Landing On Their Feet

Here's a look at where some players with Packer ties ended up following the NFL's final mandatory cutdown date:

QB factory
Mark Brunell: The left-handed quarterback has flourished since moving from Green Bay to Jacksonville in 1995.

Brunell is beginning his seventh season as the Jaguars' quarterback.

Ty Detmer: The Brigham Young product, who was Brett Favre's backup from 1992 to 1995, was traded by the Cleveland Browns to the Detroit Lions on cutdown day. Detmer is expected to back up Charlie Batch.

Matt Hasselbeck: After two years in Favre's shadow, Hasselbeck will finally get a chance to prove himself this year with the Seattle Seahawks. Mike Holmgren and the rest of the Seahawks have put a lot of faith in the Boston College product by tabbing him the starter despite the fact that he has never started an NFL game.

Danny Wuerffel: The former Heisman Trophy winner will assume the role with the Bears that he served with the Packers a year ago: third quarterback. He is listed behind Shane Matthews and Jim Miller.

Aaron Brooks: Last year, Aaron Brooks was a pleasant surprise at quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. Brooks, acquired by New Orleans in a training camp trade with the Packers, led the Saints to the playoffs after taking over for the injured Jeff Blake last year. This year, Brooks won the battle for the starting job over Blake and will now face the task of matching what he accomplished last year.

Special teams spotlight
Brett Conway: After bouncing around between the Packers, Jets, Raiders and Redskins, it appears Conway has found a home in Washington. The Redskins are going with Conway as their kicker after he converted all six of his field goal attempts while playing for three teams in an injury-plagued 2000.

Craig Hentrich: The Notre Dame product is entering his fourth year with the Tennessee Titans after spending the first four years of his career in Green Bay. Hentrich is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-low 40.8 yards per punt.

Desmond Howard: The return specialist is back for his second full season with the Detroit Lions. As usual, Howard will be the Lions top returnman this season but his quest to become a regular receiver, something he pined for in Green Bay, looks to be stalled in the Motor City. Howard was listed as the Lions No. 3 receiver heading into Week 1. He had just two catches for 14 yards with Detroit in 2000.

Travis Jervey: The former Packer special teams demon will most likely be filling that role with the Atlanta Falcons this year. Jervey was listed as the Falcons' third string running back on their Week 1 depth chart. The running back played for the Packers from 1995-98 and for San Francisco the last two seasons.

Glyn Milburn: The Packer camp castoff of 1996 is entering his fourth season with the Chicago Bears. Milburn is expected to continue his role as a returnman and spot player at running back. He may wind up sharing time with RW McQuarters at punt returner.

Best of the rest
Joe Andruzzi: The Southern Connecticut State product has found greener pastures in New England. Andruzzi, who played with the Packers in 1998 and 1999, was listed as the starting right guard on New England Patriots' Week 1 depth chart.

Vaughn Booker: The defensive lineman, who spent two seasons in Green Bay is back home in his native Cincinnati as a reserve for the Bengals.

Terrell Buckley: The biggest bust of the Ron Wolf era will start the season as a backup. The Patriots listed the Packers' first round pick in the 1992 draft as their second string cornerback on their Week 1 depth chart.

Doug Evans: A member of the Packers Super Bowl XXXI team, Evans is beginning his fourth season with the Carolina Panthers. Evans was listed as the Panthers' starter at right cornerback on the team's opening week depth chart.

Jackie Harris: Harris is beginning his 11th season in the NFL and his second in Dallas as the most experienced tight end on the Cowboys roster. He caught 39 passes last year while playing in 16 games with seven starts and is expected to start this season.

Craig Heimburger: The Packers' fifth round pick in the 1999 draft hooked on with the Buffalo Bills as a backup offensive lineman. Heimburger, a Missouri product, played in two games for the 1999 Packers. After playing in NFL Europe, Heimburger rejoined the Packers for the 2000 season. While on the practice squad, he was signed by Cincinnati Dec. 14, 2000 last year but did not see any action. He was waived by Cincinnati in May and then claimed by Buffalo.

Qadry Ismail: The nine-year veteran wide receiver made the Baltimore Ravens roster for the third consecutive season. Ismail, who spent the 1997 training camp with the Packers, will most likely serve as a backup receiver for the defending Super Bowl champions.

Ismail never played a regular-season down with the Packers. He was dealt by the Packers to the Dolphins in exchange for a 1998 draft choice Aug. 24, 1997.

Anthony Lucas: The wide receiver was signed to the Cowboys' practice squad after being waived by the Packers and Dallas. Lucas was re-signed by the Cowboys to the practice squad Sept. 3.

Scott McGarrahan: The Miami Dolphins didn't waste any time signing 27-year-old safety after Green Bay waived him in the final cutdown last week. McGarrahan was second in special teams tackles in 2000 with 15, and amassed 32 special teams tackles in his four years with the Packers. Last season McGarrahan, a sixth-round pick in 1998, saw action in all 16 games for the first time as a pro, and got his first career sack.

George Teague: Teague, who began his career with the Packers in 1993, has regained his starting free safety job with the Dallas Cowboys after an injury-marred 2000. Teague missed the final seven games of the season with a fractured right foot but still managed to log 71 tackles, the third highest total of his career.

Jeff Thomason: The Eagles will be counting on Jeff Thomason and two other former Packers this year. Thomason is coming off a season in which he caught an NFC best five touchdowns for tight ends.


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