It may need appeared as if the NFL wrapped up 2020 on Feb. 7, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 31-9 in Tremendous Bowl LV.
However the NFL’s 2020 has nearly 4 days remaining, with Three p.m. CDT Wednesday the equal of the league’s midnight on Dec. 31. When the Wednesday hour arrives, the NFL will flip over its calendar to 2021, at the least for enterprise functions, and gamers with expiring contracts will develop into free to signal with any group.
The NFL’s 101st 12 months included 157 gamers from Alabama excessive colleges and faculties who performed in at the least one regular-season recreation.
4 of them performed for Tampa Bay in its Tremendous Bowl victory – cornerbacks Carlton Davis (Auburn) and Jamel Dean (Auburn) and defensive linemen Steve McLendon (Carroll-Ozark, Troy) and Rakeem Nunez-Roches (Central-Phenix Metropolis).
Three gamers earned first-team All-Professional recognition – Pittsburgh Steelers security Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama), Tennessee Titans operating again Derrick Henry (Alabama) and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs large receiver Tyreek Hill (West Alabama).
Eight earned Professional Bowl choice, with New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry (Nice Grove, Samford), Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Alabama), Las Vegas Raiders operating again Josh Jacobs (Alabama), Indianapolis Colts middle Ryan Kelly (Alabama) and Inexperienced Bay Packers exterior linebacker Za’Darius Smith (Greenville) becoming a member of Fitzpatrick, Henry and Hill.
The gamers from Alabama excessive colleges and faculties included 20 cornerbacks, 20 defensive tackles, 18 safeties, 15 operating backs, 15 large receivers, 11 offensive tackles, 9 defensive ends, 9 exterior linebackers, 9 quarterbacks, eight inside linebackers, 5 facilities, 5 guards, 5 tight ends, two fullbacks, two kickers, two lengthy snappers and two punters.
The gamers with Alabama soccer roots who appeared in NFL video games this season included:
Minnesota Vikings operating again Ameer Abdullah
Homewood: Abdullah ran for 42 yards on eight carries, caught eight passes for 58 yards and two touchdowns and returned 15 kickoffs for a 23.5-yard common. He additionally made two tackles. Abdullah performed in each recreation and bought on the sphere for 55 offensive snaps and 239 special-teams performs.
Inexperienced Bay Packers defensive sort out Montravius Adams
Auburn: Adams’ fourth NFL season got here to a untimely finish. He didn’t play after Nov. 15 due to a toe harm. In eight video games, Adams document 11 tackles, together with two behind the road of scrimmage, whereas enjoying 130 defensive snaps and 71 special-teams performs. If he doesn’t re-sign with the Packers, Adams will develop into an unrestricted free agent on March 17.
Buffalo Payments defensive finish Mario Addison
Tarrant, Troy: After eight years with the Carolina Panthers, Addison left in free company in March for a three-year, $30.45 million contract from the Payments. Addison made 30 tackles, recorded 5 sacks, had seven tackles for loss, registered eight quarterback hits and broke up 4 passes whereas enjoying 56 p.c of Buffalo’s defensive snaps. Within the Payments’ three playoff video games, Addison had 10 tackles, one sack, three tackles for loss and a compelled fumble as Buffalo reached the AFC Championship Sport for the primary time since 1993.
San Francisco 49ers/New Orleans Saints linebacker Kwon Alexander
Oxford: In March 2019, Alexander signed a four-year, $54 million contract with San Francisco. Alexander performed 16 video games for the 49ers, together with Tremendous Bowl LIV, earlier than San Francisco despatched him to the Saints for fifth-round draft alternative and Kiko Alonso on Nov. Three. Alexander gave the New Orleans protection a lift in seven begins earlier than he went down with an Achilles tendon harm on Dec. 25. In 12 video games in 2020, Alexander had 57 tackles, one sack, three tackles for loss, 4 cross breakups, two compelled fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Final week, Alexander was launched by the Saints in a salary-cap determination.
Washington Soccer Group defensive sort out Jonathan Allen
Alabama: Washington’s change from a Three-Four to Four-Three protection moved Allen from finish to sort out, and his sack complete sank to 2 in 2020 after gathering 14 over the earlier two seasons. However Allen’s 63 tackles ranked second amongst defensive-interior gamers, and he had 14 quarterback hits, one fumble restoration and a security. Final offseason, Washington picked up its fifth-year choice on Allen’s rookie contract, which pays him $9.zero46 million for the 2021 season.
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive finish Josh Allen
Abbeville: After going to the Professional Bowl as a rookie, when he made 10.5 sacks in 2019, Allen missed two of the Jaguars’ first 10 video games and didn’t play after Nov. 22 due to a knee harm. After enjoying 60 p.c of Jacksonville’s defensive snaps in 2019, Allen was restricted to 35 p.c in 2020. He totaled 13 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two tackles for loss and 11 quarterback hits this season.
Washington Soccer Group defensive finish Ryan Anderson
Daphne, Alabama: Washington’s change from a Three-Four to Four-Three protection moved Anderson to defensive finish after enjoying three seasons at exterior linebacker. He had began 4 of Washington’s ultimate 5 video games in 2019, however Anderson performed 28 p.c of the group’s defensive snaps in 2020 earlier than a knee harm ended his season. Anderson made 9 tackles and had 129 special-teams performs this season. He’s scheduled to develop into a free agent on Wednesday.
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Anthony Averett
Alabama: Although he missed six video games due to a shoulder harm, Averett performed extra in 2020 than he had throughout his earlier two seasons mixed for the Baltimore protection. Averett performed 354 protection snaps – 33 p.c of the Ravens’ complete – with 279 coming in 5 video games when he stepped into a bigger position due to accidents within the secondary. Averett totaled 27 tackles and broke up seven passes in 2020.
Washington Soccer Group operating again Peyton Barber
Auburn: After dashing for 1,987 yards for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his first 4 NFL seasons earlier than changing into Washington’s short-yardage again in 2020. Barber ran for 258 yards and 4 touchdowns on 94 carries and caught 4 passes for 12 yards and made his playoff debut this season.
Tennessee Titans linebacker Daren Bates
Auburn: The Titans didn’t re-sign Bates after the 2019 season. However after the Houston Texans launched him earlier than the 2029 season, Tennessee introduced Bates again as a practice-squad participant. He wound up enjoying within the ultimate 13 regular-season video games and a postseason contest. Within the 14 video games, Bates was on the sphere for 3 defensive snaps and 318 special-teams performs.
Arizona Cardinals defensive finish Angelo Blackson
Auburn: Launched by the Houston Texans on the finish of coaching camp, Blackson signed with the Cardinals 5 days earlier than the 2020 season kicked off. However he performed in each Arizona recreation and made 9 begins. In his sixth NFL season, Blackson tied profession highs with 24 tackles and a pair of.5 sacks and reached profession highs with 4 tackles for loss, eight quarterback hits and 551 defensive snaps.
Tennessee Titans fullback Khari Blasingame
Buckhorn: In his second NFL season, Blasingame helped Derrick Henry develop into the eighth participant with 2,000 dashing yards in a season as he performed 15 p.c of the Titans’ offensive snaps in 2020. He additionally was on the sphere for 188 special-teams performs. Blasingame caught 4 passes for 39 yards, returned one kickoff and made three tackles this season. After the season, the Titans re-signed Blasingame to a one-year contract extension.
Baltimore Ravens guard Bradley Bozeman
Handley, Alabama: Bozeman held down left guard for the Ravens for the second straight season in 2020, once more serving to Baltimore lead the NFL in dashing yards. Bozeman performed each offensive snap for the Ravens in all however one recreation this season. Professional Soccer Focus stats charged Bozeman with two sacks allowed, and the group gave him a grade of 64.Four for the season.
New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry
Nice Grove, Samford: After spending his first 4 NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers, Bradberry left through free company for a three-year, $45 million contract and rewarded the Giants with a Professional Bowl season. In 15 video games, Bradberry made 54 tackles, intercepted three passes, compelled two fumbles and recovered one and tied for second within the NFL with 18 passes defended.
