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Wildcats in the NFL: Will Parks, Reggie Gilbert impress in year 3, Dane Cruikshank hurt in debut

Check how all former Arizona Wildcats did in preseason this week

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers
Dane Cruikshank
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Week one of NFL preseason is in the books and the Arizona Wildcats had a handful of guys who were in action.

While Arizona has a few guys who are considered locks to make the roster, but there are many who are on the bubble.

Keep in mind, incremental roster cuts are no longer a thing. Instead, there is one cut from 90 to 53 after the preseason game. However, that doesn’t mean a team cannot cut one player to sign another.

Alas, let’s take a loot at how the Wildcats did in the NFL.

Dane Cruikshank, Tennessee Titans

A fifth round pick in the 2018 draft, Cruikshank impressed as he went through rookie and mini camp. Unfortunately, he injured his right shoulder diving for a muffed punt in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers. He did not record any statistics.

After the game, head coach Mike Vrabel said “we’ll get back to working with him as soon as we can.”

Cruikshank had been mixed in with the first team defense after Jonathan Cyprien suffered a torn ACL last week.

Since Cruikshank’s injury, the Titans signed safety Steven Terrell.

Gerhard de Beer, Buffalo Bills

de Beer was able to sign as an undrafted free agent and has stuck so far.

However, it’s unclear whether de Beer played against the Carolina Panthers. Earlier in the week, de Beer was not in the initial third-team rotation.

Marquis Flowers, New England Patriots

Entering his fifth season, Flowers signed a new one-year $1.75 million contract with the Patriots this off-season.

He recorded one tackle and was on the kickoff unit, projected as a No. 2 outside backer. He missed some time in camp for the birth of his daughter.

Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Foles didn’t play because he’s a Super Bowl MVP.

Reggie Gilbert, Green Bay Packers

Gilbert spent all but two weeks of his first two years on the Packers practice squad.

Now, he is rising on the depth chart and seems to be on track to make the 53-man roster as there are health concerns with both Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, the two outside linebackers ahead of him.

He finished with two tackles and included four quarterback hurries and a hit on 19 pass rushing snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.

Reggie Gilbert’s a heck of a football player. Just so proud of him. When you watch a young man come off the practice squad, change his body, just, he just does it right,” head coach Mike McCarthy said after the first preseason game.

Robert Golden, Kansas City Chiefs

Golden was released from Pittsburgh this spring and signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs.

He recorded one tackle to open the preseason with his new team.

The Chiefs have their options at safety. Golden is in a fight to make the roster, but if he does, he could serve as a heavy rotational player.

Trey Griffey, Pittsburgh Steelers

Griffey was not an NFL squad for the 2017 season after being waived by the Miami Dolphins. He later signed with the Steelers after their season ended.

The receiver group is deep for the Steelers and he did not record a catch. He is however contributing on special teams, and recorded a tackle.


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Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

Gronk doesn’t need to play.

Cayleb Jones, Minnesota Vikings

In April, Cayleb Jones was slapped with a four-game suspension for the use of PEDs.

He has been within the Vikings organization for about two years now. He recorded one catch for 11 yards against the Denver Broncos.

Earl Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers

Mitchell played but did not record any statistics.

He is projected to start at nose tackle for the 49ers this season and schedule to make $2.25 million in his second year of his four-year $16 million contract.

Will Parks, Denver Broncos

Will Parks had one of the best performances for the Broncos defense.

He led the Broncos in tackles with five and added a sack. He’s currently the top nickel corner and the No. 2 free safety for the Broncos.

Brooks Reed, Atlanta Falcons

Reed recorded one tackle for the Falcons. He is No. 2 at left defensive end behind former UCLA Bruin Takkarist McKinley.

Reed is entering his fourth year of his five-year, $22 million contact. He is scheduled to make $3 million this year.

Shaquille Richardson, Oakland Raiders

Shaquille was waived by the Raiders after suffering a knee injury. He cleared waivers and is now on the Raiders injured reserve list.

Prior to signing with the Raiders, he spent two years with the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL and has bounced around the NFL since he entered the league in 2014.

Scooby Wright III, Arizona Cardinals

Scooby played a good amount for the Cardinals towards the end of the 2017 season.

He started at middle linebacker in place of Josh Bynes and also started on the kickoff team for the Cardinals. Scooby recorded three tackles.