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Former Cats trying to make rosters

By The Mercury

While a number of former Kansas State football players are looking to secure starting roles for the upcoming NFL season, several others are fighting just to make the team.

The Arizona Cardinals feature linebacker Reggie Walker and the surprise of the preseason in Arizona — running back William Powell. Powell has rushed for 200 yards on 23 carries in just three games for an average of 8.7 yards per carry. He’s scored a touchdown in each game. Walker has 11 tackles and a forced fumble.

Running back Thomas Clayton was cut by the Cardinals this past weekend.

Long snapper Corey Adams is hoping to stay with the Atlanta Falcons, while LaMark Brown, who transferred from K-State after his junior season, is looking to take a spot at tight end with four catches for 47 yards and a touchdown this preseason.

Brandon Archer, Brandon Banks and Rob Jackson are looking for another year with the Washington Redskins. Banks has two catches for 7 yards and returned a punt for a touchdown. Jackson has been in on four tackles. Archer has not played.

Rookies Emmanuel Lamur and Tysyn Hartman are trying to hold on with their teams, surviving cuts over the weekend. Lamur has six tackles for the Cincinnati Bengals, while Hartman has six tackles and defended a pass for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Rookie Bryce Brown has 19 carries for 102 yards for the Philadelphia Eagles, but has been held out of the end zone.

Miami Dolphins’ running back Daniel Thomas has nine carries for 30 yards and a touchdown this preseason, including rushing for 29 yards in the Dolphins’ most recent game. Jeron Mastrud has no catches for the Dolphins this preseason.

Rock Cartwright is a member of the San Francisco 49ers this season, where he will help the team in special teams primarily. Terence Newman signed with the Bengals in the offseason, while Zac Diles moved to the Tennessee Titans where he has five tackles and an interception this preseason.

Running back Darren Sproles is entering his second year in New Orleans, and will likely be the top running back for the Saints.

Josh Freeman will look to improve at quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season and cut down on his league-leading number of turnovers from a year ago.

Jordy Nelson will look to be even better this season for the Green Bay Packers after experiencing the best year of his career in 2011 when he was among the NFL leaders at wide receiver.

San Diego Chargers tackle Jeromey Clary and Chiefs guard Ryan Lilja both return to their teams this season as well.

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