Eighteen former Boise State football players are on NFL rosters as training camps begin. Rookies start to report this week, while the Vikings and Steelers will be the first teams to bring veterans to camp Saturday.
Here’s a breakdown:
RB Jay Ajayi, No. 33, Dolphins (rookie): He’ll compete with Lamar Miller, who rushed for 1,099 yards last season.
TE Richie Brockel, No. 47, Panthers (fifth year): He’s coming off an injury that limited him to four games last season.
OT Ryan Clady, No. 78, Broncos (eighth year): He’s out for the season with a torn ACL.
DT Tyrone Crawford, No. 98, Cowboys (fourth year): He started last season and is considered one of the top players on the defense.
S George Iloka, No. 43, Bengals (fourth year): He is one of the better safeties in the NFL statistically and is due for a contract extension.
S Jeron Johnson, No. 20, Redskins (fifth year): He left Seattle to start but will have to beat out former San Jose State standout Duke Ihenacho.
DE DeMarcus Lawrence, No. 90, Cowboys (second year): He’s a projected starter at end for the Cowboys after finishing strong as a rookie.
OL Charles Leno Jr., No. 72, Bears (second year): He is a projected backup after one start and six appearances last year.
RB Doug Martin, No. 22, Buccaneers (fourth year): Injuries have hampered him since his huge rookie season. He needs a comeback campaign because he’s in the last year of his contract.
LB Shea McClellin, No. 50, Bears (fourth year): He’s on his third position, middle linebacker, and playing for a new coaching staff in Chicago.
QB Kellen Moore, No. 17, Lions (fourth year): After three years as the third-stringer, Moore is expected to compete with Dan Orlovsky for the backup job in camp.
OL Matt Paradis, No. 61, Broncos (first year): He spent last year on the practice squad and is considered a potential contributor long term.
WR Austin Pettis, No. 82, Chargers (fifth year): Surprisingly cut by the Rams after three and a half seasons, he gets a second chance with the Chargers.
FB Blake Renaud, No. 49, Vikings (rookie): The college linebacker will be fighting for a roster spot.
CB Orlando Scandrick, No. 32, Cowboys (eighth year): He has started 29 games over the past two seasons and is expected to stay in that role this year.
CB Jamar Taylor, No. 22, Dolphins (third year): He’s the leading candidate to win a vacant starting job.
CB Kyle Wilson, No. 24, Saints (sixth year): He is trying to revive his career after one start in the past two seasons with the Jets.
DL Billy Winn, No. 90, Browns (fourth year): He has 18 career starts but ESPN.com has him on the roster bubble.
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Coming in August: I’ll break out the daily “Broncos in the NFL” updates, like last year, to take an in-depth look at each of these players.
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OTHER PLAYERS WITH STATE TIES
S Shiloh Keo, 44, Bengals
DE Benson Mayowa, 95, Raiders
DT Quayshawne Buckley, 77, Buccaneers
OG Mike Iupati, 76, Cardinals
LB Korey Toomer, 59, Rams
OT Jesse Davis, 73, Seahawks
IDAHO STATE BENGALS
LB Jared Allen, 69, Bears
TE Josh Hill, 89, Saints
C Evan Smith, 62, Buccaneers
OG Hugh Thornton (Mountain View High), 69, Colts