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Tony Brown
Alabama: In his first season with Cincinnati, Brown bought on the sphere for 95 defensive snaps and 187 special-teams performs in 13 video games. Brown bought 71 of his defensive snaps in his solely begin, when he made 9 tackles, together with two behind the road of scrimmage, and broke up a cross in a 36-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 15. He totaled 13 tackles for the season.
Carolina Panthers defensive sort out Derrick Brown
Auburn: The seventh participant picked within the 2020 NFL Draft, Brown earned a spot on the Skilled Soccer Writers of America’s All-Rookie group. He performed 742 defensive snaps in 16 video games and recorded 34 tackles, two sacks, eight tackles for loss, 12 quarterback hits and 4 passes defended.
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs
Alabama: In back-to-back November video games, Buggs performed 62 of his 197 profession defensive snaps, recorded eight of his 14 NFL tackles and made the one begin of his two seasons with the Steelers. Accidents bought Buggs on the sphere extra, however his ankle harm restricted him to a few video games within the second half of the season. He completed with 11 tackles in 10 video games.
Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler
West Alabama: Butler rebounded from a wrist harm that prompted him to overlook seven video games in 2019 to begin each recreation in 2020. The one cornerback within the NFL to achieve triple digits in tackles this season, Butler counted 86 solo stops amongst his 100. He additionally intercepted 4 passes, which he returned for 111 yards, and had 14 passes defended, the eighth-most within the league. Final week, the Titans launched Butler in a salary-cap determination.
Cincinnati Bengals center linebacker Josh Bynes
Auburn: Bynes joined the Bengals in free company final offseason to lend a veteran presence to Cincinnati’s linebackers. He ended up making a career-high 99 tackles as he began each recreation for the primary time in his 10 NFL seasons. Bynes is scheduled to develop into an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.
Cincinnati Bengals guard Shaq Calhoun
Restoration Academy: Calhoun began seven video games for Miami as an undrafted rookie, however the Dolphins used three picks within the first 4 rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft on offensive linemen and signed their beginning middle in free company. Waived on the finish of coaching camp, Calhoun was claimed by the Bengals. After not enjoying within the first three video games of the season, he was moved to the apply squad and elevated for the eighth recreation of the season. Calhoun had 11 offensive snaps and 5 special-teams performs within the Nov. 1 contest. Launched later within the season, he completed the season on the Arizona Cardinals’ apply squad.
Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson
Auburn: Carlson tied for the NFL scoring title in 2020 with 144 factors. He made 33-of-35 field-goal makes an attempt and 45-of-47 extra-point kicks this season. Carlson made all 4 of his kicks of at the least 50 yards in 2020.
Atlanta Falcons guard James Carpenter
Alabama: Carpenter served because the Falcons’ left guard for his second season in Atlanta and 10th within the NFL. He began 13 video games and missed three December contests due to a groin harm. Carpenter performed 827 offensive snaps and didn’t have a penalty accepted in opposition to him. Professional Soccer Focus stats charged Carpenter with three sacks allowed, and the group gave him a grade of 56.1 for the season. Final week, the Falcons launched Carpenter in a salary-cap determination.
Washington Soccer Group security Landon Collins
Alabama: Collins tore his left Achilles tendon in Washington’s seventh recreation and missed the remainder of the season. Collins had performed all however one defensive snap within the first six video games. In his second season with Washington and sixth within the NFL, Collins had 41 tackles, two sacks, one interception and one compelled fumble.
Dallas Cowboys large receiver Amari Cooper
Alabama: Cooper recorded his fifth 1,000-yard season in his sixth NFL marketing campaign. Cooper reached a profession excessive with 92 receptions, which gained 1,114 yards and produced 5 touchdowns. Cooper additionally ran six instances for 14 yards.
Philadelphia Eagles security Blake Countess
Auburn: Countess joined the Eagles’ apply squad in December and performed in two of Philadelphia’s ultimate three video games as a practice-squad elevation. He bought on the sphere for six defensive snaps and 21 special-teams performs and made three tackles in 2020. After the season, Countess signed a reserve/future contract with the Eagles.
New England Patriots defensive sort out Byron Cowart
Auburn: After enjoying in 5 video games as a rookie in 2019, Cowart began 14 video games for the Patriots in 2020. Cowart performed 419 defensive snaps (41 p.c of New England’s complete) and made 27 tackles, together with three behind the road of scrimmage. Cowart additionally recorded his first NFL sack this season.
Miami Dolphins fullback Chandler Cox
Auburn: In his second NFL season, Cox recorded the primary two receptions of his profession in 2020, however he additionally was waived a day earlier than the ultimate recreation of the season. Showing in eight video games this season, Cox bought on the sphere for 105 offensive snaps and 25 special-teams performs.
New England Patriots offensive sort out Korey Cunningham
Montevallo: In his third NFL season, Cunningham performed in 11 video games for the Patriots, getting on the sphere for 46 offensive snaps and 42 special-teams performs.
Houston Texans inside linebacker Zach Cunningham
Pinson Valley: In his fourth NFL season, Cunningham elevated his variety of mixed tackles and solo tackles for the third consecutive 12 months – and led the NFL in each classes in 2020. Cunningham had 164 mixed tackles and 106 solo stops this season, together with three sacks, seven tackles for loss, 4 quarterback hits, two cross breakups and one compelled fumble. In 2020, Cunningham recorded probably the most tackles in any of the previous 4 NFL seasons
Atlanta Falcons defensive sort out Marlon Davidson
Greenville, Auburn: Davidson began his rookie season sidelined due to a knee harm, had a stint on reserve/COVID-19 and handled a knee harm once more in December. Round these disruptions, Davidson performed in eight video games and bought on the sphere for 132 defensive snaps and 17 special-teams performs. He recorded eight tackles.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis
Auburn: Davis emerged from his third NFL season as a Tremendous Bowl champion because the Bucs beat the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 31-9 within the NFL championship recreation on Feb. 7. In 14 regular-season video games as a starter, Davis intercepted 4 passes, made 68 tackles and completed tied for second within the NFL with 18 passes defended. In Tampa Bay’s 4 playoffs video games, Davis made 22 tackles and broke up three passes whereas enjoying all however three defensive snaps.
Miami Dolphins defensive sort out Raekwon Davis
Alabama: A second-round alternative within the NFL Draft on April 24, Davis broke into the Dolphins’ beginning lineup at nostril sort out within the sixth recreation and stayed there for the remainder of the season. Davis totaled 40 tackles as a rookie.
Cleveland Browns linebacker Tae Davis
Oxford: In his first full season with the Browns and third within the NFL, Davis crammed primarily a special-team position in 13 video games in 2020. He bought on the sphere for 25 defensive snaps and 194 special-teams performs and contributed 9 tackles as a special-teamer.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Jamel Dean
Auburn: Dean’s second NFL season ended with the Buccaneers beating the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 31-9 in Tremendous Bowl LV. Dean had 4 tackles and broke up a cross in his fourth straight playoff begin. In the course of the common season, Dean began seven instances and performed 708 defensive snaps, in addition to 146 special-teams performs, in 14 video games. He recorded 62 tackles and returns his solely interception 32 yards for a landing.
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs large receiver Gehrig Dieter
Alabama: In his fourth season with the Chiefs, Dieter once more spent most of his time on the apply squad. However a brand new rule allowed Kansas Metropolis to play Dieter into two regular-season video games and a playoff contest whereas nonetheless on the apply squad, and he bought into one other recreation as a COVID-19 substitute and another as a member of the lively roster. Within the common season, Dieter performed 25 offensive snaps and 61 special-teams performs and caught a 10-yard cross. After the season, Dieter signed a reserve/future contract with Kansas Metropolis.
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs
Alabama: A second-round alternative within the NFL Draft on April 24, Diggs stepped into the Cowboys’ beginning lineup. He missed 4 video games on injured reserve after breaking a bone in his foot on Nov. eight. In 12 video games, Diggs recorded 58 tackles, one sack, three interceptions, 14 passes defended and one compelled fumble as a rookie.
