Boise State Football

The NFL regular season begins Thursday. Which players with Idaho ties made rosters?

Chicago Bears tackle Charles Leno walks off the field after a game against the Green Bay Packers in 2015.
Chicago Bears tackle Charles Leno walks off the field after a game against the Green Bay Packers in 2015. AP

NFL teams cut their rosters from 90 players to 53 last Saturday in preparation for Week 1 of the regular season, which begins Thursday with the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Atlanta Falcons at 6:20 p.m. MT on NBC.

More than two dozen former Boise State, Idaho, Idaho State and Gem State high school football players were fighting for spots on an active roster or practice squad.

Here’s what we know as of Monday, Sept. 3:


On roster:

RB Jay Ajayi, No. 26 Philadelphia Eagles

LB Kamalei Correa, No. 44 Tennessee Titans

DL Tyrone Crawford, No. 98 Dallas Cowboys

CB Donte Deayon, No. 38 New York Giants

S George Iloka, No. 23 Minnesota Vikings

DE Demarcus Lawrence, No. 90 Dallas Cowboys

OT Charles Leno Jr., No. 72 Chicago Bears

RB Doug Martin, No. 28 Oakland Raiders

RB Jeremy McNichols, No. 34 Indianapolis Colts (practice squad)

C Matt Paradis (Council High), No. 61 Denver Broncos

CB Orlando Scandrick, No. 22 Kansas City Chiefs

CB Jamar Taylor, No. 28 Arizona Cardinals

LB Tanner Vallejo, No. 54 Cleveland Browns

LB Leighton Vander Esch (Salmon River High), No. 55 Dallas Cowboys

WR Cedrick Wilson, No. 16 Dallas Cowboys (injured reserve)


C Marcus Henry, Seattle Seahawks

S Chanceller James, San Francisco 49ers

S Jeron Johnson, Dallas Cowboys

CB Jonathan Moxey, Arizona Cardinals

S Darian Thompson, New York Giants

OL Rees Odhiambo, Seattle Seahawks


On roster:

OT Jesse Davis, No. 77 Miami Dolphins

OL Mike Iupati, No. 76 Arizona Cardinals

DE Benson Mayowa, No. 91 Arizona Cardinals

RB Elijhaa Penny, No. 35 Arizona Cardinals (practice squad)

LB Korey Toomer, No. 56 Green Bay Packers


On roster:

TE Josh Hill (Blackfoot High), No. 89 New Orleans Saints

OL Evan Smith, No. 62 Tampa Bay Buccaneers


OL Skyler Phillips, Seattle Seahawks


Still on roster:

QB Taysom Hill (Highland High), No. 7 New Orleans Saints


OT Josh James (Coeur d’Alene High), Buffalo Bills

WR Colby Pearson (Blackfoot High), Atlanta Falcons (injury settlement)

Note: Quarterback Brock Osweiler of the Miami Dolphins was born in Coeur d’Alene.