Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Marshall in the NFL: Training Camp Preview

With training camp set to open this week lets take at Marshall alumni in the NFL:

Chris Massey, LS, St. Louis Rams

2010 Review: After sitting out the majority of 2009 due to a knee injury Massey had a successful 2010 in St. Louis.

2011 Training Camp Preview: Enters training camp as the unquestioned starter at long snapper.

Chris Crocker, S, Cincinnati Bengals

2010 Review: Started at safety for the Bengals until a knee injury placed him on injured reserve week 11. Over 11 games Crocker registered 43 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 5 passes defended. Crocker’s knee injury did not require surgery this offseason.

2011 Training Camp Preview: Crocker is under contract with Cincinnati for 2011. Enters training camp as the incumbent starter at safety. The Bengals selected former WVU safety Chris Sands in the fifth round of this Aprils draft. Expect Sands to push Crocker for playing time.

Randy Moss, WR, FA

2010 Review: Moss started the season in New England but was trade to Minnesota after week 4. After four weeks with the Vikings, Moss was released and joined the Tennessee Titans where he finished the season. Moss’s 2010 stats, 28 receptions, 393 yards, and 5 touchdowns accounted for his least productive season in 13 years.

2011 Training Camp Preview: Moss is a free agent after his vagabond 2010 season. During the offseason it was rumored that the New York Jets might be interested in adding Moss if they lose Santonio Holmes or Braylon Edwards.

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, FA

2010 Review: Won a starting spot out of camp and conducted a break out season. For the year Bradshaw had 276 rushing attempts for 1,235 yards and 8 touchdowns. Through the air Bradshaw accounted for 314 yards on 47 receptions. Bradshaw’s biggest deficiency was fumbles, he lost 6.

2011 Training Camp Preview: Bradshaw hits the free agent market for the first time this offseason. With his breakout campaign in 2010 Bradshaw is looking to be paid like a starting NFL running back. If New York does not bring him back the Miami Dolphins are a strong possibility for his services.

Doug Legursky, OL, Pittsburgh Steelers

2010 Season Review: In his third season with Pittsburgh Legursky made the 53 man roster out of training camp for the first time. During the season he started a couple of games at guard and saw spot duty along the interior offensive line. Legursky has also played fullback in Pittsburgh’s goal line package. Highlight of the season was starting at center in the Super Bowl for the injured Maurkice Pouncey.

2011 Training Camp Preview: Will fight to keep his job as a backup guard and center. Pittsburgh drafted one interior lineman this April, Keith Williams from Nebraska in the 6th round.

Byron Leftwich, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

2010 Season Review: Traded from Tampa Bay to compete with Dennis Dixon for Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback job while Ben Roethlisberger served an early season suspension. Dixon won the job and Leftwich did not see the field until week 17. For the year Leftwich completed 5 passes for 42 yards.

2011 Training Camp Preview: Leftwich will compete will fellow veteran Charlie Batch for the Steelers 3rd string QB spot.

C.J Spillman, S, San Francisco 49ers

2010 Season Review: Started the season in San Diego but was released after week 4 because of poor special teams play. Was immediately signed by San Francisco before week 5 and contributed on special teams with occasional spot duty at safety. In ten games for both clubs Spillman registered 19 tackles.

2011 Training Camp Preview: Scheduled to return with San Francisco. Will have to be a consistent presence on special teams to make the 53 man roster.

Chad Pennington, QB, FA

2010 Season Review: After a shoulder injury ended his 2009 season Pennington finally got a chance to start for Miami in week 10. Unfortunately, Pennington only attempted two passes as he re-injured his shoulder and spent the rest of 2010 on injured reserve. Stats, 1 completion on 2 attempts for 19 yards.

2011 Training Camp Preview: Pennington is taking a year off from the NFL, he has decided to join Fox Sports as a NFL broadcaster.

Daniel Baldridge, OL, Jacksonville Jaguars

2010 Season Review: Started the year on Jacksonville’s practice squad but was promoted to the 53 man roster for week 14. Spent the next four weeks on the Jaguars game day inactive list.

2011 Training Camp Preview: Will fight for a spot on the 53 man roster after spending last season on the practice squad. Jacksonville did not select any offensive lineman in April’s draft, could bring in veteran free agent to compete with Baldridge.

Albert McClellan, LB, Baltimore Ravens

2010 Season Review: Spent all of 2010 on the Ravens practice squad.

2011 Training Camp Preview: Signed a futures contract with Baltimore at the end of last season. Will fight for a spot on the 53 man roster after spending last season on the practice squad.

Cody Slate, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

2010 Season Review: Cut by the Kansas City Chiefs during training camp. The Chiefs brought Slate back to their practice squad after week 17.

2011 Training Camp Preview: Signed a futures contract with Kansas City at the end of last season. The Chiefs could lose blocking tight end Leonard Pope to free agency, possibly opening a spot for Slate.

Lee Smith, TE, New England Patriots:

2010 Season Review: N/A

2011 Training Camp Preview: Drafted by New England in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL draft. Will compete with veteran Alge Crumpler for the blocking tight end role. Could improve his chances of making the roster by long snapping and special teams play.

Mario Harvey, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

2010 Season Review: N/A

2011 Training Camp Preview: Signed a undrafted free agent deal with Pittsburgh on July 26th. The Steelers did not draft any linebackers and so far, Harvey is the only undrafted free agent LB they have brought in.

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