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UPDATE: Pro football: Howell makes the NFL cut

COC product Troy Nolan claimed by Dolphins

Posted: September 1, 2012 5:29 p.m.
Updated: September 1, 2012 5:29 p.m.

By Signal Staff and wire services

Former Hart High standout and Stanford defensive back Delano Howell didn’t hear his name called during April’s NFL Draft.

He also didn’t hear his name called on Friday when all 32 NFL teams were required to make their final cuts to trim rosters to the regular season limit of 53 players.

That means Howell is officially a member of the Buffalo Bills, the team announced Friday.

As one of the team’s 10 undrafted free agent signees in April, Howell came in as a long shot to make the roster.

He turned out to be the only Bills undrafted rookie to make the final cut.

A former College of the Canyons safety wasn’t so lucky, as the Houston Texans announced Troy Nolan was cut on Friday.

Nolan was a seventh-round draft pick by the Texans in 2008 out of Arizona State. He made his NFL debut for Houston in 2010 and played there the last two years, appearing in all 16 regular season games both seasons.

Things turned around for him on Saturday, though, as the Miami Dolphins announced they had claimed him off waivers.

On the Bills’ official depth chart, Howell is listed as the second-string free safety behind veteran Jairus Byrd.

George Wilson and Da’Norris Searcy are the other two safeties on the roster.

Howell, a 2011 All-Pac-12 first-teamer, made 22 tackles, knocked down two passes and recovered a fumble in four preseason games with Buffalo.

Howell started at safety three years for Stanford after playing both defensive back and running back for Hart. Though Howell was projected as a mid-round draft pick at the beginning of his senior year of college, injuries kept him off the field for part of the season and, eventually, it kept him off the draft board.

He now joins Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore as the only other Hart High graduate on an NFL team.

In addition to Moore, seven other players with local ties were officially named to NFL rosters Friday.

Those players are former Valencia running back Shane Vereen (Patriots, RB), and College of the Canyons products, Jonathan Fanene (Patriots, DT), Justin Tryon (Giants, CB), Jason Pierre-Paul (Giants, DT), Isaac Sopoaga (49ers, DT) and Domata Peko (Bengals, DT).

The NFL season kicks off Wednesday with the Giants taking on Dallas.


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