The next season of the NFL will be special, as the league of one of the most important sports in the United States will premiere on September 9 the 100th season. Although we are in pre-season, several teams have already signed the reinforcements to conquer the NFL.
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Here we present ten players who have been hired by the different NFL teams.
1. Josh Johnson
The 33-year-old quarterback (QB) was hired by the Detroit Lions for a year. Johnson's arrival came as a result of Tom Savage's injury, who suffered a concussion in the game in which the Lions fell 31-3 against the England Patriots.
This will be the number 13 team in Johnson's sports history. In training last Tuesday, the quarterback "had the opportunity to take some reps from the second team... most of Johnson's pitches were close to the confrontation line," according to Detroit News.
2. Darian Stewart
The veteran safety (also referred to as 'S') was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to the official club page, Stewart's arrival is "to address a position that has been hit by a series of injuries."
According to official data, Stewart has played over nine seasons and has played 130 games, of which he has made 91 starts. Coming from the Denver Broncos, Stewart conquered Super Bowl 50 when the team defeated Carolina Panthers 24-10.
3. Rico Gathers
After three years, the Dallas Cowboys let Gathers go, who plays in the tight end (TE) position. According to the official NFL website, “He did not play a snap (the action that starts a play from the confrontation line) of regular season until 2018 when he had three catches for 45 yards in 15 games.
The player was hired by the Cleveland Browns and according to the media, 247Sports, the team decided to let the fullback Orson Charles go. As a curious fact, Gathers was originally a basketball player, before moving on to American football.
4. Cameron Meredith
Similar to the case of Gathers, the New Orleans Saints ended the contract with Meredith player who plays as wide receiver (WR), in early August, after only participated in six games, "as he struggled to stay healthy, ”according to the official NFL website.
Signed by the England Patriots, Meredith becomes a low-risk token for a player who has talent and, if healthy, could provide competition in a position of need, as several Patriots players have considerable injuries.
5. JT Barrett
Coming from Ohio State, the quarterback signed with the Seattle Seahawks just one week after leaving the team from Ohio. According to TheSpun, the arrival of the QB is necessary after the surgery of the Geno Smith player and who plays in the same position.
The Seahawks coach said Barrett “has played big, is a leader, is very intelligent, has a strong enough arm. I just like the type of person he is: he is a QB, ”according to statements collected by The Seattle Times.
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6. Duke Johnson Jr.
The running back (RB) was acquired by the Houston Texans after an agreement with the Cleveland Browns "in exchange for a conditional draft 2020 draft," according to the official page of the Texas team.
Johnson stands out because “he leads all runners in receiving yards and occupies third place in receptions since joining the league; (...) has appeared in 64 games with 10 starts since he was recruited by the Browns in the third round (77th overall) of the 2015 NFL draft, ”the team adds.
7. Robert Nkemdiche
His road through the Arizona Cardinals ended with a stormy final, where, after three years and after achieving “4.5 catches and seven quarterback hits in 10 games,” on 2018, according to Yahoo, he suffered an injury. The bad news continued as those from Arizona decided to let it go after it showed up for training without being in good physical condition.
Nkemdiche had another opportunity when the Miami Dolphins decided to hire him for a year and $ 1.6 million. Even so, Nkemdiche will not be able to play because he immediately entered the PUP list (physically unable to play).
8. Captain Munnerlyn
The cornerback (CB) was selected by the Buffalo Bills, having played for seven years for the Carolina Panther team. About his departure from the team, Munnerlyn commented to the Charlotte Observer media, “I was a little depressed (...) because I returned to Carolina to finish a job. I felt that we disappointed the coaches, we disappointed my teammates, we disappointed the city of Charlotte. Because we had the opportunity to be very, very special. But we didn't do it. ”
The above, considering that he received a call from the Panthers general manager just when he was going with his family and friends on a cruise.
9. Ben Johnson
The tight end (TE), and who stood out in “Ku football,” an intercollegiate football program at the University of Kansas, was signed by the Angeles Chargers. According to 247Sports "Johnson played for the Jayhawks from 2013 until the 2017 season and was not selected in the 2018 NFL Draft."
His name will sound in the preseason and he will have to demonstrate his ability to be one of the 53 players of the official season, since the Chargers let Andrew Vollert go, who plays in the same position and who came out for an injury.
We've signed TE Ben Johnson and waived LB Josh Corcoran. pic.twitter.com/x29xuyaSpR— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) August 14, 2019
10. Marcus Cooper
The veteran cornerback (CB) arrived at the New York Jets after his departure from the Detroit Lions. His arrival is expected from a great boost to the team. According to The Jet Press, "Cooper has the opportunity to come to the Jets and cause an impact immediately." Similarly, the same media stated that "Johnson may still be out for week 1 of the regular season, depending on how serious his injury is."
Meanwhile, in an official statement from the Jets, they noted that Cooper "has played in 74 regular-season games (28 starts) with seven interceptions, 36 pass defenses, and 154 tackles."