T-Birds in the NFL, Week 4

There are still only two former T-Birds currently on NFL rosters, and they continue to struggle for playing time on very competitive teams.

LeShaun Sims – CB, Tennessee Titans

Sims was moved to the other cornerback position, according to nfl.com.

He continues to backup Malcolm Butler, but is also competing for playing time behind Logan Ryan and Adoree’ Jackson.

Over the last two weeks, Sims has recorded two tackles, one solo and one assisted. Both tackles came in the Titans’ 9-6 defensive win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in week three.

Sims now has three total tackles on the season, two solo and one assisted.

Miles Killebrew – LB/DB, Detroit Lions

Killebrew, the only other T-Bird on an NFL roster, started the season as a third-string linebacker for the Lions.

Since then, he has been moved back to his safety position, now listed as the backup free safety to Glover Quin, according to detroitlions.com.

Killebrew has struggled to find playing time for new head coach Matt Patricia, but has proved to be a versatile player with his ability to switch between the defensive backfield and the front seven.

Killebrew made his only contributions of the season in the Lions surprising 26-10 win over the New England Patriots in week three, where he recorded one solo tackle.

Other T-Birds yet to sign with an NFL team: (per nfl.com)

James Cowser, LB.

Raysean Pringle, DB

Josh Thornton, DB

Mike Needham, LB

Former T-Bird Tight End Steve Wroblewski Signs with Salt Lake Stallions:

With the Alliance of American Football season only months away, the Salt Lake Stallions released their roster. Steve Wroblewski, a former tight end for the Thunderbirds football team, was among the names for the first ever Stallions roster.

Originally from Eagle Crest High School in Aurora, Colorado, Wroblewski played for SUU during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He was named to the All-Big Sky third team as a junior, and was an All-Big Sky honorable mention as a senior. Over his Thunderbird career, Wroblewski had 63 receptions for 770 yards and three touchdowns.

Wroblewski originally signed with the Arizona Cardinals after going undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, but was later cut before training camp began last season. The Indianapolis Colts then signed him, but cut Wroblewski before the regular season began.

Wroblewski is one of two tight ends listed on the Stallions’ roster so far, the other being Nick Truesdell out of Grand Rapids Junior College.

The Stallions will start their season with the rest of the AAF in its inaugural season on Feb. 19, 2019 after this year’s Super Bowl.

Story by: Kurt Meachem
kurtleymeachem@gmail.com
Photo per: Adrien Curiel unsplash.com

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