One's earned a nickname. One's a college walk-on turned first-year backup in the NFL. One's unfortunately injured. San Diego State football saw five of its own enter the ranks of the NFL this year. So let's check in and see how they're doing.
S Nat Berhe, New York Giants
Berhe is winning over a lot of people in the New York Giants organization with his hard-hitting tackles, recently earning the nickname "The Missile" after the Giants' preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills. And the nickname seems to fit Berhe: he recorded three tackles and one forced fumble in his NFL debut against the Bills and recorded two more tackles (both solo) against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Berhe is currently listed as New York's third-string strong safety. If Berhe continues to play like "The Missile," he'll earn snaps as a safety during the season, and will most definitely earn solid minutes on special teams.
You can see Berhe in action tomorrow, August 16, against the Indianapolis Colts at 4 p.m. PT.
CB Eric Pinkins, Seattle Seahawks
Coach Pete Carroll and his staff decided to make Pinkins a cornerback after he played safety at SDSU. Pinkins fits the bill for Seattle's "Legion of Boom": a big, strong CB (he's 6'3", 220 pounds). Unfortunately, Pinkins sustained a Lisfranc injury in his foot and will be out for about 2-4 more weeks. However, this could be a blessing in disguise: this injury allows Pinkins to lay low and learn his position and develop mentally as a cornerback (he most likely wasn't going to get much early playing time, because, you know, Seattle's secondary is already kind of good).
FB Chad Young, New York Jets
Things are looking very good for the former SDSU walk-on.
Young has earned the backup fullback role on the New York Jets. He played in the Jets' preseason opener win against the Colts, catching one pass for eight yards, and he recorded a fumble recovery. Young will play behind two-year vet Tommy Bohanon out of Wake Forest.
The Jets next play the Cincinnati Bengals tomorrow night at 4 p.m. PT.
OG Bryce Quigley, Detroit Lions
Quigley faces a tough road to playing time with the Lions: he's an undrafted free agent who switched positions from offensive tackle to offensive guard right before his rookie campaign.
So far it seems like he's doing pretty well, though: he's listed as the third-string right guard on the Lions' roster. But...Quigley lined up at offensive tackle--not guard--during Detroit's preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns. Out of the five offensive tackles that played, Quigley took the third most snaps (18).
Quigley will be on the bubble when it comes to trimming rosters to 53 at the end of August.
The Lions play the Oakland Raiders tonight at 7 p.m. PT.
WR Colin Lockett, Cincinnati Bengals
Lockett hasn't caught a pass yet in the Bengals' preseason. In a roster loaded with wide receivers, Lockett will find it tough to make the 53-man roster as a receiver. He's currently listed as "other" in the WR 2 slot on the Bengals' depth chart.
Lockett also isn't listed on the depth chart as a kick or punt returner--another possible way he'd make the roster.
The former Aztec will likely be a practice squad wide receiver and grow from there.
You can next see the Bengals in action against Chad Young and the Jets tomorrow night at 4 p.m. PT.