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Red Raiders in the NFL 2015 Preseason Edition Volume 1

Yes it's still just preseason, but that doesn't mean some great athletes that donned the Scarlet and Black haven't been on the field. Jonathan takes a look at what some Red Raiders did last year and what to look for this year.

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Currently there are 11 Red Raiders playing in the NFL. There a few, like Crabtree, Amendola, and Vasquez that will be starting, but there are others that are currently "fringe" players hoping to make the team as cuts begin to trim rosters down to 53 players.

Jace Amaro (TE, NY Jets)

Last season, Jace had a great rookie season. Playing in 14 games and starting in 4, he had almost 350 yards and 2 touchdowns, accounting for more that 10% of the Jets receiving yards. While the Jets do not have the high-profile quarterback that other receivers in the NFL with Tech ties have had in years past, look for Jace to rack up the yards this season as well although he hasn't recorded any stats this preseason as he injured his shoulder in the opener against the Lions.

Edit: It was announced today that Amaro will be having shoulder surgery, and be placed on season-ending IR

Danny Amendola (WR, New England Patriots)

After consecutive 600-yard seasons in 2012 and 2013, Danny took a step back last year with only 200, after starting in just 4 games. He is predicted to backup Brandon LaFell this year and will have to compete with Gronkowski and Edelman for touches in games. After 2 preseason games this year Danny has 1 catch for 25 yards.

Michael Crabtree (WR, Oakland Raiders)

After what some would call an unsuccessful stint with the 49ers, Crabtree moves across the bay to play for a different Raiders team. After a breakout 2012 season of over 1,000 yards, his success was greatly hindered by an achilles tear in the 2013 preseason, and he managed only 600 yards last year during an interesting year all around in San Fran. It will be interesting to see how the raiders use Crabtree, and potential rookie sensation Amari Cooper.

Cody Davis (DB, St Louis Rams)

As one of the hardest hitters and an all around great player at Tech, Cody enters his 3rd year with the Rams as one of their most consistent players. In a game against Oakland this preseason, Cody had a great hit on a receiver to break up a sure touchdown, and most Cowboys fans remember when he recovered a fumble against Dallas last season.

Reshod Fortenberry (G, Dallas Cowboys)

Reshod was signed this past offseason by Dallas as an undrafted free agent and invited to their rookie minicamp. He impressed the coaching staff greatly, even working with some of the starters when backups went down with injury. Unfortunately he was injured in early August with what is being reported as a knee injury, and had to be carted off the field. He was released b Dallas a couple days later, but I don;t believe this is the end for Reshod.

Next week we'll take a look at the other Red Raiders, including 2013 pro-bowler Louis Vasquez, and New York Mets draftee Bradley Marquez.