With organized team activities in full swing for NFL teams around the league, 66 players with Utah ties are trying to make impressions.

As of May 31, the University of Utah leads local teams with 30 players on NFL rosters. Utah State is next with 17, while BYU has 11. Also, Weber State has one, Southern Utah has one and six others played high school ball in Utah and collegiately out of state.

This also includes 21 rookies, six of whom were selected in this year's NFL draft May 8-10 and the others signed as undrafted free agents.

Nine other local players are also aiming to return to a roster, as they currently are free agents.

Here's a look at each of these players and their current situations:

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Sam Brenner

Position: Center

College: Utah

Brenner joined the Miami Dolphins as a free agent last year after going undrafted.

It's worked out for Brenner so far, as he started four games for Miami in 2013 and played in seven.

"I felt a lot of people overlooked me, so I came in here with a chip on my shoulder," Brenner told the Miami Herald. "I felt I was going to prove guys wrong. I wanted to show everyone I can play in this league, and I belong here.”

Will Davis

Position: Cornerback

College: Utah State

Davis was drafted by the Miami Dolphins during the third round of the 2013 NFL draft and played in five games last season, including a seven-tackle game against New England.

Miami chose not to retain cornerbacks Nolan Carroll and Dmitri Patterson during the offseason, giving Davis the chance to contribute more in 2014. According to the Miami Herald, Dolphins coach Mark Philbin intends on giving Davis and fellow second-year corner Jamar Taylor the opportunity to earn playing time over veteran Cortland Finnegan.

John Denney

Position: Long snapper

College: BYU

Denney is currently the longest-tenured player on the Miami Dolphins' roster, after joining the team as the long snapper in 2005.

The former Cougar has 34 career tackles and recovered a fumble last season.

Tyler Larsen

Position: Offensive line

College: Utah State

The rookie Larsen signed a free-agent deal with the Miami Dolphins after not being selected in the NFL draft.

He played center at Utah State, and Miami currently has three other players listed at center, including Utah's Sam Brenner.

“You always want to be drafted,” Larsen said in a feature on the Dolphins website. “That’s just a little bump in the road and I’m here right now. Coaches have said that everyone is a player on the team and that’s how I’m going to take my approach to this and I’m just going to give my all and I’m just happy to be here.”

Koa Misi

Position: Linebacker

College: Utah

Misi, a second-round pick in the 2010 draft, is headed into his fifth year in the NFL, all with the Miami Dolphins.

During that time, Misi has started 46 games, including 12 last season while recording 54 tackles, three pass deflections and two sacks. He is projected to start at strongside linebacker for the Dolphins in 2014 by NFL Around the League's Marc Sessler.

Derrick Shelby

Position: Defensive end

College: Utah

Shelby joined the Miami Dolphins in 2012 after going undrafted and has played in all 32 regular-season games in his two NFL seasons, including one start.

Last year, Shelby had 34 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He finished 2013 as the backup to three-time Pro Bowler Cameron Wake.

Jordan Devey

Position: Offensive line

College: Memphis

High school: American Fork

Devey joined the New England Patriots and spent the 2013 season on the practice squad after going undrafted and being cut by the Baltimore Ravens.

In January, Devey was signed by the Patriots to a reserve/futures contract.

Reggie Dunn

Position: Wide receiver

College: Utah

Dunn is currently with the New England Patriots, after joining the team in January. He signed a reserved/futures contract on Jan. 20.

Prior to joining the Patriots, Dunn, who went undrafted in 2013, had spent time on the roster of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers' practice squad.


Sealver Siliga

Position: Defensive tackle

College: Utah

Siliga is a third-year pro currently on the New England Patriots roster. He joined the Patriots' 53-man roster on Nov. 27, 2013, signed from the team's practice squad. He was a member of the Denver Broncos in 2012.

Despite starting four regular-season games for New England last season in addition to two playoff games, Siliga is currently third on the Patriots' depth chart. He had 23 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in the 2013 regular season.

L.T. Tuipulotu

Position: Defensive tackle

College: Utah

Tuipulotu signed with the New England Patriots on May 22 after going undrafted in this year's draft.

