More than a dozen area players to begin season on NFL rosters

The 99th National Football League season is set to begin with more than a dozen area players on active rosters. 

Centerville High School leads the way with three alumni in the NFL: Mike Nugent, Michael Bennett and Ifeadi Odenigbo

>>RELATED: Area players who have signed with Ohio State

Entering his 14th season, Nugent is the dean of area players in pro football. 

The Ohio State All-American made the Oakland Raiders somewhat unexpectedly after an injury sideline rookie Eddy Pineiro midway through training camp. 

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His career began with the Jets and included stops in Tampa Bay, Arizona, Cincinnati, Chicago and Dallas. He spent seven seasons with the Bengals. 

>>RELATED: Odenigbo lands in Cleveland as preseason concludes 

Here is a list of the area players on NFL rosters: 

  • Bam Bradley, Trotwood-Madison, Ravens (Begins the season on the physically unable to perform list) 
  • Michael Bennett, Centerville, Jaguars
  • Kurt Coleman, Northmont, Saints
  • Taylor Decker, Butler, Lions
  • Jordan Hicks, Lakota West, Eagles
  • Nicholas Grigsby, Trotwood-Madison, Patriots 
  • Ryan Kelly, Lakota West, Colts
  • Josh Kline, Mason, Titans
  • Cody Latimer, Jefferson, Giants
  • Elijah Nkansah, Mason, Seahawks (practice squad)
  • Mike Nugent, Centerville, Raiders 
  • Ifeadi Odenigbo, Centerville, Browns
  • Adam Pankey, Hamilton, Packers
  • Quinten Rollins, Wilmington, Packers (injured reserve)
  • Joe Thuney, Alter, Patriots
  • Jerel Worthy, Wayne, Buccaneers

Three area players were waived or released in the past month and have not found new teams as of this writing (Chunky Clements, Trotwood-Madison; Donteea Dye, Fairfield and Braxton Miller, Wayne). 

Jalin Marshall, a Middletown star and Ohio State standout, has announced he plans to be part of the Alliance of American Football, a new league set to begin play early next year. 

Area standouts Nick Mangold (Alter) and Trent Cole (Xenia) officially retired in the past year while would-be rookies Sean Welsh (Springboro) and Mike McCray II both opted not to pursue pro careers after going through the draft process in the spring. 

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On the coaching side, new Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale is a Trotwood-Madison grad. 


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