Five former Boise State football players are scheduled to start in the NFL this week, with the season opener between the Giants and Cowboys set for Wednesday night. Sixteen more made rosters in some capacity out of training camp.
Heres a look at what to expect from each player:
WR Legedu Naanee (No. 19), Dolphins: Naanee, who had a strong year with the Panthers last year, is part of a WAC-heavy receiver rotation. The group includes Naanee, Davone Bess (Hawaii), Marlon Moore (Fresno State) and Rishard Matthews (Nevada).
LT Ryan Clady (78), Broncos: The former first-round pick has one of the most important jobs in football this year protecting the blind side of quarterback Peyton Manning, who will be under the microscope as he returns from a neck injury.
RB Doug Martin (22), Buccaneers: Martin beat out incumbent LeGarrette Blount for the starting job but both are expected to contribute. A lot of its by feel, coach Greg Schiano said. I think things change. Do we have a plan? Sure we have a plan. I think a lot of that goes on how things are going. If a guy gets hot, you dont want to take him out. Hes hot for a reason. You let him go.
LG Daryn Colledge (71), Cardinals: Colledge is the starting left guard. He recently took some snaps at tackle, but only in case an injury requires him to move out there. We only dress so many guys and if we have an injury, we need to have a contingency plan, Colledge told azcentral.com. I plan on being left guard and a damn good one this year.
FS Quintin Mikell (27), Rams: Mikell enters his 10th season in the NFL a tremendous run for one of the original overlooked Broncos. He was lightly recruited out of high school and entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent.
CB Kyle Wilson (20), Jets: The former first-round pick impressed in training camp and should get plenty of playing time as the third corner. We feel Kyle can start here, or on any other team in the league at corner, starter Darrelle Revis told the New York Post last month. We have three No. 1 cornerbacks on the team, so were very excited and I tip my hat off to Kyle, hes been playing great.
FS George Iloka (43), Bengals: The rookie fifth-round pick is the backup free safety.
DT Billy Winn (90), Browns: The rookie sixth-round pick is listed as a backup tackle, but coach Pat Shurmur said Winn likely will get chances on all downs in the opener. Billy has had an outstanding camp, Shurmur said.
DL Tyrone Crawford (70), Cowboys: The rookie third-round pick impressed in training camp. Hes listed as a backup tackle in the 3-4 defense but is expected to play in pass situations at least.
CB Orlando Scandrick (32), Cowboys: Scandrick could get competition for the No. 3 cornerback spot from Mike Jenkins. The team has invested heavily at the position, signing Brandon Carr to a free-agent deal and drafting Morris Claiborne in the first round.
DE Shea McClellin (99), Bears: The Bears drafted McClellin in the first round this year with the idea that he could provide pass-rush production as the No. 3 end. Theyve been happy with him so far and list him as the backup at both end spots. He cant play the run. Hes too small. Hes this, hes that, coach Lovie Smith told the Chicago Sun-Times, listing criticisms of McClellin. But hes a perfect complement for (end) Julius Peppers when they start running from the big dog to him. Weve been saying all along, Hes right on time.
QB Kellen Moore (17), Lions: Moore made the team as the No. 3 quarterback. Hell run the scout team in practice and learn as much as he can from starter Matthew Stafford and backup Shaun Hill. Moore is one of 83 quarterbacks on active rosters 32 starters, 32 backups and 19 third-teamers.
WR Titus Young (16), Lions: The second-year pro is the backup to Nate Burleson at one receiver position, but the Lions often use three receivers and are expecting big things from the former second-round pick. Hes an important part of our plans, coach Jim Schwartz told the Detroit Free Press last month.
TE Tommy Gallarda (87), Falcons: Gallarda was a bit of a surprise when he made the team. Hes the No. 3 tight end.
TE Richie Brockel (47), Panthers: Brockel is the backup fullback and one of four tight ends on the roster.
FB Korey Hall (35), Saints: Hall is the backup fullback and should be active on special teams, which has been the key to his now six-year career.
LT Nate Potter (76), Cardinals: The rookie seventh-round pick made the team as the backup left tackle. The Cardinals have lost two tackles to injury, so Potter could end up playing this year.
WR Austin Pettis (18), Rams: His role with the Rams wont be clear until he returns from serving the last two games of his NFL suspension for violating the leagues policy on performance-enhancing drugs. But he seemed to take a step forward in his second preseason.
SS Jeron Johnson (32), Seahawks: Johnson impressed throughout camp but enters the season as the backup strong safety.
DE Jarrell Root, Dolphins: On injured reserve
DT Chase Baker, Vikings: On practice squad
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