Wildcats in the NFL

Arizona Wildcats in the NFL: Foles to back up Vick, Thomas waived by Detroit



Links, information and stats of former Arizona players in the NFL, all in one place:

— Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly ended the speculation this morning by naming veteran Michael Vick his starter over former UA quarterback Nick Foles heading into the regular season, although the Eagles have two preseason games remaining. “I think Mike is ahead right now,” Kelly explained to reporters. “I think Nick made it very difficult.” No doubt about it, Foles has a place in Kelly’s offense after impressive performances against New England and Carolina in the preseason. Many thought Foles would be traded by now. Kelly explained recently that he does not need a dual-threat athlete to run his offense and that Foles is suited to handle the role.

— Former Arizona receiver Mike Thomas is looking for a team after Detroit waived him yesterday. Thomas was not a good fit for the Lions after being traded there by Jacksonville last season. He caught only five passes in nine games with the Lions last year. He caught 158 passes in his first three seasons out of the slot position in Jacksonville. Thomas will receive $1 million guaranteed from the Lions this year.

— Former Arizona center Kyle Quinn, a non-drafted free agent with the Cardinals, was also released yesterday. Quinn started 22 games over his last two seasons with the Wildcats. He signed with Philadelphia after going undrafted in April, but was released before training camp began.

— Former Arizona defensive end Ricky Elmore, now a free agent linebacker trying to earn a roster spot with the Redskins, has looked impressive in camp. Reports indicate he has intercepted Robert Griffith III and Pat White in scrimmages. Elmore recorded his first tackle of the preseason last night against Pittsburgh.

This site will run statistic updates on former Wildcats who are active in the NFL throughout the season:

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An overall list of UA players in the NFL:
Colin Baxter, C, San Diego Chargers
Lance Briggs, LB, Chicago Bears
Eben Britton, G, Chicago Bears
Dan Buckner, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona Cardinals
Juron Criner, WR, Oakland Raiders
David Douglas, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ricky Elmore, LB, Washington Redskins
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Folk, PK, New York Jets
Robert Golden, S, Pittsburgh Steelers
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
Chris Gronkowski, FB, San Diego Chargers
Spencer Larsen, FB/LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Earl Mitchell, NT, Houston Texans
Fendi Onobun*, TE, Chichago Bears
Brooks Reed, LB, Houston Texans
D’Aundre Reed, DE, Minnesota Vikings
Matt Scott, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevin Wade, CB, Cleveland Browns

* — Onobun did not play football at Arizona but he lettered with the basketball team four years before playing one season of football at Houston

WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes blogs for Lindy’s College Sports, TucsonCitizen.com and Sports Illustrated-sponsored site ZonaZealots.com.


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