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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 27, ISSUE 6 78 DeAngelo Yancey DeAngelo Yancey stretched Purdue's NFL Draft streak to 20 consecutive years when the wide receiver was tak- en No. 175 overall (in the fifth round) by Green Bay in late April. "He can get deep," Packers director of football opera- tions Elliot Wolf told media following the draft. "He's good after the catch, he's strong, he's a good route runner. We think he's a pretty good all-around guy." Although Yancey was the only draftee in 2017, he isn't the only rookie getting a chance in the NFL. As of late June, four others — offensive linemen Jason King (New En- gland) and Jordan Roos (Seattle), defensive end Evan Pan- fil (Tampa Bay) and wide receiver Cameron Posey (Caroli- na) — were also getting an opportunity after being picked up via free agency. Drew Brees Drew Brees likely will enter the last year of his contract without another extension from the Saints, leaving open the possibility he could end his career somewhere oth- er than New Orleans. The veteran quarterback, though, thinks he has more to give. "I got a few more (years) at least," Brees told the NFL Network in early February. "When you first get into the league you think you're invincible, right? You think you're going to last forever. But I understand now, I'm just fin- ishing my 16th season and I'm probably a little closer to the end than I am the beginning. So I just want to create a tremendous sense of urgency for every single year. I don't want to look any further past this year and what's right in front of us. Especially with what we've gone through over the last three years while watching other teams from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers #64 OT Kevin Pamphile #72 DE Evan Panfil #96 DE Ryan Russell Oakland Raiders #82 TE Gabe Holmes Detroit Lions #62 DT Bruce Gaston New Orleans Saints #9 QB Drew Brees Dallas Cowboys #30 CB Anthony Brown Carolina Panthers #6 WR Cameron Posey #99 DT Kawann Short Atlanta Falcons #37 S Ricardo Allen Seattle Seahawks #56 DE Cliff Avril #64 G Jordan Roos New England Patriots #74 OL Jason King #50 LB Rob Ninkovich Washington Redskins #91 LB Ryan Kerrigan BOILERS The following is a look at former Boilermakers who are on rosters this summer Houston Texans #33 RB Akeem Hunt Jacksonville Jaguars #29 CB Josh Johnson Photos by Tom Campbell (Yancey); New Orleans Saints (Brees) Tennessee Titans #71 G/T Dennis Kelly San Francisco 49ers #31 RB Raheem Mostert Free Agents FB Brandon Cottom CB Frankie Williams Green Bay Packers #16 WR DeAngelo Yancey

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