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Bulls in the Pros Open Thread

In honor of the possibility that Mike Newton might have to line up across from Naaman Roosevelt tomorrow night I am going to put up an open thread. The idea is that I will put up a few updates that I have found but being that I am just one man (and half a man if that girl I broke up with Junior year is to be believed) you are all encouraged to post up any updates, links, or thoughts that you have.

As you bring someone to my attention I will throw them up on the tread to try and keep an accurate a list of current Bulls playing professionally as possible.

Naaman Roosevelt:
  • Where - Buffalo Bills
  • How - Undrafted Free Agent
  • Story - Buffalo is badly in need of some wide receivers so they bought in Naaman and a whole gaggle of young receivers. Roosevelt is buried under a ton of young receivers fighting for a job. It was not until painfully late that he got a crack on the field during the Red Skins thumping of Buffalo but he did manage one catch (6 yards) and a 23 yard punt return.
  • Next Up: An injury to David Nelson this week, along with other banged up receivers means Roosevelt may get a bit more time tonight against Indy.

Mike Newton
  • Where - Indianapolis
  • How - Undrafted Free Agent
  • Story -  Bill Polian is one of those GM's with a knack for spotting unappreciated talent, he saw mike Newtons ability to make plays and wanted to see if he could do the same thing for the Colts. So far it's been mostly positive, Newton shined in camp bringing in three picks during one scrimmage and saw a decent amount of game time against San Fransisco. Other than one ill advised high tackle attempt he was solid in that game.
  • Next Up - Like Roosevelt Newton is going to benefit from another player, this time starter Jamie Silva, going down. He will square off against the Bills tomorrow

James Starks
  • Where -Green Bay
  • How - Sixth Round Draft choice
  • Story - Starks was a steal in the 6th round and one appreciated by Green Bay fans. But he has been plagued with the same luck that sidelined him last season has followed him to the dairy state. Starks has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. If Starks can get healthy he has a real shot at the number two slot and is almost a lock for a third down back.
  • Next up: No word on if/when he will be getting off the PUP list but Missing this much camp is a huge setback

Trevor Scott
  • Where -  Oakland
  • How - 6th Round Draft Choice (2008)
  • Story - Scott was seen by many raider fans as a 'throw away pick'. Many felt Davis wanted Scott based only on his personalty and that despite setting school records for sacks Scott would struggle to make the team.Two years later Scott has made his mark as the 'Elephant Back' in Oak lands defense. His ability to learn the terminology and responsibilities of a linebacker in a matter of weeks earned him the role of starter last season and helped him to tie for the team lead in sacks. In the preseason game against Dallas Scott started with the first unit and registered a sack and a forced fumble.
  • Whats Next - This Saturday he will likely start against Chicago.

Jamey Richard
  • Where - Indianapolis
  • How - 7th Round Draft Choice (2008)
  • The Story - Richard has been become a solid first/second string player for the Colts. In his two seasons Richard has seen action in 25 games and has often been practicing with the first unit so far this summer. The preliminary depth chart has Richard as the starting left guard.
  • Whats Next - Richard will likely get the start tonight against Buffalo, a team will less of a defensive rush than a two toed sloth.

Drew Willy
  • Where - Las Vegas Locomotives (UFL)
  • How - Cut from Indianapolis this summer and picked up by the Loco's
  • The Story - Willy was originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens where he lasted a few weeks (buried under a ton of QB's). After waiting for most of the season he was picked up late in the year by the Colts, he moved from the practice squad to the third QB position late in the season. Willy was not able to hold a roster spot this season and was given his release. He was quickly picked up by the Loco's and started camp this week.  The Loco's already have a heavy favorite to start so Willy will be competing for the backup job.
  • Whats Next - The UFL Season does not start until late September, assuming that Willy can hold the roster spot his first game in a Loco's uniform will be September 18th against the Florida Tuskers.

Ramon Guzman
  • Where - Montreal Alouettes (CFL)
  • How - Cut from Indy, picked up by Montreal
  • The Story - Guzman was an undrafted free agent who made the roster and spent 2007 as a role player who saw action in sixteen of the Colt Games tallying eleven tackles (9 solo and 2 assist). After being cut before the 2008 season Guzman would be absent from professional football for a year. Last season he made 33 tackles, two sacks, and an interception. So far this season Guzman has six tackles and two fumble recoveries.
  • Whats Next - Guzman has a prety solid roster spot on the Alouettes who next play Winnipeg this Saturday

Ray Norell
  • Where - Alabama Vipers (AFL)
  • How - Picked up as a free agent in 2010 by Alabama
  • The Story  - Norell camped with the New York Sentinels (UFL)  in 2009 and landed a shot in the Rookie Mini Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009. When he was unable to break through for either of those squads Norell found a home with the resurrected Arena Football League.
  • Whats next - the AFL just finished up their season several weeks ago and pick up again in April.