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Cal in NFL: Patrick Laird, Jordan Veasy, Jordan Kunaszyk Join Practice Squads

Ian Bunting, Davis Webb, Hardy Nickerson Jr. also sign with practice squads, which are often used to get  replacement players when active players are injured

Six former Cal players joined NFL practice squads this week after failing to make their teams’ 53-man rosters.

Running back Patrick Laird joined the Dolphins' practice squad, linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk signed with the Washington practice squad, tight end Ian Bunting was added to the Cowboys' practice unit, quarterback Davis Webb joined the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad, wide receiver Jordan Veasy and linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. were added to the Houston Texans practice squad.

Several other former Cal players – including linebacker Evan Weaver, tight end Richard Rodgers II, defensive tackle Zeandae Johnson and wide receiver Trevor Davis – have yet to make a move after being released.

---Laird was on the Dolphins' regular-season roster the past two seasons, after going undrafted in 2019. He has played in 31 regular-season NFL games and started four games as a rookie in 2019. He is likely to be activated if any of Miami's three running backs gets injured.

---Kunaszyk began last season on the Washington practice squad but was elevated to the active roster on November 14 and ended up playing in six regular-season games.

He made the Carolina Panthers’ regular-season squad as an undrafted free agent in 2019, but was cut by the Panthers before the 2020 season began, which is when he signed with the Washington practice squad.

He is listed as an outside linebacker with Washington after being an inside linebacker at Cal.

---Bunting was waived by the Cardinals last week, then signed with the Seahawks on August 26. But the Seahawks released him this week while reducing its roster to 53 players.  Now he is with the Cowboys' organization.

Bunting was signed by the Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2019, but did not make the Bears' regular-season roster. He joined the Colts practice squad, but was waived by the Colts with an injury settlement in September 2020. He signed wth the Cardinals in January.

---Webb was left off the regular-season roster of the Bills, who are carrying just two quarterbacks. Quarterback Jake Fromm is also on the Bills’ practice squad.

This is the third consecutive year that Webb has been on Buffalo’s practice squad. The 26-year-old Webb has been active for several NFL regular-season games but has never appeared in a game that counted.

---Veasy was on the Jaguars practice squad in 2018, and the Bills and Washington practice squads in 2019. He was not on any NFL roster or practice squad in 2020.

He signed with the Texans on July 29, was among their last round of cuts on Tuesday and signed to their practice squad this week.

Jordan Veasy celebrates his preseason touchdown catch. Photo by Troy Taormina, USA Today.

Jordan Veasy celebrates his preseason touchdown catch. Photo by Troy Taormina, USA Today.

---Nickerson played his first three college seasons at Cal before playing his final season at Illinois, where his father was the defensive coordinator.

He has played in 51 regular-season NFL games, including 10 starts, over the past four seasons. Nickerson was shuttled between the Vikings’ practice squad and their active roster throughout the 2020 season.


Cover photo of Jordan Veasy by Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports


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