K-State Places 22 on NFL Rosters

MANHATTAN, Kan. Nineteen former Kansas State football players survived final cuts and three others were added to practice squads as NFL teams made mandatory cuts to a 53-player maximum active roster and eight-man practice squad last weekend.

The 2008 season marks the most former Wildcats on NFL rosters since 23 in 2005. Of the 22 players, 11 are on offense, 10 are on defense and one is a specialist.

The longest-tenured former Wildcats include offensive tackles Todd Weiner (11th season) and Damion McIntosh (ninth season), defensive end Darren Howard (ninth season), linebacker Mark Simoneau (ninth season) and kicker Martin Gramatica (ninth season).

Jordy Nelson and Rob Jackson, Kansas State’s two draft picks in the 2008 NFL Draft, made the final cuts with Green Bay and Washington, respectively. Undrafted rookie free agent James Johnson was added to Cincinnati’s practice squad.

Wildcats in the NFL 2008 Opening Day
Monty Beisel, LB, Arizona
Rock Cartwright, RB, Washington
Jeromey Clary, OT, San Diego
Thomas Clayton*, RB, San Francisco
Zac Diles, LB, Houston
DeMarcus Faggins, CB, Houston
Yamon Figurs, WR, Baltimore
Tearrius George*, LB, Dallas
Martin Gramatica, K, New Orleans
Darren Howard, DE, Philadelphia
Rob Jackson, DE, Washington
James Johnson*, RB, Cincinnati
Ben Leber, LB, Minnesota
Nick Leckey, C, St. Louis
Ryan Lilja, OG, Indianapolis
Jon McGraw, S, Kansas City
Damion McIntosh, OT, Kansas City
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay
Terence Newman, CB, Dallas
Mark Simoneau, LB, New Orleans
Darren Sproles, RB, San Diego
Todd Weiner, OT, Atlanta

* Denotes Practice Squad