The former Ute had tried out with the Green Bay Packers before signing with the Patriots, according to ESPN.

Tevita Finau

Position: Defensive tackle

College: Utah

Finau has been with the New York Jets organization since 2012, after going undrafted that same season.

Finau, who has yet to play in a regular-season NFL game, is one of five defensive tackles on the Jets' current roster.

Trevor Reilly

Position: Outside linebacker

College: Utah

Reilly was selected by the New York Jets in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft.

He joins a linebacking crew in New York that includes Calvin Pace and Quinton Coples at outside starting ’backers.

"It's a golden opportunity. This could be my one and only lotto ticket," Reilly told newyorkjets.com's Randy Lange. "You have to make the most of something special, and this could be it for me."


Caleb Schlauderaff

Position: Guard

College: Utah

Schlauderaff has been a reserve offensive lineman for the New York Jets the past three seasons, after being traded to New York from Green Bay in 2011, the same year the Packers drafted him.

While listed as a guard, Schlauderaff also serves as the backup to center Nick Mangold.

Haloti Ngata

Position: Nose tackle

College: Oregon

High School: Highland High

Ngata has spent his entire NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens, starting all but two regular-season games he's played in his eight-year career.

The 12th overall pick of the 2006 draft is entrenched as the team's starter at nose tackle, though Chris Wesseling of NFL's Around the League predicts he could be moved to defensive end. Regardless, in 2014 Ngata will have the opportunity to become a Pro Bowler for the sixth straight season.


A.J. Pataiali’i

Position: Defensive tackle

College: Utah State

Pataiali'i signed a free agent deal with the Baltimore Ravens after going undrafted in this year's draft.

Pataiali'i will face stiff competition for a roster spot, as the Ravens have eight defensive tackles currently on their roster, including five rookies. One of those rookies, Timmy Jernigan, was a second-round draft pick.

Dennis Pitta

Position: Tight end

College: BYU

Pitta returns to the Baltimore Ravens in 2014 for his fifth year in the league, and he signed a five-year deal with the team earlier this offseason. His 2013 season was cut to just four weeks of action after suffering a hip injury during training camp.

The former Cougar no longer shares his starting role with Ed Dickson, who was taken by the Ravens in the same 2010 draft as Pitta. Dickson signed with the Carolina Panthers in the offseason. Now, Pitta will share time with new teammate Owen Daniels in first-year offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's system, which is expected to often employ double tight end sets.

Steve Smith Sr.

Position: Wide receiver

College: Utah

Smith has switched teams for the first time in his NFL career, joining the Baltimore Ravens this offseason. He had spent his previous 13 seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

Smith is expected to be a starter alongside fellow wideout Torrey Smith.

"He's a great football player, he's a great leader. He brings a fire and intensity to this team that we've needed," Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta, a former BYU Cougar, told USA Today when asked about the veteran Smith.

Brandon Burton

Position: Defensive back

College: Utah

Burton is currently with the Cincinnati Bengals, signing with the team in late December 2013. Prior to joining the Bengals, he spent parts of last season with the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills.

Cincinnati drafted cornerback Darqueze Dernard of Michigan State in the first round this season, and the team still has veteran corners Leon Hall and Terence Newman, meaning Burton will likely be fighting just to crack the two-deep this season.

R.J. Stanford

Position: Defensive back

College: Utah

Stanford joined the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason, signing a one-year deal with the team in March.

Prior to becoming a Bengal, Stanford had played for the Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers in his four NFL seasons. He's had 39 tackles and an interception in his career.


Paul Kruger

Position: Linebacker

College: Utah

High school: Timpanogos

Kruger is heading into his second season with the Cleveland Browns after signing a five-year deal with the team in 2013 following four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

Kruger started 16 games for the Browns last season, recording 47 tackles, 4.5 sacks, five pass deflections and two forced fumbles. He is expected to start at outside linebacker again for Cleveland.

Paul McQuistan

Position: Offensive line

College: Weber State

McQuistan is in his first season with the Cleveland Browns after signing with the team in March. He previously played three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, starting 40 games in Seattle.

