Jayhawks in the Pros #17

Dec. 11, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Through 14 weeks of the National Football League season, seven Jayhawks are active on NFL rosters with several of them making an impact for their teams. In addition, two Jayhawks completed successful seasons in the Canadian Football League. This week’s edition of Jayhawks in the Pros is highlighted by Aqib Talib’s defense on Monday Night Football and Steven Johnson recording a pair of special teams tackles for the Broncos.

Dezmon Briscoe
Wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe is in his third season in the NFL and first with the Washington Redskins. Briscoe was inactive for the second-straight week, Washington’s 31-28 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday. The former Jayhawk has played in six games this season for Washington, making two catches for 22 yards. He signed with the Redskins after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in late July. In his two-plus NFL seasons, Briscoe has played in 20 games and tallied 42 catches for 488 yards and seven touchdowns. He was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Anthony Collins
Offensive tackle Anthony Collins is in his fifth season in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals. Collins was in uniform, but did not play in Cincinnati’s 20-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys Sunday in Cincinnati. He has played in just one game this season, Week 12 against the Oakland Raiders. The veteran offensive lineman has played in 40 games and made 18 career starts at tackle. Collins was originally a fourth-round selection by Cincinnati in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Chris Harris
Cornerback Chris Harris is in his second season with the Denver Broncos.Harris made his ninth start of the season in Denver’s 26-13 win over the Oakland Raiders Thursday at the O.co Coliseum. He had a quiet night, collecting just one tackle in the game. In 12 games played for Denver this season, he has 50 tackles, 2.5 sacks, eight pass breakups and two interceptions. In his career, Harris has played in 28 games, making 13 starts. He has recorded 122 tackles, broken up 14 passes, recorded 2.5 sacks and made three interceptions. He signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent following the 2011 NFL Draft.

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Steven Johnson
Linebacker Steven Johnson is in his first season with the Denver Broncos after making the team as an undrafted free agent. Johnson made a pair of special teams tackles in the Broncos’ 26-13 win at Oakland Thursday. He has played in eight of Denver’s 13 games this season, making five stops on special teams. Johnson was signed by the Broncos as an undrafted free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft in April.

Mike Rivera
Linebacker Mike Rivera is in his first NFL season and second stint with the New England Patriots this year. Rivera recorded two tackles in New England’s 42-14 victory over the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football. The Kansas product has played in eight games this season (seven with New England, one with Miami) and made six tackles. He played in the first two games of the season with New England before appearing in Week 4 with the Miami Dolphins. He has played the last five weeks with the Patriots. Rivera was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Chicago Bears in 2009. He has spent time with Chicago, Tennessee, Green Bay, Miami and New England in his career.

Darrell Stuckey
Safety Darrell Stuckey is in his third season with San Diego, and first serving as the Chargers’ special teams captain. Stuckey played in San Diego’s 34-24 win at Pittsburgh Sunday, but did not record any statistics. The third-year safety has played in 12 games this year and recorded 10 tackles, a forced fumble and has two fumble recoveries. In his career, Stuckey has played in 26 games and made 23 tackles. He was drafted by the Chargers in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

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Aqib Talib
Cornerback Aqib Talib is in his fifth season in the NFL and his first with the New England Patriots after being traded by the Tampa Buccaneers in Week Eight. Talib started and made three tackles and a pass breakup in the first half of New England’s 42-14 win over the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football. However, he left the game in the second quarter with an injury. He has played in eight games this season (four with Tampa Bay, four with New England) and has recorded 36 tackles with nine pass breakups and two interceptions. In his career, the former KU All-American has made 197 tackles, recorded 55 pass breakups and collected 19 interceptions, including four he has returned for touchdowns. He was a first-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2008 NFL Draft.

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