Jayhawks in the Pros (Week 5)
Oct. 11, 2010
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. 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 24-21 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Collins has been active for three of the Bengals’ five games this season, and has played in 25 games in his NFL career – all with Cincinnati. Collins is in his third season with Cincinnati after being selected in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Wide receiver Marcus Henry, who played at KU from 2004-07, was placed on the practice squad injured reserve last Thursday with a knee injury, which will sideline him for the remainder of the season. Henry was picked up by the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 24. He spent the last two seasons with the New York Jets. Henry was selected by the Jets in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Linebacker James Holt, who played at KU from 2005-08, was injured in San Diego’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 26 and was placed on injured reserve, meaning he will miss the remainder of the 2010 season. Holt finishes his 2010 season with two tackles on special teams. Holt was an undrafted free agent signee by the Chargers in 2009, and played in nine games recording 10 tackles a season ago.
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 started in San Francisco’s 27-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football, but did not record any stats. Norris has played in all five of the 49ers’ games this season, making four starts. He has three catches for 15 yards and one carry from scrimmage for one yard. 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, who played at KU from 2006-09, was inactive for the second-straight week as the San Diego Chargers fell to the Oakland Raiders, 35-27 on Sunday. Stuckey was injured early in the preseason, but played in San Diego’s final two exhibition 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, is in his third season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Talib made his team- leading third interception of the season in Tampa Bay’s 24-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday. The third-year corner also made six tackles and defended a pass against Cincinnati, helping contain the Bengals’ Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. This season, Talib has 10 tackles, three interceptions and three passes defended in three games. He was selected in the first round by the Buccaneers in the 2008 NFL Draft.