He may not start in Cleveland, though. The Browns drafted guard Joel Bitoni in the second round this year, and Times Reporter writer Steve Doerschuk said McQuistan and other veterans may not be able to hold off second-year pro Garrett Gilkey.

Hebron Fangupo

Position: Defensive tackle

College: BYU

Fangupo is heading into his third NFL season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he signed late in the 2012 season.

Fangupo played in four games last year and had one tackle; according to Steelers 101 reporter Mark Mihalko, Fangupo should battle with 2014 sixth-round draft pick Daniel McCullers to back up Steve McLendon in the middle of the Steelers' defensive line.


Al Lapuaho

Position: Defensive tackle

College: Utah State

Lapuaho joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in January after spending the 2013 season on the Miami Dolphins practice squad.

The second-year pro does not have any career stats.

Brice McCain

Position: Cornerback

College: Utah

McCain signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers on April 1. That comes after the corner spent his first five seasons in the NFL with the Houston Texans.

He is expected to be a backup with the Steelers, as NFL Around the League's Chris Wesseling projects Ike Taylor and a combo of William Gay and Cortez Allen will start at cornerback for Pittsburgh.

Vic So’oto

Position: Linebacker

College: BYU

So'oto joined his fifth NFL team in four years when he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in late January.

So'oto is expected to be a backup on a linebacking crew that includes Lawrence Tillman, rookie Ryan Shazier, Jarvis Jones and Jason Worilds.


Anthony Denham

Position: Tight end

College: Utah

Denham joined the Houston Texans as a free agent after going undrafted in this year's draft.

Denham is one of six tight ends, including three rookies, currently on Houston's roster.

“What’s harder is what’s best,” Denham told ESPN. “What’s easy is not the way. It don’t take nothing to drop out. It don’t take nothing to choose the wrong path. You don’t have to think to do certain things. When you’re thinking, you’re on the right path. When you’re thinking, your mind is good. Just stay focused and maintain your goals. Set them. Set goals.”

Xavier Su’a-Filo

Position: Offensive line

College: UCLA

High school: Timpview

Su'a-Filo became a Houston Texan when the team selected him 33rd overall in the second round of this year's NFL draft.

He is expected to contribute immediately, as Chris Wesseling of NFL's Around the League has tabbed him the starter at left guard.

Stanley Havili

Position: Fullback

College: USC

High school: Cottonwood

Havili heads into his second season with the Indianapolis Colts in 2014 after playing two seasons in Philadelphia with the Eagles.

He finished last season with seven carries for seven yards and 18 receptions for 128 yards and one touchdown. Havili ended 2013 as the team's starting fullback, and he should again be in the starting backfield for the Colts.

Zane Beadles

Position: Guard

College: Utah

Beadles switched teams this offseason, signing a free agent deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars after spending the first four years of his NFL career with the Denver Broncos.

He has started 62 games during his pro career, and Beadles is expected to start at guard for the Jaguars this season.

D.J. Tialavea

Position: Tight end

College: Utah State

High school: West Jordan

The rookie Tialavea joined the Jacksonville Jaguars this month, signing a free-agent deal after going undrafted.

While nine-year veteran Marcedes Lewis is the expected starter at tight end for Jacksonville, Tialavea will battle five other tight ends, including two other rookies, for a roster spot.


Alex Smith

Position: Quarterback

College: Utah

Smith is in his second year with the Kansas City Chiefs after being traded to the Chiefs following eight seasons in San Francisco.

Smith is the team's unquestioned starter one season after leading the team to the playoffs. Contract talks for Smith, who is entering the final year of his contract, have stalled this offseason, however.

“If a Chiefs-Alex Smith deal gets done, it’ll likely be before camp — not now,” nfl.com's Ian Rapoport tweeted recently. “Team willing to (place the franchise tag on him) if talks stay stagnant.”

Sean Smith

Position: Cornerback

College: Utah

Smith will play his second season with the Kansas City Chiefs this season. This comes after four years with the Miami Dolphins for the former second round draft pick.