Arizona Cardinals operating again Kenyan Drake
Alabama: In his first full season with the Cardinals, Drake bought his first likelihood to be an NFL group’s clear No. 1 operating again. He responded with 955 yards and 10 touchdowns on 239 dashing makes an attempt and 137 yards on 25 receptions in 15 video games. Drake is scheduled to develop into a free agent on Wednesday.
Philadelphia Eagles offensive sort out Jack Driscoll
Auburn: With Philadelphia proper offensive sort out Lane Johnson restricted to seven video games due to accidents, Driscoll performed in 11 video games and began 4, together with the Eagles’ season-opening contest. An ankle harm price Driscoll two mid-season video games after he re-entered the beginning lineup on Oct. 18, and a knee harm ended his rookie season three video games early after he had made back-to-back begins and performed each offensive snap in two straight video games for the primary time.
Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Rashaan Evans
Auburn Excessive, Alabama: Evans began each recreation for the Titans in his third NFL season. Evans recorded 96 tackles, one-half sack, one sort out for loss, 4 quarterback hits, 5 passes defended and one fumble restoration.
San Francisco 49ers defensive finish Dee Ford
St. Clair County, Auburn: Ford’s 2020 season consisted of 46 defensive snaps and one special-teams play in San Francisco’s season-opening recreation adopted by lengthy stint on injured reserve due to a again ailment.
Philadelphia Eagles security Rudy Ford
New Hope Excessive College, Auburn: Ford was one of many NFL’s prime special-teams tacklers when he was on the sphere. Due to accidents, he missed eight video games of the 11 contests between the second and 14th of the season, however he nonetheless recorded 10 tackles on particular groups in his fourth NFL season. Ford bought on the sphere for 46 defensive snaps and 139 special-teams performs. Ford is scheduled to develop into a free agent on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Rams tight finish Gerald Everett
UAB/South Alabama: In his fourth NFL season, Everett reached profession highs with 41 receptions for 417 yards. Along with catching a landing cross, Everett ran 2 yards for a landing on his solely dashing try of the season. Everett will develop into an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday if he doesn’t re-sign with the Rams earlier than that.
Pittsburgh Steelers security Minkah Fitzpatrick
Alabama: Fitzpatrick earned first-team All-Professional recognition and Professional Bowl choice for the second straight season. In his third NFL marketing campaign and first full season with the Steelers, Fitzpatrick had 79 tackles, 4 interceptions, 11 passes defended, one compelled fumble and one fumble restoration. As he had in every of his first two NFL seasons, Fitzpatrick returned considered one of his interceptions for a landing.
Detroit Lions defensive finish Trey Flowers
Columbia: Flowers’ second season with the Lions and sixth within the NFL lasted solely seven video games, and he spent the rest of the marketing campaign on injured reserve. Throughout his truncated season, Flowers had 22 tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, three quarterback hits (after having 21 in 2019), one cross breakup, two compelled fumbles and one fumble restoration.
Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman D.J. Fluker
Foley, Alabama: Fluker performed each proper guard and proper sort out for the Ravens in 2020. He began half of the 16 regular-season video games and likewise performed in two postseason contests. Fluker had two video games through which he performed all of the offensive snaps and three video games through which he performed none. For the season, he performed 52 p.c of Baltimore’s offensive snaps. Professional Soccer Focus stats charged Fluker with three sacks allowed, and the group gave him a grade of 63.7 for the season. Fluker will develop into a free agent on Wednesday if he doesn’t re-sign with the Ravens earlier than then.
Washington Soccer Group large receiver Robert Foster
Alabama: Launched by the Buffalo Payments on the finish of coaching camp, Foster frolicked on the Inexperienced Bay Packers’ apply squad earlier than Washington signed him on Oct. 22. He bought on the sphere for 27 offensive snaps and 49 special-teams performs in 4 video games. Foster caught two passes for 37 yards.
Atlanta Falcons security T.J. Inexperienced
Sylacauga: After spending every week in September on the Carolina Panthers’ apply squad, Inexperienced joined the Falcons on Sept. 30 and spent the remainder of the season on Atlanta’s apply squad. The Falcons elevated Inexperienced for his or her 13th recreation of the season, and he bought on the sphere for 9 special-teams performs in a 20-17 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Dec. 13 for his solely motion within the 2020 marketing campaign. After the season, Inexperienced signed a reserve/future contract with Atlanta.
Washington Soccer Group linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton
Alabama: The previous Carver-Montgomery standout bought on the sphere for 311 special-teams performs for Washington in 2020 though he missed the ultimate two video games of the common season due to an elbow harm. Hamilton additionally began three video games and performed 109 defensive snaps. He completed his third NFL season with 21 tackles and two tackles for loss. After the season, the Detroit Lions claimed Hamilton after Washington waived him off injured reserve.
Detroit Lions defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand
Alabama: Accidents continued to have an effect on Hand’s NFL profession in 2020, when he performed in considered one of Detroit’s ultimate seven video games due to groin and ankle accidents. Hand has missed 22 video games in his three NFL seasons, every of which ended with him on injured reserve. This season, Handcrafted 19 tackles, together with one behind the road of scrimmage, and compelled one fumble.
New England Patriots operating again Damien Harris
Alabama: After enjoying in solely two video games as a rookie in 2019, Harris missed the primary three video games of 2020 with a hand harm, and he missed the ultimate three with an ankle harm. However in between, Harris began all 10 video games and ran for 691 yards and two touchdowns on 137 carries and caught 5 passes for 52 yards. Harris had three 100-yard video games and led New England in dashing yards.
Atlanta Falcons lengthy snapper Josh Harris
Auburn: Harris dealt with the snapping for the Falcons for the ninth season, this time having the NFC Professional Bowl kicker, Younghoe Koo, booting behind him. Harris snapped on 56 punts, 40 field-goal makes an attempt and 38 extra-point kicks.
Cleveland Browns security Ronnie Harrison
Alabama: Harrison left his beginning place with Jacksonville when the Jaguars traded him to the Browns on Sept. Three. Harrison reached Cleveland’s beginning lineup within the fifth recreation of the season and made a direct impression with a 47-yard interception return for a landing in a 32-23 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. A concussion and a knee harm prompted him to overlook 5 video games after reaching the beginning lineup. In 258 defensive snaps, Harrison had 38 tackles, one sack, one interception, seven passes defended and one fumble restoration in 2020.
Pittsburgh Steelers middle J.C. Hassenauer
Alabama: In his third season since finishing his Alabama profession, Hassenauer performed in an NFL regular-season recreation for the primary time – 15 of them. And he began 4 – three at middle and one at left guard — due to accidents and sickness alongside Pittsburgh’s offensive line. Professional Soccer Focus stats charged Hassenauer with zero sacks allowed, and the group gave him a grade of 57.7 for the season. After the season, the Steelers re-signed Hassenauer to a one-year contract extension.
Miami Dolphins/Minnesota Vikings cornerback Tae Hayes
Decatur: Simply as he had in his first NFL season, Hayes performed tow video games with one NFL group and one with one other in 2020. The Dolphins elevated Hayes from their apply squad for his or her third and seventh video games of the season, and he bought on the sphere for 30 defensive snaps and 7 special-teams performs. After being launched by Miami on Nov. 23, Hayes joined the Vikings, and he appeared on two special-teams performs in Minnesota’s regular-season finale. After the season, Hayes signed a reserve/future contract with Minnesota, however then was launched.
Tennessee Titans operating again Derrick Henry
Alabama: Henry grew to become the eighth NFL participant with 2,000 dashing yards in a single season. With 2,zero27 yards and 17 touchdowns on 378 dashing makes an attempt, Henry led the league in all three classes for the second straight season as he received The Related Press NFL Offensive Participant of the 12 months Award for the 2020 season. Henry had three video games with at the least 200 dashing yards and two dashing touchdowns, as many as every other NFL participant has had in his profession. Henry now has 5 such video games.
Minnesota Vikings tight finish Hale Hentges
Alabama: Launched by the Washington Soccer Group on the finish of coaching camp, Hentges was on the Indianapolis Colts’ apply squad when the Minnesota Vikings signed him on Dec. 10. He performed in a single recreation after becoming a member of Minnesota, getting on the sphere for seven special-teams performs within the regular-season finale.
