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NFL Regular Season Begins With 28 Cal Affiliates

Sep 10, 2020
Cal has 28 former football student-athletes affiliated with the NFL at the start of the 2020 season.

BERKELEY – Cal has 28 football student-athletes who finished their collegiate careers with the Golden Bears affiliated with NFL teams at the beginning of the league's 2020 campaign. The NFL starts Thursday (5:20 pm PT, NBC) when the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs featuring former Cal offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz hosts a Houston Texans' squad that employs former Cal punter Bryan Anger.

Schwartz became the most recent of 29 former Cal players to capture a total of 37 Super Bowl rings including 22 over the last 20 seasons when Kansas City defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV on February 2, 2020.

Schwartz and Anger are two of the 19 former Cal players on active 53-man NFL rosters on the league's opening day, while one is on injured reserve, three on practice squads and five are coaching in the league.

Notes and a complete list of all 28 former Cal players currently affiliated with NFL teams is below with their names linked to their Pro Football Reference, NFL.com or team profiles.

Visit Cal's social media channels for frequent updates throughout the 2020 NFL campaign on former Golden Bears affiliated with NFL teams and CalBears.com for a weekly #ProBears wrap-up.
 
Cal's Current NFL Affiliates Notes
– Three selected to the NFL/Pro Football Hall of Fame Team of the 2010's (Aaron Rodgers, Cameron Jordan, Alex Mack)
– Two earned MVP/Player of the Year level awards in Aaron Rodgers (2011 Super Bowl XLV MVP; 2011 and 2014 NFL MVP) and Keenan Allen (2017 Comeback Player of the Year)
– Five were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft (Tyson Alualu, Jared Goff, Cameron Jordan, Alex Mack, Aaron Rodgers)
– Three have been on Super Bowl winning teams (Stephen Anderson, Aaron Rodgers, Mitchell Schwartz), while three more have played in the game (Jared Goff, Alex Mack, Ron Rivera) and two have coached in the contest (Ron Rivera, Richard Rodgers Sr.)
– Three began their NFL careers as undrafted free agents (Stephen Anderson, Patrick Laird, Patrick Mekari)
– Have combined for selections to five All-Rookie teams, eight first-team and 12 second-team All-Pro squads, and 29 Pro Bowl teams
 
Active Rosters (19) – Name, Position, Team (Record, Division) – Week 1 Opponent, Day, Date, Time, TV
Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (0-0, AFC West) – at Cincinnati, Sun., Sept. 13, 1:05 pm, CBS
– 524 receptions, 6405 yards receiving, 34 TD catches over 86 regular-season games and 82 starts in first seven seasons all with the Los Angeles Chargers
– 3x Pro Bowl (2017, 2018, 2019), First-Team All-Pro (2019 Pro Football Weekly), Second-Team All-Pro (2017 and 2018 Pro Football Focus)
– Comeback Player of the Year (2017 AP and PFWA), All-Rookie Team (2013 PFWA)
 
Tyson Alualu, DE, Pittsburgh (0-0, AFC North) – at New York Giants, Mon., Sept. 14, 4:10 pm, ESPN
– 360 tackles, 42.0 tackles for loss, 22.5 sacks over 157 regular-season games and 99 starts in first 10 seasons with Jacksonville (2010-16) and Pittsburgh (2017-19)
– Selected to NFL All-Rookie Team (2010) after being taken with No. 10 overall pick of the first round of 2010 NFL Draft by Jacksonville

Stephen Anderson, TE, Los Angeles Chargers (0-0, AFC West) – at Cincinnati, Sun., Sept. 13, 1:05 pm, CBS
– 5 receptions, 36 yards receiving, 2 TD catches over 29 regular-season games and five starts in first three seasons with Houston (2016-17) and Los Angeles Chargers (2019)
– First signed as an undrafted free agent with Houston in 2016
– A member of New England's practice squad in 2018 before he was promoted to the 53-man roster for the NFL Playoffs and earned a Super Bowl ring when the Patriots won Super Bowl LIII
 