Smith started 15 games for Kansas City in 2013 and had 47 tackles, 13 pass deflections and two interceptions. He is expected to again start for Kansas City at one of its two cornerback positions.

Daniel Sorensen

Position: Safety

College: BYU

Sorensen went undrafted in this year's NFL draft but joined the Kansas City Chiefs after signing a free-agent deal.

Sorensen's best chance at obtaining a roster spot could hinge on his special teams play, which he was known for excelling at while at BYU. During the first day of Chiefs rookie minicamp, Sorensen had two interceptions.

"Ball skills is something I feel like is a strength for me," he told the Associated Press.

Tony Bergstrom

Position: Offensive line

College: Utah

High school: Skyline

Bergstrom is heading into his third season with the Oakland Raiders after the team drafted him in the third round in the 2012 draft.

He has just one start in his pro career, but ourlads.com projects that Bergstrom will start in 2014 for the Raiders at the left guard position.

Bojay Filimoeatu

Position: Linebacker

College: Utah State

High school: Granger

Filimoeatu signed a free-agent deal with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted in the 2014 NFL draft.

He is one of three rookie linebackers currently on the Raiders' roster.

Keith McGill

Position: Cornerback

College: Utah

McGill joined the Oakland Raiders after being selected by the team in the fourth round of this year's draft. He signed his rookie contract with the Raiders on Friday.

He is expected to battle for a backup spot on the Oakland depth chart, with D.J. Hayden and either Tarell Brown or Carlos Rogers possible starters at the cornerback position. Brown and Rogers are signed to only one-year deals, though, and Tyler Green of Silver and Black Pride believes McGill could start opposite Hayden in 2015.

Jake Murphy

Position: Tight end

College: Utah

High school: American Fork

Murphy signed a free-agent deal with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted in this year's NFL draft.

He could face long odds of making the Oakland team due to the experience in front of him, as only one of the other five Raiders tight ends is a rookie and ourlads.com currently projects Murphy as a fifth stringer.

Donald Penn

Position: Tackle

College: Utah State

Penn joined the Oakland Raiders in March after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had spent the past eight seasons in Tampa Bay prior to the release.

Penn is expected to contribute right away for Oakland, as NFL Around the League's Gregg Rosenthal has him penciled in as the Raiders' starter at left tackle.

Karl Williams

Position: Fullback

College: Utah

Williams signed a free-agent deal and joined the Oakland Raiders after being undrafted in this year's NFL draft.

He is one of three fullbacks on the Raiders' roster and will fight to back up veteran Marcel Reese.

Tenny Palepoi

Position: Defensive tackle

College: Utah, Snow

High school: Skyline

Palepoi joined the San Diego Chargers as a free agent after going undrafted in this year's NFL draft.

He will be battling with six other defensive tackles on the Chargers' roster, including returning starter Sean Lissemore and two other rookies, for opportunities to play.

“The biggest challenge so far has been the amount of plays you have to learn daily," Palepoi told Bolt Beat. "There is a lot of information being put out every day and I’m just trying to be like a sponge and soak as much up as I can.”

Brad Sorensen

Position: Quarterback

College: Southern Utah

Sorensen is in his second season with the Chargers after becoming the first Southern Utah player to ever be selected in the NFL draft in 2013, when he was taken in the seventh round.

He finished the 2013 season third on the depth chart, but Philip Rivers' backup, Charlie Whitehurst, moved on to the Tennessee Titans. This opens the door for Sorensen to battle veteran Kellen Clemens, an offseason signee, to claim the Chargers' No. 2 quarterback position.

Eric Weddle

Position: Free safety

College: Utah

Weddle is headed into his eighth season with the San Diego Chargers after being selected by the team in the second round of the 2007 NFL draft.

He is firmly entrenched as San Diego's starter at free safety, having started every regular-season game he's played since 2008. Weddle earned his second Pro Bowl selection last season and has been named either first- or second-team All-Pro each of the past four seasons.

Kerwynn Williams

Position: Running back

College: Utah State

Williams joined the San Diego Chargers in October 2013 after being released by the Indianapolis Colts.

