With several teams wrapping up rookie mini-camps this weekend and organized team activities on the horizon in the NFL, 70 players with Utah ties are trying to make impressions.

As of May 15, the University of Utah leads local teams with 29 players on NFL rosters. BYU and Utah State are tied with 16 a piece. Southern Utah and Dixie State each have one.

Also, six of the local athletes played at Snow College and 21 played for high school football teams throughout the state of Utah.

The list of locals also includes 18 rookies, four of whom were selected in this year's NFL draft, and 14 others who signed as undrafted free agents.

Nine other local players are also aiming to return to a roster, as they currently are free agents.

Here's a look at each of these players and their current situations, in alphabetical order:

Maurice Alexander, St. Louis

Position: Safety

College: Utah State

Alexander made a very minimal impact his first season in the NFL after being selected by St. Louis in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft. He played in nine games for the Rams in 2014, finishing the year with four tackles.

Alexander is listed third string on the Rams' depth chart at strong safety.

Dres Anderson, San Francisco

Position: Wide receiver

College: Utah

Anderson was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent following this year's NFL draft. According to his agent, around 15 teams showed interest in the son of former NFL wide receiver Flipper Anderson and "love his upside," but there were concerns over the health of his knee, which he injured last season.

Those concerns played a big factor in Dres Anderson dropping from a potential draft pick to becoming a free agent. He is one of 12 wide receivers currently on the 49ers' roster, including six rookies.

"The younger Anderson could see reps as a kick returner for the 49ers," team digital media reporter Tyler Emerick wrote. Anderson returned 12 kickoffs for a 20.9-yard average in his Utah career.


Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit

Position: Defensive end

College: BYU

Ansah had a breakout season in his second year with Detroit, starting all 16 games for the Lions and registering 49 tackles, 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2014. The former first-round pick can expect to have an even bigger role on the defensive line for Detroit this season.

"Ansah will be the focal point of the line as the emerging star enters his third season — and his first without Ndamukong Suh," ESPN's Michael Rothstein wrote.


Matt Asiata, Minnesota

Position: Running back

College: Utah, Snow College

High school: Hunter

Asiata had his best pro season last year in his third season with the Minnesota Vikings, filling in for a suspended Adrian Peterson. He started nine games and rushed for 570 yards and nine touchdowns, while also catching 44 passes for 312 yards and a touchdown.

He signed a one-year deal this offseason to stay in Minnesota. With Peterson coming off suspension, Asiata will return to a backup role with the Vikings.


Zane Beadles, Jacksonville

Position: Offensive guard

College: Utah

High school: Hillcrest

Beadles started all 16 games for Jacksonville last season after signing a free-agent deal with the Jaguars in 2014. He had previously played four seasons in Denver.

“I’m definitely excited to go into this year,” the one-time Pro Bowler told jaguars.com. “It was a learning curve for me last year personally.”


Tony Bergstrom, Oakland

Position: Offensive line

College: Utah

High school: Skyline

Bergstrom did not play in any games last season for Oakland, his third year in the league after being selected by the Raiders in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft.

Bergstrom has played in nine games, starting one, in his pro career.


Kapri Bibbs, Denver

Position: Running back

College: Snow College

Bibbs is headed into his second season as a pro with the Broncos after he finished his college career at Colorado State.

The former Snow College back has yet to play in a regular-season game in his NFL career, though he had a successful preseason as a rookie, rushing for 84 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries.

Brian Blechen, Carolina

Position: Linebacker

College: Utah

Blechen signed as a free agent with the Carolina Panthers after going undrafted in this year's NFL draft. He is the lone linebacker signee the Panthers brought in as a part of their free-agent signing class this year.

Blechen will compete for a roster spot on a Carolina team that has 10 linebackers currently on its roster.


Sam Brenner, Miami

Position: Center

College: Utah

Brenner spent time on the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad last year, his second season in the NFL.

In his first pro season in 2013, Brenner played in seven games, starting four for Miami.


Kaelin Clay, Tampa Bay

Position: Wide receiver

College: Utah

Clay was selected by Tampa Bay in the sixth round of this year's NFL draft. He joined a Buccaneers draft class that included top overall pick and former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

Clay signed his rookie contract on Tuesday and told Sports Talk Florida he's a special teams guy: "I think it’s one of the most — if not the most important part of the game." He is one of 11 wide receivers currently on Tampa Bay's roster, including four rookies.


