Arizona Wildcats in the NFL: Transaction tracker

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With some recent lean years in terms of producing pro prospects, there won't be more than several Arizona Wildcats in the NFL in 2018.

In fact, just eight.

Although when one is Rob Gronkowski and the other is the reigning Super Bowl MVP (Nick Foles), that's at least a pretty good start.

NFL rosters were cut to 53 Saturday.

Former Arizona Wildcats in the NFL

CB Dane Cruikshank, Tennessee Titans

LB Marquis Flowers, Detroit Lions

QB Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

OLB Reggie Gilbert, Green Bay Packers

TE Rob Gronkowski, Tight End

NT Earl Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers

S Will Parks, Denver Broncos

DE Brooks Reed, Atlanta Falcons

Arizona Wildcats on a practice squad

WR Trey Griffey, Pittsburgh Steelers

Free agents

OG Jacob Alsadek

OL Gerhard de Beer

S Robert Golden

WR Cayleb Jones

CB Shaquille Richardson

LB Scooby Wright III

Check back for all the news on Arizona Wildcats in the NFL:

Sept. 11 -- OL Gerhard de Beer released from the Bills

De Beer, an undrafted rookie free agent, had spent a little more than a week on Buffalo's practice squad after being cut at the end of camp. He sent a classy tweet upon hearing the bad news.

Sept. 3 -- LB Marquis Flowers signs with Lions

Flowers, who was cut last week by New England, reunites with Matt Patricia, who was the Patriots' defensive coordinator last season and is now the Lions' head coach. Flowers should help the Lions in pass coverage as well as assisting on special teams.

Sept. 2 -- OL Gerhard de Beer (Bills) and WR Trey Griffey (Steelers) chosen for practice squads

These young guys will get a chance to keep developing.

Sept. 1 -- LB Marquis Flowers cut by the Patriots

Flowers is a fourth-year pro who played in every game for the Patriots last season after being acquired in a trade. The former sixth-rounder made 32 tackles last season, including 3.5 sacks.

Sept. 1 -- OL Jacob Alsadek not on Cowboys' roster

He was not on the list of cuts released by the NFL, but he's also not on the roster as of Sunday. He had been cut in August before the final cuts, although I couldn't find any mention of that anywhere.

Sept. 1 -- OL Gerhard de Beer cut by Buffalo Bills

The rookie free agent faced long odds to make the team, but he might have enough upside to make the practice squad.

Sept. 1 -- WR Trey Griffey cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers

Not a surprise, but he is a solid candidate for the practice squad.

August 31 -- WR Cayleb Jones cut by the Minnesota Vikings

This was no surprise. He was charged August 30 with felony-level theft, misdemeanor domestic assault and a gross misdemeanor for interfering with an emergency call.

August 31 -- Reports: LB Scooby Wright cut by Arizona Cardinals

Wright has been listed as the second-team middle linebacker in camp, but it looks as if he might not be in the Cardinals' plan under new coach Steve Wilks. Wright, a third-year pro, had the most decorated season in Arizona history when, as a sophomore in 2014, he won the Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award as the nation's top defender, the Lombardi Award (top defensive lineman or linebacker) and the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year Award.

August 15 -- S Robert Golden tweets he's not longer with Chiefs

Golden spent his first six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, making 80 tackles and two interceptions, known as a special teams ace.

August 13 -- OL Jacob Alsadek signs with the Dallas Cowboys

Alsadek was brought in for depth after injuries in camp. Alsadek, a rookie free agent who was cut in May out of Packers camp, earlier in August signed with the Phoenix team in the Alliance of American Football, a new spring league starting in 2019. The Phoenix team will be coached by Rick Neuheisel.

August 6 -- DB Shaq Richardson waived/injured by the Oakland Raiders

The 2014 fifth-rounder spent the past two seasons in the CFL. He was signed by Oakland in January but suffered a knee injury early in camp.

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Interesting to note that Rich Rod, in his six years at Arizona, produced only two current players -- Flowers and Parks -- and they are both on defense (which Rich Rod was not known for at Arizona). Not one offensive player out of his famed read-option offense.

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