By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Writer
With NFL rosters being cut down from 75 to 53 players by Friday afternoon, the journeys of three former MISD alums, Raymond Radway, David Douglas, and Jeff Fuller, will have been decided to a certain degree. While all three could be candidates for a team’s practice squad if they do not make the active roster, they have been looking to win a roster spot with their respective club.
Raymond Radway, Dallas Cowboys
For Radway, his chance at making the Dallas Cowboys came to an end on Monday morning when the team had to cut rosters from 90 to 75 players. The McKinney North product did not have a productive training camp and preseason, dropping passes and failing to get open often times in his routes. When Radway fractured his leg last year in the final seconds of the last preseason game at Miami, many believed that had it not been for the unfortunate injury, the former Bulldog had played his way to the No. 5 receiver slot in Dallas. However, it appeared as though the injury may have taken a bit of the speed and flash away from Radway’s game, at least for this year. He is a candidate to make the Cowboy’s practice squad this weekend.
David Douglas, New York Giants
The former McKinney North receiver and current New York Giant David Douglas did not record a reception last night in the team’s final preseason game versus New England. While the numbers don’t stand out to you, (only one reception for 23 yards in four preseason games), Douglas has been one of the few standouts in practice and has also had two 30-plus-yard receptions called back due to penalties. He has also looked good in special teams as the team’s punt and kickoff returner, an area which rookies have to stand out to be considered for a roster spot come cut down day. If he does not make the active roster with New York, look for Douglas to be a strong candidate for the Giants practice squad.
Jeff Fuller, Miami Dolphins
Jeff Fuller has quietly had one of the most productive camps of any Miami Dolphins receiver on the roster. The former McKinney Boyd product caught seven passes for 55 yards, while also showing off his tremendous athleticism several times with acrobatic catches during practice.
There are about 10 players battling for five or six receiver jobs on the Dolphins, and Fuller is believed to be right in the mix for the final slot. Surprisingly, he has not been featured on the HBO series Hard Knocks, which follows the Dolphins around training camp and gives fans an inside look on how teams conduct business this time of the year.
Fuller was able to play the final preseason game of the year in front of his hometown friends, as Miami took on Dallas in Arlington on Thursday. He caught one pass for six yards but was given extended playing time with third- and fourth-stringers playing a majority of the night. If Fuller can survive the cut and make the active roster on Friday, he will hope to strengthen the connection with Ryan Tannehill and Mike Sherman, his college quarterback and head coach, respectively.
NFL roster cuts have to be announced by 4 p.m. Friday. Check back into TSB for updates and decisions on the MISD alums’ journeys to the NFL.