Rob Daniel, Oakland

Position: Cornerback

College: BYU

Daniel signed a free-agent deal with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted in this year's draft. He had 38 tackles, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and an interception for BYU last year.

Daniel is one of two rookie cornerbacks with the Raiders; the other is seventh-round pick Dexter McDonald.


Will Davis, Miami

Position: Cornerback

College: Utah State

Davis is headed into his third season in Miami after the Dolphins selected him in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft.

Last year, Davis played in 10 games and recorded 17 tackles and two pass deflections, including a five-tackle game against Oakland early in the season. He went on injured reserve in mid-November after sustaining a knee injury on a punt return.


Anthony Denham, Houston

Position: Tight end

College: Utah

Denham worked his way from the practice squad up to the active roster by year’s end for the Houston Texans last season. He signed with the team as a rookie free agent after going undrafted.

Denham, who played in four games last year, told ESPN he nearly didn’t answer the phone when the ball came in he’d be moving up to the active roster: “Came close [to not answering], but something told me to do it. I’m glad I did."


John Denney, Miami

Position: Long snapper

College: BYU

Denney continues to be the longest-tenured player with Miami after joining the Dolphins as the team’s long snapper in 2005.

He has never missed a game for the Dolphins and has 36 career tackles, including two tackles and a fumble recovery last season.

Jordan Devey, New England

Position: Offensive line

College: Snow College, Memphis

High school: American Fork

Devey won a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots last year in his second season with the team. He spent the 2013 season on the Patriots’ practice squad.

Devey played in seven games for New England last season and started four, including the Patriots’ first three games of the regular season.


Joe Don Duncan, Denver

Position: Tight end/fullback

College: Dixie State

Duncan signed with the Denver Broncos in March after he didn't latch on with a team last year as a rookie; a foot injury played a role in him going unclaimed last season. Fellow tight end Jeff Heuerman, a third-round selection by the Broncos this season, suffered a torn ACL in rookie mini-camp, potentially opening up a chance for Duncan to find a spot on the 53-man roster.

Team columnist Andrew Mason called Duncan a wild card at the Broncos' tight end position, writing, "Duncan will get a chance to show if his athleticism and versatility translate from Division II Dixie State to the NFL."


Reggie Dunn, Dallas

Position: Wide receiver

College: Utah

Dunn spent all of last season on the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad, following a short stint with Arizona. This came after he was a part of five different teams in 2013.

Dunn is one of 11 wide receivers on the Cowboys' roster.


Hebron Fangupo, Kansas City

Position: Defensive tackle

College: BYU

Fangupo spent a short time on Washington's practice squad last season before joining Kansas City's practice squad in November. He signed a future/reserve contract with the Chiefs after the season.

Fangupo is entering his fourth year in the league and has played in five career games, including four with Pittsburgh in 2013.


Tevita Finau, Houston

Position: Defensive tackle

College: Utah

Finau was on the practice squad for the Jets last season before signing with the Houston Texans in the offseason.

Finau has been in the NFL since 2012, when he entered the league as an undrafted free agent; he has yet to play in a regular-season game.


Alani Fua, Arizona

Position: Linebacker

College: BYU

Fua signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals after not being selected in this year's NFL draft. Though he played outside linebacker at BYU, he's listed as an inside linebacker with the Cardinals. He was one of four inside linebackers Arizona signed as a part of its undrafted free agent class.

Arizona Republic Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers said Fua was one of the free-agent players who impressed at the team's rookie mini-camp. According to Somers, he suffered a foot injury, but the severity is unknown.


Tay Glover-Wright, Green Bay

Position: Cornerback

College: Utah State

Glover-Wright signed to the Green Bay Packers' practice squad on Oct. 6, 2014, and stayed there the rest of the season. He originally signed with Atlanta after going undrafted last year but was released in August.

Glover-Wright is one of seven cornerbacks currently on the Packers' roster.


Spencer Hadley, Oakland

Position: Inside linebacker

College: BYU

Hadley is heading into his second season with Oakland after signing as an undrafted free agent last year. He spent the 2014 season on the team's practice squad.

At the end of last season, Hadley was listed as third string at weakside linebacker, though second-stringer Bojay Filimoeatu is no longer with the Raiders.


Jacoby Hale, Oakland

Position: Linebacker

College: Utah

Hale signed a free-agent contract with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted in this year's draft. He played in seven games last year for Utah, registering eight tackles, after heore his ACL in his right knee in March 2014.

Hale is one of three linebackers the Raiders signed to undrafted free-agent deals.


Jake Heaps, N.Y. Jets

Position: Quarterback

College: BYU, Kansas, Miami

Heaps signed a contract with the New York Jets after earning a tryout with the team at the Jets' rookie mini-camp. He is one of six quarterbacks on the roster, including fellow rookie Bryce Petty, a fourth-round draft pick.

"Officially a New York Jet!! It's truly an incredible feeling to have all the hard work and dedication pay off!" Heaps tweeted.


Chuck Jacobs, San Francisco

Position: Wide receiver

College: Utah State

Jacobs spent last season on the injured reserve with the San Francisco 49ers after tearing his ACL during a preseason game against Baltimore.

This will be Jacobs' third season with the 49ers organization. There are currently 12 wide receivers on San Francisco's roster.

Joe Kruger, Pittsburgh

Position: Defensive end

College: Utah

High school: Pleasant Grove

Kruger spent time on a pair of practice squads last year, most recently with the Pittsburgh Steelers. An injury prevented him from playing his first NFL season with Philadelphia; the Eagles selected him in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL draft.

Kruger, who signed a reserve/future contract with Pittsburgh in January, is one of nine defensive ends currently on the Steelers’ roster.


Paul Kruger, Cleveland

Position: Outside linebacker

College: Utah

High school: Timpanogos

Kruger had a strong second season with the Cleveland Browns last year, recording 53 tackles and a career-best 11 sacks while also forcing four fumbles. He started 15 games and had a five-tackle, three-sack effort in a midseason victory over Oakland.

Kruger will again be expected to start and be a leader on the defensive side of the ball for the Browns in 2015.


B.J. Larsen, Buffalo

Position: Defensive end

College: Utah State

High school: Logan

Larsen signed a free-agent contract with the Buffalo Bills after going undrafted this year. The Bills did not select any defensive ends in this year’s draft but added three as rookie free agents.

“You need to come in and just be able to absorb everything they teach you,” Larsen told buffalobills.com. “Decrease the learning curve as quick as possible. Just to show them that you can handle everything both mentally and physically. Absorb the new defense in the classroom and apply it on the field.”


Tyler Larsen, Washington

Position: Offensive line

College: Utah State

High school: Jordan

Larsen signed a free-agent deal with the Washington Redskins in February. He originally signed with Miami after going undrafted last year, but was waived by the Dolphins prior to the regular season.

Larsen started 52 straight games at center for Utah State; there are only two offensive linemen, not including Larsen, currently with the Redskins who are designated as centers.


Paul Lasike, Arizona

Position: Fullback

College: BYU

Lasike signed as a free agent with Arizona after going undrafted in this year's NFL draft. He's the lone free agent running back the Cardinals signed.

While Lasike faces an uphill battle to find a spot on the 53-man roster, he told Arizona Republic's Tyler Killian, "It's a dream come true. I'm glad that someone was willing to pick me up. It's been a roller coaster."

Arizona Republic Cardinals beat writer Kent Somer said Lasike was impressive at the team's rookie mini-camp.


Nevin Lawson, Detroit

Position: Cornerback

College: Utah State

Lawson, a fourth-round pick by Detroit in 2014, had his first NFL season cut short with a dislocated foot. He played in just two games as a result.

There will be stiff competition for playing time, as the Lions currently have nine cornerbacks on their roster.


Jordan Leslie, Minnesota

Position: Wide receiver

College: BYU

Leslie signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings after not being selected during this year's NFL draft. He was one of three undrafted free agent wide receivers the Vikings signed this year and he's one of 11 wideouts on the team's current roster.

Former Vikings linebacker and current Fox college football analysts Ben Leber tweeted, "#Vikings fans, don't be surprised if UDFA WR Jordan Leslie shines. Outstanding career at UTEP before injury at BYU. Will be very reliable."



Star Lotulelei, Carolina

Position: Defensive tackle

College: Utah, Snow College

High school: Bingham

Lotulelei, a first-round pick by Carolina in 2013, is heading into year three with the Panthers. He's started 29 games during his young NFL career and amassed 68 tackles and five sacks.

Lotulelei will again be a key contributor on the defensive line for the Panthers as they aim for a third straight NFC South title.



