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Crimson in NFL Camps

Crimson in NFL Camps

Eleven (11) former Harvard football standouts are fighting for a roster spot as NFL preseason camps begin. Check back to GoCrimson.com throughout the preseason to check back with the Crimson standouts.

Nick Easton '15
6-3 | 303 | C

Minnesota Vikings

In his second NFL season, Nick Easton started camp with the Minnesota Vikings in July. An AP FCS All-America third team selection, Easton was originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens in May of 2015. As a senior, Easton was part of an offensive line that helped the Crimson to a perfect 10-0 record and an Ivy League championship title. 

Zack Hodges '15
6-3 | 235 | OLB

San Diego Chargers

In his second NFL season, Zack Hodges was recently signed by the San Diego Chargers after spending last season with the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams. The Atlanta, Georgia product was a two-time Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. A two-time All-American, Hodges finished his Crimson career with 26 sacks and five forced fumbles. 

Tyler Ott '14
6-3 | 252 | LS
New York Giants

Picked up by the New York Giants on December 31, 2015, long snapper Tyler Ott will be fighting for a roster spot after seeing action in one game last season. A Senior Bowl participant, Ott finished his senior season with 15 catches for 188 yards and four touchdowns – three of those against Princeton for which he was named National Tight End of the Week by College Football Performance Awards. Ott long snapped for the Crimson for all four years. 

Ben Braunecker '16 
6-4 | 255 | TE
Chicago Bears

Ben Braunecker led Harvard with 48 receptions for 850 yards and eight TDs during the 2015 season, landing on several All-America first teams. The Chicago Bears signed Braunecker as an undrafted free agent after he was one of the top performers at the NFL Combine. A native of Ferdinand, Indiana, Braunecker concluded his Crimson career with 68 career receptions for 1,168 yards and 10 scores. 

Desmond Bryant '09 
6-6 | 310 | DL
Cleveland Browns

Desmond Bryant enters his eighth season in the NFL and fourth with the Cleveland Browns in 2016. Last season with the Browns, Bryant started 14 games, making 33 tackles, including a team-best six sacks and one forced fumble. While with the Crimson, Bryant appeared in 32 games, recording 66 career tackles and 13.5 sacks. A second team All-Ivy League selection as a senior, Bryant recorded 20 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 10 games as a economics concentrator. 

Anthony Fabiano '16
6-3 | 305 | C
Baltimore Ravens

Anthony Fabiano signed with the Ravens as a restricted free agent on May 6, 2016 after seeing action in 32 games with Harvard. Named to the Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List, Fabiano was a first-team All-Ivy League selection, helping the Crimson to its third-straight Ivy League championship title in 2015. 

Kyle Juszczyk '13
6-1 | 240 | FB
Baltimore Ravens

Kyle Juszczyk was selected in the fourth round (130th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the then-defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. In 2014, Juszczyk saw action in all 16 games (14 starts) and netted 19 receptions for 182 yards and one touchdown. Last season, the Medina, Ohio product started 11 games and caught 41 passes for 321 yards and four scores. While at Harvard, Juszczyk earned numerous first-team All-American honors after posting 52 receptions for 706 receiving yards (13.6 avg.) and eight TDs, tied for the second-highest total in a single season in Harvard history. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick '05
6-2 | 225 | QB
New York Jets

Ryan Fitzpatrick re-signed with the New York Jets Wednesday after setting a franchise record with 31 touchdown passes last season. He led the Jets to their best offensive season since 1998, starting in 16 games and throwing at a 59.6 percent clip. Over his 11-year NFL career, Fitzpatrick has started 105 games, completing passes at a 60.1 percent rate and registering 154 touchdowns. At Harvard, the Asa S. Bushnell Cup winner accumulated 1,986 yards with 13 touchdowns as a senior, leading the Crimson to a perfect 10-0 record in 2004. 

Cameron Brate '14
6-5 | 235 | TE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cameron Brate enters his third NFL season after breaking out in 2015, playing in 14 games with four starts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brate hauled in 23 receptions for 288 yards, including the first three touchdowns of his career. While at Harvard, Brate was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League first team, as well as a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy. He finished his senior campaign with 25 receptions for 403 yards with five scores. 

Adam Redmond '16
6-6 | 290 | OL
Indianapolis Colts

An All-Ivy League first team selection in 2015, Adam Redmond signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts on May 2, 2016. The co-Recipient of Harvard's William Paine LaCroix Trophy and a CoSIDA Academic All-District first team honoree, Redmond helped the Crimson to three-straight Ivy League titles during his career.

Cole Toner '16
6-5 | 300 | OL
Arizona Cardinals

An All-Ivy League selection in 2014 and 2015, Cole Toner was drafted by the Cardinals in the fifth round, the 170th selection overall. Toner played tackle at Harvard, but is expected to play guard in the NFL. A semifinalist for the 2015 National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy (the academic Heisman), Toner helped the Crimson to three-straight Ivy League titles during his career.

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