With the NFL kicking off its first Sunday of the season today, here’s a look at former Huskies who are opening the season on an active NFL roster, per ESPN.com.
– Khalif Barnes, OL, Oakland Raiders. 2012: Appeared in nine games with the Raiders, with nine starts. Barnes is scheduled to start at left tackle today on Raiders’ injury-riddled line, the first time he has played there since 2008.
– Donald Butler, LB, San Diego Chargers. 2012: Appeared in 12 games with the Chargers. Season cut short by groin injury. Had 77 tackles, three sacks and one interception. The Chargers’ negotiations to sign Butler to a contract extension are reportedly on hold until after the season.
– Mason Foster, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 2012: Started 16 games for Tampa Bay. Had 105 tackles, two sacks and one interception.
– Dashon Goldson, S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 2012: Started 16 games for San Francisco, earning All-Pro honors. Had 69 tackles, three interceptions and 11 passes defended. In his first season with the Bucs, Goldson went behind his parents’ back when he was in fourth grade to play Pop Warner for the first time.
– Jermaine Kearse, WR, Seattle Seahawks. 2012: Appeared in seven games for the Seahawks, with three catches for 31 yards. Has been one of the surprises of training camp this year, and he’s slated to be Seattle’s primary kick returner in today’s opener against Carolina.
– Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans. 2012: As a first-time starter, completed 177 of 314 passes (56 percent) for 2,176 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions (74.0 passer rating) in 11 games. Also rushed for 291 yards and a TD on 41 attempts. Missed five games with a separated left shoulder. Interesting note: Locker had the lowest — best — “bad decision rate” of any NFL QB in 2012.
– Chris Polk, RB, Philadelphia Eagles. 2012: Appeared in seven games with the Eagles after signing as an undrafted free agent. Forced a fumble on special teams. Missed the final eight games with a toe injury. Rushed 22 times for 81 yards and one touchdown in the preseason, appeared to earn a backup job behind LeSean McCoy.
– Caesar Rayford, DE, Dallas Cowboys. Rookie. Rayford is undoubtably the most intriguing ex-Husky on an NFL roster. The 6-foo-7, 265-pound 27-year-old played for UW from 2004-07 and had 5.5 sacks in four seasons for the Huskies. He spent the past few seasons with the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League before being signed by the Colts in May. This preseason, he led the league with five sacks. And earlier this week, the Colts traded him to the Cowboys for a conditional draft pick.
– Marcel Reece, FB, Oakland Raiders. 2012: Started 14 games for the Raiders, with 59 carries for 271 yards plus 52 catches for 496 yards and one touchdown.
– Alameda Ta’amu, NT, Arizona Cardinals. 2012: A 2012 fourth-round draft pick by the Steelers, he has yet to appear in a game. Spent six weeks on the Steelers’ practice squad and was inactive for seven games. He was awarded to Arizona last week on waivers.
– Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, NT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 2012: Started 14 games for Tampa Back, recording 40 tackles and four sacks. He’s listed as a starter for Week 1.
– Everrette Thompson, DE, Arizona Cardinals. 2012: Appeared in three preseason games for the Cardinals in 2012, but is currently on injured reserve.
– Desmond Trufant, CB, Atlanta Falcons. Rookie. The 22nd-overall pick of the 2013 draft is set to start his first career NFL game against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. “He’s going to complete some passes,” Trufant told the Atlanta Journal-Consitution. “I can’t expect to win, even though I want to, I can’t expect to win every battle.”