Bryan Anger, P, Houston (0-0, AFC South) – at Kansas City, Thu., Sept. 10, 5:20 pm, NBC
– Averaging 46.2 yards per punt over 126 regular-season games in his first eight seasons with Jacksonville (2012-15), Tampa Bay (2016-18) and Houston (2019)
– Led NFL with a career-high 47.5 yards per punt average in 2014
– NFL All-Rookie Team (2012)
– Highest punter selected in the NFL Draft since 1995 when he was taken in the third round (No. 70 overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft with none taken as high as him since

Ashtyn Davis, S, New York Jets (0-0, AFC East) – at Buffalo, Sun., Sept. 13, 10 am, CBS
– One of two Cal rookies on 2020 NFL rosters and the Golden Bears' highest pick in 2020 NFL Draft (New York Jets, 3rd round, No. 68 overall)
 
Devante Downs, LB, New York Giants (0-0, NFC East) – vs. Pittsburgh, Mon., Sept. 14, 4:10 pm, ESPN
– Four tackles over 20 games all off the bench in first two seasons with Minnesota (2018-19) and New York Giants (2019)
 
Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams (0-0, NFC West) – vs. Dallas, Sun., Sept. 13, 5:20 pm, NBC
– 1166-of-1869 (62.4%), 14219 yards, 87 TD passes, 42 INT, 91.9 QBR over 54 regular-season games (all starts) in first four seasons all with Los Angeles Rams (2016-19) after being the No. 1 overall selection in 2016 NFL Draft by the Rams
– 2x Pro Bowl (2017, 2018)
– Led NFL in pass attempts (626) and was second in pass completions (394) in 2019
– Helped Rams to NFC title and Super Bowl LIII following 2018 season

Jaylinn Hawkins, S, Atlanta (0-0, NFC South) – vs. Seattle, Sun., Sept. 13, 10 am, FOX
– One of two Cal rookies on 2020 NFL rosters after being selected in the fourth round (134th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft by Atlanta
 
DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia (0-0, NFC East) – at Washington, Sun., Sept. 13, 10 am, FOX
– 598 receptions, 10420 yards receiving, 55 TD catches over 155 regular-season games and 149 starts in first 12 seasons with Philadelphia (2008-13, 2019), Washington (2014-16) and Tampa Bay (2017-18), ranking fifth among active NFL players in yards receiving, 10th in TD catches and 14th in receptions
– Has added 139 career punt returns for 1313 yards and four touchdowns
– 3x Pro Bowl (2009, 2010, 2013), All-Rookie Team (2008), First-Team All-Pro (2009 Pro Football Writers and Sporting News WR), Second-Team All-Pro (2009 Associated Press KR)
– Leads all active NFL players with career 17.4 yards per reception average and his paced the NFL four times (2010, 2014, 2016, 2018)
 
Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Detroit (0-0, NFC North) – vs. Chicago, Sun., Sept. 13, 10 am, FOX
– 347 receptions, 5047 yards receiving, 42 TD catches over 96 regular-season games and 72 starts in first eight seasons with Cincinnati (2012-15) and Detroit (2016-19)
– Led the NFL in yards per reception in 2017 (17.0 ypg) when he had 61 catches for a career-high 1101 yards while playing in and starting all 16 games for the only time in career
 
Cameron Jordan, DE, New Orleans (0-0, NFC South) – vs. Tampa Bay, Sun., Sept. 13, 1:25 pm, FOX
– 463 tackles, 113.0 tackles for loss, 87.0 sacks over 144 regular-season games and 143 starts in first nine seasons all with New Orleans (2011-19)
– Ranks fourth among active players with his current string of 143 consecutive regular-season starts, while he is 10th among active players in sacks and 11th in tackles for loss
– 5x Pro Bowl (2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019), First-Team All-Pro (2017), Second-Team All-Pro (2018, 2019), All-2010s Team (NFL/Pro Football Hall of Fame)
 
L.P. Ladouceur, LS, Dallas (0-0, NFC East) – at Los Angeles Rams, Sun., Sept. 13, 5:20 pm, NBC
– Has NFL's longest current consecutive regular-season games played steak at 237 that is also 12th all-time in the league, having played in each of his last 237 regular-season games dating back to the final 13 contests of his 2005 rookie campaign all with Dallas
– His 237 career games played rank 11th among active players
– Pro Bowl (2014)
 
