Connecticut Update: 24 Players With State Ties In NFL
By Staff Report
Sep 02, 2014 at 12:00 AM
There are just over 700 starting NFL jobs, and as the 2014 season nears, 13 players with ties to Connecticut are among the fortunate ones. The list includes eight former UConn players: Danny Lansanah, Dwayne Gratz, Anthony Sherman, Kendall Reyes, Will Beatty, Tyvon Branch, Sio Moore and Blidi Wreh-Wilson. Add in Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton, Matt Shaughnessy, Marcus Cooper, Chris Baker and Jordan Reed and the state is well-represented.
In total, 22 players stuck with NFL teams, and two more were brought back as practice squad players.
BILLS: Marcus Easley, WR, UConn: Listed as No. 3 behind Sammy Watkins and Marquise Goodwin.
BRONCOS: Terrance Knighton, DL, Windsor: Starting nose tackle.
BUCCANEERS: Danny Lansanah, LB, UConn: Earned the starting job at weakside linebaker.
CARDINALS: Matt Shaughnessy, DL, Norwich: Will start at strongside linebacker in the Cardinals' 3-4 defense.
CHARGERS: Donald Brown, RB, UConn; Kendall Reyes, DL, UConn; and Dwight Freeney, DL, Bloomfield: Brown is the No. 3 running back behind Ryan Matthews and Danny Woodhead, but the team's primary kick returner. Reyes is the starter at left defensive end. Freeney is No. 2 at outside linebacker.
CHIEFS: Anthony Sherman, FB, UConn; and Marcus Cooper, CB, Bloomfield: Cooper will be the starting left cornerback. Sherman is the only fullback listed.
COLTS: Darius Butler, DB, UConn: No. 2 at right cornerback behind Vontae Davis.
FALCONS: Robert McClain, CB, UConn: Listed as a backup to Josh Wilson at one cornerback spot.
GIANTS: Will Beatty, OT, UConn: Starter at left tackle.
JAGUARS: Dwayne Gratz, DB, UConn; and Jordan Todman, RB, UConn: Gratz is listed as the starting left cornerback. Todman is third-string behind Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson at RB and the No. 1 kick returner.
LIONS: Dan Orlovsky, QB, UConn; and Julian Stanford, LB, Bloomfield: Orlovsky earned the backup job behind Matthew Stafford. Stanford was waived and then re-signed to the practice squad.
RAIDERS: Tyvon Branch, S, UConn; and Sio Moore, LB, UConn: Both players have earned starting spots, Branch at strong safety and Moore at weakside linebacker.
REDSKINS: Jordan Reed, TE, New London; Chris Baker, DL, Windsor; and Nick Williams, WR, UConn: Reed is the starting tight end. Baker starts at left defensive end. Williams was initially waived but re-signed to the practice squad.
TEXANS: Ryan Griffin, UConn, TE: Listed as third-stringer behind Garrett Graham and C.J. Fiedorowicz.
TITANS: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, DB, UConn: Listed as one of the starters at cornerback.
VIKINGS: Shamar Stephen, DT, Vikings: Listed as backup nose tackle behind Linval Joseph.