Jayhawks in the Pros (NFL Edition - Week 8)
Nov. 1, 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 has been on the practice squad all season. 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, is in his third season with the Cincinnati Bengals. However, he was inactive for Cincinnati’s 22-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins Sunday. Collins has been active for three of the Bengals’ seven games this season, and has played in 25 games in his NFL career. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Bengals.
Wide receiver Marcus Henry, who played at KU from 2004-07, was placed on the practice squad injured reserve on Oct. 7 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 finished his 2010 season with two tackles on special teams. He 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 played in San Francisco’s 24-16 win over the Denver Broncos in London on Sunday. He recorded one rush for -1 yard. Norris has played in all seven of the 49ers’ games this season, making four starts. He has three catches for 15 yards and two carries from scrimmage for no gain. 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 linebacker Mike Rivera, who played at KU from 2005-08, was picked up by the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 13, after being cut in training camp by the Tennessee Titans. Rivera has been on Green Bay’s practice squad the last two weeks, and did not play Sunday in the Packers’ 9-0 win over the New York Jets. Rivera has been with three different teams in his NFL career. He was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2009 season.
Former Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey, who played at KU from 2006-09, was inactive for the fifth-straight week as the San Diego Chargers defeated the Tennessee Titans, 33-25, 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 played a big role in the Bucs’ 38-35 victory over Arizona on Sunday, intercepting two passes, including one he returned 45 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. His second interception came late in the fourth quarter at Tampa Bay’s six yard line as Arizona was driving for the go-ahead score. His two picks moves him into second among the NFL leaders with five interceptions this year. Talib also has 21 tackles and five pass breakups. His interception return for a touchdown was the first of his professional career. Talib was selected in the first round by the Buccaneers in the 2008 NFL Draft.