NFL roster news: former Notre Dame defensive back waived by Panthers

Hopefully he finds a landing spot soon

Former Notre Dame cornerback [autotag]Troy Pride, Jr.[/autotag] was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft but he was officially waived from the club on Monday with an injury designation.

Pride missed the 2021 season after tearing his ACL in a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.  In 2020 he recorded 42 tackles and was credited with a pair of pass defenses while playing in 14 games played.

Pride played at Notre Dame from 2016-2019, being a regular starter in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.  He recorded 88 tackles in his time at Notre Dame while intercepting four passes for the Fighting Irish.

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Former Notre Dame player added to Giants rookie minicamp roster

Which of his game winning kicks at Notre Dame was the best?

Few if any kickers came up as clutch as [autotag]Jonathan Doerer[/autotag] in all of college football last fall as the Notre Dame graduate student nailed a walk-off winner from 41-yards out to beat Florida State in week one before connecting from 48-yards in the final seconds to beat Virginia Tech just over a month later.

Doerer used up all of his eligibility at Notre Dame but isn’t done with football quite yet as he’s listed on the New York Giants roster at rookie minicamp as of Friday, May 13.

Graham Gano is the Giants regular kicker and has been in the NFL for 12 years so it’s hard to see this turning into any type of competition but perhaps an impressive showing here can get Doerer some looks to catch on somewhere in the league.

Doerer hit 49 of 65 field goal attempts during his four seasons kicking at Notre Dame.

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See it: Cole Kmet’s brutal drawing

Grade the drawing 1-10

Thursday night was the NFL’s annual schedule release where we found out the weeks and dates of games that we’ve known were going to take place for years.  Seriously, I don’t like to yuck another person’s yum but this is one sports tradition that has escaped me.

Except for the social media side of the reveals.  Some of them at least.

The Los Angeles Chargers had a truly epic video to announce their 2022 schedule that you should check out if you get a chance.  Each time I’ve watched it I’ve caught something new with it and all I can say is whoever helped on that project deserves a significant raise.

Some video releases aren’t as great and when I say that I’m talking about my hometown Chicago Bears.  The Bears took to Twitter and announced their schedule by having players draw the logo of their opponent on a football with markers.  Former Notre Dame tight end [autotag]Cole Kmet[/autotag] was called upon to draw what appears to be some weird kind of jellyfish.  Check it out below.

Listen, I’m no artist myself but if I had to rank the easiest NFL team logos to attempt to draw I’d imagine the Dallas Cowboys would be near the top.

I think my favorite part of this is not that the Cowboys star looks like something different each time I look at it, but instead how happy Kmet is in the picture where he’s proudly displaying his masterpiece.

Don’t worry Cole, the only “A” I ever got in art class was for effort, too.

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Former Notre Dame receiver Chris Finke claimed by Chicago Bears

Think he’ll get something done in the Windy City?

Chris Finke hasn’t had the best luck sticking with an NFL team so far. In 2021, he signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted rookie free agent but didn’t get further than the practice squad. He also has had a couple of stints with the Kansas City Chiefs but never really had a shot with them either. Now, he’ll get a chance with the Chicago Bears, who have claimed him off waivers.

Finke walked on with the Irish in 2015. He then played 47 games over the next four years. He caught 106 passes for 1,251 yards and eight touchdowns during that time.

Finke’s had a career-high 86 receiving yards and one touchdown in the Irish’s 2018 win at USC. His lone two-touchdown game was in 2019 at Duke. In both games, he was the first Irish player to reach the end zone.

Here’s hoping Finke finally will be able to have the NFL opportunity he undoubtedly has been waiting for.

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Kyle Hamilton’s Defensive Rookie of the Year odds

Worth putting a few bucks down on?

Almost universally the Baltimore Ravens selection of Notre Dame safety [autotag]Kyle Hamilton[/autotag] with the 14th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft drew great reviews.  Hamilton joins what could be among the best secondaries in the league next season and was seen by many as one of the top two or three talents in the draft.

What does it mean for Hamilton’s chances to make an instant impact at football’s highest level?

