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Wichita-area players on NFL rosters (Aug. 26)

BLAKE BELL, TE, 49ERS (Carroll ’11): The former Eagle Top 11 quarterback made the successful transition as an Oklahoma senior to tight end. The fourth-round draft pick seems likely to earn a roster spot.
BLAKE BELL, TE, 49ERS (Carroll ’11): The former Eagle Top 11 quarterback made the successful transition as an Oklahoma senior to tight end. The fourth-round draft pick seems likely to earn a roster spot. Associated Press

David Arkin

G, Indianapolis Colts (Kapaun ’06)

Arkin, who was a fourth-round selection by the Cowboys in the 2011 draft out of Missouri State, did not play last season while on the Colts’ practice squad. Arkin was on the Dallas roster for three years, then Miami in 2013 before joining Indianapolis in 2014.

Blake Bell

TE, San Francisco 49ers (Carroll ’11)

The former Eagle Top 11 quarterback from Carroll made the successful transition as an Oklahoma senior to tight end. The fourth-round draft pick is working to become a better blocker and seems probable to earn a roster spot with San Francisco.

Arthur Brown

LB, Baltimore Ravens (Wichita East ’08)

The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year for K-State in 2012, Brown appeared in 14 Ravens games as a rookie but took a step back in 2014. He was inactive in Baltimore’s first eight games, then appeared in four of the final eight before going on injured reserve after the season with a hamstring injury. He has recently been working with the second team, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Bryce Brown

RB, Buffalo Bills (Wichita East ’09)

Brown, a three-time Eagle Top 11 selection in high school, played his first two seasons in Philadelphia before being traded to Buffalo in May 2014. He appeared in seven games last season, rushing for 126 yards on 36 carries as a backup. He figures this season to back up LeSean McCoy, who he backed up in Philadelphia.

Geneo Grissom

DL, New England Patriots (Hutchinson ’11)

Grissom, a third-round pick last spring, is a defensive lineman in New England’s system after playing linebacker as a senior at Oklahoma. Grissom was honorable-mention All-Big 12 as a senior linebacker, making the move from defensive end. He started 11 games at OU, playing in 39 overall.

B.J. Finney

OL, Pittsburgh Steelers (Andale ’11)

Finney was a rock on Kansas State’s offensive line for four years, then went untaken on draft day. But he was quickly scooped up by the Steelers as a free-agent signing. Finney, who’s been working at right guard, has been regarded as impressive during the preseason and hopes to earn a roster spot as a backup.

Tanner Hawkinson

OL, Cincinnati Bengals (McPherson ’08)

Hawkinson appeared in three games last season and has played in four over two seasons after being a fifth-round pick in the 2013 draft. Hawkinson was a freshman All-American in 2009 at Kansas.

Ben Heeney

LB, Oakland Raiders (Hutchinson ’11)

Heeney has been a standout newcomer in Raiders workouts this month. He had a team-high eight tackles in the preseason opener. Heeney was the foundation of the Kansas defense before being drafted in the fifth round last spring.

Jordan Phillips

OL, Miami Dolphins (Circle ’11)

Phillips was a second-round draft pick in the spring and has been training with new Dolphins sackmaster Ndamukong Suh this summer. Phillips is projected to make the roster, but not yet as a starter. Phillips was second-team All-Big 12 as a senior for Oklahoma. He was limited to four 2013 before season-ending back surgery.

Joseph Randle

RB, Dallas Cowboys (Wichita Southeast ’10)

Randle left Oklahoma State after his junior season and was a second-round draft pick. He rushed for 164 yards as a rookie and 343 yards last season, all as a backup. With DeMarco Murray gone, Randle is battling Darren McFadden for the starting job.

Ryan Schraeder

RT, Atlanta Falcons (Maize ’06)

Schraeder didn’t play high school football but is entering his third pro season. He walked on at Butler Community College and later played at Valdosta State. He was undrafted in 2013, but has made 14 starts in 26 games since and will be the starting right tackle next month.

Dreamius Smith

RB, San Diego Chargers (Wichita Heights ’11)

Smith was undrafted but signed with San Diego in May. He scored a 1-yard touchdown in a preseason game against Arizona. Smith gained 945 rushing yards over two seasons at West Virginia after starting his college career at Butler Community College.

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