NFL Update: End of Year Wrap Up

NFL Update: End of Year Wrap Up

Kyle Juszczyk '13 (right) earned his first NFL Pro Bowl selection, marking the first time since Matt Birk '98 in 2007 that a Crimson player has appeared on a Pro Bowl roster (Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Ravens). 

 Former Harvard football players had a big impact across the NFL landscape throughout the regular season as 10 Crimson standouts represented nine NFL teams in 2016.

Cameron Brate '14 | 6-5 | 235 | TE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cameron Brate had a breakout year in his third NFL season. In 2016, he totaled 57 catches for 660 yards and eight touchdowns as the Buccaneers finished 9-7, their best record since 2010. Brate's eight receiving touchdowns was the highest total for any NFL tight end as well as a Ivy League single-season record, and he ranked second on the Bucs in catches, receptions and touchdowns. 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. 

Ben Braunecker '16 | 6-4 | 255 | TE
Chicago Bears
In his first NFL season, Ben Braunecker saw action in 13 games for the Chicago Bears. Braunecker totaled four catches for 41 yards on the year, including career-high two receptions for 19 yards on December 24 against the Minnesota Vikings. He also amassed four tackles on Bears' special teams. Braunecker led Harvard with 48 receptions for 850 yards and eight TDs during his senior season in 2015, 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 was forced to sit out his eighth season in the NFL due to a torn pectoral muscle that required surgery in July 2016. Last season with the Browns, Bryant started 14 games, making 33 tackles, including a team-best six sacks and one forced fumble. The Shorewood, Illinois native has amassed 238 tackles and 26.0 sacks since his rookie season with the Oakland Raiders in 2009. While with Harvard, 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 over 10 games in Crimson.

Nick Easton '15
| 6-3 | 303 | C Minnesota Vikings
In his second NFL season, Nick Easton appeared in 11 games for the Minnesota Vikings, starting five consecutive contests to end the year. Easton spent his rookie campaign as a member of both the San Francisco 49ers and the Vikings. 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. 

Anthony Fabiano '16 |
6-3 | 305 | C Cleveland Browns
Anthony Fabiano saw action in four games for the Cleveland Browns during his rookie season, including starting Week 17 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fabiano was added to the Browns active roster after spending the first four weeks of the season on the practice squad. Originally a signee of the Baltimore Ravens, Fabiano saw action in 32 games with Harvard. Named to the Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List, Fabiano was an All-Ivy League first team selection, helping the Crimson to its third-straight Ivy League championship title in 2015. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick '05 |
6-2 | 225 | QB New York Jets
Ryan Fitzpatrick started 11 games at quarterback for the New York Jets in his 12th NFL season. Fitzpatrick finished the year completing 228-of-403 passes for 2,710 yards and 12 touchdowns. Fitzpatrick re-signed with the New York Jets this past August 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 while completing 59.6 percent of his passes. Over his 12-year NFL career, Fitzpatrick has started 116 games, thrown 166 touchdowns and completed 2,315 passes. 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. 

Kyle Juszczyk '13 |
6-1 | 240 | FB Baltimore Ravens
Kyle Juszczyk earned his first NFL Pro Bowl selection after appearing in all 16 games for the Baltimore Ravens in 2016, marking his fourth-straight season with action in every game. Juszczyk started seven contests and scored his first career rushing touchdown in Week 16 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Medina, Ohio native notched 37 catches for 266 yards, and added 22 yards on the ground for the Ravens. He followed up on a 2015 campaign in which he caught 41 passes for 321 yards and four recieving scores. Juszczyk was selected in the fourth round (130th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the then-defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. 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. 

Tyler Ott '14 |
6-3 | 252 | LS Seattle Seahawks
Long snapper Tyler Ott recorded three appearances for the Cincinnati Bengals this season. He was signed to the practice squad for the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 22, 2016 and was quickly elevated to the active roster. The Bengals went 2-1 when Ott made it onto the field, including a road victory over AFC North foe, the Cleveland Browns, on Dec. 11. A Senior Bowl participant at Harvard, 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. 

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 and spent much of the season with the practice squad. Redmond recently signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts on Jan. 2, 2017 for the upcoming season. 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
Cole Toner played in two games on the offensive line for the Arizona Cardinals this season. An All-Ivy League selection in 2014 and 2015, Cole Toner was drafted by the Cardinals in the fifth round with the 170th overall selection. Toner played tackle at Harvard, but has been primarily a 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.