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Sunday's Best - Washington Huskies in the NFL

Half way through the preseason, NFL teams are starting to work their depth charts into place. Where do our former Huskies stand.

Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

First Team

Jake Locker - QB Tennessee

Jake was 8/11 for 75 yards against the saints first team last week.  A good outing for Jake that makes it appear his accuracy is improving.  Zach Mettenberger had a great game against the backup, and is starting to get some praise.  For now Jake is firmly the starter.  However, he needs to stay healthy and consistent or some fans will clamor for Zach.

Donald Butler - LB San Diego

The Chargers defense got torched by the world champs last week.  But Donald will be fine.  From what I heard the issues on defense are with the D-line.  Donald totalled 3 tackles in week 2.

Desmond Trufant  - CB Atlanta

The Falcons got blasted last week also, but most of that was against the backups.  Atlanta does not appear to be improving much  this year, but the secondary will be better and that has a lot to do with Desmond.

Mason Foster - LB Tampa Bay

The Bucanneers are a team that many people are looking at to be a sleeper this year.  They bring in Lovie Smith to take over a team and culture.  The defense will be tough and Mason will be in the middle.

Dashon Goldson - S Tampa Bay

Just like Mason Foster, Dashon will be a big part of Tampa Bay's success or lack thereof in 2014.  After signing the big contract in 2013, he had somewhat of an off year.  Lets see if he can bounce back to pro-bowl level in 2014.  A lot of this will have to do with his ability to avoid the high hits and penalties.

Marcel Reece - FB Oakland

Marcel's versatility makes him a big part of the Raider offense.  Last week he had 1 catch for 10 yards and injured his foot.  He did not practice Sunday or Monday, but returned to action on Tuesday and should be fine. 

Khalif Barnes - LG Oakland

Barnes is currently the starting LG.  He has had a great camp but could lose his staring job at some point.

Jermaine Kearse - WR Seattle

Jermaine is the third WR in Seattle, which means he will start based on the formation.  That is good enough for me.  He did not have a catch in the last game.  I am looking for a nice season from Chop Chop.

Travis Coons K Tennessee

Although the titans have not announced a winner, it looks like Coons is going to take this job opening.  He nailed a 50 yarder last week as well as hitting both of his extra point attemps. 

Austin Sefarian-Jenkins - TE Tampa Bay

There have been many articles written lately touting the John Mackey award winner.  Not only has he been working hard, his pure althletic ability is shining through.  The Bucs are Head over Heels for ASJ.  He had one catch last week for 14 yards. 

Second Team

Bishop Sankey - RB Tennessee

I will start by saying I expect Bishop to eventually be the starter.  But as of now he is the back up to Shonn Greene.  Bishop has had a little trouble holding onto the ball and the late graduation at Washington has hurt him..  I still think he will be the top rookie rusher in 2014.

Chris Polk - RB Philadelphia

Unlike the man the replaced him in the Washington backfield, Polk's career is going the opposite direction.  A hamstring injury on the second day of camp has sidelined him ever since.  He has gone from being a high profile backup to the best back in the league, to hoping he gets healthy in time to make the team.  I probably shouldnt even have him as a second stringer, but will for now.

Senio Kelemete - G New Orleans

Senio is currently the backup RG for New Orleans.  His ability to play multiple position should keep him around.  Due to injuries he has also received a lot of first team reps.

Alameda Ta'amu DT Arizona

Alameda is finally practicing with the second teamers.  Today is actually his first action. 

Third String/Practice Squad

Victor Aiyewa -  LB Chargers

Victor was signed on August 9.  He is currenly a thirds string ILB.  He hope is to probably make the practice squad.  He is a player that may benefit from the two extra practice squad spots, that were newly created.

Greg Ducre - CB Chargers

Greg is a lot like Victor.  His speed probably has the Chargers interested.  He hopes to make the practice squad for now.  If he can become an asset on special teams, maybe he sees some action. 

Caesar Rayford - DL Dallas

Caesar is still on the team.  I dont expect that to continue much longer. 

Kevin Smith - WR Seattle

Kevin is still listed on the roster but does not have a catch in two preseason games.