The Montana Grizzlies put their fair share of players in the NFL. Most of the time, the Montana guys are scrapping to hang on to a job, but one former undrafted prospect has now earned a starting spot.
Brock Coyle has started the past eight games at middle linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers. On Sunday, he forced a fumble for the first time in his career, ripping the ball away from Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker. Coyle has totaled 49 tackles and earned enough playing time that San Francisco cut veteran star Navarro Bowman earlier this year.
Trumaine Johnson remains the highest-paid cornerback in the league. He’s grabbed a couple picks and made 60 tackles for the surprising Los Angeles Rams. But the rest of the former Grizzlies have not found as much success in the NFL this season.
William Poehls is on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ roster, but the offenisve lineman has not seen the field.
Colt Anderson suffered a season-ending broken arm in Week 4. The veteran from Butte has played only six games in his two injury-plagued seasons with the Buffalo Bills.
Jordan Tripp also had his year cut short at the end of October. The Atlanta Falcons placed the linebacker from Missoula on IR after a concussion.
Tyronne Holmes played in a few games for the Cleveland Browns, but was cut last week. The Kansas City Chiefs picked him up a few days ago and placed him on their practice squad.
And receiver Jamaal Jones has spent the whole year on the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad.