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A look at Cougs reporting to NFL camps

The group is led by Jaguars starting QB Gardner Minshew... And Gardner Minshew’s flowing locks.

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On Tuesday, NFL teams across the country opened up training camps (kind of). Because of new NFL protocols, teams used today as their first of three COVID-19 testing days. Before players even set foot inside team facilities, they need to have three negative tests.

Because of the rule, most players spent Tuesday making a quick trip to team headquarters for a test, before turning around and heading home.

Jaguars starting quarterback Gardner Minshew was one of the players making that trip. While his famous mustache was covered by a mask when he arrived, Minshew delivered with his flowing hair... And the Jaguar's social media team delivered with some much needed slow motion video of Minshew’s hair.

Majestic. Simply majestic.

Minshew is one of a handful of former WSU Cougar players reporting to training camp this week, hoping to make an NFL roster. Earlier this week, Theo Lawson and the Spokesman Review broke down the situation for all of the WSU players on rosters. Click the link for a full break down, but here’s a list of all 14:

  • QB Gardner Minshew (Jaguars)
  • QB Anthony Gordon (Seahawks)
  • OL Joe Dahl (Lions)
  • OL Andre Dillard (Eagles)
  • OL Cole Madison (Packers)
  • OL Fred Mauigoa (Panthers)
  • WR Dezmon Patmon (Colts)
  • WR Easop Winston Jr. (Rams)
  • DB Deone Bucannon (Falcons)
  • DB Shalom Luani (Texans)
  • DB Jalen Thompson (Cardinals)
  • DL Daniel Ekuale (Browns)
  • DL Hercules Mata’afa (Vikings)
  • LB Frankie Luvu (Jets)

There are a lot of interesting stories on that list to keep an eye on throughout the next month and half. From Minshew entering the season as QB1 for the first time in Jacksonville to Deone Bucannon looking to make an impact in his new home of Tampa.

Then, of course, there are the guys that don’t have a spot on the 53-man roster locked up. For players like Anthony Gordon, who’s hoping to convince Seattle to carry a third quarterback, the road is tougher in 2020. Since the league canceled the preseason, they’ll have to try and prove themselves in a more controlled practice or scrimmage situation.

While we might not know what the future of college football will be this fall, we know the NFL is going to do everything they can to make a season happen in 2020. And luckily, there are plenty for former Cougar stars to keep an eye on.

The situation for every ex-Washington State player entering NFL preseason camp | The Spokesman-Review
While more than 100 current Washington State players anxiously wait for the green light to strap on pads and helmets for the first time since December, a handful of their more successful former teammates will be doing that Tuesday when the NFL officially opens its training camps.

Links!

CJ Elleby becomes first Washington State player since Klay Thompson to nab Combine invite | The Spokesman-Review
There's no certainty the NBA will hold its annual pre-Draft Combine this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but if the annual event does occur, Washington State star CJ Elleby will have an opportunity to partake after accepting an invitation Tuesday.

WSU Football coach Rolovich purchases 23 cases of cookies from local Girl Scouts | Sports | khq.com
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University head football coach Nick Rolovich continues to give back to the community since coming to the Palouse back in January.

Pac-12 football: September start unrealistic; delay until October
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