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Fifty-One Bulldogs On Rosters As NFL Season Begins


RB Nick Chubb- (AP Photo/Brien Aho)

ATHENS, Ga. --- A total of 51 Georgia football alums will begin the 2020 season on NFL rosters. There are currently 32 Bulldogs on 53-man rosters and an additional 15 on practice squads for 22 NFL teams. Another four Bulldogs are on team reserve lists. The NFL season begins this week with the Thursday contest between Houston and Kansas City. Receiver/Pro Bowl return specialist Mecole Hardman helped the Chiefs win Super Bowl LIV and extend Georgia’s streak of at least one player in the final game to 19 straight seasons. Six Georgia veterans have joined new teams since last season -- running back Todd Gurley to Atlanta, defensive lineman John Jenkins to Chicago, linebacker Leonard Floyd to the Los Angeles Rams, linebacker D’Andre Walker to Seattle, linebacker Alec Ogletree to the New York Jets, and linebacker Thomas Davis to Washington. Davis is the oldest Bulldog in the league at 37. Fourteen players who were on the 2019 Georgia roster made teams as rookies -- quarterback Jake Fromm (Buffalo); running back D’Andre Swift (Detroit); receivers Lawrence Cager (New York Jets) and Tyler Simmons (Houston); tight ends Charlie Woerner (San Francisco) and Eli Wolf (Baltimore); offensive linemen Solomon Kindley (Miami), Andrew Thomas (New York Giants) and Isaiah Wilson (Tennessee); defensive lineman Michael Barnett (New England); linebacker Tae Crowder (New York Giants); defensive backs Tyrique McGhee (Los Angeles Rams) and J.R. Reed (Los Angeles Rams); and kicker Rodrigo Blankenship (Indianapolis). Chicago has the most Bulldogs with five, followed by Detroit, New England, and the Los Angeles Rams with four apiece. Georgia has 10 receivers and 10 linebackers in the league, while there are seven each on the offensive and defensive lines. Georgia has at least one player at every position. 53-Man Rosters (32) David Andrews                        OL           New England Patriots Geno Atkins                             DL           Cincinnati Bengals Rodrigo Blankenship               PK           Indianapolis Colts Lorenzo Carter                        LB            New York Giants Nick Chubb                              RB           Cleveland Browns Chris Conley                            WR          Jacksonville Jaguars Tae Crowder                           LB            New York Giants Thomas Davis                         LB            Washington Football Team Leonard Floyd                         LB            Los Angeles Rams Jake Fromm                            QB           Buffalo Bills Lamont Gaillard                       OL           Arizona Cardinals A.J. Green                               WR          Cincinnati Bengals Todd Gurley                            RB           Atlanta Falcons Mecole Hardman                     WR          Kansas City Chiefs Justin Houston                        DE           Indianapolis Colts Jordan Jenkins                        LB            New York Jets John Jenkins                           DL           Chicago Bears Abry Jones                              DL           Jacksonville Jaguars Ben Jones                               OL           Tennessee Titans Solomon Kindley                     OL           Miami Dolphins Isaiah McKenzie                      WR          Buffalo Bills Sony Michel                             RB           New England Patriots Riley Ridley                             WR          Chicago Bears Roquan Smith                         LB            Chicago Bears Matthew Stafford                     QB           Detroit Lions D’Andre Swift                          RB           Detroit Lions Andrew Thomas                      OL           New York Giants D’Andre Walker                       LB            Seattle Seahawks Shawn Williams                       DB           Cincinnati Bengals Javon Wims                             WR          Chicago Bears Charlie Woerner                      TE           San Francisco 49ers Isaiah Wynn                            OL           New England Patriots Practice Squads (15) Davin Bellamy                         LB            Houston Texans Lawrence Cager                      WR          New York Jets Reggie Davis                           WR          Chicago Bears Terry Godwin                           WR          Jacksonville Jaguars Elijah Holyfield                         RB           Philadelphia Eagles Tyrique McGhee                      DB           Los Angeles Rams Nick Moore                              LS            Baltimore Ravens Isaac Nauta                             TE           Detroit Lions Cam Nizialek                           P              Atlanta Falcons Alec Ogletree                          LB            New York Jets Natrez Patrick                          LB            Los Angeles Rams J.R. Reed                                DB           Los Angeles Rams Tyler Simmons                        WR          Houston Texans Jayson Stanley                        DB           Seattle Seahawks Eli Wolf                                    TE           Baltimore Ravens COVID-19 Reserve (1) Isaiah Wilson                           OL           Tennessee Titans Injured Reserve (1) Michael Barnett                       DL           New England Patriots Non-Football Injury (1) Jonathan Ledbetter                 DL           Miami Dolphins COVID-19 Opt Out (1) John Atkins                              DL           Detroit Lions