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Oklahomans in the NFL: OU players in NFL camps

Oklahoman Modified: July 28, 2014 at 9:25 am •  Published: July 27, 2014
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OU players in NFL camps

DE Frank Alexander (Carolina): The 2012 fourth-round pick has been a backup in the Panthers’ defensive line rotation the past two seasons. Alexander has compiled 33 tackles in 28 games, including 3 1/2 sacks.

WR Lacolton Bester (Houston): The undrafted free agent made an impression during a tryout but must have a strong training camp to make the Titans roster.

QB Sam Bradford (St. Louis): The former Heisman Trophy winner was limited to seven games last season (knee injury). Bradford’s numbers have been solid (11,065 yards, 58.6 percent completion rate, 59-to-38 touchdown-to-interception ratio), but he still has much to prove.

OT Cory Brandon (Arizona): In his fourth season, with his third team, Brandon was on the Bears practice squad two years ago and was briefly activated without appearing in a game. He signed with the Cardinals in May but is a longshot to make the 53-man roster.

WR Justin Brown (Pittsburgh): The 2013 sixth-round pick was on the practice squad last season. Signing an injured reserve contract, Brown is trying to make the roster his second year.

WR Ryan Broyles (Detroit): The NCAA’s all-time leading receiver for the second straight year was forced to overcome a major injury, this time a ruptured Achilles tendon. Broyles has been limited to 16 games in two seasons but has made an impression when healthy (30 catches).

S Quinton Carter (Denver): After sitting out all last season with a knee injury he suffered during his second season, Carter will try to regain a role in the Broncos’ defensive back rotation. Carter started 12 games his rookie season (2011) and compiled 49 tackles his first two seasons before the knee injury led to a lengthy rehabilitation.

OG Chris Chester (Washington): Entering his ninth season, the former second-round pick has started 95 games, including all 48 games the past three seasons. Chester returns to his right guard slot, one of the Hogs assigned to protect QB Robert Griffin III.

RB Brennan Clay (Denver): Monte Ball is entrenched as the starter but Clay, an unrestricted free agent, will compete with Ronnie Hillman, C.J. Anderson and two other free agents (Kapri Bibbs and Juwan Thompson) for backup roles.

LB: Keenan Clayton (Arizona): Originally a fourth-round pick by Philadelphia, Clayton compiled 48 career tackles in 36 games in three seasons with the Eagles and Raiders.

CB: Aaron Colvin (Jacksonville): Sidelined by a knee injury, the Owasso product is expected to miss all of training camp, possibly be out the first half of the season. At some point the Jaguars want to take a close look at Colvin, who could figure into their future plans.

RB Roy Finch (New England): After an up-and-down career with the Sooners, Finch’s best shot at making the Patriots roster is to use his speed as a kick returner.

CB Jamell Fleming (Jacksonville): In his second season with the Jaguars, after two seasons with the Cardinals, Fleming faces stiff competition for one of the final two backup cornerback vacancies.

CB Dominique Franks (Baltimore): With Aaron Ross out for the season the Ravens have a need. After playing a reserve role the past four seasons with the Falcons, the former fifth-round pick signed with Baltimore.

TE Jermaine Gresham (Cincinnati): In four seasons, the Ardmore product has compiled 218 receptions for 2,262 yards and 19 touchdowns. Playing in a two-tight end package last season, Gresham hauled in 46 passes for 458 yards and four TDs.

TE James Hanna (Dallas): A sixth-round pick two years ago, Hanna has been effective in a reserve role. The Flower Mound, Texas, product has hauled in 20 catches and also provides an extra blocker in short-yardage situations.

CB Demontre Hurst (Chicago): The Bears are loaded with talented cornerbacks, but Hurst has a shot at making the roster after being on the practice squad in 2013.

C Gabe Ikard (Tennessee): An undrafted free agent, the Bishop McGuinness product is versatile. That should improve his chances of making the 53-man roster, at least secure a spot on the practice squad.

OT Bronson Irwin (Seattle): The undrafted rookie signed with the Seahawks, who have a veteran offensive line. But Seattle also dealt with multiple injury issues last season.

S Tony Jefferson (Arizona): It was a surprise Jefferson went undrafted last year, but he played well in preseason to make the Cardinals roster. Playing in all 16 games, Jefferson compiled 24 tackles and started two games.

OT Lane Johnson (Philadelphia): The fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Johnson will miss the first four games for testing for a banned substance. Johnson started all 16 games his rookie season and was an All-Rookie selection, but he won’t be eligible to return until Oct. 5.

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