Former Minnesota Gophers players are scattered across NFL rosters. Currently, 12 former Gophers are on either an active roster or practice squad of an NFL team. From a top wide receiver to those just looking for a shot, here is a capsule summary of every ex-Minnesota player in the league.
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Briean Boddy-Calhoun, CB, Cleveland Browns
Boddy-Calhoun signed with the Browns this week after spending the offseason with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 23-year-old played 39 games at Minnesota, intercepting nine passes, and signed as an undrafted free agent with Jacksonville this offseason. He appeared in all four preseason games with the Jaguars, making five tackles while deflecting three passes. The Browns have listed Boddy-Calhoun as a third-string cornerback on their depth chart.
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Tramaine Brock, CB, San Francisco 49ers
Brock played one season at Minnesota, logging 73 tackles as a junior in 2008 before leaving the program. The 49ers signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2010, and he has been with the team since, recording 122 tackles, 10 interceptions and one touchdown over his career. Last year was his first as a full-time starter, and he intercepted three passes in 15 games.
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De'Vondre Campbell, LB, Atlanta Falcons
Campbell played three seasons with the Gophers, recording 92 tackles as a senior, including 6 1/2 tackles for a loss and four sacks. The Falcons drafted him in the fourth round (115th overall) this year, and he recorded seven solo tackles in the team's four preseason games, starting two of them. The Falcons have listed him as a first-team linebacker on their depth chart.
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David Cobb, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers signed Cobb to their practice squad this past week, after the Tennessee Titans released him late last month. A 2015 fifth-round pick, Cobb had eight rushing attempts for 28 yards this preseason. Cobb played seven games for the Titans last year, starting one, rushing 52 times for 146 yards and one touchdown. The 23-year-old rushed for 2,893-career yards with the Gophers, including 1,626 yards as a senior in 2014.
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Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets
Decker, a seventh-year pro, is coming off his third 1,000-yard season in the past four years. The 29-year-old caught two passes in two preseason games and will start alongside Brandon Marshall for the Jets. The Denver Broncos drafted Decker in the third round in 2010. He signed with the Jets as a free agent in 2014.
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Isaac Fruechte, WR, Detroit Lions
Fruechte signed with the Lions' practice squad this past week after the Minnesota Vikings released him. Fruechte caught three passes for 20 yards in Minnesota's four preseasons games, after spending 2015 on the team's practice squad. The 25-year-old played three seasons with the Gophers, catching 18 passes for 292 yards and one touchdown as a senior, and signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent.
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Marqueis Gray, TE, Miami Dolphins
Gray signed with the Dolphins this past spring and squeaked onto their roster as a third-unit tight end. The Dolphins are Gray's fifth team, a list that also includes the Browns, 49ers, Vikings and Buffalo Bills. The 26-year-old has 12 career receptions for 144 yards. He went undrafted after four seasons split between quarterback and wide receiver at Minnesota, where he compiled 14 passing, 12 rushing and six receiving touchdowns.
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Ra'Shede Hageman, DE, Atlanta Falcons
Hageman transitioned to defensive end this offseason after playing defensive tackle his first two seasons with the Falcons. The 26-year-old has appeared in all 32 games over the past two seasons for Atlanta, starting 12 last year. The Falcons drafted Hageman in the second round in 2014, after he earned All-Big Ten honors as a senior. He is listed as a second-unit defensive end on Atlanta's depth chart.
Eric Murray, S, Kansas City Chiefs
Murray transitioned to safety this offseason, after playing cornerback his entire career at Minnesota. Kansas City drafted Murray in the fourth round (106th overall) this year, after a four-year career at Minnesota. The 22-year-old started every game during his final three seasons with the Gophers and finished his college career with 192 tackles and two interceptions. Murray recorded seven solo tackles in four preseason games for the Chiefs, starting two of them. He is listed as the Chiefs' second-unit free safety on the team's unofficial depth chart, behind sixth-year pro Ron Parker.
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Marcus Sherels, CB/PR, Minnesota Vikings
Sherels is entering his sixth season with the Vikings as a cornerback and special teams ace, after signing with them as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He has 98 tackles, 10 pass deflections and one interception in his career to go along with three punt-return touchdowns.
Williams caught 32 passes for 268 yards and one touchdown in 14 games (seven starts) for the Ravens last year, after they took him in the second round (55th overall) in the 2015 draft. He only played in one preseason game last month, missing time with an unspecified injury. The Ravens' starting tight end job is open after Benjamin Watson's season-ending Achilles injury, and Williams is competing with Dennis Pitta and Crockett Gillmore for the spot. Williams is listed as a third-teamer on the Ravens' depth chart.
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Damien Wilson, LB, Dallas Cowboys
Wilson appeared in all 16 games last season for the Cowboys, who selected him in the fourth round (127th overall) of the 2015 draft. He made 15 tackles last year, though eight of them came in a Week 4 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Wilson played two seasons at Minnesota and made 119 tackles as a senior in 2014, earning All-Big Ten honors. The Cowboys have listed Wilson as their third-unit strongside linebacker.