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12 Cougars are set to open NFL training camps

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The calendar is turning to the end of July, which in the NFL world means the start of training camp. Even though the season doesn’t begin until September 8, teams around the league will open training camp this week. And for a dozen Cougars, that means a chance to make an NFL roster.

The list of Cougs in the NFL looks a little different this year. Some NFL mainstays like Deone Bucannnon and Joe Dahl are currently free agents. Bucannon won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay last season while Dahl was released by the Detroit Lions in March.

This year is also a drastic change for Gardner Minshew. A year ago, Minshew headed to camp as the starter in Jacksonville and a favorite around the league. This season, he is joined on the QB depth chart by No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence. There was speculation this offseason that the Jaguars might trade Minshew, but instead, he appears headed toward the backup role this season. He is still good for a great quote, though.

On the other side of things, Oscar Draguicevich III will attempt to make the Carolina Panthers roster in his rookie season. He is one of two punters on the Panthers, and will compete against second-year punter Joseph Charlton for the job.

Elsewhere around the league, River Cracraft (San Francisco), Easop Winston (New Orleans) and Dezmon Patmon (Indianapolis) will attempt to translate their prolific pass-catching abilities at the next level.

Here is the complete list of Cougs on NFL rosters heading into training camp:

River Cracraft - San Francisco 49ers

Andre Dillard - Philadelphia Eagles

Oscar Draguicevich III - Carolina Panthers

Daniel Ekuale - Jacksonville Jaguars

Anthony Gordon - Kansas City Chiefs

Frankie Luvu - Carolina Panthers

Hercules Mata’afa - Minnesota Vikings

Gardner Minshew II - Jacksonville Jaguars

Dezmon Patmon - Indianapolis Colts

Jalen Thompson - Arizona Cardinals

James Williams - Detroit Lions

Easop Winston - New Orleans Saints

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