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Former Georgia running back Nick Chubb opens the 2020 NFL season with the Cleveland Browns.

NFL opens 2020 with 51 former Georgia football players on rosters

ATHENS — Former Georgia football fan-favorite Mecole Hardman helped get the 2020 NFL season kicked off right last Thursday with a hilarious stadium arrival outfit that somehow seemed just right for the occasion.

It was the quarantine version of Hardman, apparently, as he arrived in a bath robe, bunny slippers, a Teddy Bear and a mask before Kansas City’s opened the season on Thursday night against Houston.

It was a relatively quiet night for Hardman, who had one catch for 6 yards and a kid return for 20 yards in the Chiefs’ 34-20 win over the Texans.

But there are plenty of other former Bulldogs’ stars ready to make some noise in the NFL this season with 32 UGA players on active NFL 53-man rosters, and another 15 scattered around the league on practice squads.

A look at the breakdown reflects 10 former Georgia football receivers and 10 former linebackers, with seven former Bulldogs’ on defensive lines and another seven on offensive lines.

There are five former Georgia players on the Chicago Bears, and four with New England, Detroit and the Los Angeles Rams, per the list put together by the UGA sports information department and distributed.

The players and their roster status are listed below:

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9-10-20 arrival pregame KC Thursday night season-opener vs. Houston / Kansas City Chiefs Twitter photo

53-Man Rosters (32)

David Andrews                        OL           New England Patriots

Geno Atkins                             DL           Cincinnati Bengals

Rodrigo Blankenship               PK           Indianapolis Colts

Lorenzo Carter                        LB            New York Giants

Nick Chubb                              RB           Cleveland Browns

Chris Conley                            WR          Jacksonville Jaguars

Tae Crowder                           LB            New York Giants

Thomas Davis                         LB            Washington Football Team

Leonard Floyd                         LB            Los Angeles Rams

Jake Fromm                            QB           Buffalo Bills

Lamont Gaillard                       OL           Arizona Cardinals

A.J. Green                               WR          Cincinnati Bengals

Todd Gurley                            RB           Atlanta Falcons

Mecole Hardman                     WR          Kansas City Chiefs

Justin Houston                        DE           Indianapolis Colts

Jordan Jenkins                        LB            New York Jets

John Jenkins                           DL           Chicago Bears

Abry Jones                              DL           Jacksonville Jaguars

Ben Jones                               OL           Tennessee Titans

Solomon Kindley                     OL           Miami Dolphins

Isaiah McKenzie                      WR          Buffalo Bills

Sony Michel                             RB           New England Patriots

Riley Ridley                             WR          Chicago Bears

Roquan Smith                         LB            Chicago Bears

Matthew Stafford                     QB           Detroit Lions

D’Andre Swift                          RB           Detroit Lions

Andrew Thomas                      OL           New York Giants

D’Andre Walker                       LB            Seattle Seahawks

Shawn Williams                       DB           Cincinnati Bengals

Javon Wims                             WR          Chicago Bears

Charlie Woerner                      TE           San Francisco 49ers

Isaiah Wynn                            OL           New England Patriots


Practice Squads (15)

Davin Bellamy                         LB            Houston Texans

Lawrence Cager                      WR          New York Jets

Reggie Davis                           WR          Chicago Bears

Terry Godwin                           WR          Jacksonville Jaguars

Elijah Holyfield                         RB           Philadelphia Eagles

Tyrique McGhee                      DB           Los Angeles Rams

Nick Moore                              LS            Baltimore Ravens

Isaac Nauta                             TE           Detroit Lions

Cam Nizialek                           P              Atlanta Falcons

Alec Ogletree                          LB            New York Jets

Natrez Patrick                          LB            Los Angeles Rams

J.R. Reed                                DB           Los Angeles Rams

Tyler Simmons                        WR          Houston Texans

Jayson Stanley                        DB           Seattle Seahawks

Eli Wolf                                    TE           Baltimore Ravens


COVID-19 Reserve (1)

Isaiah Wilson                           OL           Tennessee Titans


Injured Reserve (1)

Michael Barnett                       DL           New England Patriots


Non-Football Injury (1)

Jonathan Ledbetter                 DL           Miami Dolphins


COVID-19 Opt Out (1)

John Atkins                              DL           Detroit Lions

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