Devin Mahina, Washington

Position: Tight end

College: BYU

Mahina signed a free-agent deal with the Washington Redskins after going undrafted this season. He played in both the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and Senior Bowl in the lead-up to the draft.

Mahina is one of six tight ends currently on the Redskins' roster. That includes two other rookies, all free-agent signees.


Curtis Marsh, Denver

Position: Cornerback

College: Utah State

Marsh signed a reserve/future contract with the Denver Broncos in December after not playing for an NFL team last season. Prior to that, he spent three seasons with Philadelphia and Cincinnati (two games), playing in 26 career games.

Marsh is one of nine cornerbacks on the Broncos' roster, including three rookies.


Brice McCain, Miami

Position: Cornerback

College: Utah

McCain joins the Miami Dolphins after one season in Pittsburgh, where he had 25 tackles and three interceptions for the Steelers. According to the Miami Herald, he signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Dolphins.

“I’m a very physical corner,” the 5-foot-9, 187-pound McCain told the Herald. He is heading into his seventh NFL season in 2015. “I think my other attributes make up for my size.”



Keith McGill, Oakland

Position: Cornerback

College: Utah

McGill played in 12 games, starting one, for Oakland last year after being selected by the Raiders in the fourth round of the 2014 draft. He had nine tackles last season and scored on a fumble recovery.

McGill finished the year second on the depth chart at left cornerback.



Koa Misi, Miami

Position: Linebacker

College: Utah

Misi is entrenched as a starter for Miami at linebacker, having started 57 games in his five seasons with the Dolphins.

Last year, Misi moved to inside linebacker and had another successful campaign, finishing the year with 64 tackles, one sack and a pass deflection. He had a season-high 10 tackles and a sack in a victory at the New York Jets. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami intends to keep Misi as a starter at inside linebacker.



Jake Murphy, Cincinnati

Position: Tight end

College: Utah

High school: American Fork

Murphy spent the latter portion of his first year in the NFL on the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad last season. He joined the Bengals after previous stints with Oakland and Miami.

Murphy is one of six tight ends, including three rookies, on the Bengals’ roster.


Haloti Ngata, Detroit

Position: Defensive tackle

College: Oregon

High school: Highland

Ngata was traded to Detroit in the offseason after nine seasons with Baltimore. Ngata is expected to start inside on the defensive line for the Lions and help fill the void left by Ndamukong Suh, who signed with Miami.

"When you lose a guy as talented as Ndamukong Suh, to have the ability to replace him with a guy like Haloti Ngata really alleviates a lot of the concern about the defensive tackle position," Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew said at Ngata's introductory press conference. "So we're very, very thrilled to have him."



Nate Orchard, Cleveland

Position: Outside linebacker

College: Utah

High school: Highland

Orchard was a second-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in this year’s draft. He is coming off an 18.5-sack season with the Utes last year and will join fellow Utahn Paul Kruger as a pass rusher for the Browns.

“The goal is to stop the run. That’s what I’m here to do, and at the same time get the quarterback,” Orchard told reporters at Cleveland’s rookie mini-camp, according to clevelandbrowns.com.


Stephen Paea, Washington

Position: Defensive tackle

College: Snow College, Oregon State

High school: Timpview

Paea signed with the Washington Redskins as an unrestricted free agent in March after four seasons in Chicago. He's coming off his most successful pro season, when he had 33 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles with the Bears.

“I want to get the matchups one-on-one, and that’s one thing (why) I chose the Washington Redskins,” Paea told Redskins team writer Stephen Czarda. “Hopefully bringing me in here I get some one-on-ones on first and second down, not only on third down.”



Tenny Palepoi, San Diego

Position: Defensive tackle

College: Utah, Snow College

High school: Skyline

Palepoi is headed into his second season with San Diego after signing with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent, then making the opening-day, 53-man roster in 2014.

He played in 16 games for San Diego last year and registered 16 tackles. Palepoi is one of three defensive tackles currently listed on the team roster.



Donald Penn, Oakland

Position: Offensive tackle

College: Utah State

Penn started 16 games for Oakland last year, his first season with the Raiders. He previously had played eight seasons for Tampa Bay.

Penn is the team's expected starter again at left tackle; of his 128 career games played, Penn has started 124 of them.



Dennis Pitta, Baltimore

Position: Tight end

College: BYU

Pitta’s future in the NFL is uncertain, after he had a second straight season shortened by a hip injury in 2014. He dislocated and fractured his hip on Sept. 21 last year against Cleveland, the same injury that derailed his 2013 campaign.

