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Bruins Abound as NFL Rosters Set for New Season

Sep 10, 2020

Twenty-four UCLA Bruins were named to 53-man rosters by NFL teams heading into Week 1 of the 2020 season.

The list features 10 offensive players, 13 defensive standouts and kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn of the Houston Texans. Green Bay Packers tight end Marcedes Lewis, who will be entering his 15th NFL season after being selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft, is the veteran of the group. New England Patriots wide receiver/special teams standout Matthew Slater, who was a fifth-round choice of the Pats in the 2008 draft, is next in line as he embarks on his 13th pro campaign. Three rookies also earned spots on active rosters — running back Joshua Kelley (Los Angeles Chargers), tight end Devin Asiasi (New England Patriots) and defensive back Darnay Holmes (New York Giants) — and each will look to enjoy his first professional action this weekend.

Last year's honored Bruins included Slater, who was named to the All-Pro first team as a special teamer, Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks, who also garnered first-team All-Pro recognition, and Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Kenny Clark, who was named to the Pro Bowl with Slater.

The season begins Thursday at 5:20 p.m. (PT), when Fairbairn's Texans visit the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. NBC will televise the opener.

Player Years Lettered Team Status
Eli Ankou 2014-16 Indianapolis Colts Active
Devin Asiasi 2018, 2019 New England Patriots Active
Krys Barnes 2016-19 Green Bay Packers Practice Squad
Anthony Barr 2010-13 Minnesota Vikings Active
Jake Brendel 2012-15 San Francisco 49ers Reserve/Opt-Out
Jayon Brown 2013-16 Tennessee Titans Active
Kenny Clark 2013-15 Green Bay Packers Active
Matt Dickerson 2014-17 Tennessee Titans Active
Ka'imi Fairbairn 2012-15 Houston Texans Active
Darnay Holmes 2017-19 New York Giants Active
Brett Hundley 2012-14 Arizona Cardinals Active
Myles Jack 2013-15 Jacksonville Jaguars Active
Andre James 2016-18 Las Vegas Raiders Active
Datone Jones 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 Las Vegas Raiders Practice Squad
Joshua Kelley 2018-19 Los Angeles Chargers Active
Eric Kendricks 2011-14 Minnesota Vikings Active
Marcedes Lewis 2002-05 Green Bay Packers Active
Cassius Marsh 2010-13 Jacksonville Jaguars Active
Conor McDermott 2014-16 New York Jets Active
Takkarist McKinley 2014-16 Atlanta Falcons Active
Nate Meadors 2015-18 Minnesota Vikings Practice Squad
Kolton Miller 2015-17 Las Vegas Raiders Active
Fabian Moreau 2012-16 Washington Football Team Active
Scott Quessenberry 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 Los Angeles Chargers Active
Josh Rosen 2015-17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Practice Squad
Matthew Slater 2006, 2007 New England Patriots Active
Xavier Su'a-Filo 2009, 2012, 2013 Cincinnati Bengals Active
Najee Toran 2015-17 New England Patriots Reserve/Opt-Out
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner 2014-17 Atlanta Falcons Active
Eddie Vanderdoes 2013, 2014, 2016 Houston Texans Reserve/Opt-Out
Caleb Wilson 2016-18 Philadelphia Eagles Practice Squad
Kenny Young 2014-17 Los Angeles Rams Active