NFL rookie camps are underway, so we check in with some recent Syracuse Orange players to get an update.
Eric Dungey, New York Giants
“I talked to Coach Shurmur and he was just talking to me about that [split] position,” Dungey, 22, told the Daily News before his second practice. “Originally it was tight end, which obviously I didn’t want to just play tight end. But he kind of talked to me and just saying we want you as more of an athlete. He mentioned Taysom Hill.”
Dungey still holds hope of playing quarterback but this might be his best shot at sticking on a NFL roster.
Jamal Custis, Kansas City Chiefs
According to Arrowhead Pride, it sounds like Andy Reid’s a fan of Custis’s game
Reid was asked why Custis was such a priority for the Chiefs as a rookie free agent rather than outright drafting him.
“It’s picks—it’s number of picks that you have,” Reid said, “I like him, though. He’s got good skill. I’d be curious to see when things get going here how well he runs his routes and catches and does all those things in our system, but I sure liked him at Syracuse. He was a good football player.”
With this kind of support and the reported signing bonus Custis received from the Chiefs puts him in a very good position.
Chiefs were so determined to add more WR talent that they gave undrafted Syracuse WR Jamal Custis over $100K in guaranteed money, believed to be the highest guarantee for any undrafted WR over the past two drafts, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 3, 2019
Cody Conway, Tennessee Titans
The @Titans won’t release list of undrafted free agents until the players pass a physical and sign. The rookies won’t be here for minicamp until May 10, so it’s going be a while.— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) April 28, 2019
We’ll have to keep an eye out towards the end of the week for any news out of Nashville on Conway.
Koda Martin, Los Angeles Chargers
Martin might stand a good chance at making the Chargers roster according to Bolts from the Blue, so keep an eye out on his progress throughout the summer.
In the end, I believe Martin has the best chances to stick on the roster out of the three current UDFAs. Right tackle is the spot of need along the Chargers’ front five and that experience and success there in college will help him out quite a bit. Plus, having spent a full season at left tackle as well, the coaches will take note of that versatility.
No updates yet for Jordan Martin with the Minnesota Vikings and Dontae Strickland with the Arizona Cardinals, but each player is looking to impress enough to try and find a practice squad opportunity this season.
We’ll try and keep these updates coming as we hear more about training camp invitations and other Orange-related news.