The Ravens began to prepare for the possibility of Pitta not returning to the field by selecting two tight ends in this year’s NFL draft. There was optimism in the Pitta camp recently, though, when the Ravens’ Kevin Bryne reported Pitta ran with the team during Phase Two of the team’s offseason program.

“He looked good,” Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh told Bryne. “We didn’t know what to expect. Dennis was excited, and we’re excited for him.”



Jeremiah Poutasi, Tennessee

Position: Offensive line

College: Utah

Poutasi was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of this year’s NFL draft. According to The Tennessean, Poutasi could earn the chance to start as a rookie.

"He'll be in the competition. I don't think anybody is ready to anoint him yet," Titans general manager Ruston Webster told The Tennessean about Poutasi. "The good thing about him is he can play multiple spots. He can play some guard as well. … He's a huge man with power."


Trevor Reilly, N.Y. Jets

Position: Outside linebacker

College: Utah

Reilly is headed into his second season with the New York Jets after being selected by the team in the seventh round of the 2014 draft.

Reilly played in 14 games for New York last season and had 15 tackles. That included three solo tackles in the Jets’ season finale against Miami.


Dallas Reynolds, N.Y. Giants

Position: Guard

College: BYU

High school: Timpview

Reynolds signed a one-year deal in February to stay with the New York Giants, nj.com reported.

He has been with the Giants the past two seasons and played in 15 games last year. Reynolds, who has experience at center, is one of six guards currently listed on the team roster.



Eric Rowe, Philadelphia

Position: Defensive back

College: Utah

Rowe was selected by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft and is one of three defensive backs the Eagles drafted. He played both cornerback and safety at Utah and is seen as versatile enough to play either position at the next level.

During the Eagles' rookie mini-camp, he lined up against the team's first-round pick, wide receiver Nelson Agholor, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Zach Berman.

"I can't say I'm going to be a starter in week one," Rowe told Berman. "Definitely in the NFL, that's not how it works. You've got to earn your spot, you've got to earn your respect. Just like a freshman coming in college, you've got to learn from the people ahead of you."



Patrick Scales, Baltimore

Position: Long snapper

College: Utah State

High school: Weber

Scales made his NFL debut last season, playing in two regular-season games and two postseason contests for the Baltimore Ravens at the end of last season.

He joined the Ravens in mid-December, then re-signed with the team as a exclusive rights free agent on April 21.


Derrick Shelby, Miami

Position: Defensive end

College: Utah

Shelby signed a restricted tender offer from Miami in March, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, meaning he will play his fourth season for the Dolphins after going undrafted in 2012.

Shelby had a productive 2014 season with 26 tackles, three sacks and his first career interception. According to the Sun-Sentinel, he will make $2.35 million in 2015.



Sealver Siliga, New England

Position: Defensive tackle

College: Utah

High school: Copper Hills High

Siliga signed his exclusive rights tender with New England in April, according to ESPN, ensuring he will play his third season for the Patriots in 2015.

Siliga won a ring with New England last year in Super Bowl XLIX, recording four tackles in the Patriots’ 28-24 victory over Seattle. “Everybody did their job,” Siliga said after the Super Bowl win. “We lost sight of that for a little while. At the end of the game, everybody just did their job.”

He started five games for New England during the regular season and started all three playoff games. Siliga finished the year with 32 tackles and 2.5 sacks.



Alex Smith, Kansas City

Position: Quarterback

College: Utah

Smith is entering his third season as the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. Last year, he threw for 3,265 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions while leading the the team to a 9-7 record.

Smith, who's heading into his 11th season in the NFL, was banged up at the end of the 2014 season but is cleared medically for offseason workouts, he told reporters in April.

"To be complacent or settled with where you are, you’ve got to continually be getting better and you need to be taking steps forward and I’m a part of that," Smith told kcchiefs.com. "And it wasn’t good enough last year. So the part is, yeah, how are we going to continue to take steps and what is the plan to do that. And some of that is new faces coming in like you said and you have to gel quickly and bring it together.”



Sean Smith, Kansas City

Position: Cornerback

College: Utah

Smith is heading into his third season with Kansas City. Last year, he started 16 games for the Chiefs and had 50 tackles, 16 pass deflections and an interception.