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs large receiver Tyreek Hill
West Alabama: His fifth NFL season meant a fifth Professional Bowl choice for Hill, and this time, he additionally made first-team All-Professional. Hill caught 87 passes for 1,276 yards and 15 touchdowns and ran 13 instances for 123 yards and two touchdowns as he helped the Chiefs attain the Tremendous Bowl for the second straight season.
Miami Dolphins/Philadelphia Eagles operating again Jordan Howard
Gardendale, UAB: Howard signed a two-year, $9.75 million contract as a free agent final offseason, however issues didn’t work out in Miami. Earlier than the Dolphins launched him on Nov 17, Howard gained solely 33 yards on 28 dashing makes an attempt, though he did rating 4 touchdowns. Howard returned to Philadelphia, the place he’d performed in 2019, as a member of the Eagles’ apply squad to complete the season, and he ran for 27 yards on seven carries in two appearances.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight finish O.J. Howard
Autauga Academy, Alabama: Howard performed in solely the primary 4 video games of the season for the winners of Tremendous Bowl LV. A torn Achilles tendon didn’t enable Howard to play after the fourth recreation. He accomplished the 2020 marketing campaign with 11 receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
Houston Texans offensive sort out Tytus Howard
Monroe County, Alabama State: An harm restricted Howard’s rookie 12 months to half a season in 2019, however the first-round draft alternative returned to begin 14 video games at proper offensive sort out for the Texans in 2020. Professional Soccer Focus stats charged Smith with two sacks allowed, and the group gave him a grade of 62.1 for the season.
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs defensive sort out Braxton Hoyett
Pelham: In his second professional season, Hoyett was launched 3 times by Kansas Metropolis and had a stint on reserve/COVID-19. However he did make his NFL debut in 2020, getting on the sphere for 2 defensive snaps as a practice-squad elevation in a 23-20 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 20. As together with his first season, Hoyett spent a lot of the 2020 season on the Chiefs’ apply squad, however he didn’t get all the best way to the Tremendous Bowl, as he had final 12 months. Hoyett spent most of December on the Baltimore Ravens’ apply squad, and he signed a reserve/future contract with the Ravens for 2021.
Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Chris Hubbard
UAB: Hubbard misplaced his job because the Browns’ proper offensive sort out to free-agent signee Jack Conklin final offseason. Hubbard nonetheless began 5 video games, beginning three straight in October at proper guard earlier than COVID-19 took him off the sphere for 2 weeks. When Hubbard bought again into the beginning lineup on Dec. 20, he sustained a knee harm that stored him sidelined for the ultimate two video games. With 293 offensive snaps in 2020, Hubbard noticed his least motion since 2015, when he performed in seven video games as a backup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Professional Soccer Focus stats charged Hubbard with zero sacks allowed, and the group gave him a grade of 71.9 for the season.
Las Vegas Raiders middle Rodney Hudson
B.C. Rain: For the fourth time previously 5 seasons, Hudson performed each offensive snap for the Raiders – 1,083 for Las Vegas in 2020. However Hudson didn’t obtain Professional Bowl recognition in 2020 as he had in three of the 4 previous seasons, though Professional Soccer Focus stats charged Smith with one sack allowed, and the group gave him a grade of 73.6 for the season.
New York Jets defensive finish Bryce Huff
St. Paul’s Episcopal: Huff performed in 14 video games as a rookie though he wasn’t drafted. He bought on the sphere for 295 defensive snaps (26 p.c of the Jets’ complete) and 88 special-teams performs. Huff recorded 16 tackles, two sacks, 4 tackles for loss and one cross breakup.
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey
Hoover, Alabama: Humphrey earned Professional Bowl recognition for the second season in a row as he led the NFL with eight compelled fumbles in 2020. Humphrey reached a profession excessive with 82 tackles, intercepted one cross and had 11 passes defended. He additionally collected 2.5 sacks after having none in his first three seasons. The Ravens signed Humphrey to a five-year, $98.75 million contract on Oct. 1.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts
Alabama: A second-round alternative within the NFL Draft on April 24, Hurts began the season as a game-day inactive and ended it as Philadelphia’s beginning quarterback. Hurts changed Carson Wentz within the lineup for the ultimate 4 video games of the season, and the Eagles traded Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts after the season. Hurts grew to become the primary participant in NFL historical past with 100 dashing yards and a landing cross in his first begin. Hurts accomplished 77-of-148 passes for 1,zero61 yards with six touchdowns and 4 interceptions and ran for 354 yards and three touchdowns on 63 carries.
Miami Dolphins cornerback Noah Igbinoghene
Hewitt-Trussville, Auburn: Igbinoghene joined the Dolphins because the 30th participant picked within the NFL Draft on April 23. He performed in each recreation and made two begins, getting on the sphere for 287 defensive snaps and 255 special-teams performs. Igbinoghene made 13 tackles, recovered two fumbles and broke up two passes.
Baltimore Ravens operating again Mark Ingram
Alabama: A season after operating for 1,zero18 yards and incomes a Professional Bowl invitation in his first season with Baltimore, Ingram was phased out by the Ravens with the emergence of second-round draft alternative J.Okay. Dobbins and the veteran operating again’s ankle harm. Ingram additionally missed a recreation on reserve/COVID-19. Ingram performed in 11 video games, with 9 begins, and ran for 299 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries and caught six passes for 50 yards. The Ravens launched Ingram after the season with a 12 months left on his contract, and he reached an settlement with the Houston Texans on a one-year contract final week.
Chicago Bears security Eddie Jackson
Alabama: Jackson had one other season through which he hardly got here off the sphere for the Chicago protection and reached profession highs with 82 tackles and three compelled fumbles. However for the primary time in his 4 NFL seasons, Jackson didn’t intercept a cross.
Denver Broncos security Kareem Jackson
Alabama: In his 11th NFL season, second with the Broncos and second as a security after switching from cornerback, Jackson reached a profession excessive with 89 tackles. He additionally recorded the 19th interception of his profession and recovered two fumbles.
New England Patriots cornerback Michael Jackson
Spain Park: As he did in 2019, Jackson performed in a single recreation throughout 2020. On the sphere for 2 special-teams performs for the Detroit Lions in 2019, Jackson went to the Patriots in change for a 2022 seventh-round draft alternative throughout coaching camp. He spent a lot of the season on New England’s apply squad, however performed 4 defensive snaps and made his first NFL sort out within the regular-season finale.
Las Vegas Raiders operating again Josh Jacobs
Alabama: Jacobs made it two 1,000-yard seasons in two NFL campaigns, and this time, he added a Professional Bowl choice. Jacobs ran for 1,zero65 yards and 12 touchdowns on 273 carries and caught 33 passes for 238 yards in 2020.
New Orleans Saints cornerback Janoris Jenkins
North Alabama: In his first full season with the Saints, Jenkins began 13 regular-season video games and two playoff contests. He registered 55 tackles, three interceptions, two tackles for loss and 12 passes defended. Jenkins returned considered one of his interceptions for a landing, giving him eight TDs on his 26 interceptions in 9 NFL seasons. Jenkins is tied for eighth in NFL historical past in interception-return touchdowns. After the season, the Saints launched Jenkins in a salary-cap determination.
New England Patriots exterior linebacker Anfernee Jennings
Dadeville, Alabama: A 3rd-round choice within the NFL draft on April 25, Jennings performed in 14 video games with 4 begins as a rookie. He bought on the sphere for 292 defensive snaps (29 p.c of the Patriots’ complete) and 96 special-teams performs. Jennings totaled 20 tackles this season.
Denver Broncos large receiver Jerry Jeudy
Alabama: The 15th participant picked within the 2020 NFL Draft, Jeudy began 14 video games as a rookie. He had bother with dropped passes, however Jeudy ended up with 52 receptions for 856 yards and three touchdowns this season. His 92-yard landing reception within the Broncos’ finale tied for the longest by an Alabama alumnus within the NFL.