Thanks to the numbers from Tipico Sportsbook, we know which players are going to be favored in the chase for Defensive Rookie of the Year.  How did Hamilton stack up to the rest?

Hamilton was given the ninth best odds by Tipico at +1000.  Of the eight players with better odds than Hamilton, five were drafted before him last Thursday.

See the entire list of Defensive Rookie of the Year odds by visiting our friends at Ducks Wire!

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Kyle Hamilton gets his number with Ravens

Do you have a favorite number?

Former Notre Dame star [autotag]Kyle Hamilton[/autotag] became the latest Fighting Irish product to be taken in the NFL draft’s first round last Thursday when the Baltimore Ravens managed to steal him with the 14th overall pick.

Hamilton, a two-time All-American safety at Notre Dame, was described by some as the most talented player in the draft.  The Ravens, unlike the teams that selected before them, chose to view Hamilton’s game tap and stardom on the field instead of worry about his 40-yard dash time.  In terms of scouting a star safety this is a philosophy that turned out better than OK for them when they drafted Ed Reed out of Miami 24th overall in 2002.

The Ravens announced what numbers their new acquisitions will wear on Tuesday and it’ll be more of the same for Hamilton.

Now pretty much the only question that remains is if any Raven will ever wear 14 again after Hamilton is done.

Kidding, of course…


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247Sports projects two Notre Dame players selected in ‘23 NFL 1st round

Double up in 2023?

The 2022 NFL Draft has just begun but many writers are already looking forward to next years draft, especially the first-round. Blake Brockermeyer, a former Texas All-American and first-round NFL selection turned analyst for 247Sports looked ahead to the 2023 draft. He sees two current Notre Dame players as potential early selections. Find out below where Brockermeyer thinks they’ll go. (The teams are just projections at this moment.)

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Every Notre Dame player ever drafted by the Baltimore Ravens

Who is your favorite player to have played at both Notre Dame and for the @TheRavensWire?

The Baltimore Ravens only came into existence in 1996 but in that roughly quarter century they’ve developed some roots with Notre Dame.  When safety Kyle Hamilton was announced as the Ravens first round pick in the 2022 NFL draft he became the ninth former Notre Dame player to have his name called by the Baltimore Ravens.

That makes it less than every three years that the Ravens take a Golden Domer.

There is no doubt Hamilton heads to franchise that knows a thing or two about great defenses but there are certainly steps this Ravens defense will have to take as they allowed more passing yards than any other team in 2021.

As for Notre Dame’s history with the Ravens, here are the now nine Domers to be drafted by Baltimore.

Reaction to Ravens selecting Kyle Hamilton 14th overall

How do you like Hamilton’s fit in Baltimore?

There was talk early this off-season that [autotag]Kyle Hamilton[/autotag] could go as early as the top five of this NFL draft but ultimately went 14th overall to a team that knows a thing or two about great safety play in the Baltimore Ravens.

Hamilton steps into a Baltimore franchise that is known for it’s great defenses over the years but allowed a league-high 4742 passing yards last season.  Hamilton won’t solve all of those problems but should certainly help improve the unit as the squad went 8-9, missing the playoffs last year.

Hamilton is among the top talents in the entire NFL draft even if he did get selected 14th and the football world reacted to his selection on Thursday night.

Kyle Hamilton thanks Notre Dame fans

What is your favorite memory of Kyle Hamilton at Notre Dame?

Ahead of the first round of the [autotag]NFL draft[/autotag] on Thursday, Notre Dame star safety [autotag]Kyle Hamilton[/autotag] took a few seconds to record a message for Fighting Irish fans and share it on the Notre Dame football Twitter account.

Hamilton will likely hear his name called in the first half of Thursday’s first round and will make any defense he becomes a member of better in no time.  Just how high he’ll get selected remains to be seen but his stock has seemingly fallen a little bit after a 40-yard dash time that left some to be desired at both the NFL combine and the Notre Dame pro day.

Here is what Hamilton had to say to the Notre Dame faithful ahead of his graduation of sorts Thursday.


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