It's now past the midway point in August and football season is upon us. For college players fall camp is in full swing and for NFL players,
Dres Anderson - WR San Francisco 49ers
Anderson was signed as an underrated free agent by the 49ers. Coming back from a season ending knee injury, Anderson showed promise in the spring and is battling for a spot on the roster with the 49ers only having Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith as locks to make the team at the receiver position.
Matt Asiata -
It's been a rollercoaster of a career so far for Asiata who has been cut by the Vikings, played on their practice squad and scored three touchdowns in a single game twice in the NFL.
Zane Beadles - OL Jacksonville Jaguars
Two seasons ago Beadles was a rising star blocking for Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl. Beadles turned his performance with the Broncos into a five year, $30 million dollar contract with the Jaguars. Beadles, however, had an up and down year last season and the Jaguars responded by drafting guard A.J. Cann. Beadles has looked better so far in camp, but word is Cann is pushing hard for the starting position.
Tony Bergstrom - OL Oakland Raiders
Brian Blechen -
Blechen was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Carolina Panthers and was moved to linebacker. With Pro Bowler Luke Kuechly and first round draft pick Shaq Thompson in the fold, Blechen's best chance at making the team will be through special teams play.
Sam Brenner -
Brenner has been with the Dolphins the past two seasons. He was cut last year before the season before being re-signed to the practice squad. The Dolphins added him to the 53 man roster on December 23rd last season, but he did not appear in any regular season games. Brenner is currently playing at the center position and the Dolphins staff reportedly really like him. He has a decent shot to make the roster this season with both guard spots open on their offensive line.
Kaelin Clay - KR Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Clay was drafted by the Bucs in the sixth round of this year's draft. The speedster was brought on to help Tampa Bay's woeful return game. If he wants to make the team he'll have to perform better than he did in first preseason game, however, where he had a kick return and a punt return for a total of -2 yards.
Anthony Denham - TE Houston Texans
Denham played receiver
Tevita Finau - DE Houston Texans
Paul Kruger - OLB Cleveland Browns
Kruger is coming off the best season of his career in 2014 where he recorded 53 tackles and 11 sacks from the outside linebacker position. The Browns hope Kruger can continue to be a force rushing the quarterback and beefed up their defensive line in the
Joe Kruger - DE Pittsburgh Steelers
The younger brother of Paul Kruger has bounced around the NFL playing on practice squads for Philadelphia, Green Bay and Pittsburgh. He is currently in the Steelers camp fighting for a roster spot.
Star Lotuleilei -
Star Lotuleilei has been a key cog on the Panthers defensive line since being drafted 14th overall in the 2013 draft. He had a very strong first two seasons in the NFL and is a valued member of the Panther defensive line. He has sat out the past few weeks of camp after he suffered a stress reaction in his right foot, but is expected to be back in time for the season.
Brice McCain -
McCain was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft and spent 5 seasons in Houston before playing last season in Pittsburgh. He signed a two year deal with the Dolphins in May and is expected to be a major contributor in the Miami secondary this season.
Keith McGill -
A fourth round pick of the Raiders a year ago, McGill is part of a young but promising secondary developing in Oakland. The former Ute played in 12 games last season for the Raiders and was able to score a touchdown returning a fumble 18 yards for the score. Heading into this upcoming season, McGill and former first round draft pick DJ Hayden are battling for the no. 2 starting cornerback position.
Has been a starter for Miami at the linebacker position since 2009. His versatility and reliability are highly valued by the Dolphins organization. Barring anything unforeseen, Misi will start at outside linebacker for the sixth consecutive season for the Dolphins.
Jake Murphy - TE Denver Broncos
Murphy was recently claimed off waivers by the Denver Broncos. The former Utah tight end spent
Nate Orchard - OLB Cleveland Browns
Orchard ended up being drafted in the second round in Cleveland, where he joins
Made the Chargers 53 man roster out of camp last season as an undrafted free agent. Had a very promising rookie season playing in every game for the Chargers last season. Suffered an unfortunate setback early in fall camp when he fractured his foot and was placed on injured reserve, ruling him out for the season.
Jeremiah Poutasi -
The former left tackle for the Utes was a surprise third round selection by Tennesse in this year's draft. Projected as a guard in the NFL, Poutasi was moved to right tackle just this week as the Titans shuffle their offensive line, looking for the right combination. No matter where on the line Poutasi ends up playing, he has a good shot at starting in his first NFL game for a team that finished last season 2-14.
Trevor Reilly -
Another former Utah defensive end that has been converted to outside linebacker in the NFL, Reilly has been pushing hard to make the 53 man roster with his relentless play. He played in 14 games for the Jets last season, primarily on special teams. His effort and performance in camp is forcing the Jets new coaching staff to take notice.
Eric Rowe -
The Eagles second round pick has impressed coaches since his arrival and has been promoted into starting slot cornerback position. Rowe's big frame doesn't scream slot corner, but with the trade of Brandon Boykin and JaCorey Shepherd's injury, Rowe has been counted on to fill in at that role. Looking like Rowe could be another Ute to start in his first NFL game.
Derrick Shelby - DE Miami Dolphins
Sealver Siliga - DT New England Patriots
Alex Smith -
Smith enters his third season with the Chiefs under Andy Reid. Despite being a proven commodity in a quarterback driven league, there are rumblings in Kansas City that some would like to see Smith's backup, Chase Daniel elevated over Smith. The knock on Smith since he joined the league is he's only a game manager, not capable of taking games over. It would be surprising if Reid made the decision to start Daniel over Alex, though Smith's pick six to former Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner on Friday didn't help his cause.
Sean Smith -
The seven year veteran is Kansas City's most experienced cornerback, though he won't be on the field to start the season. The former Utah standout was suspended three games after being charged with a DUI in the
Steve Smith Sr. -
One of the all time greats to ever play the receiver position, Smith is entering his final year, according to a press conference held earlier this month. This will be his second season with the Ravens. In addition to being one of the best receivers in the game he continues to be one of the best trash talker's reportedly accusing Eric Rowe of "pooping his pants" and comparing Chip Kelly's practices to apple juice during a mixed scrimmage earlier this month. No matter what happens in Smith's final season in the NFL, one thing is for certain, he'll keep it interesting.
Paul Soliai -DT Atlanta Falcons
Having been a Pro Bowl nose tackle for the Miami Dolphins, Soliai signed with Atlanta last season but went on to have a somewhat disappointing season. This year, however, appears promising, as Soliai is reportedly in the best shape of his career, having slimmed down for new head coach Dan Quinn's 4-3 defense.
RJ Stanford -
Eric Weddle - S San Diego Chargers