Detroit Lions operating again Kerryon Johnson
Madison Academy, Auburn: Johnson led the Lions in dashing yards in every of his first two seasons. However after Johnson missed 14 video games in these two campaigns, Detroit used a second-round decide within the 2020 NFL Draft on Georgia operating again D’Andre Swift and signed the NFL’s fifth all-time main rusher, Adrian Peterson, earlier than the season began, so whereas Johnson performed in all 16 video games, with two begins, in 2020, he had a career-low 52 carries for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson additionally caught 19 passes for 187 yards and one landing whereas enjoying 286 offensive snaps (29 p.c of Detroit’s complete).
Tennessee Titans middle Ben Jones
Bibb County: Over the previous seven seasons, Jones has began all however one recreation. He was over the soccer for each Titans’ recreation in 2020, when he performed 1,zero42 offensive snaps and helped Tennessee operating again Derrick Henry develop into the eighth participant in NFL historical past with 2,000 dashing yards in a season. Professional Soccer Focus stats charged Jones with zero sacks allowed, and the group gave him a grade of 78.6 for the season.
New England Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones
Auburn: Jones continued a profession development in his fifth NFL season since he made the Patriots’ roster as an undrafted rookie due to his special-teams prowess in 2016. Since then, Jones has had performed extra defensive snaps and fewer special-teams performs than he did within the previous season. In 2020, Jones had 729 defensive snaps (72 p.c of New England’s complete) and 167 special-teams performs. Jones made a career-high 74 tackles and intercepted two passes this season.
Atlanta Falcons large receiver Julio Jones
Foley, Alabama: A hamstring harm prompted the previous Foley Excessive College standout to overlook 5 video games in 2020 and fail to achieve 1,000 receiving yards for the primary season since 2013, when a foot harm restricted him to 5 video games. Jones caught 51 passes for 771 yards and three touchdowns. He reached the top of his 10th NFL season with 12,896 receiving yards. Solely Jerry Rice has had extra in his first decade within the league.
Indianapolis Colts middle Ryan Kelly
Alabama: Kelly earned his second consecutive Professional Bowl choice in 2020, when he performed 1,008 snaps and was assessed one holding penalty. Professional Soccer Focus stats charged Kelly with two sacks allowed, and the group gave him a grade of 69.zero for the season.
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick
Gadsden Metropolis, Alabama: Kirkpatrick joined the Cardinals on a one-year deal after the Cincinnati Bengals launched him with two seasons remaining on a five-year, $52.5 million contract. Kirkpatrick performed in 14 video games together with his new group and began 11. In his ninth NFL season, Kirkpatrick equaled his profession excessive with three interceptions. He additionally had 56 tackles and 7 passes defended. Kirkpatrick is scheduled to develop into a free agent on Wednesday.
Buffalo Payments linebacker Deon Lacey
Hueytown, West Alabama: Lacey spent a lot of the season on Buffalo’s apply squad, however he nonetheless managed 70 performs on particular groups in 5 video games in 2020 after enjoying 889 within the earlier three seasons.
Washington Soccer Group defensive sort out Devaroe Lawrence
Auburn: Lawrence spent most of his 2020 season on Washington’s apply squad. Washington elevated Lawrence for its Oct. 25 video games in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys, and he performed three defensive snaps and made one sort out in his solely motion of the season.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive finish Carl Lawson
Auburn: In his fourth NFL season, Lawson moved past being a pass-rush specialist for the Bengals as he began 11 video games after getting into the 2020 with a profession complete of three. Lawson recorded a career-high 36 tackles whereas enjoying 723 defensive snaps (68 p.c of Cincinnati’s complete). He recorded 5.5 sacks and completed second within the NFL with 32 quarterback hits this season. Lawson is scheduled to develop into a free agent on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Rams exterior linebacker Terrell Lewis
Alabama: A 3rd-round draft alternative on April 24, Lewis had his NFL debut delayed till the fifth recreation of the season due to a knee process in August, and he missed 4 video games later within the season due to knee issues. The rookie ended up enjoying 124 defensive snaps in eight video games. Lewis recorded 5 tackles, together with two sacks.
Los Angeles Chargers punter Ty Lengthy
UAB: The previous CFL all-star accomplished his second season because the Chargers’ punter with a median of 46.eight yards on 57 punts. Lengthy additionally led the league with three blocked punts, and the Chargers gave up probably the most punt-return yards within the NFL in 2020 – 564 yards on 37 returns. Lengthy additionally dealt with Los Angeles’ kickoff duties.
San Francisco 49ers large receiver Jordan Matthews
Madison Academy: Matthews performed in his seventh NFL season by getting on the sphere within the 49ers’ ultimate two video games. Matthews had 14 offensive snaps and 24 special-teams performs in 2020 with out recording any stats.
San Francisco 49ers security Jared Mayden
Alabama: In his first NFL season, Mayden performed in two video games as a practice-squad elevation. He bought on the sphere for 24 special-teams performs and had one sort out. Mayden was not picked within the 2020 NFL Draft and signed with San Francisco as a rookie free agent.
Los Angeles Chargers lengthy snapper Cole Mazza
Alabama: Mazza dealt with the Chargers’ long-snapping duties for the second season and contributed 4 tackles throughout his special-teams responsibility. He snapped for 60 punts and 72 place-kicks.
Miami Dolphins security Bobby McCain
Oxford: McCain performed a career-high 923 defensive snaps, the second-most on the Dolphins, in his sixth NFL season. The previous cornerback performed free security for the second season and recorded 46 tackles, one interception and 5 passes defended. Quarterbacks focusing on McCain had a 64.Three passing-efficiency score in 2020.
Houston Texans quarterback AJ McCarron
St. Paul’s Episcopal, Alabama: In his seventh NFL season, McCarron served as Deshan Watson’s backup in Houston for the second straight marketing campaign. McCarron bought on the sphere for one offensive snap and one special-teams play. On the latter, he accomplished a 20-yard cross with the Texans in punt formation. McCarron is scheduled to develop into a free agent on Wednesday.
New York Giants security Xavier McKinney
Alabama: A second-round draft alternative on April 24, McKinney missed the primary 10 video games of the season after struggling a foot harm in coaching camp. In his first two video games, he performed solely 11 defensive snaps. However he began the ultimate 4 video games of the season, making 24 tackles and registering his first NFL interception – choosing off Dallas Cowboys QB Andy Dalton in the long run zone with 1:15 to play to seal the Giants’ 23-19 victory of their season finale.
Washington Soccer Group operating again J.D. McKissic
Central-Phenix Metropolis: McKissic set profession highs throughout the board throughout the 2020 season in his first 12 months with Washington. McKissic caught 80 passes, second among the many NFL’s large receivers, for 589 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 365 yards and one landing. McKissic was Washington’s most often used operating again with 641 offensive snaps, 59 p.c of the group’s complete.
New York Jets/Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive sort out Steve McLendon
Carroll-Ozark, Troy: Six video games into his 12th season within the NFL, the Jets traded McLendon to the Buccaneers, sending him on the best way to a Tremendous Bowl title. A starter for New York, McLendon performed a reserve position in Tampa Bay, however his time on the sphere stayed about the identical all through the season. McLendon made 31 tackles in 15 regular-season video games and eight in three postseason contests, lacking the ultimate regular-season recreation and the primary playoff contest on reserve/COVID-19.
Los Angeles Rams linebacker Derrick Moncrief
Prattville, Auburn: A CFL all-star in 2019 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Moncrief made his NFL debut with the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 1 in a 28-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins. He was on the sphere for 15 special-teams performs. Moncrief spent the remainder of the season on the Rams’ apply squad.
Chicago Bears large receiver Darnell Mooney
Gadsden Metropolis: A fifth-round draft alternative in 2020, Mooney completed fifth among the many NFL’s rookie large receivers this season with 61 receptions. Mooney had 631 receiving yards and 4 landing receptions because the Bears’ No. 2 large receiver. He additionally gained 20 yards on 4 dashing makes an attempt.
Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Nicholas Morrow
Lee-Huntsville: After enjoying in each recreation in his first three seasons, Morrow missed two contests in 2020. However he nonetheless reached a profession excessive with 78 tackles, together with 62 solo stops. Morrow additionally had three sacks, eight tackles for loss, six quarterback hits, one interception, 9 passes defended, one compelled fumble and one fumble restoration this season, when he was on the sphere for 723 defensive snaps and 115 special-teams performs.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens
Spain Park: For the second time in three seasons, Mullens stepped in to begin eight video games with Jimmy Garoppolo sidelined by an harm. In 2020, Mullens accomplished 211-of-326 passes for two,437 yards with 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions whereas taking 55 p.c of San Francisco’s snaps. Mullens is a restricted free agent getting into the offseason.
Buffalo Payments security Siran Neal
Eufaula, Jacksonville State: Neal helped the Payments attain the AFC Championship Sport as a core special-teamer and defensive reserve – and he caught his first NFL cross with a 13-yard reception for a primary down on a faux punt. Neal had 117 defensive performs and 278 special-teams performs within the common season and 50 extra special-teams performs within the postseason. Neal made 13 tackles and recorded his first cross breakup in his third NFL season.
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton
Auburn: Launched by the Carolina Panthers in March after 9 seasons, Newton didn’t be part of the Patriots till July. He nonetheless began 15 video games, lacking one whereas on reserve/COVID-19, however had an uneven efficiency in his first season in New England’s system. Newton ran for 592 yards and added 12 landing runs to his NFL profession document for quarterbacks. However he additionally grew to become the third QB to begin at the least 15 video games and have not more than eight TD passes. Newton will return to the Patriots in 2021 after signing a one-year contract extension on Friday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers nostril sort out Rakeem Nunez-Roches
Central-Phenix Metropolis: When Tampa Bay nostril sort out Vita Vea went down with an harm within the fifth recreation of the season, Nunez-Roches stepped into the beginning lineup and stayed there proper by way of the Buccaneers’ 31-9 victory over the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in Tremendous Bowl LV. In his sixth season, Nunez-Roches recorded 20 tackles for the NFL’s No. 1 dashing protection.
Cleveland Browns kicker Cody Parkey
Auburn: Parkey began the season on the Browns’ apply squad, however he nonetheless kicked in 15 video games. After getting solely three video games of labor in 2019, Parkey rebounded by making 19-of-22 field-goal makes an attempt and 43-of-47 extra-point kicks as Cleveland went to the playoffs for the primary time since 2002.
Washington Soccer Group defensive sort out Daron Payne
Shades Valley, Alabama: Payne began each recreation for Washington and performed 881 defensive snaps in his third NFL season. Solely two defensive linemen performed extra in 2020. Payne had 54 tackles, three sacks, seven tackles for loss, eight quarterback hits, 4 passes defended, three compelled fumbles, one fumble restoration and his first NFL interception.
New York Jets operating again La’Mical Perine
Theodore: Ankle accidents slowed Perine in his rookie season after he joined the Jets as a fourth-round draft alternative. In 10 video games, Perine ran for 232 yards and two touchdowns on 64 carries and caught 11 passes for 63 yards in 2020.
Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher
Alabama: Pierschbacher was on the Washington Soccer Group’s apply squad in his second NFL season when the Eagles signed him amid persevering with harm woes on their offensive line. Pierschbacher performed in Philadelphia’s ultimate three video games, getting on the sphere for one offensive snap and eight special-teams performs.
Los Angeles Chargers operating again Troymaine Pope
Anniston, Jacksonville State: After enjoying in 14 video games in 2019, Pope performed in six in 2020, though he was extra concerned within the Los Angeles offense this season. Final season, Pope had 20 yards on six carries and two receptions for 14 yards and one landing on 29 offensive snaps. This season, he had 76 yards on 15 carries and eight receptions for 42 yards on 63 offensive snaps.
Detroit Lions inside linebacker Reggie Ragland
Bob Jones, Alabama: After enjoying within the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs’ victory in Tremendous Bowl LIV, Ragland modified groups in free company final offseason for his fourth NFL marketing campaign. Ragland performed in each recreation with six begins for the Lions. He performed 511 defensive snaps (49 p.c of Detroit’s complete) and made 52 tackles, together with one sack and 4 tackles for loss. He additionally registered three quarterback hits, one compelled fumble and one cross breakup. If he doesn’t re-sign with the Lions, Ragland will develop into an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.
Washington Soccer Group security Jeremy Reaves
South Alabama: For the second straight season, Reaves performed in 9 video games, with three begins, however he performed a much bigger position for the Washington protection in 2020 than in 2019. Reaves performed 262 defensive snaps this season, greater than double his 2019 complete. Reaves made 25 tackles in his 9 regular-season video games, which additionally included his first NFL sack and his first NFL interception, then made 10 tackles and compelled a fumble in Washington’s playoff recreation.
Seattle Seahawks defensive sort out Jarran Reed
Alabama: Reed bounced again from a subpar exhibiting in 2019 to begin each recreation and a playoff contest for the Seahawks in 2020. He had 38 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, 14 quarterback hits, one cross breakup and one compelled fumble in his fifth NFL season. Reed performed 848 defensive snaps, 74 p.c of Seattle’s complete.
Denver Broncos exterior linebacker Malik Reed
Dothan: Reed wasn’t drafted in 2019, however in his second NFL season, he began 13 video games and recorded a team-leading eight sacks. Reed totaled 53 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 17 quarterback hits and one compelled fumble in 2020.
Atlanta Falcons large receiver Calvin Ridley
Alabama: After an harm that price him three video games derailed his likelihood at a 1,000-yard season in 2019, Ridley broke by way of with 90 receptions for 1,374 yards and 9 touchdowns for Atlanta in 2020, though he missed a recreation. Solely three different gamers in NFL historical past have reached Ridley’s 217 receptions for Three,zero61 yards and 26 touchdowns of their first 44 NFL video games.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers
Athens: After 16 seasons with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, Rivers joined the Indianapolis Colts in free company, and as he had for the earlier 14 seasons, Rivers began each recreation beneath middle, stretching his streak of begins to 240 video games plus including a playoff recreation for his 14th postseason look. In 2020, Rivers accomplished 369-of-543 passes for Four,169 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his ultimate NFL season. After the season, Rivers determined to retire to develop into the soccer coach at St. Michael Catholic Excessive College in Fairhope.
Carolina Panthers large receiver Seth Roberts
West Alabama: Though Roberts bought all of his enjoying time with the Panthers, however he spent extra time with Inexperienced Bay, becoming a member of the Packers’ apply squad after being waived by Carolina on Oct. 26. Whereas with the Panthers, Roberts caught 4 passes for 31 yards whereas enjoying 93 offensive snaps. In 2019, Roberts performed 552 snaps for the Baltimore Ravens.
Los Angeles Rams defensive sort out A’Shawn Robinson
Alabama: Robinson joined the Rams as a free agent for two-year, $17 million contract final 12 months, however he missed the primary eight video games of the 2020 season after being positioned on the non-football-injury checklist in August due to COVID-19 issues that certified him for the NFL’s medical opt-out. However Robinson returned to play within the ultimate eight video games of the common season and two postseason contests. Together with the playoffs, he registered 18 tackles.
Jacksonville Jaguars offensive sort out Cam Robinson
Alabama: In his fourth NFL season, Robinson performed in each recreation for the primary time, and he began all of them at left sort out for the Jaguars in 2020. Robinson performed 974 offensive snaps, 94 p.c of Jacksonville’s complete, and didn’t have a holding penalty assessed in opposition to him. Professional Soccer Focus stats charged Robinson with 5 sacks allowed, and the group gave him a grade of 61.eight for the season. The Jaguars used their 2021 franchise tag on Robinson to stop him from changing into an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Las Vegas Raiders large receiver Henry Ruggs III
Lee-Montgomery, Alabama: The primary large receiver chosen within the 2020 NFL Draft, going to Las Vegas with the 12th choice, Ruggs caught 26 passes for 452 yards and two touchdowns and ran 9 instances for 49 yards as a rookie. His touchdowns got here on receptions of 72 and 46 yards, the latter with 5 seconds to play within the Raiders’ 31-28 victory over the New York Jets on Dec. 6. Ruggs missed three video games with accidents.
