Cal Bears with 33 NFL players: Bears in the Pros open thread

Rob Carr

Cal is fifth in active NFL players, trailing USC, LSU, Miami, and Georgia.

Note: Mike Mohamed was cut, so this list is currently one short.

What are all 33 doing? You'll be pleased to know MOST of them will be starting or participating regularly on Sundays.

Mike Gibson - Arizona Cardinals

Gibson has been released and signed so many times I've lost count. But he's back, this time with the Cardinals as a backup center.

Tony Gonzalez, Thomas Decoud - Atlanta Falcons

Gonzalez is back for one more go-around, and returned to training camp late and still didn't miss a beat. Rock star.

Decoud is coming off his best season, and he figures to be a big part of Atlanta's return to the playoffs and a potential Super Bowl bid.

D.J. Campbell - Carolina Panthers

Campbell was waived and placed on injured reserve.

Chris Conte - Chicago Bears

Contract year for Conte, who has been the starting free safety since his rookie season. He still has some room for improvement though.

Marvin Jones - Cincinnati Bengals

Jones spent some time on Hard Knocks this offseason and also figures to be a fixture in the rotation when Cincy spreads it out. He's making a name for himself with (surprise, surprise!) contested catches.

Alex Mack & Mitchell Schwartz - Cleveland Browns

Mack took part in a Julius Caesar Film at NFL Pro Boot camp. Schwartz had a solid rookie season. Both are locked in to start this year at center and right tackle respectively.

L.P. LaDouceur - Dallas Cowboys

He snaps punts.

C.J. Anderson - Denver Broncos

Made the team, but out with an MCL injury for the first month of the season.

Aaron Rodgers, Jeremy Ross - Green Bay Packers

Aaron? Just being the best player in football. Nothing new.

For some reason he was ranked sixth last year. Please.

As for Jeremy, he's still in Green Bay, and might move into more of a receiving role this season. He might need to learn not to drop the ball though. He also could be the team's primary punt returner.

Tyson Alualu, Bryan Anger, Justin Forsett, Will Ta'ufo'ou - Jacksonville Jaguars

Forsett signed with the Jags this offseason to be the backup to MJD. However he's been dealing with a toe injury all camp and might not be available for the season opener. Ta'ufo'ou has been on Jacksonville's team since 2012 and should be the team's starting fullback this season. The Jags moved Tice back out to defensive end this season (like he played at Cal), and he's still adjusting back to the position.

As for Anger, only one Jaguar received an All-Pro vote last year. Hint: He smashes.

Desmond Bishop - Minnesota Vikings

Bishop had a rough 2012-13 campaign and learned about how hard the NFL can be. He missed almost the entire season with a torn hamstring. Then the Packers didn't bring him back. Now he's hanging on the edge of Minnesota's roster as a backup linebacker. Here's hoping Bishop finds his way back into the rotation.

Shane Vereen - New England Patriots

Will be the yang to Steven Ridley's yin and LeGarrette Blount's SMASH.

Cameron Jordan & Brian De La Puente - New Orleans Saints

Cam was pretty much one of the few bright spots on a terrible, terrible defense last year, and could be set for big things this season. He's also a scholar and a humanitarian.

As for De La Puente, he's only graded as one o of the top centers in the NFL. No big deal.

DeSean Jackson & Mychal Kendricks - Philadelphia Eagles

DeSean in Chip Kelly's offense? Might be nice to see him return to his 2009-2010 form if Kelly can spread things out and give Jackson space with which to disrupt.

He also has a documentary out. Check it!

As for Mychal...

"I think Mychal's an athletic, real physical linebacker, but I think his biggest attribute is his athleticism," Kelly said of the 2nd year man. "He's a three‑down linebacker, he doesn't have to come off the field in third down. He excels in pass coverage, but he's physical enough to play on first and second down. He's one of the more athletic linebackers in this league, so really excited about his future and what he can do. He can do everything we've asked him to do."

Kelly also praised what he called Kendricks' "coverageability." That's a new Chipism...

Justin Cheadle - Pittsburgh Steelers

Cheadle was injured during the season. He's currently on Pittsburgh's injured reserve.

Matt Giordano - St. Louis Rams

Giordano was signed this offseason to provide veteran stability on a pretty bad Rams defensive backline.

Keenan Allen & Steve Williams - San Diego Chargers

Keenan had a rough offseason (involved hats), but he's in a position where he'll be asked to step up quickly. Some fans think he has a chance to play and step up, and could be a factor early in the season.

Williams tore his pectoral muscle in the preseason and is out for 2013.

Nnamdi Asomugha - San Francisco 49ers

Nnamdi is San Francisco's #3 corner. Niners Nation thinks he's up to the task of guarding Jordy Nelson today.

Marshawn Lynch & Brandon Mebane - Seattle Seahawks

Man has found a home.

As for Mebane, he continues to be locked in as a starting Seahawks defensive tackle.

Brian Schwenke and Craig Stevens - Tennessee Titans

Schwenke seems to have won the backup center position in his first year. And are the Titans considering placing Stevens at fullback?

Nick Sundberg - Washington Redskins

He snaps punts.

Here's the week 1 NFL schedule! Discuss!

THU, SEP 5 TIME (ET)
Baltimore at Denver 8:30 PM

SUN, SEP 8 TIME (ET)

New England at Buffalo 1:00 PM
Cincinnati at Chicago 1:00 PM
Miami at Cleveland 1:00 PM
Atlanta at New Orleans 1:00 PM
Tampa Bay at NY Jets 1:00 PM
Tennessee at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
Minnesota at Detroit 1:00 PM
Oakland at Indianapolis 1:00 PM
Seattle at Carolina 1:00 PM
Kansas City at Jacksonville 1:00 PM
Arizona at St. Louis 4:25 PM
Green Bay at San Francisco 4:25 PM
NY Giants at Dallas 8:30 PM

MON, SEP 9 TIME (ET)

Philadelphia at Washington 7:00 PM
Houston at San Diego 10:15 PM -

See more at: http://www.thehuddle.com/2013/nfl/nfl-schedule-wk-txt.php#sthash.HJ5ukHe0.dpuf

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