Patrick Laird, RB, Miami (0-0, AFC East) – at New England, Sun., Sept. 13, 10 am, CBS
– 62 rushes, 168 yards rushing, 1 TD rush/23 receptions, 204 yards receiving over 15 regular-season games and four starts in NFL rookie season with Miami (2019)
– First earned a spot on Miami roster in 2019 after signing as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft
 
Alex Mack, C, Atlanta (0-0, NFC South) – vs. Seattle, Sun., Sept. 13, 10 am, FOX
– Has played in 165 of 176 possible regular-season games (all starts) in first 11 seasons with Cleveland (2009-15) and Atlanta (2016-20), starting the first 85 contests of his career over five-plus campaigns before missing the final 11 in 2014 due to injury then returning to start each of his 80 contests during the last five seasons
– 6x Pro Bowl (2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), First-Team All-Pro (2013 and 2017 Sporting News), Second-Team All-Pro (2013, AP and PFF; 2016 AP and PFF; 2017 Sporting News), All-2010s Team (NFL/Pro Football Hall of Fame)
– Helped Atlanta to Super Bowl LI in his first season with the club after the 2016 campaign
 
Patrick Mekari, G, Baltimore (0-0, AFC North) – vs. Cleveland, Sun., Sept. 13, 10 am, CBS
– Played in 11 regular-season games including starts in each of the final five contests in his NFL rookie season with Baltimore (2019)
– First earned a spot on Baltimore roster in 2019 after signing as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft
 
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay (0-0, NFC North) – at Minnesota, Sun., Sept. 13, 10 am, FOX
– 3913-of-6061 (64.6%), 46946 yards, 364 TD passes, 84 INT, 102.4 QBR over 181 regular-season games and 174 starts in first 15 seasons all with Green Bay (2005-19) after being a first-round selection (No. 24 overall) of the Packers in the 2005 NFL Draft
– 2x MVP (2011, 2014), Athlete of the Year (2011 AP); Super Bowl XLV Champion/MVP (2011); 8x Pro Bowl (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019), First-Team All-Pro (2011, 2014), Second-Team All-Pro (2012), All-2010s Team (NFL/Pro Football Hall of Fame)
– Has highest career QBR in NFL history and had the top single-season in 2011 (122.5)
– Fifth among active NFL players and eighth overall in career touchdown passes, while he is seventh among active players in career passes completed, pass attempts and passing yards
 
Richard Rodgers, TE, Philadelphia (0-0, NFC East) – at Washington, Sun., Sept. 13, 10 am, FOX
– 121 receptions, 1173 yards receiving, 13 TD catches over 71 regular-season games and 24 starts in first six seasons with Green Bay (2014-17) and Philadelphia (2018-19), while he spent an offseason with Washington before returning to Philadelphia prior to the 2020 campaign
– Had nearly half of his career receptions (58) and yards receiving (510), as well as more than half of his touchdown catches (8) with career highs in each category during his second season in 2015
 
Mitchell Schwartz, T, Kansas City (0-0, AFC West) – vs. Houston, Thu., Sept. 10, 5:20 pm, NBC
– Has played in all 128 possible regular-season games (all starts) in first eight seasons with Cleveland (2012-15) and Kansas City (129) with the streak extending to 179 straight college and NFL starts and games played after he started all 51 games possible during his final four seasons at Cal (2008-11)
– His current streak of 128 consecutive NFL regular-season starts ranks tied for the fifth in the league and is the longest by an offensive lineman
– Super Bowl LIV Champion (2019), First-Team All-Pro (2018), 3x Second-Team All-Pro (2016, 2017, 2019), All-Rookie Team (2012 PFWA)
– Took the first possible 7894 offensive snaps of his NFL career before being forced to miss three snaps due to injury in the 10th game of 2019, while missing only a single possible offensive snap in college
 
Nick Sundberg, LS, Washington (0-0, NFC East) – vs. Philadelphia, Sun., Sept. 13, 10 am, FOX
– Has played in 136 regular-season games in his first 10 seasons all with Washington (2010-19) after briefly being a member of both Carolina and Baltimore in 2009
– Washington's nominee for the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year honor in both 2017 and 2019
– Founder of Loads of Love, a program that aims to boost school attendance by installing washers and dryers in schools and non-profit organizations at no cost to them or their families to directly impact children experiencing homelessness or an unstable living situation
 
