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Broncos in the NFL: 21 former Boise State football players compete for jobs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin carries the ball during their NFL football game with the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin carries the ball during their NFL football game with the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius) AP

Nearly every day through August (I might miss one), and periodically through the season, I’ll post an update on one of the Boise State football players in the NFL. There are 21 guys in camps this year.

Here’s a quick look at each of the NFL players. I’ll start taking deeper looks at each player’s situation Friday.

DT Chase Baker, Vikings

Jersey: No. 91

Year: 2nd (plus one on practice squad)

On depth chart: Competing for a backup role.

Preseason opener: Aug. 8 vs. Raiders

NFL highlights: Played in five games last season.

WR Geraldo Boldewijn, Falcons

Jersey: No. 14

Year: 1st

On depth chart: Competing for a roster spot.

Preseason opener: Aug. 8 vs. Dolphins

NFL highlights: Free-agent signee.

TE Richie Brockel, Panthers

Jersey: No. 47

Year: 4th

On depth chart: He’s the backup fullback.

Preseason opener: Aug. 8 vs. Bills

NFL highlights: Has played in every game the past two seasons almost exclusively as a blocker and special-teamer.

OT Ryan Clady, Broncos

Jersey: No. 78

Year: 6th

On depth chart: Starting left tackle.

Preseason opener: Aug. 7 vs. Seahawks

NFL highlights: Started every game for five years but missed all but two games last season with a foot injury. He has made three Pro Bowls.

OL Daryn Colledge, Dolphins

Jersey: No. 67

Year: 9th

On depth chart: Opened camp as the starting left guard.

Preseason opener: Aug. 8 at Falcons

NFL highlights: Played in every game of his NFL career with the Packers (2006-10) and Cardinals (2011-13). Has not missed a start since 2007.

DE Tyrone Crawford, Cowboys

Jersey: No. 98

Year: 3rd

On depth chart: He’s playing with the second team but likely will contribute at end and tackle.

Preseason opener: Aug. 7 at Chargers

NFL highlights: He played in every game in 2012 but missed all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon.

S George Iloka, Bengals

Jersey: No. 43

Year: 3rd

On depth chart: Expected to start.

Preseason opener: Aug. 7 at Chiefs

NFL highlights: Started all 16 games last year after playing seven games as a rookie. He made 66 tackles last year with one interception and two forced fumbles.

S Jeron Johnson, Seahawks

Jersey: No. 23

Year: 4th

On depth chart: Backup safety and special-teamer.

Preseason opener: Aug. 7 at Broncos

NFL highlights: Played in every game in 2012 but was limited to seven games because of injury last year.

DE DeMarcus Lawrence, Cowboys

Jersey: No. 90

Year: 1st

On depth chart: Out for 8-10 weeks with a broken foot.

Preseason opener: Aug. 7 at Chargers

NFL highlights: Second-round draft pick.

OT Charles Leno Jr., Bears

Jersey: No. 72

Year: 1st

On depth chart: Competing for a roster spot.

Preseason opener: Aug. 8 at Bears

NFL highlights: Seventh-round draft pick.

RB Doug Martin, Bucs

Jersey: No. 22

Year: 3rd

On depth chart: He’s the expected starting tailback.

Preseason opener: Aug. 8 at Jaguars

NFL highlights: Became a breakout star as a rookie in 2012 with 1,454 rushing yards, 472 receiving yards and 12 total TDs. But he only played in six games last season because of injuries.

LB Shea McClellin, Bears

Jersey: No. 50

Year: 3rd

On depth chart: Competing with Jon Bostic for the starting job at strong-side linebacker.

Preseason opener: Aug. 8 at Bears

NFL highlights: Started 10 games as a defensive end last season, finishing with 30 tackles and four sacks.

QB Kellen Moore, Lions

Jersey: No. 17

Year: 3rd

On depth chart: With a new coaching staff, Moore must compete for a roster spot — and it’s quite possible the new staff will only keep two quarterbacks. QBs include starter Matthew Stafford, backup Dan Orlovsky and rookie James Franklin.

Preseason opener: Aug. 9 vs. Browns

NFL highlights: Has served as the Lions’ No. 3 quarterback the past two years.

OL Matt Paradis, Broncos

Jersey: No. 61

Year: 1st

On depth chart: Competing for a roster spot.

Preseason opener: Aug. 7 vs. Seahawks

NFL highlights: Sixth-round draft pick.

WR Austin Pettis, Rams

Jersey: No. 18

Year: 4th

On depth chart: Competing for a starting job.

Preseason opener: Aug. 8 vs. Saints

NFL highlights: Made a career-high 38 catches for a career-high 399 yards and four touchdowns last season. He has 95 catches and 11 starts in his career.

OL Nate Potter, Cardinals

Jersey: No. 76

Year: 3rd

On depth chart: A backup tackle.

Preseason opener: Aug. 9 vs. Texans

NFL highlights: Started six games in 2012 but none in 2013, when he appeared in 13 games.

DE Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, Chargers

Jersey: No. 73

Year: 1st

On depth chart: Competing for a roster spot.

Preseason opener: Aug. 7 vs. Cowboys

NFL highlights: Free-agent signee.

CB Orlando Scandrick, Cowboys

Jersey: No. 32

Year: 7th

On depth chart: Will have to fight to keep his starting job.

Preseason opener: Aug. 7 at Chargers

NFL highlights: Started a career-high 15 games last season but has started at least twice in every season. He made two interceptions, broke up 12 passes and recorded 64 tackles last year.

CB Jamar Taylor, Dolphins

Jersey: No. 22

Year: 2nd

On depth chart: Has served as a backup cornerback early in camp.

Preseason opener: Aug. 8 at Falcons

NFL highlights: Appeared in nine games during injury-plagued rookie season.

CB Kyle Wilson, Jets

Jersey: No. 20

Year: 5th

On depth chart: The Jets are talking about possibly playing Wilson at safety. He’s definitely in the mix for playing time.

Preseason opener: Aug. 7 vs. Colts

NFL highlights: Started 15 games in 2012 but only one in 2013. He has three career interceptions and 28 career starts.

DL Billy Winn, Browns

Jersey: No. 90

Year: 3rd

On depth chart: Winn should be part of the defensive line rotation again this year.

Preseason opener: Aug. 9 at Lions

NFL highlights: Started 13 games and played in 27 in his first two years with three sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Email me at ccripe@idahostatesman.com.

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