August 24, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Aqib Talib (25) during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas football: A look at Jayhawks in the NFL


The NFL’s regular season begins tonight with the New York Giants hosting the Dallas Cowboys. The University of Kansas has seven former players in the NFL who made the final cuts, and are on the roster of six teams. Here’s a look at these eight:

Aqib Talib: Cornerback for Tampa Bay, Talib is the starting cornerback for the fourth straight season. He was picked in the first round in 2008 by the Buccaneers.

Mike Rivera: Linebacker Rivera made the New England Patriots roster after being on five different teams over the past four years. Rivera led all Patriots in tackling with 18 during the preseason.

Chris Harris: Starting cornerback for the Denver Broncos, Harris totaled 72 tackles last season. Harris hopes to improve upon his rookie season.

Steven Johnson: Linebacker who signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent. Johnson made the final roster after making 16 tackles, and forcing a fumble during the preseason.

Darrell Stuckey: Safety for the San Diego Chargers, Stuckey made the team as a special teams specialist.

Anthony Collins:Collins is beginning his fifth season in the league with the Cincinnati Bengals. He is listed as a backup, though has been a starter throughout his career. Collins has started 18 games, though injuries cut his season short last year.

Dezmon Briscoe: Briscoe begins his third season in the league with the Washington Redskins. Briscoe has played in 18 games for his career so far, with 41 catches for 480 yards and seven touchdowns.


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