BOISE STATE FOOTBALL & THE NFL: Eighteen Former Broncos Could Play This Weekend As Slew Of Preseason Games Begin


The NFL plays its first full slate of preseason games this weekend, with eight games Thursday night involving 14 former Boise State players. In all, there are 20 former Broncos on league rosters, with 18 of them fighting for opening-day jobs (Cowboys wide receiver Cedrick Wilson was recently placed on injured reserve after suffering a shoulder injury in camp). One more Boise State player could go Friday night, with three others scheduled to play games Saturday.

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Browns at Giants, 5 p.m., NFL Network

  • Darian Thompson, Giants, FS, No. 27
  • Donte Deayon, Giants, CB, No. 38

Panthers at Bills, 5 p.m.

  • Tanner Vallejo, Bills, LB, No. 40

Bears at Bengals, 5 p.m.

  • Charles Leno, Bears, LT, No. 72
  • George Iloka, Bengals, FS, No. 43

Steelers at Eagles, 5 p.m.

  • Jay Ajayi, Eagles, RB, No. 26

Redskins at Patriots, 5:30 p.m.

  • Orlando Scandrick, Redskins, CB, No. 26

Rams at Ravens, 5:30 p.m.

  • Kamalei Correa, Ravens, LB, No. 51

Cowboys at 49ers, 8 p.m., NFL Network

  • Tyrone Crawford, Cowboys, DL, No. 98
  • Demarcus Lawrence, Cowboys, DE, No. 90
  • Leighton Vander Esch (Salmon River HS), Cowboys, LB, No. 55
  • Cedrick Wilson, Cowboys, WR, No. 16 (on injured reserve)
  • Chanceller James, 49ers, S, No. 43
  • Jeremy McNichols, 49ers, RB, No. 33

Colts at Seahawks, 8 p.m.

  • Rees Odhiambo, Seahawks, OL, No. 70


Lions at Raiders, 8:30 p.m., NFL Network

  • Doug Martin, Raiders, RB, No. 28


Vikings at Broncos, 7 p.m., NFL Network

  • Matt Paradis (Council HS), Broncos, C, No. 61

Chargers at Cardinals, 8 p.m.

  • Jamar Taylor, Cardinals, CB, No. 28 
  • Jonathan Moxey, Cardinals, CB, No. 25


Mike Prater, editor of The Opinionator, co-hosts Idaho Sports Talk with Caves & Prater weekdays from 3-6 p.m. on KTIK 93.1 FM The Ticket and can be heard on Bronco GameNight after BSU football games on KBOI 670 AM and KTIK 93.1 FM. He can be reached at, and found @CavesandPrater(Facebook) and @MikeFPrater (Twitter).

Photo of Demarcus Lawrence courtesy of Cumulus Digital / Getty Images


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