Sep 3, 2013
CHICAGO – Following NFL “Cutdown Day” on Saturday, five former Arena Football League alumni got a second chance at life in the NFL by signing practice squad contracts on Sunday.
The New York Giants added a pair of AFL receivers to their practice squads with the signings of former Iowa Barnstormers standout Marcus Harris and Pittsburgh Power record-breaker Julian Talley. Both receivers spent all of the preseason in New York.
The Detroit Lions also signed two former AFLers in defensive linemen Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen. Proctor spent time in 2013 with the Orlando Predators while Saddler McQueen played for the Jacksonville Sharks and Tampa Bay Storm in 2012.
Former Arizona Rattlers assignee Brenton Bersin also signed a practice squad contract to play receiver for the Carolina Panthers.
In addition to these signings, former Utah Blaze fullback Tyler Clutts, who had been cut by the Houston Texans on Saturday, was quickly scooped up by the Miami Dolphins, bringing the total of AFL alumni on active NFL rosters to 10.