CBSSports.com lists Smith as the team's starter as the left cornerback position.



Steve Smith, Baltimore

Position: Wide receiver

College: Utah

Smith established himself as the Ravens’ top wideout in his first season in Baltimore last year, after 13 seasons in Carolina. He had 79 receptions for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns, including a 139-yard, two-touchdown day against his former team, the Panthers.

"Last year, I think, in the middle of the season, I pressed a lot,” Smith told the Baltimore Sun. “I was pressing, I was pressing. I think now, I got my feet wet. I understand what’s going on. I understand the system a lot better. I understand what it is to play like a Raven so I can play a little bit looser.”



Paul Soliai, Atlanta

Position: Defensive tackle

College: Utah

Soliai heads into his ninth NFL season in 2015, including his second in Atlanta. Before joining the Falcons, he played seven seasons in Miami.

Soliai started 14 of the 15 games he played last year and is listed as the starter at defensive tackle on the team's website.


Brad Sorensen, San Diego

Position: Quarterback

College: Southern Utah

Sorensen re-joined San Diego in December for his second stint with the team. He was on the Chargers' practice squad at the end of last year and spent time on Tennessee's practice squad prior to that in 2014.

Sorensen was a seven-round pick of San Diego in 2013 and spent his rookie season with the team. He is one of four quarterbacks on the Chargers' roster, including rookie Cole Stoudt.


Daniel Sorensen, Kansas City

Position: Safety

College: BYU

Sorensen played in nine games and had seven tackles for Kansas City last season after signing with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent.

Sorensen spent part of his rookie season with Kansas City on the team's practice squad. cbssports.com lists him as third string at the free safety position.


Brian Suite, Detroit

Position: Safety

College: Utah State

Suite joined the Detroit Lions as a free-agent signee after going undrafted this year. He finished his Utah State career with 226 tackles, eight interceptions and 21 pass breakups in 40 starts.

Suite is one of eight safeties currently on the roster for Detroit.


Xavier Su’a-Filo, Houston

Position: Offensive line

College: UCLA

High school: Timpview

Su'a-Filo played in 13 games and started one as a rookie for the Houston Texans last year after being selected by the team with the first pick of the second round in the 2014 NFL draft.

He is listed as the Texans’ starter at left guard on Houston’s depth chart. ESPN’s Tania Ganguli said Texans coach Bill O’Brien has been impressed with Su’a-Filo during the offseason.


Will Tukuafu, Seattle

Position: Fullback

College: Oregon

High school: East

Tukuafu re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks, agreeing to a one-year deal. He joined the Seahawks midway through last year after a season-ending injury to starting fullback Derrick Coleman.

Tukuafu, who's also played for the 49ers, is one of three fullbacks on Seattle's roster, including Coleman and rookie mini-camp tryout signee Brandon Cottom.


Robert Turbin, Seattle

Position: Running back

College: Utah State

Turbin, a third-year back with Seattle, had offseason hip surgery, as first reported by Fox Sports. According to the team, the surgery won't affect his availability for the 2015 season.

The former fourth-round pick by the Seahawks is coming off his most successful year, when Turbin rushed for 310 yards and caught 16 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns, the first two touchdowns of his career.

Turbin continues to be the main backup to starter Marshawn Lynch, though his absence at organized team activities could open more opportunities for fellow running back Christine Michael.



Uani 'Unga, N.Y. Giants

Position: Linebacker

College: BYU

A knee injury kept teams from signing 'Unga last year when he was a part of the 2014 draft class, but he signed a reserve/future contract with the New York Giants on Dec. 29, 2014.

'Unga, who had 143 tackles his senior year at BYU, is one of four rookie linebackers on the Giants roster.


Kyle Van Noy, Detroit

Position: Linebacker

College: BYU

Van Noy is heading into his second year with Detroit after the Lions selected him in the second round of the 2014 draft. He missed half of 2014 with a core muscle injury and played just 54 defensive snaps the final nine games of the year, according to the team writer Tim Twentyman. He had six tackles.

The expectation is that Van Noy will challenge for a starting role this season for Detroit.

“He can have a huge role if he has a great offseason and plays great. If he doesn’t have a great offseason, and doesn’t play great, then his role won’t be as big,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told Twentyman.



Zach Vigil, Miami

Position: Linebacker

College: Utah State

High school: Clearfield

Vigil signed a free-agent contract with Miami after going undrafted this season and recently participated in the Dolphins’ rookie mini-camp. He is coming off a senior season at Utah State in which he had 156 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks.

