Update on Former Wildcats Active on NFL Rosters
NFL Rosters are enormous and change rapidly, so here’s an update on what’s going on with some of your favorite former Wildcats who are on Active NFL rosters.
Mike Edwards—SS for Tampa Bay
The more the Bucs play zone, the more opportunity Edwards will have on the field. He is currently listed 2nd on the depth chart at strong Safety behind Antoine Winfield Jr. As tempting as it is to root against Tom Brady’s new team, #BBN will be wishing success for one of our favorite defenders from the Stoops era.
Benny Snell Jr.—RB for Pittsburgh
We all know what kind of runner Benny is. Not the fastest guy on the field, but runs with power, has great vision, and can burst through a gap for a lot of chunk plays. Benny will get a lot of carries this year, but the primary load in the Steelers backfield will still be carried by James Conner. Snell’s ability to break tackles will get him a lot of short yardage and goal line carries that can carry him to stardom in the Steel City.
Bud Dupree—LB for Pittsburgh
It doesn’t seem like it’s been a very long time since Bud was at UK, but now in his sixth season in the NFL he is a respected veteran on the Steelers defense. Coming off a season with a career high 11.5 sacks and 68 tackles, Dupree will be on the field plenty this season for the Steelers. He’ll need to perform well with newly drafted rookie Alex Highsmith competing for Bud’s top spot on the depth chart.
Avery Williamson—ILB for New York (Jets)
The former UK Captain is on a bounce back year after tearing his ACL in a pre-season game last season. Avery was a 5th round pick in the 2014 draft and has moved into the first spot on the Jets depth chart at inside linebacker and they’re excited to see his return to the field this season. He’s an often forgotten hero of UK football and one of our biggest successes in the NFL in recent years, so all of #BBN will be eager to see how he plays this season.
Lynn Bowden Jr.—WR for Miami
It’s been a tumultuous start in the NFL for UK legend, Lynn Bowden. Already on his second roster, I think most of his fans are just hoping he gets an opportunity to showcase his unmatched talents. If given an opportunity to run routes in the slot, Lynn will make lazy tacklers miss every time. Bowden is an elite athlete with and incredible ability to bounce off of tackles despite his smaller size as an NFL wide receiver. Fingers crossed the Dolphins give him a proper chance to showcase his talents and to show that he’s a good guy both on and off the field.
Josh Allen—DE for Jacksonville
Coming off an excellent rookie season, Josh is expected to shine for the Jaguars again in 2020. With consistency and versatility, he’ll get all the snaps he could possibly want for the Jaguars. In just his second NFL season, Allen is already one of his team’s captains and has the reputation of a committed player. Assuming he can stay healthy (knock on wood), Josh Allen has a career full of pro bowls and accolades ahead of him, and he couldn’t deserve it more.
Lonnie Johnson—CB for Houston
Unfortunately, the game that stands out from Lonnie’s rookie season was when he was torched by the explosive Chiefs offense in the playoffs. That one tough game was not a true indicator of his rookie campaign in which he had 41 tackles, seven pass breakups, and seven starts at corner. With his agility and good size, the Texans are going to continue to work to develop Johnson into a great defender. Listed 2nd on their depth chart, he should see a lot of opportunity to make plays this season.
Randall Cobb—WR for Houston
It’s hard to believe Cobb has been out of Lexington for 10 full seasons, but he has had a very solid NFL career. Now with the Texans, Cobb has an opportunity to continue his career in a positive way with elite QB, Deshaun Watson. The Texans signed Randall to a 3 year deal worth 27 million dollars, which shows that they are looking for him to be a key component to their offense for the foreseeable future. After a couple seasons of slipping from the limelight, Cobb has a big opportunity in Houston!
Za’Darius Smith—LB for Green Bay
Along with Preston Smith, Za’Darius had a very strong showing for the Packers in 2019. The former Wildcat had 13.5 sacks while his partner on the edge rush had 12. The Packers system gives a lot of freedom for Za’Darius to showcase his versatility and there’s a great chance for him to have a pro bowl type of year in Green Bay this season.
Logan Stenberg—OG for Detroit
Logan Stenberg was one of the most well known names in Lexington last season. Partially due to his nature of receiving ill-timed penalties, but mostly for his incredible work up front for the Wildcats. All that work didn’t go unnoticed by the Lions when they picked him up in the fourth round of this year’s draft. Most of #BBN is well aware that Logan is extremely competitive and has enough of a mean streak in him that he’ll be competing to start in Detroit. The Lions have actually worked with Stenberg in the pre-season to see if he could possibly adapt to serve as a backup center for them.
Danny Trevathan—ILB for Chicago
Now a veteran linebacker for the Bears, Danny recently signed a three year contract extension and should be able to make a name for himself in Chicago’s history of great linebackers. His 2019 fell a little short of the glory of his 2018 pro bowl season, but there is no reason to believe there aren’t more pro bowl appearances in his future.
Corey Peters—DT for Arizona
The most veteran of all of UK’s former players listed on an active NFL roster, will continue to start at nose tackle for the Arizona Cardinals in 2020. Outside of his achilles tear in 2015, Corey has been a consistent representative of UK on the field throughout his career. He is in the final year of his current contract, so it will be interesting to see what is next in his career.
Not on a roster currently, but could be soon:
Larry Warford—Free Agent
Warford was recently released by the Saints and opted to sit out of the 2020 season due to Covid-19.
Chris Westry- Practice Squad for Dallas
Dallas loves his size and ability to jump like he’s on a trampoline, but he’s still fighting to become a regular player at CB for the Cowboys.
Austin MacGinnis— ???
Can anyone explain how he isn’t on a roster? I can’t.