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Knights in the NFL // A Preview of the 2015 Season

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Now that many NFL teams have opened their respective training camps, it is time to take a look at all of the Knights in the NFL and what is expected of them in 2015.

Kenny Britt, WR, Rams, 7th Season

After having numerous off the field issues, the former Bayonne, NJ standout has seemed to settle down in St. Louis. He will have the chance to fight for the top receiver spot on the Rams roster. Britt is expected to put up big numbers this year and if he keeps it together then that is very realistic possibility.

Kevin Brock, TE, Saints, 3rd Season

After being cut from the Bengals to make room for Tyler Kroft, Brock signed on with the Saints. Jimmy Graham is gone but with the addition of Brock, there are now 5 TEs on the roster. Brock needs to make an impression and stand out to earn a spot on the roster.

Michael Burton, FB, Lions, Rookie

After being drafted higher than expected, Burton will be penciled in as the starting fullback from day 1. He was the main reason that Rutgers was able to have a potent running game regardless of who was carrying the ball. Expect Burton to get a fair amount of snaps and even catch a few passes out of the backfield this season.

Brandon Coleman, WR, Saints, 2nd Season

It was pretty surprising when Coleman went undrafted, but he landed in a good situation in New Orleans. With Jimmy Graham gone, future Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees will have to identify a new huge target. Standing at 6'6", Coleman fits that role perfectly. Numerous writers have pegged Coleman as a breakout player this season and barring anything unexpected, Coleman should see plenty of playing time at WR and make some plays for the Saints

Marcus Cooper, CB, Chiefs, 3rd Season

Cooper had a great rookie season but did not play as great in his second season. Hopefully it was only a sophomore slump for Cooper, who will have to fight for a spot on the Chiefs roster. He lost his starting job in 2014 and is no longer a lock to make the team.

Andrew DePaola, LS, Buccaneers, 2nd Season

DePaola proved himself to be a safe and consistent option for the Bucs in 2014. As long as he stays healthy, DePaola will once again handle all long snapping duties for the Buccaneers.

R.J. Dill, OT, Cowboys, Rookie

Dill finds himself on a roster loaded with great offensive lineman so it is highly unlikely he sees the field. It will also be an uphill battle for Dill to make the final 53-man roster but he boasts prototypical NFL size at 6'6" 320.

Jonathan Freeny, DE, Patriots, 4th Season

The Patriots are experiencing some injuries at the linebacker position so Freeny will have plenty of chances to prove himself to a Rutgers-friendly staff. If he has a consistent camp performance, Freeny will find himself on the sidelines for Week 1 as a member of the 53-man roster.

Khaseem Greene, LB, Buccaneers, 3rd Season

After two disappointing seasons in Chicago, Greene will look for a fresh start in Tampa Bay. Green is great fit as an outside linebacker in the Buccaneers defensive scheme and can turn a lot of heads in training camp. Greene is certainly not a lock to make the final roster but has a great chance as long as he keeps his head down and works hard. Greene has the skill set to be a very good linebacker in the NFL.

Duron Harmon, S, Patriots, 3rd Season

Harmon will spend his season backing up a certain Rutgers player you may have heard of. Although he is not a starter, Harmon gets plenty of playing time and makes the most of it. He is one of the better backup safeties out there and could easily be a starter on multiple NFL teams. Look for Harmon to make plenty of plays in the Patriots defensive backfield this season.

Clark Harris, LS, Bengals, 7th Season

Harris is a perfect model of consistency for the Bengals. If Alan Lucy ever needs someone to look up to, it is Harris. He will be going into his 6th season as the Bengals full time long snapper. After a very successful career as a TE at Rutgers, Harris had a short stint with the Texans before moving to the Bengals and has been a backbone on special teams for many years.

George Johnson, DE, Buccaneers, 4th Season

Johnson earned his contract extension this offseason, but was traded from the Lions to the Bucs shortly after. Johnson broke out in 2014, tallying 6 sacks for the Lions elite defense. Johnson and Jacquies Smith are two young pass rushers that can put up big time numbers for the Bucs, a team on the rise.

Kaleb Johnson, OG, Ravens, Rookie

Johnson returned for his senior season but it did not seem to help his draft stock. He is signed to the Ravens but will have to really grind to earn a spot on the roster. He certainly has the talent to play in the NFL but will need to prove it to the Ravens coaching staff to secure a spot on the team.