Seattle Seahawks/Inexperienced Bay Packers defensive sort out Anthony Rush
UAB: After enjoying in 9 video games for Philadelphia in 2019, Rush was launched by the Eagles on the finish of the coaching campe and was on the rosters of three different NFL groups earlier than the top of the season. Rush performed in 4 video games for the Seahawks earlier than being waived on Oct. 27. He spent two weeks with the Chicago Bears with out getting in a recreation, then joined the Packers as a waiver declare on Nov. 25. Rush performed in a single recreation with Inexperienced Bay and signed a reserve/future contract with the Packers after the 2020 season. Rush totaled 67 defensive snaps and made 5 tackles in his 5 video games.
Seattle Seahawks operating again Bo Scarbrough
Northridge, Alabama: Scarbrough began the season on injured reserve with the Detroit Lions. However he bought his solely motion with the Seattle Seahawks, operating for 31 yards on six carries in a 28-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 19. On his sixth carry, Scarbrough sustained a hamstring harm and missed the remainder of the season.
Inexperienced Bay Packers punter JK Scott
Alabama: In his third season with the Packers, Scott averaged 45.5 yards on 46 punts. He additionally held for kicker Mason Crosby and kicked off 16 instances. Whereas his common was the very best of his profession, it ranked 20th within the NFL and his internet common of 37.zero yards per punt ranked 28th.
Carolina Panthers offensive sort out Trent Scott
Lee-Huntsville: In 2019, Trent Scott backed up Russell Okung and performed in 16 video games with 9 begins. In 2020, Trent Scott backed up Russell Okung and performed in 14 video games with 4 begins. In 2019, Scott performed for the Los Angeles Chargers. He joined the Panthers as a waiver declare on the finish of coaching camp. Scott performed 347 offensive snaps in 2020. Professional Soccer Focus stats charged Scott with two sacks allowed, and the group gave him a grade of 60.2 for the season.
Washington Soccer Group large receiver Cam Sims
Alabama: Sims had two receptions for 27 yards in his first two NFL seasons. In his third, he had 32 receptions for 477 yards one landing throughout the common season and 7 receptions for 104 yards in Washington’s playoff recreation. Sims began Washington’s ultimate 11 video games after enjoying sparingly within the opening six.
New York Giants guard Chad Slade
Moody, Auburn: Slade noticed his first regular-season motion since 2017 in 2020. After spending the earlier two seasons on the apply squads of the Houston Texans and Giants, Slade once more was on New York’s apply squad in 2020 when he was elevated for the Nov. eight recreation in opposition to the Washington Soccer Group. Slade performed three offensive snaps within the Giants’ 23-20 victory for the sum of his motion this season.
New York Giants large receiver Darius Slayton
Auburn: Slayton adopted his promising rookie season by once more main the Giants in receiving yards in 2020, posting related numbers to 2019. This season, Slayton caught 50 passes for 751 yards and three touchdowns as a 15-game starter.
Indianapolis Colts offensive sort out Braden Smith
Auburn: After lacking one snap at proper offensive sort out for the Colts within the previous 37 video games, Smith missed Indianapolis’ Nov. 22 recreation in opposition to the Inexperienced Bay Packers after struggling a hand harm in apply that required stitches. He additionally missed the Dec. 27 recreation whereas on reserve/COVID-19. In any other case, Smith took each offensive snap at proper offensive sort out in 14 video games for the Colts. Professional Soccer Focus stats charged Smith with zero sacks allowed, and the group gave him a grade of 80.1 for the season.
Minnesota Vikings tight finish Irv Smith Jr.
Alabama: In his second NFL season, Smith caught 30 passes for 365 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2020. Smith performed at the least half of Minnesota’s offensive snaps within the 13 video games through which he appeared, however he missed three video games within the second half of the season due to groin and again accidents.
Atlanta Falcons operating again Ito Smith
McGill-Toolen: Whereas Smith completed because the Falcons’ third-leading rusher in 2020 behind Todd Gurley and Brian Hill with 268 yards and one landing on 63 carries, he was Atlanta’s prime ball-carrier over the ultimate 5 video games of the season with 222 yards and one landing on 50 carries. He had 10 of his season complete of 17 receptions throughout that span, too.
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Saivion Smith
Alabama: Smith began 2020 enjoying for the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks earlier than that league closed store prematurely due to the coronavirus pandemic. He earned a spot on the Cowboys’ apply squad to open the NFL season and wound up enjoying in six video games with one begin. Smith bought on the sphere for 75 defensive snaps and 84 special-teams performs and made three tackles.
Indianapolis Colts cornerback Tremon Smith
Saks: Let go by the Philadelphia Eagles as coaching camp opened, Smith landed with the Indianapolis Colts and earned a September promotion from the apply squad. Smith returned eight kickoffs for a 22.5-yard common as he had seven defensive snaps and 139 special-teams performs in 2020.
Inexperienced Bay Packers exterior linebacker Za’Darius Smith
Greenville: Smith earned his second straight Professional Bowl choice as he recorded 12.5 sacks and 23 quarterback hits in 2020. Smith additionally had 4 compelled fumbles and two fumble recoveries to go together with 52 tackles as he performed 84 p.c of the Packers’ defensive snaps this season.
Los Angeles Chargers nostril sort out Damion Sq.
Alabama: In his seventh season with the Chargers, Sq. performed in each recreation for the fourth consecutive 12 months. He made one begin and recorded 20 tackles, together with a sack, whereas enjoying 252 defensive snaps, his fewest since 2015, when Sq. appeared in solely six video games.
Indianapolis Colts defensive sort out Taylor Stallworth
Murphy: After enjoying in 18 video games over the earlier two seasons with New Orleans, Stallworth was reduce by the Saints throughout coaching camp. However he ended up enjoying in each recreation with the Colts, together with recording his first NFL begin, and signing a one-year contract extension when the season was over. Stallworth performed 253 defensive snaps (25 p.c of Indianapolis’ complete), made 12 tackles, recovered a fumble and shared a sack.
Detroit Lions guard Logan Stenberg
James Clemens: A fourth-round draft alternative from Kentucky on April 25, Stenberg performed in two video games throughout his rookie season. He lined up for seven special-teams performs within the two contests.
New England Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham
Auburn: When Tom Brady left the Patriots after 20 years to hitch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free company, Stidham held the No. 1 spot on the New England depth chart. It didn’t final till the season, because the Patriots signed Cam Newton in July. Stidham noticed motion in 5 video games, although, and accomplished 22-of-44 passes for 256 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovialoa
Alabama: The fifth participant picked within the NFL Draft on April 23, Tagovailoa didn’t play till the ultimate sequence of the Dolphins’ sixth recreation. The following contest, he was the beginning quarterback. Miami, which received 5 video games in 2019, had a 6-Three document with Tagovailoa within the beginning lineup. The rookie QB accomplished 186-of-290 passes for 1,814 yards with 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions and ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries.
San Francisco 49ers security Jaquiski Tartt
Davidson, Samford: For the fourth straight season, Tartt had his season affected by an harm, and in contrast to final 12 months, when he returned in time to backstop the 49ers’ protection throughout San Francisco’s run to the Tremendous Bowl, when Tartt went out with turf toe, he ended up enjoying in solely one of many group’s ultimate 10 video games. In seven begins, Tartt made 30 tackles, intercepted one cross and broke up 4 passes. Tartt is scheduled to develop into a free agent on Wednesday.
Jacksonville Jaguars security Daniel Thomas
Lee-Montgomery, Auburn: Thomas’ rookie season ended within the 10th recreation when he sustained an arm harm, which despatched Thomas to the sideline coming off the primary two begins of his NFL profession. Thomas had 18 tackles and one interception, which he returned for 53 yards, after becoming a member of Jaguars within the fifth spherical of the 2020 NFL Draft. Thomas made his main contribution on particular groups, together with blocking a punt and returning it for a landing in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 25. Thomas took 161 defensive snaps, with all however 5 coming in 4 video games.
