UPDATED: Ex-Cats in the NFL: 14 on active rosters; two added to practice squadsby Anthony Gimino on Sep. 03, 2012, under Arizona football
UPDATE: WR David Douglas was added to the New York Giants’ practice squad Saturday after being cut by the team, while Ricky Elmore landed on the practice squad of the Arizona Cardinals on Monday after being waived by San Diego.
NFL teams have made their final roster cuts, and there are 14 former Arizona Wildcats still standing.
Undrafted rookie free agent safety Robert Golden beat the odds and earned a spot on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 53-man roster. Golden had an impressive camp at free safety, including an interception.
Four players from last year’s Arizona team made rosters, the most prominent of whom is quarterback Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles. The third-round pick had the third-highest passing efficiency rating (110.1) of any NFL quarterback in the preseason, earning the backup role to Michael Vick.
Fifth-round receiver Juron Criner is solidly in the Oakland Raiders’ plan as a backup, and seventh-round cornerback Trevin Wade stuck with Cleveland, impressing the coaches as part of the team’s nickel package.
Four former Wildcats were cut as teams made their final cuts Friday. They were: second-year center Colin Baxter (San Diego), undrafted rookie free agent receiver David Douglas (New York Giants), second-year offensive lineman Adam Grant (Denver) and second-year outside linebacker Ricky Elmore (San Diego).
They could be added to practice squads, or signed by other teams, starting Saturday.
When I say God is good!! He is too Good!!! Thank You Lord!!! Thank You Lord!!!!! Made the 53Man Roster!! Thank You Lord!
— Robert Golden (@R0bG0lden) August 31, 2012
Here is a look at the ex-Cats in the NFL:
–Lance Briggs, LB, Chicago
–Eben Britton, OT, Jacksonville
–Antoine Cason, CB, San Diego
–Juron Criner, WR, Oakland
–Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia
–Nick Folk, PK, New York Jets
–Robert Golden, DB, Pittsburgh
–Chris Gronkowski, FB, Denver
–Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England
–Earl Mitchell, DT, Houston
–Brooks Reed, OLB, Houston
–D’Aundre Reed, DE, Minnesota
–Mike Thomas, WR, Jacksonville
–Trevin Wade, CB, Cleveland
–WR David Douglas (New York Giants)
–OLB Ricky Elmore (Arizona)
–C Colin Baxter (San Diego)
–WR Gino Crump (Arizona)
–DE Lionel Dotson (Buffalo)
–OL Adam Grant (Denver)
–TE Fendi Onobun (Buffalo)
–LB Paul Vassallo (Arizona)
–LB Spencer Larsen (New England)
–DB Nate Ness (Carolina)