Aug 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) talks with former college teammate Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (8) at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Tennessee 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
The NFL Season officially starts tonight. Their are six former Huskies that will be starters to begin the season. There are five more that are either backups or on the practice squad. So a list that started at 20 has been reduced to 11. Hopefully, that number will grow as the season goes on.
For a break down of all the players that started on a roster at the beginning of training camp check out the first Sunday Bests article. This weeks' article also points out the last players to get released. None of them played for the Dolphins so we do not have any footage of them actually being cut, but I assume it was difficult for those players.
It can be difficult to analyze players in the preseason without watching every game. I am excited for the NFL regular season to begin. I will only have 8 NFL teams to keep my eye on while spending my Sundays in my mancave checking my fantasy teams and my former Dawgs. In the final game of the week there will be 3 former Dawgs, all starters playing in the Charger-Raider game.
And now for your Sunday Bests:
Jake Locker QB Tennessee Titans
Jake was 9-16 competing against the Saints reserves. This is looking like Jake will have an up and down season, his first as a starter. The Titans will take on New England to open the regular season. I am sure the Patriots will throw all kinds of defenses at Locker.
Donald Butler MLB San Diego Chargers
Donald had one tackle in last weeks' meaningless blow up by the Niners. He will be fired up on Monday night to take on their division rivals, the Raiders.
Mason Foster MLB Tampa Bay Buccanneers
Mason recorded one QB hit in the Bucs' loss to the Redskins. Tampa Bay opens with Carolina and Mason will have his hands full keeping track of Cam Newton
Dashon Goldson S San Francisco 49ers
Dashon did not have any tackles against San Diego. He probably didn't play. Dashon and the rest of the Niner defense will have their hands full with Green Bay in week 1.
Chris Polk RB Philadelphia Eagles
The big news for Chris is that he made the 53 man roster. This doesn't mean he will be active every week, but he does get to stay in Philly for the time being. Chris had 14 carries for 61 yards and TD in the Eagles victory over the Jets. The Eagles open up at Cleveland.
Marcell Reece FB Oakland Raiders
Marcell did not get on the stat sheet this week. Oakland plays the Chargers on Monday night.
Isaiah Stanback WR
Isaiah was waived by the Giants. This may be the end of Isaiah's NFL career. Maybe a team that has injuries at WR will give him a call down the road.
Devin was waived by the Titans. He has not been put on any practice squads and may have trouble finding work.
Khalif Barnes OT Oakland Raiders
Khalif is the starting RT for the Oakland Raiders. He is another reason to be watching the final game of week 1 on Monday Night.
Senio Kelemete GO Arizona Cardinals
Senio made the Cardinals 53 man roster. He is listed as the back up LG and will wear number 64. The Cardinals face the Seahawks this week.
Jermaine Kearse WR Seattle Seahawks
Jermaine was added to the Seahawks practice squad. I don't have a ton of confidence in the Seahawks WR's so maybe he will eventually make their active roster.
Alameda Ta'Amu DT Pittsburgh Steelers
Alameda did make the Steelers roster. He is listed as third on the depth chart, which could lead him to being inactive for some games. He did not make the stat sheet this week.
Dorson Boyce FB Washington Redskins
Dorson was placed on Injured Reserve. I guess that is better than getting cut.
Stanley Daniels OG
Stanley was released by the Cleveland Browns. Hopefully, he will get another shot with someone else soon.
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim DE Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Daniel had 4 tackles last week, his best of the preseason. Daniel did make the Buccaneers roster and will be a backup DE.
Everette Thompson DE
Everette was waived by the Cardinals. He was a late signee and had an uphill battle to make the roster from the beginning.