It was not a very encouraging pre-season for those who enjoy seeing former Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football players succeed professionally. Never mind the fact that Indianapolis released Andrew Jackson in February and Denver released Quarters Smith in April, Jonathan Dowling, Cam Clemmons and Mitchell Henry all had ties severed with their teams as the 53-man roster deadline drew nearer last week.
However, there is some good news - we still have three active ProToppers who will take the field on Sunday and one of those guys who got cut last week has landed in a new home.
Antonio Andrews - Tennessee Titans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday at 3:25 CT
Jack Doyle - Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills, Sunday at 12:00 CT
Bobby Rainey - Titans at Buccaneers, Sunday at 3:25 CT
Mitchell Henry - Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens, Sunday at 3:25 CT
Look for Henry to provide depth at fullback/H-back, tight end, and play on special teams for the Broncos. I believe he will be a gameday inactive for the Broncos early on.
That was from Scotty Payne, and I'll take that. Henry might be inactive for the first few weeks of the year, but I think we'll see him towards the middle of the year. Henry was talked about a lot in Packers camp, and I was shocked to see him released, but not shocked that he got picked up.
If you're watching any of these games and are tweeting about any of the guys, be sure to use the hashtag "#ProToppers," and, feel free to use this as a live-thread of sorts for discussion and thoughts about the games as they're happening.