Tyler Kroft, TE, Bengals, Rookie

Big things are expected of Kroft, who joins a loaded Bengals offense with player such as Jeremy HIll, Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, and some Sanu guy. Kroft will battle with Tyler Eifert for the starting job and regardless should have no problem seeing the field. Kroft is as refined as a pass catching tight end can be, but needs to work on his blocking. If he can become a decent blocker, Tyler Kroft has the chance to be a very special player.

Devin McCourty, S, Patriots, 6th Season

McCourty is a special player and one of the best safeties in the league. He is the best cover safety in the AFC and is on of the leaders of the Super Bowl champion defense. McCourty has tons of expectations for 2015, one of them being to win back to back Super Bowls. If McCourty continues to play at the high level he is capable of, the sky is the limit.

Jason McCourty, CB, Titans, 7th Season

Although his twin may get more attention, nothing should be taken away from Jason. He is a special player who has been a rare bright spot on the Titans team. He is the undisputed leader of that defense and has high hopes for 2015. He has Pro-Bowl talent and should have many opportunities to prove he is a great cornerback.

Jamil Merrell, DE, Bears, Rookie

The NFL has not been very friendly to the Merrell brothers, but Jamil has a chance to make a splash with the Bears. He is definitely looked at as a long-shot but he is still on the team. Merrell has "tweener" size which may make his life in the NFL difficult. It is going to be a tough road for Merrell but not an impossible one.

Quron Pratt, WR, Eagles, 2nd Season

Pratt spent all of 2014 on the practice squad and will have to work incredibly hard to keep that role. He is an elite special teams player, which Chip Kelly values a lot and helped Pratt stay with the team in 2014. The Eagles went out looking for pass catchers in the offseason and Pratt will have to be much improved this year to make the practice squad. However, a year with the team can only help him.

Logan Ryan, CB, Patriots, 3rd Season

With Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis gone, Ryan will have the opportunity to be the top cornerback for the Patriots. He will have to battle Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler and Bradley Fletcher but Ryan has plenty of experience and talent to be a starter. Ryan and Devin McCourty could be sharing a lot of time on the field in 2015. Look for Ryan to have a huge year for the Patriots.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals, 4th Season

All indications point to Sanu having a monster season for the Bengals. Sanu and A.J. Greene have potential to be one of the best 1-2 punches in the league. Sanu has been working a ton on his footwork this offseason and should be a force in 2015. We all know his versatility and he can play any position on offense but is most well known for his incredible hands. Sanu is primed for a special season as long as he stays healthy.

Kevin Snyder, LB, Lions, Rookie

Snyder was signed nearly the second the draft ended, proving that he was a priority for the Lions. Snyder proved that he was an elite athlete at the Rutgers pro day and should be able to showcase his true football skills in training camp. Snyder along with Michael Burton are two exceptional players and men who the Lions are very fortunate to have on their team. I would not be surprised if Snyder is able to find consistent success with the Lions.

Andrew Turzilli, WR, Titans, Rookie

Turzilli was a big-play threat for Rutgers but will need to expand his game in order to be a successful NFL receiver. Everyone talks about his 4.44 40-yard-dash but that is not fast enough to make the 53-man roster as a speed guy. If Turzilli can show that he can be a great receiver in all aspects, he should have no problem catching on with the Titans.

Tim Wright, TE, Buccaneers, 3rd Season

Wright helped the Patriots win a Super Bowl in his first season with the team but was quickly shown the door after. He returns to his original team, the Buccaneers, and should make an immediate impact. He is one of the better receiving threats on that team and should be featured more with Austin Serafin-Jenkins as a great TE duo. Wright has always been a streaky player and would love to be a more consistent player. Look for Wright to be an improved blocker and to be an overall more consistent player.

Jeremy Zuttah, C, Ravens, 8th Season

Zuttah will enter camp as the Ravens starting center on a talented offensive line. Zuttah was a key player on the Buccaneers for a very long time, making countless starts all across the line. He has started every game each of the past 3 seasons and fans should expect nothing less for 2015 as he looks to help anchor the offensive line for a Super Bowl hungry team.