Owls in the NFL Update

Temple players have been active this off-season, so we decided to do a round-up of all NFL Owls and see what they have been up to this off-season.

Let’s take a look at all the Owls that are currently on an NFL roster.

Robby Anderson- New York Jets

In 2017, Robby Anderson had a career year. Anderson caught 63 passes for 941 yards and seven touchdowns and has quickly emerged as the Jets No. 1 wide receiver target.

This off-season, Anderson was arrested and had nine felony charges against him. All felony charges were dismissed on April 3rd.

Dion Dawkins- Buffalo Bills

Dion Dawkins was drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Dawkins played in all 16 games, starting 11 at left tackle as a rookie.

Right now, Dawkins is projected as the Bills starting left tackle for the 2018 season, a big next stop for the former Owl.

Nate Hairston- Indianapolis Colts

Nate Hairston was selected in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In week four, Hairston tackled quarterback Russell Wilson and forced a safety for the first scoring play of his career.

Hairston earned a lot of playing time in 2017 due to the injuries in the Indianapolis secondary. The results were mixed for Hairston, he racked in 35 tackles, with two sacks and one interception.

Matt Ioannidis- Washington Redskins

Matt Ioannidis has enjoyed a nice start to his career in Washington. He has made a name for himself as a rotational asset on the defensive line.

In 2017, Ioannidis had 27 tackles along with 4.5 sacks.

Praise Martin-Oguike- Arizona Cardinals

Praise Martin-Oguike signed a future contract with the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, but the undrafted ILB has yet to appear in an NFL game.

Tyler Matakevich- Pittsburgh Steelers

Tyler Matakevich is one of the better special teams players in the NFL, he has been a known commodity for his ability to block punts.

Matakevich finished the season with 23 combined tackles and a pass deflection in 15 games and zero starts.

Brandon McManus- Denver Broncos

Brandon McManus did not enjoy the same success that he has come accustomed to in 2017. He went 24-32 on Field Goal Attempts, only making 75% of his Field Goals.

McManus expects to bounce back in 2018.

Haason Reddick- Arizona Cardinals

Haason Reddick was drafted with the No. 13 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Reddick finished the season with 36 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.

Reddick was the 13th overall pick in last year’s draft. (via Cards Wire-USA Today)

Reddick looks to break out in his sophomore season.

Brandon Shippen- Kansas City Chiefs

Brandon Shippen signed a future contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, but the undrafted WR has yet to appear in an NFL game.

Rod Streater- Buffalo Bills

Rod Streater sat out the entire 2017 season after playing all of 2016 with the San Francisco 49ers. He signed a future contract with the Buffalo Bills for the 2018 season.

Jahad Thomas- Free Agent

Jahad Thomas was on the Jets and Cowboys roster in 2017. He was promoted to the Jets active roster in late December but never appeared in a game.

The Jets waived him on April 14th to create space on their roster.

Colin Thompson- Chicago Bears

Colin Thompson signed a future contract with the Chicago Bears, but the undrafted TE has yet to appear in an NFL game.

Phillip Walker- Indianapolis Colts

Phillip Walker signed a future contract with the Indianapolis Colts, but the undrafted QB has yet to appear in an NFL game.

Walker figures to battle for the Colts No. 3 QB spot in training camp.

Tahir Whitehead- Oakland Raiders

After enjoying a terrific season with the Detroit Lions, including 110 tackles, one sack, and one interception, Tahir Whitehead walked in free agency.

In March, Whitehead came to an agreement on a three-year deal with the Oakland Raiders.

Muhammad Wilkerson- Green Bay Packers

After multiple disappointing seasons with the New York Jets, the Jets elected to waive Muhammad Wilkerson this offseason.

Wilkerson had just 46 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and an interception on a big money deal.

He signed a one-year deal, worth $5 million with the Green Bay Packers in free agency.

Tavon Young- Baltimore Ravens

Tavon Young missed the entire 2017 season due to a torn ACL suffered over the summer.

The 24-year-old cornerback looks to bounce back in 2018 on a surgically repaired knee.

Tavon Young had a strong rookie season but missed the entirety of last season with a torn ACL. (via nfl.com)


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