by the Seahawks on the last day of cuts

Tampa Bay Buccaneers     Andrew Economos      LS             5th            0-0            Open season at home Aug. 12 vs. Cleveland

Tennessee Titans                Derrick Morgan            DE            1st            0-0            Titans open season Sept. 12 vs. Oakland

Head Coach

Arizona Cardinals             Ken Whisenhunt                                             0-0            Cardinals open season at St. Louis Sept. 12




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