Jayhawks in the Pros (NFL Edition)
Sept. 14, 2010
Jayhawks saw action during the first weekend of the season. Throughout the course of the 2010 season, KUAthletics.com will chart the progress of the seven former Jayhawks who are on NFL rosters this season.
Former Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, who played at KU from 2007-09, was picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 6 after being released by the Cincinnati Bengals. Briscoe was placed on the practice squad, and did not play in the Buccaneers’ 17-14 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday. As a member of the practice squad, he can be activated and added to the 53-man roster at any time. Practice squad players can be promoted to the active roster of their current team or to that of any other team. They have free agent status and can sign with any team they wish without compensation to the original team. Briscoe was selected by Cincinnati in sixth round of this year’s draft.
Offensive lineman Anthony Collins, who played at KU from 2005-07, did not play in Cincinnati’s 38-24 loss to the New England Patriots. Collins suffered an ankle injury in the Bengals’ first preseason game, and missed the team’s final four weeks of exhibition contests. Collins is in his third season with Cincinnati after being selected in the 2008 NFL Draft. He has played 23 games in his NFL career, making 13 starts.
Linebacker James Holt, who played at KU from 2005-08, played in his first game of the season last night in the San Diego Chargers’ 21-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football. Holt played on special teams for San Diego, but did not record any statistics. He was an undrafted free agent signee by the Chargers in 2009, and played in nine games recording 10 tackles.
Former KU wide receiver Kerry Meier, who played at KU from 2006-09, injured his knee in his second preseason game against the New England Patriots on Aug. 20 and will miss the 2010 season. Meier recorded one catch for seven yards in the game against Patriots – and had three catches in the preseason. According to an Associated Press story, Meier was on his way to earning a spot on the Falcons’ team as a backup wide receiver.
Former Kansas fullback Moran Norris, who played at KU from 1996-2000, is in his 10th year of professional football and his fourth season with the San Francisco 49ers. Norris played in San Francisco’s opening day loss to the Seattle Seahawks, carrying the ball once for one yard and making one reception for two yards. He played in all 16 games last season for the 49ers, recording seven starts. Norris was originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Houston Texans and Detroit Lions in addition to a season with the Saints and three with the 49ers.
Former Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey is in his first season with the San Diego Chargers. However, Stuckey was inactive for Monday’s Chargers game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Stuckey was injured early in the preseason, but played in San Diego’s final two games. He was selected in the fourth round by the Chargers in this year’s NFL Draft.
Former Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib, who played at KU from 2005-07, missed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ season opener due to a league-mandated suspension. He has played in 30 games for the Bucs over two seasons, making 87 tackles and nine interceptions in his professional career. Talib was selected by Tampa Bay in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.