Buffalo Payments security Josh Thomas
Montgomery Academy: Thomas earned a spot on Buffalo’s apply squad as an undrafted rookie and performed in two video games as a practice-squad elevation. He bought on the sphere for 14 special-teams performs in his NFL debut on Nov. 1 and performed another in his second recreation on Nov. 15.
Arizona Cardinals security Deionte Thompson
Alabama: In his second NFL season, Thompson performed in 13 video games with 4 begins. He made 27 tackles and broke up three passes. Thompson was on the sphere for 332 defensive snaps (30 p.c of the Cardinals’ complete) and 148 special-teams performs.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Neiko Thorpe
Auburn: A groin harm in 2020 meant one other shortened season in 2020. After being restricted to seven video games by accidents in 2019, Thorpe made two journeys to injured reserve in 2020 and performed in solely three video games. Thorpe bought on the sphere for 4 defensive snaps and 47 special-teams performs in 2020. Thorpe is scheduled to develop into a free agent on Wednesday.
New York Giants defensive sort out Dalvin Tomlinson
Alabama: As he had for his earlier three seasons, Tomlinson began each recreation for the Giants. He additionally matched final 12 months’s stats with 49 tackles and three.5 sacks in 2020 whereas enjoying 13 extra defensive snaps than he did in 2019. Tomlinson is scheduled to develop into a free agent on Wednesday.
Cincinnati Bengals tight finish C.J. Uzomah
Auburn: A torn Achilles tendon ended Uzomah’s sixth NFL season within the second recreation, his 31st consecutive begin for Cincinnati. Uzomah caught eight passes for 87 yards and one landing earlier than happening for the season.
Detroit Lions cornerback Dee Virgin
West Alabama: One of many NFL’s most lively special-teams gamers in 2019, when he had one defensive snap and 360 special-teams performs for the Lions, Virgin once more performed one defensive snap in 2020, however he had solely 30 special-teams performs whereas spending a lot of the season on the apply squad. Waived by Detroit on Dec. 17, Virgin spent every week on the Los Angeles Ram’s apply squad earlier than being signed by the New England Patriots for the ultimate week of the common season, with out enjoying for both group.
Philadelphia Eagles offensive sort out Prince Tega Wanogho
Edgewood Academy, Auburn: A sixth-round draft alternative within the 2020 NFL Draft, Wanogho spent the season on Philadelphia’s apply squad. Elevated for the ultimate recreation of the season, Wanogho bought on the sphere for 2 special-teams performs in 2020. After the common season, he joined the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs’ apply squad for 9 days within the postseason. After Tremendous Bowl LV, Wanogho rejoined Kansas Metropolis by signing a reserve/future contract.
Buffalo Payments cornerback Levi Wallace
Alabama: The Payments introduced in former All-Professional cornerback Josh Norman as competitors, however Wallace began all 15 video games – 12 common season and three postseason — through which he performed in 2020. In these video games, Wallace had 60 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, eight passes defended and one compelled fumble.
San Francisco 49ers security Jimmie Ward
Davidson: Ward’s 14 begins in 2020 had been probably the most of his seven injury-filled seasons and he performed a career-high 849 defensive snaps for the 49ers, together with 135 special-teams performs. Ward additionally reached a profession excessive with 73 tackles and two compelled fumbles.
Philadelphia Eagles large receiver Quez Watkins
Athens: A sixth-round alternative within the NFL Draft on April 25, Watkins had a delayed begin to his rookie season as an harm stored him off the sphere till the fifth recreation. Watkins performed solely 20 offensive snaps and didn’t have a reception within the first 12 video games of the season. Within the ultimate 4, he performed 99 and caught seven passes for 106 yards and one landing.
New York Giants quarterback Joe Webb
UAB: A foot harm stored Webb of the sphere throughout his 10th NFL season in 2019, and his 2020 included quick stints on the apply squads of the Detroit Lions and Giants. He performed within the ultimate two video games of the common season with New York for a complete of 13 special-teams performs. After the season, Webb signed a reserve/future contract with the Giants.
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Darious Williams
UAB: Williams wasn’t an every-game starter for the Rams, however Professional Soccer Focus nonetheless rated him because the 81st-best participant within the NFL throughout the 2020 season. Williams made 44 tackles, intercepted 4 passes and broke up 14 whereas performed 824 snaps (84 p.c of Los Angeles’ complete). Opposing quarterbacks managed a passing-efficiency score of 61.1 when throwing in opposition to Williams. He additionally had an interception within the playoffs, which he returned 42 yards for a landing within the Rams’ 30-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
Buffalo Payments large receiver Duke Williams
Auburn: In his second season with the Payments, Williams spent the season on Buffalo’s apply squad. The Payments elevated Williams for his or her Oct. 25 recreation in opposition to the New York Jets, and he bought on the sphere for 4 offensive snaps for the lengthen of his 2020 motion.
Cincinnati Bengals offensive sort out Jonah Williams
Alabama: The 11th participant picked within the 2019 NFL Draft, Williams missed his rookie season due to a shoulder surgical procedure. He began 10 video games in 2020 at left sort out for the Bengals, lacking two video games with a stinger and 4 with a knee harm. Professional Soccer Focus stats charged Williams with three sacks allowed, and the group gave him a grade of 70.1 for the season.
Detroit Lions defensive sort out Nick Williams
Minor, Samford: Williams grew to become an everyday starter for the primary time in his profession in 2020 after signing as a free agent with the Lions, though he performed solely seven extra defensive snaps this season than he did for the Chicago Bears in 2019. On the sphere for 538 defensive snaps (48 p.c of Detroit’s complete), Williams recorded 23 tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss.
Jacksonville Jaguars exterior linebacker Quincy Williams
Wenonah: A core-muscle harm stored Williams on injured reserve for the primary 4 video games of the season, and he ended up enjoying in seven video games in his second NFL marketing campaign. Williams contributed primarily on particular groups, with 111 performs. His 89 defensive snaps got here in two video games. He completed the seconc with 11 tackles, one sort out for loss, one compelled fumble and one cross breakup.
New York Jets defensive sort out Quinnen Williams
Wenonah, Alabama: The third participant picked within the 2019 NFL Draft, Williams just about doubled his stats from his rookie season in 2020 earlier than lacking the ultimate three video games due to a concussion and neck harm. Williams made 55 tackles, recorded seven sacks, had 10 tackles for loss, registered 14 quarterback hits, knocked down three passes and compelled two fumbles this season.
Cleveland Browns offensive sort out Jedrick Wills Jr.
Alabama: The 10th participant picked within the NFL Draft on April 23, Wills made the transition from proper sort out at Alabama to left sort out in Cleveland. He missed one recreation with an harm, however he began the 15 others and performed 898 offensive snaps, 90 p.c of the Browns’ complete. Professional Soccer Focus stats charged Wills with 4 sacks allowed, and the group gave him a grade of 61.5 for the season.
Cleveland Browns linebacker Mack Wilson
Carver-Montgomery, Alabama: Cleveland’s second-leading tackler as a rookie in 2019, Wilson performed a lot much less in 2020 after sustaining a knee harm throughout coaching camp. Wilson missed three video games, and he went from 944 defensive snaps in 2019 to 340 in 2020. Wilson made 39 tackles and broke up two passes this season.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston
Hueytown: After 5 seasons as Tampa Bay’s beginning QB, Winston misplaced that job when the Buccaneers signed Tom Brady in free company. After signing with the Saints to again up Drew Brees, Winston performed in 4 video games and accomplished 7-of-11 passes for 75 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions within the common season after main the league with 626 passes and 5,109 passing yards in 2019. Winston threw one cross within the playoffs, and it went for a 56-yard landing. Winston is scheduled to develop into an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.
Buffalo Payments operating again T.J. Yeldon
Daphne, Alabama: As Buffalo’s No. Three operating again, Yeldon performed in solely three regular-season video games with 10 carries for 70 yards and a 22-yard landing reception throughout the common season. Within the postseason, Yeldon performed extra, and had 5 carries for 19 yards and 4 receptions for 41 yards in two video games.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports activities reporter for Alabama Media Group. Observe him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.