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Active Rosters Include 24 Bruins as NFL Season Kicks Off

Sep 8, 2022
Marcedes Lewis (Photo: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/USA Today Network)

With the 2022 regular season slated to kick off Thursday in Los Angeles, 24 former UCLA football standouts are in line to see NFL fields in the coming days as members of active rosters.

Among the Bruins in the professional ranks are 17th-year tight end Marcedes Lewis of the Green Bay Packers, and wide receiver and special teams star Matthew Slater of the New England Patriots, who is embarking on his 15th campaign. A Week 1 matchup of NFC South rivals Green Bay and the Minnesota Vikings (Sunday, 1:25 p.m. PT on FOX) not only features Lewis, but linebacker Krys Barnes, defensive lineman Kenny Clark and rookie tackle/guard Sean Rhyan of the Packers, as well as Minnesota linebacker Eric Kendricks.

In addition to Rhyan, running back Brittain Brown of the Las Vegas Raiders, defensive lineman Otito Ogbonnia of the Los Angeles Chargers and wide receiver Kyle Philips of the Tennessee Titans are first-year players looking for their first action. Brown and Ogbonnia square off in an AFC West showdown at SoFi Stadium (Sunday, 1:25 p.m. PT on CBS). Philips will look across the line of scrimmage at third-year cornerback Darnay Holmes of the New York Giants (Sunday, 1:25 p.m. PT on FOX).

In total, 32 Bruins are affiliated with 20 NFL teams, with others occupying spots on practice squads and reserve lists. Three linebackers – Anthony Barr (Dallas Cowboys), Jayon Brown (Las Vegas Raiders) and Myles Jack (Pittsburgh Steelers) – joined new teams during free agency, following lengthy stints with the teams that drafted them.

The season begins Thursday at 5:20 p.m. PT, when the Los Angeles Rams host the Buffalo Bills on NBC.

Name Pos. Years Lettered Team Status Exp.
Alec Anderson T 2018-2021 Buffalo Bills Practice Squad R
Devin Asiasi TE 2017-19 Cincinnati Bengals Active 3
Krys Barnes LB 2016-19 Green Bay Packers Active 3
Anthony Barr LB 2010-13 Dallas Cowboys Active 9
Jake Brendel OL 2011-15 San Francisco 49ers Active 6
Brittain Brown RB 2020, 2021 Las Vegas Raiders Active R
Jayon Brown LB 2013-16 Las Vegas Raiders Active 6
Kenny Clark DL 2013-15 Green Bay Packers Active 7
Matt Dickerson DE 2014-17 Atlanta Falcons Active 4
Greg Dulcich TE 2018-2021 Denver Broncos Reserve/Injured R
Ka'imi Fairbairn K 2012-15 Houston Texans Active 7
Demetric Felton Jr. RB 2016-2020 Cleveland Browns Active 2
Ethan Fernea WR 2016-2021 Indianapolis Colts Practice Squad R
Darnay Holmes CB 2017-19 New York Giants Active 3
Myles Jack LB 2013-15 Pittsburgh Steelers Active 7
Andre James C 2015-18 Las Vegas Raiders Active 4
Joshua Kelley RB 2017-19 Los Angeles Chargers Active 3
Eric Kendricks LB 2010-14 Minnesota Vikings Active 8
Qwuantrezz Knight CB 2020, 2021 San Francisco 49ers Practice Squad R
Quentin Lake S 2017-2021 Los Angeles Rams Reserve/PUP R
Marcedes Lewis TE 2002-05 Green Bay Packers Active 17
Conor McDermott OL 2012-16 New York Jets Active 6
Kolton Miller T 2014-17 Las Vegas Raiders Active 5
Fabian Moreau DB 2012-16 New York Giants Practice Squad 6
Osa Odighizuwa DT 2016-2020 Dallas Cowboys Active 2
Otito Ogbonnia DL 2018-2021 Los Angeles Chargers Active R
Kyle Philips WR 2018-2021 Tennessee Titans Active R
Scott Quessenberry OL 2013-17 Houston Texans Active 5
Sean Rhyan T/G 2019-2021 Green Bay Packers Active R
Josh Rosen QB 2015-17 Cleveland Browns Practice Squad 4
Matthew Slater WR 2003-07 New England Patriots Active 15
Kenny Young ILB 2014-17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Practice Squad 5