Tuesday, September 4, 2012

10 Former Orange Ready For NFL Season

     Then there were 10. That is the number of players Syracuse has on NFL rosters this season. Here is our yearly preview on each player in the league.

Steve Gregory, Safety, New England Patriots
-Gregory was brought in to provide a boost to the Patriots underwhelming defense. He intercepted a pass this preseason and is poised to make an impact. Expect him to put up solid numbers in his first year in New England.

Chandler Jones, Defensive End, New England Patriots
-Jones has been predicted by several media persons to be the defensive rookie of the year. The first-round pick will start at end in the revamped Patriots defense. Expect him to come close to double digit sacks.

Jameel McClain, Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens
-McClain re-signed with the Ravens after becoming a free agent in the offseason. He had his best season as a pro a year ago. Expect him to be even better this year. Don't be surprised if he finds himself in the Pro Bowl.

Arthur Jones, Defensive End, Baltimore Ravens
-Chandler's big brother should start for Baltimore this year. He played sparingly for the Ravens last year. Expect him to become a solid addition to the perennially great Ravens' defense.

 Dwight Freeney, Linebacker, Indianapolis Colts
-No, that is not a typo. Freeney is becoming a linebacker in the new look 3-4 Colts defense. He will be a pass rushing linebacker the majority of the time. Expect him to come near double digit sacks.

Delone Carter, Running Back, Indianapolis Colts
-Carter played well in his rookie season, but fell out of favor with coaches after he had a fumbling problem. Carter was injured early in preseason. He should get a few carries in Indy, but playing time may be hard to come by.

Curtis Brinkley, Running Back, San Diego Chargers
-Brinkley had a solid year in a backup role last season. He will retain that role and should provide a good spark to the Chargers' offense.

Doug Hogue, Linebacker, Detroit Lions
-Hogue had a very impressive preseason where he was third in tackles in the NFL. Hogue will play on special teams and will play if any of the Detroit linebackers go down with injury.

Mike Williams, Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-Williams had a mediocre year after a great rookie season in Tampa. New addition Vincent Jackson should draw plenty of coverage off of Williams. Do not be surprised if Williams puts up Pro Bowl worthy numbers this year.

Quinn Ojinnaka, Guard, St. Louis Rams
-Ojinnaka played for the Colts last year and did not play much. He signed as a free agent with St. Louis and earned a starting job in camp.

Other former Syracuse players that are on IR: Will Allen, Andrew Tiller, Ryan Durand
Suspended: Tanard Jackson
Exempt: Tony Fiammetta

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