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Cougs in the NFL: Vaeao, Dahl making marks, Seattle gives Palacio a look

WSU’S DESTINY VAEAO received a high compliment this week when Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson singled him about as one of the top-performing undrafted free agents in the early going of training camp.

“Destiny's done a nice job at the D-line position. So, there are some young guys that are giving themselves an opportunity to potentially make the roster,” Pederson said

Brandon Lee Gowrton of BleedingGreenNation.com notes that the Eagles are thin at defensive tackle depth, with only three for-sure roster spots filled  (by Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan and Mike Martin). “Aside from these three, though, things appear to be wide open. Back in the spring, Pederson praised his UDFA defensive tackles for standing out in a good way. He didn't specifically mention anyone by name (at that time), but perhaps he was referring to Vaeao. The Washington State alumnus could push for a depth job or practice squad spot."

CLOSER TO HOME, THE Seattle Seahawks have brought in 6-2, 231-pound Kache Palacio (pictured above) for a tryout at linebacker, reports Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. Palacio hooked up with the L.A. Rams in April following the NFL draft and was later released. He also had a tryout with the B.C. Lions and was released. Last season he finished his WSU career ranked No. 10 on the school's all-time sacks list with 16. Her had 146 totals tackles while at WSU, with 26 for loss.

MEANWHILE, IN DETROIT, old Coug Joe Dahl appears to be making a mark in the early going of the Detroit Lions’ training camp.

“Joe Dahl looks like the rookie making the biggest push on the roster,”  Kent Platte of  PrideOfDetroit.com wrote yesterday. “He looks incredibly smooth on the move and more than held his own in team drills.”

However, Platte notes, Dahl “lost far more battles than he won” in individual drills but still received all of the second-team reps at right guard. Dahl was a fifth-round draft pick of the Lions.

MOVING ON TO ATLANTA, the Falcons made no secret in mini camp of their intrigue in the pass-rushing ability of undrafted free agent rookie linebacker Ivan McLennan of WSU. The Atlanta Journal-Construction recently said the Falcons’ exhibition games — which begin August 11 against Washington — will offer the truest test of what they think they may have in McLennan.

OVER ON THE  WEST COAST, Cougar receiver Dom Williams snagged an impressive training camp TD pass in San Diego earlier this week that drew mention from BoltsFromBlue.com. And the week before he generated a smile-inducing story from the San Diego Union-Tribune for his late-night Tweets about a hankering for Costco pizza.

Here are the rest of the Cougars who are in NFL training camps right now:

Deone Bucannon, Arizona

Xavier Cooper, Cleveland

Vince Mayle, Dallas

Marquess Wilson (injured), Chicago

Chris Ivory, Jacksonville

Ropati Pituitoa, Tennessee

Cougs who were on rosters, injured lists or practice squads last season but not this season:

Brandon Gibson

John Fullington

Travis Long

Jeff Tuel


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