ESPN.com this week Projected 53-man rosters for every NFL teamAs predicted by ESPN.com’s analysts for each team, the final rosters included 14 former Cal players.
It’s not surprising that none of the eight Cal would-be NFL rookies made it onto the 53-man rosters. Six were signed as undrafted-free agents, and the other two were seventh round picks. They have yet to demonstrate what they can do in training camps, and if they are to be on the regular-season rosters, they will need to do something special in preseason.
We’ll be looking at some of them and how they would do it. First, we present a list listing 14 Cal players who were projected for the NFL regular-season rosters. They are listed alphabetically, with their number in parentheses.
Keenan Allen, wide receiver, Chargers (9)
Tyson Alualu, defensive lineman, Steelers (12)
Bryan Anger, punter, Cowboys (10)
Camryn Bynum, safety, Vikings (1)
Jake Curhan, offensive Lineman, Seahawks (1)
Ashtyn Davis, safety, Jets (2)
Jared Goff is the Lions’ quarterback (6)
Jaylinn Hawkins safety, Falcons (2)
Marvin Jones Jr. Wide receiver, Jaguars (9)
Cameron Jordan, defensive end, Saints (11)
Patrick Mekari, offensive lineman, Ravens (3)
Aaron Rodgers, quarterback, Packers (17)
Brennan Scarlett (linebacker, Dolphins) — Scarlett played his three first college seasons at Cal as well as his final season at Stanford.
Giants quarterback Davis Webb
Webb, who only played in one regular-season NFL match, took two snaps (both kneel-downs) and was not surprised. With this comment, Jordan Ranaan from ESPN predicts that the Giants will keep three of their quarterbacks.
QUARTERBACK (3): Daniel Jones. Tyrod Taylor. Davis Webb
Jones is the starter, Taylor the backup, and Webb is almost like having a coach in the room. Webb sticks because of his character. [head coach Brian]Daboll [general manager Joe]Schoen clearly values.
Other than the potential rookies, ex-Cal players are not expected to make regular season rosters. They include veteran tight end Stephen Anderson (Cardinals), veteran Eagles tight-end Richard Rodgers, Raiders wide receiver Jordan Veasy and Cowboys tight-end Ian Bunting.
Ex-Cal players Jordan Kunaszyk, running back Patrick Laird and linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk are now free agents. It’s not clear if they will sign with any teams before training camp.
Here’s a list of eight Cal players who played this past season. We also give a brief commentary on their challenges.
Elijah Hicks (safety, seventh-round selection, BearsHe could play safety or cornerback, but if he wanted to be on the team, it would likely have been as a safety. Projections for the Bears to keep four safeties: Jaquan Brisker, Eddie Jackson, DeAndre Houston-Carson, Dane Cruikshank. It will not be easy, but it is possible, to break into that group. Hicks is among seven Bears safeties currently on the roster. However, Cruikshank, one of them, is listed as cornerback.
Raiders sign Chase Garbers, QB, as a free agent Las Vegas is projected to keep only two quarterbacks — Derek Carter and Jarrett Stidham. Garbers would have Stidham beat (which is possible), or hope the Raiders retain three quarterbacks. It may prove difficult even with three quarterbacks. It’s important to remember that the Raiders drafted Colin Kaepernick. Nick Mullens has extensive NFL experience and is also on this roster.
Cameron Goode, linebacker, seventh round pick, Dolphins — He is not among the eight Linebackers pegged to make the final list. Goode is most likely to be used outside linebacker. The addition of Melvin Ingram III, a three-time Pro Bowler, and Channing Tindall, a third-round draft pick at that position, does not help his cause.
Ravens signed Trevon Clark, wide receiver as a free agent — He is one of only 13 wide receivers currently on the Ravens roster. are projected to be on the 53 player roster. The Ravens are also looking at wide receivers, as none of the four expected to make it — Devin Duvernay II, Rashod Bateman, James Proche II, Tylan Wallace — are proven stars. Clark should get a decent look unless Baltimore sign some proven free agents.
Colts sign Kekoa Crawford, wide receiver as a free agent Crawford is not listed among the six wide receivers projectedTo make the regular season squad, but aside from Michael Pittman Jr. Indianapolis has no proven player at the position. T.Y. could be resigned by the Colts. Hilton, who is still an agent free of charge, could be resigned by the Colts.
Kuony Deng (linebacker), signed as a free agent by the Falcons Deng has the advantage of being able to play inside or outside, but not among the five linebackers or four edge rushers. Projected to make the final roster. A sleeper is listed as an undrafted agent to make the team. But it’s not Deng. It’s Nate Landman, a former Colorado linebacker.
Commanders have signed Josh Drayden as a free agent defensive backDrayden will likely be seen as a cornerback. Projected to be on the 53-man roster,Washington is lacking at the position behind its starters. Christian Holmes, seventh-round draft, is projected to be one of the five players on the roster. So there could be an opening.
Jake Tonges, tight end signed as a Bears free agentCole Kmet and Ryan Griffin are the winners. James O’Shaughnessy is the loser Three tight ends are predicted Tonges is currently one of six tight ends on the Bears’ regular-season roster.