After spending the 2013 season on the Chargers' practice squad, he signed a reserve/futures contract with the team in January. Williams is one of seven running backs currently on the San Diego roster, though his best contribution may come through special teams as a returner.


Eathyn Manumaleuna

Position: Defensive tackle

College: BYU

High school: Timpview

Manumaleuna signed with the New York Giants this offseason after going undrafted.

He likely faces a battle to make the 53-man roster, as the Giants have seven defensive tackles on their roster, including fellow undrafted rookie Kelcy Quarles of South Carolina.

Dallas Reynolds

Position: Center

College: BYU

High school: Timpview

Reynolds joined the New York Giants last October and played in three games late in the season.

CBS Sports lists Reynolds as third string center on the Giants' depth chart, behind second-round pick Weston Richburg. According to Jordan Raanan of nj.com, Reynolds and Richburg switched lining up at both guard and center during the team's recent organized team activities.

Joe Kruger

Position: Defensive end

College: Utah

High School: Pleasant Grove

Kruger was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL draft after leaving the University of Utah following his junior season.

He never played in a game for the Eagles last season after going on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. But Alex Smith of philadelphiaeagles.com said Kruger is 100 percent healthy and ready to show he can contribute.

"I feel like I had a good camp last year," Kruger told Smith. "I know I could have done some things better, but I'm focused and I'm definitely going to play with a chip on my shoulder."

Curtis Marsh

Position: Cornerback

College: Utah State

Marsh has played the majority of his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles, splitting time with the team from 2011-13 sandwiched around a short stint with the Cincinnati Bengals.

He finished last season third on the depth chart at the left cornerback position. Marsh will likely be facing uphill odds again in 2014 to contribute, as the two players in front of him on the depth chart return.

Cody Hoffman

Position: Wide receiver

College: BYU

Hoffman joined the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent after not being selected in this year's NFL draft.

He could face stiff competition for a roster spot on a Redskins roster that includes 12 wide receivers, including DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts and Santana Moss.

"If developed correctly, Hoffman could become a solid possession receiver and dangerous red-zone target for the Redskins," Justin Byram of Hogs Haven wrote. "However, that development will not happen quickly, and if Hoffman wants to make the 53-man roster, he will have to make an impact on special teams."

Tevita Stevens

Position: Offensive line

College: Utah

Stevens joined the Washington Redskins as a free agent last season after going undrafted. He spent 2013 on the team's practice squad.

CBS Sports lists Stevens as the Redskins' backup at center to Kory Lichtensteiger.

Stephen Paea

Position: Defensive tackle

College: Snow, Oregon State

High school: Timpview

Paea is heading into his fourth season with the Chicago Bears after being selected by the team in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL's Around the League projects that Paea will start at defensive tackle for Chicago in 2014. He has 24 starts the past two seasons.

Ezekiel Ansah

Position: Defensive end

College: BYU

Ansah is heading into his second season with the Detroit Lions after being selected fifth overall in the 2013 NFL draft.

He is expected to take on a larger role with the Lions after leading all rookies with eight sacks in 2013. While Ansah has been dealing with a shoulder injury this offseason, Gregg Rosenthal of NFL's Around the League projects he will be a starter for Detroit in 2014.

Nevin Lawson

Position: Cornerback

College: Utah State

Lawson was selected in the fourth round by the Detroit Lions in this year's NFL draft. He signed his rookie contract on May 16.

Lawson is one of two rookie cornerbacks on the Lions' roster and faces an uphill battle for playing time in 2014, though he could contribute immediately on special teams. He is listed as third string at left corner by CBS Sports.

"He's very productive, solid in man-to-man coverage, very scrappy," Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told mlive.com. "(He is) a very competitive kid. When you watch him, he is the kind of corner that I like."

Kyle Van Noy

Position: Outside linebacker

College: BYU

Van Noy was selected by the Detroit Lions in the second round of this year's NFL draft with the 40th overall pick.

He is expected to challenge for a starting spot at outside linebacker with sixth-year pro Ashlee Palmer. Gregg Rosenthal of NFL's Around the League projects he will be the Week One starter for the Lions at strongside linebacker.

