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14 Brits prepare for NFL Training Camp

Posted Jul 24, 2017

Here come the Brits!

NFL training camps are opening across the United States as 32 teams begin their serious preparations for the 2017 campaign.

And there will be something of a mini British invasion this year on the practice fields, in the coaching ranks and in scouting departments across America, offering further evidence of how much the game continues to grow in the United Kingdom.

Here is a reminder of who will be in the thick of the training camp action in the coming weeks.

THE PLAYERS

Jay Ajayi – Running Back, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins have been full of praise for their London-born running back as he enters his third season in the NFL. Ajayi is coming off a Pro Bowl 2016 season and will spearhead the Miami attack in 2017.

Menelik Watson – Offensive Tackle, Denver Broncos

After playing his first four seasons in Oakland, Manchester’s own Watson will use training camp to acquaint himself with the Broncos. His physical and aggressive style will be welcomed in Denver.

Jack Crawford – Defensive End, Atlanta Falcons

A disruptive pass-rushing presence, Crawford is expected to make an immediate impact on an Atlanta defense that is growing in stature and confidence under head coach Dan Quinn.

Lawrence Okoye – Defensive Tackle, Miami Dolphins

An excellent athlete who continues to intrigue coaches around the NFL, this former Olympic discus finalist is battling to win a roster spot in Miami. This is a huge summer for Okoye to make his mark.

Obi Melifonwu – Safety, Oakland Raiders

The Raiders have high hopes for this British safety, who was taken in the second round of the NFL Draft after wowing scouts with his athleticism. A strong camp will see Obi start as a rookie.

Jermaine Eluemunor – Offensive Tackle, Baltimore Ravens

Given their recent struggles – and departures – along the offensive line, Eluemunor should have a shot at starting as a rookie if the fifth rounder enjoys a strong start to training camp life in the NFL.

Alex Gray – Tight End, Atlanta Falcons

Camp is going to be massive in the development of this former England rugby union player. The pads will go on for the first time and coaches in Atlanta will be watching this athletic prospect closely.

Alex Jenkins – Defensive End, New Orleans Saints

From amateur football with Bristol Aztecs to the NFL and the Saints Jenkins is continuing to live the dream. But he has the talent and desire to more than just make up the training camp numbers.

Efe Obada – Defensive End, Carolina Panthers

After boasting experience with Dallas, Kansas City and Atlanta, former London Warrior Obada has caught the eye of the Panthers and he is highly regarded in Charlotte heading into a vital few weeks.

Francis Kallon – Defensive End, Pittsburgh Steelers

This may be one Brit you haven’t heard that much about. Kallon moved to America aged 16 and started six games as a senior at Georgia Tech before signing with Pittsburgh. A growing talent worth watching.

THE COACH

Aden Durde – Linebackers Coach, Atlanta Falcons

Former NFL linebacker Aden Durde will serve as an intern coach with the Falcons throughout the preseason, helping to fine-tune one of the fastest and most aggressive defenses in the NFL. Durde also boasts coaching experience with the Dallas Cowboys.

Phoebe Schecter – Defensive Coach, Buffalo Bills

Great Britain’s women’s team star Phoebe Schecter will serve as an intern coach with the Bills, focusing on defense. Female coaches around the world will watch Phoebe’s deserved progress and success with great interest.

THE SCOUTS

Will Bryce – Scouting Intern, Baltimore Ravens

Brice has been responsible for training British players who have headed to the NFL in recent years. Now he is set to add another string to his bow by working in the scouting department with the Ravens.

Gerry Anderson – Scouting Intern, Washington Redskins

Former London Monarchs tight end Gerry Anderson currently works in operations for NFL UK but will be putting his extensive football knowledge to good use in the Washington Redskins’ scouting department.


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