Monday, August 19, 2013

Frogs in the League

Gary Patterson’s uncanny ability to get the most production possible out of his players has resulted not only in 8 straight winning seasons but also a very respectable number of ex-Frogs in the NFL (16). Here’s an overview of our boys in the NFL and what they’re up to, enjoy.


Andy Dalton (QB, Cincinnati Bengals)
 
 
No introduction needed, if you’re not familiar with Andy Dalton then you’re probably not reading this. Since entering the league as the 35th overall pick in 2011, AD has led the Bengals to consecutive playoff appearances and appeared as a Pro Bowler in 2011. While Dalton has had less than spectacular performances in the postseason (consecutive losses to Houston), taking a young team to the playoffs your first two years in the league is impressive in itself, not to mention the AFC North (Cincy’s division) is one of the stingiest in the league. With the Dalton—AJ Green connection quickly becoming one of the best QB/WR hookups in the league, look for another productive year and possible playoff appearance from the Red Rifle.

Daryl Washington (LB, Arizona Cardinals)

 
Washington was selected in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft by Arizona and has appeared in all but 1 game since entering the league. He has recorded 319 tackles, 15 sacks, 4 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles in Arizona and has quietly become one of the league’s best young linebackers. He will be forced to miss the first 4 games of the season for violating the league’s substance policy and could potentially miss additional games as a result of a domestic violence arrest this past May. Although the past couple months have been pretty rocky, overall the NFL has treated D Lou well and if he can stay
out of trouble he should be a staple of the Arizona defense for years to come.

Jeremy Kerley (WR, New York Jets)

For those of you having trouble remembering Jeremy Kerley, here's a quick refresher.


 Kerley was a WR/return specialist for the Frogs and was named MWC Special Teams Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Due primarily to his lack of size, Kerley dropped to the 5th round of the 2011 NFL draft where he was selected by the NY Jets. Kerley is still coming into form as an NFL receiver, due in large part to the inconsistency of the Sanchize at QB but his first 2 years have been solid and he has been one of few bright spots for the lowly J-E-T-S.

Marshall Newhouse (OT, Green Bay Packers)

Newhouse was a 3-year starter and anchor of the O-Line during his time at TCU and was selected by Green Bay in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL draft. He missed his entire rookie season with injuries but has since started at left tackle protecting Aaron Rodger’s blind side in 13 games in 2011 and all regular season and post season games in 2012. The offensive line has not been GB’s strong suit over the past few years but Newhouse has added some consistency to the unit and is another Frog starting for a SB contender.

Jerry Hughes (LB, Buffalo Bills)

Jerry Hughes was an absolute monster on the TCU D-line where he racked up 28.5 sacks, 40.5 TFL, 3 INTs, 8 forced fumbles, the 2009 MWC Defensive Player of the Year Award and 2 consecutive All-American Awards. Hughes was taken by the Colts late in the 1st round of the 2010 draft (first TCU defensive player selected in the 1st round since 1961) where he spent 2 seasons before being traded to Buffalo last April in an effort to find a OLB to play opposite Mario Williams. Hughes was drafted for his pass rushing skills and as an undersized DE has spent most of his time in the NFL rushing the passer as an OLB in Indy’s 3-4 scheme. Look for Jerry to play a significant role on the Bills defense this year as a rotational pass-rusher.

Josh Boyce (WR, New England Patriots)

An all-time TCU great and fan favorite, JB left TCU as the all-time leader in receiving TDs (22), 2nd in all-time receiving yards (2,535) and 3rd in all-time receptions (161). Boyce was drafted 104th overall in last year's draft by New England and is in an exciting spot as a rookie for a couple of reasons. Namely he’ll be playing for one of the greatest offensive minds in NFL history in Bill Belichick and catching passes from Tom Brady. New England has been notorious for being a consistent offensive juggernaut with mid-tier receivers and a sub-par running game. The reason for this is the system that Belichick  has designed and Brady’s ability to run it to perfection. Let’s recap what has happened to the Patriots receiving core since they were eliminated by Baltimore last postseason:

-          Wes Welker left NE to play for Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

-          Rob Gronkowski has had multiple back and forearm surgeries and will miss the start of the season.
 
-          Aaron Hernandez murdered a guy or 3 and is currently starting at TE for the San Quentin Jailbirds.

This leaves New England with Danny Amendola, Kenbrell Thompkins, Julian Edelman, Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce as legitimate passing options for Brady (who the fuck is Kenbrell Thompkins?) a seemingly perfect opportunity for JB to come in and immediately compete for a significant role on a title contender. He has had a solid offseason as he continues to piece together the puzzle that is New England’s offense, look for JB to find the endzone a couple times this year and have a productive year for the Pats.  

Marcus Cannon (OG, New England Patriots)

Cannon was drafted by NE in the 5th round of the 2011 draft and is currently battling with incumbent starter Dan Connolly for the starting RG spot. Surrounded by veteran lineman Cannon will be in an exciting spot if he is able to win the job as keeping Tom Brady upright is the real key to the NE offense.

That’s it for TCU alums with significant roles on NFL rosters but there are a number of others that are either incoming rookies or guys who have yet to see significant time:

-          Tank Carder (LB, Cleveland Browns)

-          Skye Dawson (WR, Washington Redskins)

-          Clint Gresham (LS, Seattle Seahawks)

-          David Hawthorne (LB, New Orleans Saints)

-          Colin Jones (S, Carolina Panthers)

-          Stansly Maponga (DE, Atlanta Falcons)

-          Greg McCoy (CB, Green Bay Packers)

-          Jason Phillips (LB, Philadelphia Eagles)

-          Matthew Tucker (RB, Philadelphia Eagles)

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