There are 14 Long Beach and Moore League athletes locked up with NFL contracts this year, or hoping to make NFL teams or practice squads.
In previous seasons, there were gradual stepdowns from training camp and preseason rosters to the 53-man rosters that teams carry into the regular season. This year that’s changed, and all 32 NFL teams will go from their 90-man training camp/preseason roster to the 53-man roster by 1 p.m. on Sept. 2. At that point, more than 1,800 players will go from on an NFL team to scrambling for work, especially jockeying to make the 10-man practice squad that can be established by each team on Sept. 3.
The local players hoping to make teams are:
Long Beach Poly
The Jackrabbits lead all high schools across the country both in NFL alums all-time and in alums currently on an NFL roster. Marcedes Lewis enters his 12th season with the Jacksonville Jaguars; he’s under contract through 2018. DeSean Jackson is probably the most well-known Long Beach player in the league, entering his 10th year and making his debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have him signed through 2019.
Another former Pro Bowl honoree out of Poly is Jurrell Casey, who is slated to begin his seventh year with the Tennessee Titans, where he’s signed through 2018.
Poly’s Kaelin Clay had a year with the Ravens and Bucs and is now signed with the Panthers, with a one-year deal for 2017. Another lesser-known Jackrabbit who’s still an impact player in the league is Jamize Olawale, an old-school fullback with the Raiders. After going…
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