Injured Reserve (1) – Name, Position, Team (Record, Division) – Week 1 Opponent, Day, Date, Time, TV
Jordan Veasy, WR, Washington (0-0, NFC East) – vs. Philadelphia, Sun., Sept. 13, 10 am, FOX
– Currently with his sixth NFL organization (Tennessee, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Washington) but has yet to be on a 53-man regular-season roster or play in a regular-season contest
– Spent the 2020 training camp with Washington before being placed on injured reserve Sept. 5
 
Practice Squads (3) – Name, Position, Team (Record, Division) – Week 1 Opponent, Day, Date, Time, TV
Chad Hansen, WR, Houston (0-0, AFC South) – at Kansas City, Thu., Sept. 10, 5:20 pm, NBC
– Has played in 15 career games with one start, picking up nine receptions and 94 yards receiving all in his first season in the league with the New York Jets in 2017 after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the club
– Spent nine days (Sept. 2-10) on New England's roster in 2018 before joining practice squad or offseason rosters in Tennessee (2018), Denver (2018-19), New Orleans (2019) and Houston (2019-20)
 
Evan Weaver, LB, Arizona (0-0, NFC West) – at San Francisco, Sun., Sept. 13, 1:25 pm, FOX
– One of three Cal players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft (Arizona Cardinals, sixth round, 202nd overall)
– Released by Arizona on Sept. 5, 2020, before being signed to the Cardinals' practice squad the following day
 
Davis Webb, TE, Buffalo Bills (0-0, AFC East) – vs. New York Jets, Sun., Sept. 13, 10 am, CBS
– Currently with his third NFL organization (New York Giants, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills) after being drafted in the third round (No. 87) of the 2017 NFL Draft but has yet to play in a regular-season contest
 
Coaching Staffs (5) – Name, Position, Team (Record, Division) – Week 1 Opponent, Day, Date, Time, TV
Andre Carter, Defensive Line, New York Jets (0-0, AFC East) – at Buffalo, Sun., Sept. 13, 10 am, CBS
– Has coached in the NFL for three seasons an assistant line coach with Miami (2017-18) before spending the 2019 campaign as the defensive line coach for the New York Jets
– 517 tackles, 115.0 tackles for loss, 80.5 sacks in 13-season NFL playing career with San Francisco (2001-05), Washington (2006-10), New England (2011, 2013) and Oakland (2012)
– Pro Bowl (2011)
 
Austin Clark, Outside Linebackers, Miami (0-0, AFC East) – at New England, Sun., Sept. 13, 10 am, CBS
– First NFL season after being hired by Miami on Jan. 20, 2020
 
Ron Rivera, Head Coach, Washington (0-0, NFC East) – vs. Philadelphia, Sun., Sept. 13, 10 am, FOX
– First season as Washington head coach after having coached in the NFL for 23 previous seasons as a head coach for Carolina (2011-19); defensive coordinator (2008-10) and linebackers coach (2007) with San Diego; defensive coordinator (2004-06) and defensive quality control coach (1997-98) with Chicago; and linebackers coach with Philadelphia (1999-2003)
– 2x AP Coach of the Year (2013, 2015)
– Played nine seasons with Chicago (1984-92) before tackles and several other defensive statistics were recognized as official stats but officially did contribute nine interceptions and six fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown
– Super Bowl XX Champion (1985)
– First American of Puerto Rican descent to win a Super Bowl

Vincent Rivera, Defensive Quality Control, Washington (0-0, NFC East) – vs. Philadelphia, Sun., Sept. 13, 10 am, FOX
– Spent two seasons as a defensive quality control assistant with Carolina (2018-19) before joining Washington in 2020
 
Richard Rodgers Sr., Assistant Defensive Backs, Washington (0-0, NFC East) – vs. Philadelphia, Sun., Sept. 13, 10 am, FOX
– Spent eight seasons with Carolina as a special teams assistant (2012), special teams coordinator (2012-14), assistant defensive backs/safeties (2015-17), secondary (2018) and safeties (2019) coach before joining Washington in 2020