Iowa Football: Catching Up On Former Hawkeyes in the NFL

B.Senior Analyst IJune 23, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  Running back Shonn Greene #23 of the New York Jets runs with the ball against the San Diego Chargers during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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From NFL mini-camps to possible contract disputes to home run contests, former Iowa Hawkeye football players are making headlines across the country.

Former Iowa running back Shonn Greene might be sharing hand-offs with LaDainian Tomlinson this season.  

Greene was stellar in the Jets’ playoff run last season, and has improved his game in the off-season, but New York didn't pick up Tomlinson in the off-season to have him sit on the bench.   

Greene might not be a flashy back, but he has power and makes tacklers look silly, something Hawkeye fans know all too well. He is the ideal back for the Jets running attack. 

Former Hawkeye tight end Tony Moeaki seems to be fitting in nicely in Kansas City.

Moeaki was the Chiefs' best receiver at tight end in the off-season work, something they were missing last year after Tony Gonzalez was traded. Moeaki will have to show the Chiefs he can be a reliable blocker, something he mastered at Iowa.

“I am encouraged about him because, number one, when he wasn’t out there, he was paying attention," Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said of the former Hawkeye tight end. 

Haley is hopeful Moeaki can help elevate the Chiefs' offense. 

One of Moeaki's former teammates, Bryan Bulaga, is also making headlines.

In addition to winning a Packer's team-building home run hitting contest, Bulaga appears to be impressing people with his play, too.

Bulaga looks to be a solid backup for the Packer's Chad Clifton, and should see a lot of playing time in the upcoming season.

There was talk shortly after he was drafted that they might try him at a different position, but Bulaga has taken all of his snaps at left tackle in workout drills.  

Coach Mike McCarthy said Bulaga's status won't change when the Green Bay Packers hold their upcoming mini-camp.

Former Iowa linebacker A.J. Edds has been impressing Miami Dolphins linebacker coach Bill Sheridan.

"He's a little more of a cerebral player. He's trying to figure things out," said Sheridan . "He’s an instinctive football player and he’s done a nice job so far."

Another former Iowa linebacker, Chad Greenway, is entering the final season of a five-year contract he signed as a rookie. Greenway led the Vikings in tackles last season but did not fully participate in the team's three-day camp, leading some to believe he might be in a contract dispute.

Greenway claims that's not the issue. "There is no contract issue at all. Coach Childress gave me some time off for the mini-camp, and that’s really all that matters."

Yet another former Iowa linebacker, Matt Roth, signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract with Cleveland.  He had requested a trade earlier in the off-season but now appears content with the Browns.

Pat Angerer, another former Iowa linebacker, still thinks he needs a lot of improvement.

"I've been able to improve here each day, and guys here have taught me a lot, but there's still a lot of work to do," Angerer said in a recent interview. 

Former Iowa defensive back Amari Spievey struggled to pick up on off-coverage drills in the Detroit's OTAs, but appears to be in competition for a starting job.  

Earlier this month, former offensive lineman Kyle Calloway signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills. Calloway was applauded by coaches for his pass protection and agility, but it was said he "lacks a mean streak."

As all of these the former players prove, if you can't watch Iowa football on Saturdays, there are plenty of Hawkeyes to follow on Sundays.