"Zach Vigil moves differently than all the other linebacker," Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel said of Vigil during mini-camp. "I'm not saying he's better, but he's smooth with his movement. No wasted motion."



Bobby Wagner, Seattle

Position: Linebacker

College: Utah State

Wagner continues to be a leader on the Seattle defense and was named first-team All-Pro in the 2014 season, in spite of missing five games due to injury. He had 104 tackles last season from his middle linebacker position and helped the Seahawks reach the Super Bowl for the second straight season.

Despite leading the team with 12 tackles and picking up a third-quarter interception to help Seattle build a 24-14 lead, Wagner and the Seahawks lost 28-24 to New England in Super Bowl XLIX. “We’ll bounce back,” he vowed after the game.

The former Aggie is headed into the final year of his rookie contract. In late March, Spotrac's Michael Ginnitti forecasted what a new contract could look like for Wagner. The prediction is a six-year deal worth just shy of $50 million total, with an average salary of $8.3 million per year and a guarantee of $15.8 million.



De’Ondre Wesley, Baltimore

Position: Offensive tackle

College: BYU

Wesley signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted rookie free agent after not being selected in this year’s NFL draft.

Wesley, who played 25 games for BYU the past two seasons, is one of four rookie free-agent tackles the Ravens signed.


Eric Weddle, San Diego

Position: Free safety

College: Utah

Weddle was named to the Pro Bowl for the third time last year — and first-team All-Pro for the second time — after picking up 114 tackles, eight pass deflections, two forced fumbles and an interception in 2014 for San Diego. He has been a mainstay on the Chargers' defense the past eight seasons.

Weddle told UT-San Diego he felt "highly disrespected" that San Diego has not engaged in contract extension talks with the free safety.

"It is what it is, but there is no reason for me to put out any more effort," Weddle said after skipping voluntary team workouts in April.



Kevin Whimpey, Pittsburgh

Position: Offensive tackle

College: Utah State

High school: Lone Peak

Whimpey signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a rookie free agent after going undrafted in this year’s draft. He was one of two tackles to work with the Steelers during their rookie mini-camp.

Whimpey was a 40-game starter for Utah State at left tackle.


Kerwynn Williams, Arizona

Position: Running back

College: Utah State

Williams made the most of his opportunities to produce last season with the Arizona Cardinals. He joined the team after unfruitful stints with Indianapolis and San Diego and was a part of the Cardinals' practice squad until the latter part of the season. After starter Andre Ellington underwent season-ending surgery, Williams was moved to the active roster.

In his first NFL regular-season game, Williams rushed for 100 yards in a victory over Kansas City. He played in five games, as well as the Cardinals' playoff game, and finished the year with 246 rushing yards, second on the team to Ellington.

With Ellington expected to be healthy this year, though, and the team drafting running back David Johnson in the third round, the third-year pro Williams will likely again be fighting for playing time from the back half of the depth chart.



Current free agents

Local players who spent all of part of last season on an NFL roster but are currently free agents:

Jarrett Bush, cornerback, Utah State: Bush spent his first nine seasons in the NFL with Green Bay, even serving as a special teams captain, but he is currently an unrestricted free agent.

Brett Keisel, defensive end, BYU and Snow College: Keisel played 12 games last year in his 13th season with Pittsburgh before suffering a torn triceps and finishing the season on injured reserve. He was released by the Steelers earlier this offseason.

Stevenson Sylvester, linebacker, Utah: Sylvester was on injured reserve with Buffalo in 2014.

R.J. Stanford, cornerback, Utah: Stanford played in five games last year for Miami, starting one.

Paul McQuistan, offensive line, Weber State: McQuistan spent the 2014 season with Cleveland, playing in 14 games and starting one.

Bojay Filimoeatu, linebacker, Utah State and Granger High: Filimoeatu spent time on both the Raiders' practice squad and active roster last year. He played in eght games and had eight tackles.

Tevita Stevens, offensive line, Utah: Stevens was on the Redskins' practice squad last season.

Stanley Havili, FB, Cottonwood High and USC: Havili was cut from Seattle's practice squad on Dec. 10, 2014.

Corbin Louks, wide receiver, Utah: Louks was not on an NFL roster last year. He signed a reserve-futures contract with Kansas City in January, but was released on May 5.

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