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HCA: Checking in on Cougs in NFL camps

From Luke Falk to River Cracraft, there are plenty of Cougs with pro aspirations to keep an eye on this preseason.

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The Cougs hit the field for the first time later this week. But if you can’t wait to see the current team in action, you can always turn your attention to the former Cougs to hold you over.

There are plenty of familiar faces looking to make names for themselves at NFL camps all across the country. From veterans like Deone Bucannon to rookies like Luke Falk, there are plenty of story lines to keep an eye on over the next couple weeks. Here are a few quick updates of Cougs on NFL camp rosters:

Cole Madison

The 5th round pick for the Green Bay Packers has yet to report to camp. Nobody is really saying much about it.

“He’s dealing with a personal issue and we’ll give him some time to deal with that,” said Packers GM Brian Gutekunst. “We’re more concerned about Cole.”

The team has said that the offensive lineman’s absence took the team by surprise early in camp. No matter what the issue is, it’s good to see the team giving Madison some time to deal with it.

Luke Falk

Falk is only one of three quarterbacks currently on Tennessee's camp roster, so he looks like a lock to make the roster behind Marcus Mariota and Blaine Gabbert. But before he can turn his attention to a position battle, Falk is just focused on adjusting to the speed of the NFL.

“It’s been a big learning process, but we’ve got a good QB room that’s helped me out a lot,” Falk said via the Tennessean. “Good (offensive coordinator) and a great quarterback coach. Just a lot of learning.”

River Cracraft

It’s been a rough road for River Cracraft. His senior season was cut short after an ACL injury. The receiver fought back to earn a spot on Denver’s practice squad, only to be cut in October because of another injury...

The Broncos resigned River in December and invited him to training camp this season. And it should come to no surprise to Coug fans, that Cracraft is making the most of his opportunity.

Destiny Vaeao

Vaeao is another Washington State grad that has been hampered by injuries during his NFL career. Last season he was hurt by a hand injury, but the defensive lineman is back for year number three with the Eagles, and he’s poised to make a serious push for playing time.

Thanks to early camp injuries to some of the starters, Vaeao has gotten plenty of time with the 1’s, and he’s impressing so far.

Joe Dahl

2016 Lions draft pick appears ready to make a push for a starting spot on the offensive line. But even if he doesn’t with a spot on the front line, he’s already winning the hearts of fans.


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