“What he does is give us a big backer who can play on the ball, he can play off the ball and he can rush the passer,” Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin told ESPN. “With those three things, you know you are going to get a three-down player for us.”

Jarrett Bush

Position: Cornerback

College: Utah State

Bush is heading into his ninth season in the NFL, all with the Green Bay Packers.

He has mainly been a reserve cornerback for the Packers throughout his career, though he has been instrumental on special teams, leading Green Bay with 79 special teams tackles over a five-year span. Bush finished the 2013 season as the backup to Sam Shields at right cornerback.

Jake Doughty

Position: Linebacker

College: Utah State

High school: Juan Diego

Doughty signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent after not being selected in this year's NFL draft.

He is one of five rookie linebackers the Packers currently have on their roster.

“I’ve got to work on everything is the way I look at it,” Doughty told the Green Bay Press Gazette. He said a big reason he chose to sign with the Packers was the fact they didn't draft an inside linebacker. “I did cover, I did do some pass rushing. Honestly, you’ve got to work on it all. This is head and shoulders above college. Everyone here is all-stars of their teams. You’ve got to work on it all.”

Matt Asiata

Position: Running back

College: Utah

High school: Hunter

Asiata is heading into his third NFL season with the Minnesota Vikings. He signed a one-year deal with the team in March, according to the Pioneer Press.

Asiata started two games for Minnesota late last season when Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart went down with injuries, and he rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries. He will continue to back up Peterson this season, though Asiata will have competition from the Vikings' third-round draft pick, Jerick McKinnon of Georgia Southern.

Tay Glover-Wright

Position: Cornerback

College: Utah State

The rookie Glover-Wright signed a free-agent deal with the Atlanta Falcons earlier this month after going undrafted.

Glover-Wright will fight for a roster spot on a team with eight cornerbacks, including a pair of second-year players, Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, who were the Falcons' starters at year's end in 2013.

Paul Soliai

Position: Defensive tackle

College: Utah

Soliai signed a five-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons in March after spending his first seven years in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins.

He is projected by NFL Around the League's Marc Sessler to start at defensive tackle for the Falcons. Soliai has started 57 regular-season games in his career.

Star Lotulelei

Position: Defensive tackle

School: Snow, Utah

High school: Bingham

Lotulelei is heading into his second year with the Carolina Panthers after the team selected him 14th overall in the 2014 NFL draft.

He started every game for the Panthers in 2013, ending the year with 42 tackles and three sacks, and will retain his starting spot at defensive tackle this season.

Spencer Hadley

Position: Inside linebacker

College: BYU

The rookie Hadley signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent earlier this month.

Hadley will likely be fighting for a spot on the 53-man roster on a team that currently has five rookie linebackers, including two at inside ’backer.

Maurice Alexander

Position: Safety

College: Utah State

Alexander was a fourth-round selection by the St. Louis Rams in this year's NFL draft.

It's expected that he will back up T.J. McDonald, a second-year player, at strong safety this season.

"Alexander has pretty ideal size for an NFC West safety," Bleacher Report's Steven Gerwel wrote about Alexander. "At 6'1" and 220 pounds, he has enough beef to play physically and bring down both running backs and tight ends. In fact, he's known as a thunderous hitter and knows how to blitz the quarterback — two skills (Rams head coach) Jeff Fisher looks for in a safety."

Chuck Jacobs

Position: Wide receiver

College: Utah State

Jacobs enters his second year with the San Francisco 49ers. He signed a reserve/futures contract in January.

Like last season, Jacobs will have a tough time entering the playing rotation with wide receivers like Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Stevie Johnson, as well as tight end Vernon Davis, on the 49ers' roster.

David Reed

Position: Wide receiver

College: Utah

Reed joined his third team in five NFL seasons when he signed a reserve/futures contract with the San Francisco 49ers in January.

Reed has done most of his damage in the pros as a returner. He could challenge the 49ers' main returner last season, LaMichael James, for opportunities on special teams.

Will Tukuafu

Position: Fullback

College: Oregon

High school: East

Tukuafu enters his fifth NFL season in 2014, all with the San Francisco 49ers.

