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Wildcats within the NFL: Former soccer stars impress throughout NFL preseason

Duke Shelley blocks a Cowboys participant in the course of the Ok-State soccer sport in opposition to Oklahoma State in Invoice Snyder Household Stadium on Oct. 13, 2018. The Wildcats defeated the Cowboys 31-12. (Archive photograph by Emily Lenk | Collegian Media Group)

Skylar Thompson

Skylar Thompson accomplished seven of ten passes for 103 yards and a landing in Miami’s 48-10 preseason finale victory in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 27. Thompson concluded the preseason with over 500 yards passing, 5 landing passes and nil turnovers. Thompson’s passer ranking of 138.77 with a 77 completion share additionally clearly impressed the Dolphins as he made the group’s 53-man roster.

Duke Shelley

Duke Shelley recorded three tackles and a move breakup in preseason play. Drafted within the sixth spherical of the 2019 NFL Draft by Chicago, Shelley has recorded 4 move breakups and 52 profession tackles in three seasons with the Bears. He totaled a career-high 36 tackles in 2021, displaying enchancment as knowledgeable. Shelley made the 53-man roster however was lower after the Bears picked up six gamers on waivers on Wednesday. Shelley now has the chance to go to a different group.

Timothy Horne

The Wadesboro, North Carolina, native transferred to Kansas State final season after 4 seasons enjoying for North Carolina at Charlotte. He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in Could 2022. Within the Falcons’ closing preseason sport, he deflected two passes and recorded two tackles in an Atlanta victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. On Aug. 30, 2022 the Falcons introduced that Horne made the ultimate 53-man roster.

Russ Yeast

Drafted within the seventh spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, Yeast made the Rams 53-man roster. Rams head coach, Sean McVay, has stated he believes Yeast will probably be a contributor to the team this season. Within the preseason, the versatile security recorded two tackles. 

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Jordan Willis

Jordan Willis bounced across the NFL after being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2017, enjoying for 2 completely different groups earlier than touchdown in San Francisco in 2020. In 2021, Willis had his finest season with the 49ers, recording a career-high three sacks as a reserve and a complete of 15 tackles, the third-highest in his profession. Within the postseason, Willis blocked a Inexperienced Bay punt that was returned for a landing in a San Francisco victory. Within the offseason, the 49ers rewarded Willis with a one-year contract extension.

Within the preseason, he continued to indicate flashes of potential, recording a sack and three tackles for San Francisco. Willis didn’t make the preliminary 53-man roster however San Francisco re-signed him.

Cody Whitehair

The veteran lineman enters his seventh NFL season because the longest-tenured participant on the Chicago Bears offensive line, which incorporates 2021 draft picks Teven Jenkins and Larry Borom. Whitehair has been a constant starter since he was chosen within the second spherical by the Bears in 2016. He has began over 90 video games at guard and heart.

The Abilene native began for 4 years at Ok-State as a guard and deal with. He was additionally a Professional Bowler in 2018, and a Professional Soccer Writers of America all-rookie group member in 2016 for Chicago.