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August 10, 2013

NFL Commodores tracker

VandySports.com tracks the status of former Vanderbilt standouts currently in the National Football League with the NFL Commodores Tracker.

Brandon Barden
Team: Tennessee Titans

Latest Game: The second year tight end played in Tennessee's 22-21 exhibition loss to Washington on Thursday. Barden did not register a catch in the game. The 2011 Vanderbilt grad is battling for a roster spot with several other young tight ends.

Earl Bennett
Team: Chicago Bears

Latest Game: The five-year NFL vet did not play in the Chicago Bears preseason opener against Carolina on Friday. Bennett was diagnosed with a concussion a few weeks ago. His status going forward is questionable.

Jay Cutler
Team: Chicago Bears

Latest Game: The seven-year vet started for the Chicago Bears in a 24-17 loss at Carolina on Friday. The 2005 Vanderbilt grad completed 6-of-8 passes for 56 yards but did throw a pick and was sack once for a loss of 6 yards. Cutler is in a contract year with Chicago.

Casey Hayward
Team: Green Bay Packers

Latest Game: The second-year player missed the Packers exhibition game against Arizona on Friday, a game Green Bay lost 17-0. The 2011 graduate has been dealing with a hamstring injury through the early stages of camp. He's expected to start for Green Bay this season after an exceptional rookie year in 2012.

Richard Kent
Team: San Diego Chargers

Latest Game: The rookie punter got plenty of work in San Diego's 31-10 loss to Seattle on Thursday. The former All-SEC performer punted five times for a total of 244 yards, an average of 48.8 yards per punt. Kent also had one punt land inside the Seahawks own 20, and had a long of 57 yards. The Georgia native is trying to secure a roster spot as a rookie free agent.

Rob Lohr
Team: Kansas City Chiefs

Latest Game: The rookie defensive end made his pro debut on Friday in a 17-13 loss at New Orleans. The Pennsylvania native registered a tackle in the contest while logging plenty of snaps later in the game. Lohr is trying to secure a roster spot after signing with the Chiefs as a rookie free agent. One of the players he's competing against is NFL vet and former one-time Vanderbilt signee Marcus Dixon.

D.J. Moore
Team: Carolina Panthers

Latest Game: The four-year veteran missed his first game with his new team on Friday as Carolina defeated Moore's old team, the Chicago Bears, 24-17. The former All-American defensive back suffered a sprained ankle a few days before the exhibition game. He's expected to return soon. Moore signed a one-year deal with Carolina in March.

Sean Richardson
Team: Green Bay Packers

Latest Game: The second-year safety and special teams contributor missed the Packers 17-0 loss to Arizona on Friday as he continues to recover from off-season neck surgery. He's awaiting a medical update on his progress for possible return. Richardson made the Packers roster last fall and appeared in five games.

Ryan Seymour
Team: Seattle Seahawks

Latest Game: The NFL rookie made his pro debut on Thursday during Seattle's 34-10 victory over San Diego. The Georgia native played a couple of series during the end of the game at guard. He's currently listed third at right guard on the depth chart behind second year player JR Sweezy and third year player John Moffitt. Seymour could play other positions along the line as well, giving him added value. He was a 7th round pick by Seattle in April.

Zac Stacy
Team: St. Louis Rams

Latest Game: The rookie running back made his NFL debut on Thursday during the St. Louis Rams 27-19 loss at Cleveland. The two-time All-SEC performer rushed for 23 yards on 7 carries with a long of seven yards. Stacy also caught a pair of passes for 13 yards. A 5th round pick by the Rams, Stacy is competing with a few other backs including Isaiah Pead for a spot on the Rams depth chart.

Thomas Welch
Team: Buffalo Bills

Latest Game: The three-year NFL veteran offensive tackle will begin the 2013 preseason with Buffalo on Sunday when the Bills travel to Indianapolis. The Brentwood native has emerged as a potential starting left tackle for the exhibition opener after the team moved Cordy Glenn to guard. Welch has played in 11 NFL games during the last three seasons, including three with the Bills in 2012.

Chris Williams
Team: St. Louis Rams

Latest Game: The five-year NFL veteran offensive lineman started at left guard during the Rams 27-19 loss at Cleveland. The 2007 Vanderbilt grad is currently in a battle with Shelley Smith for the starting assignment. Williams signed with the Rams during the middle of last season and signed a new one-year deal in April. He's played in 53 games during his NFL career, making 38 starts, all with the Chicago Bears.

Note: Former Vanderbilt cornerback Myron Lewis was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this week after spending three seasons with the club.

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