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Vince Mayle, Destiny Vaeao making noise in NFL preseason

With jobs on the line, a handful of former Cougars are battling it out for roster spots come regular season.

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With the NFL preseason halfway through, several former Washington State Cougars are showcasing their talent for a shot to crack a franchise’s 53-man roster.

Vince Mayle - who spent most of the 2015 season on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad - blocked a Miami Dolphins punt last night in Dallas’ 41-14 rout of Miami. Mayle, a 2015 fourth round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns, should be right on the bubble of making the team after the blocked punt and this 47-yard reception in last week’s game against the Rams.

Up in the northeast, Destiny Vaeao has performed well in limited playing time with the Philadelphia Eagles. Through two games, Vaeao has two tackles and half a sack. In the video below, Vaeao blows right through Pittsburgh’s B.J. Finney and sacks Dustin Vaughn almost untouched in Philadelphia’s 17-0 win over their instate rival on Thursday.

Kache Palacio - who signed with the Seattle Seahawks after being waived by the Rams - has been pushing for a spot on the team after two strong appearances with the second team defense. Through two games, Palacio has recorded seven tackles and has been getting to the opposing quarterbacks, much like he did at Washington State.

In the first game of the preseason, Ivan McLennan recorded a game-winning sack against Washington Redskins and Joe Dahl had a nice block during a Dwayne Washington 96-yard kickoff return.

As NFL preseason rosters begin to get smaller and smaller during cuts, it’ll be interesting to see which Cougars can make it all the way to the 53-man roster as the regular season is just weeks away.