Cowboys in the NFL

Oklahoma State has always produced its share of NFL players, and the 2005 season will not be any different. There are seasoned veterans like R.W. McQuarters, now with the Detroit Lions, and Denver Broncos linebacker Keith Burns to a handful of rookies trying to break into the league including Darrent Williams, Billy Bajema and Cole Farden. Keep your eyes on these Cowboys as preseason camps open in the next few days.

Billy Bajema, rookie tight end with the San Francisco 49ers
Bajema is listed on the depth chart as the fifth-string tight end entering preseason practice.

Tatum Bell, second-year running back with the Denver Broncos
Bell rushed for 396 yards a year ago as a rookie and is expected to compete for the Broncos' featured running back position when preseason practice begins.

LaWaylon Brown, second-year defensive tackle with the Buffalo Bills (was with Seattle last season)
Brown will be attempting to make the Bills' roster after spending last season with the Seattle Seahawks.

Keith Burns, 12th-year linebacker with the Denver Broncos (played last season for Tampa Bay)
Burns is back with the Broncos (for the third time in his career) after spending last season with Tampa Bay, where he played in all 16 games for the Buccaneers.

Cole Farden, rookie punter with the San Francisco 49ers
Farden is attempting to beat out Andy Lee, who averaged 41.6 yards per punt as a rookie last season for the 49ers.

R.W. McQuarters, eighth-year cornerback with the Detroit Lions (played last season for Chicago)
McQuarters signed with the Lions as a free agent after spending the last five years with the Detroit Lions, where he played in all 16 games a year ago.

Vernand Morency, rookie running back with the Houston Texans
Morency will be competing with Domanick Davis (who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons in the NFL), Tony Hollings and Jonathan Wells for playing time this fall.

Greg Richmond, second-year defensive end with the Philadelphia Eagles
Richmond spent his rookie season on the Eagles' practice squad but is hoping to make the roster this fall.

Marcellus Rivers, fifth-year tight end with the Houston Texans (played last season with the N.Y. Giants)
Rivers, who played in all 16 games for the New York Giants last season, caught on with the Texans after spending his first four years in the league with the Giants.

Terrence Robinson, third-year linebacker with the Seattle Seahawks (was with Atlanta last season)
Robinson will be trying to earn a spot on the Seahawks roster after spending the last two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.

Antonio Smith, second-year defensive end with the Arizona Cardinals
Smith, who played in two games for the Cardinals last season, returns for his second year with a year of experience beneath his belt.

Juqua Thomas, fifth-year defensive end with the Tennessee Titans
Thomas begins his fifth season with the Titans as a backup defensive end.

Darrent Williams, rookie cornerback/kick returner with the Denver Broncos
Williams will compete for a backup cornerback position but is expected to be the Broncos' main kick and punt returner this season.

Jamal Williams, eighth-year defensive tackle with the San Diego Chargers
Williams has spent his entire NFL career with the Chargers and is expected to anchor the team's defensive line again as the starting nose guard, where he registered 25 tackles, including four quarterback sacks, in 2004.

Kevin Williams, third-year defensive tackle with the Minnesota Vikings
Considered by many to be the NFL's best defensive lineman, Williams will be the Vikings starting left defensive tackle for the third consecutive season. He has registered 22 sacks in his first two seasons in the NFL.

Rashaun Woods, second-year wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers
Woods, who had seven catches for 160 yards and one touchdown as a rookie, will be looking to team with new quarterback Alex Smith, the No. 1 selection in the NFL Draft, as the 49ers try to improve on last season's 2-14 record.

Kenyatta Wright, sixth-year linebacker with the New York Jets
Wright, who appeared in all 16 games last season, is listed as the third-string middle linebacker entering preseason drills.

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