His season came to an end last year in the playoffs when Tukuafu suffered a leg injury against the Carolina Panthers. Despite being the backup to Anthony Dixon at fullback in 2013, Tukuafu has played in 18 games over the past three seasons and could earn opportunities on the field this season.

Robert Turbin

Position: Running back

College: Utah State

Turbin enters his third NFL season with the Seattle Seahawks after being selected by the team in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.

He has established himself as a primary backup to four-time Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch, as Turbin had 77 carries for 264 yards last season. Seattle coach Pete Carroll, however, has intimated that second-year back Christine Michael could receive more carries, which would likely take away from Turbin's load.

"We have very high expectations for him," Carroll told nfl.com of Michael. "He's going to get a ton of work."

Bobby Wagner

Position: Linebacker

College: Utah State

Wagner is entering his third NFL season with the Seattle Seahawks after being selected by the team in the second round of the 2012 draft.

He will start at inside linebacker for the Seahawks and has the opportunity to record 100 or more tackles for the third straight season. Wagner had 120 in 2013 and 140 his rookie season. Of those, 159 have been solo tackles.

Wagner and the Seahawks have one goal, after beating Denver 43-8 to win Super Bowl XLVIII: repeat as champions.

"What’s happened before is obviously significant, but it doesn’t mean anything unless we go out and keep working," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told Sports Illustrated. "This takes discipline and commitment to doing it the right way and so far everything is going fine. We have a long ways to go.”

Stewart Bradley

Position: Middle linebacker

College: Nebraska

High school: Highland

Bradley is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently was with the Denver Broncos, and according to the Denver Post, he was the favorite to start at middle linebacker until a wrist injury shelved him last August. He was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 31.

Bryan Kehl

Position: Linebacker

College: BYU

High school: Brighton

Kehl is an unrestricted free agent, after the Washington Redskins failed to re-sign the six-year pro. During his time in the NFL, Kehl has played for four teams and has done his best work on special teams.

Cody Larsen

Position: Defensive line/offensive line

College: Southern Utah

High school: Jordan

Larsen is a recent cut victim, as the Baltimore Ravens released him on May 19. He joined the Ravens as a rookie free agent in May 2013.

Michael Smith

Position: Running back

College: Utah State

Smith was waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on May 13, according to pewterreport.com. The free agent had his 2013 season interrupted by a torn ligament in his foot, and in 2012 he had three kickoff returns for 55 yards.

Brett Keisel

Position: Defensive end

College: Snow, BYU

Keisel's 12-year NFL career may be coming to an end, as his only team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, has yet to re-sign him. During his pro career, Keisel has won two Super Bowl rings and played in a third.

According to ESPN, Steeler tight end Heath Miller recently appeared to hint Keisel may rejoin the team, which has employed numerous players in their 30s over the years.

“Keisel’s not here right now and he was well into his 30s last year,” Miller said.

Austin Collie

Position: Wide receiver

College: BYU

Collie is an unrestricted free agent, as the New England Patriots have yet to re-sign him. He was on and off the Patriots' roster in 2013 after signing with the team in early October and had six receptions for 63 yards during the regular season. Collie's best game in New England may have been his last, when he caught four passes for 57 yards in the Patriots' playoff loss to Denver.

According to Howard Balzer of KSDK.com, Collie had a tryout with the Washington Redskins in April.

Harvey Unga

Position: Running back

College: BYU

High school: Timpview

Unga is currently a free agent, though he tried out with the Carolina Panthers during the team's rookie minicamp in mid-May. After an off-and-on four years with the Chicago Bears, he was released for the final time by the team on Oct. 1, 2013.

Patrick Scales

Position: Lone snapper

College: Utah State

Scales was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 9 and is currently a free agent. He has yet to play in a game in his career.

Stevenson Sylvester

Position: Linebacker

College: Utah

Sylvester is currently an unrestricted free agent, after the Pittsburgh Steelers failed to re-sign him. He was a fifth-round pick by the team in 2010 and was a backup and special teams contributor. According to National Football Post, he recently worked out for the New England Patriots.