DURHAM, N.C. - As organizations in the National Football League trimmed their rosters to the mandatory 53 players on Friday night, five former Blue Devils -- Patrick Bailey, Matt Daniels, Thaddeus Lewis, Vincent Rey and Patrick Mannelly -- secured spots on their respective teams.
Bailey, who played at Duke from 2004-07, begins his fifth season in the NFL including his third campaign with the Tennessee Titans. A member of the Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl XLIII championship team as a rookie in 2008, he led the Titans with 15 special teams tackles last year and is charted as a second team linebacker entering 2012.
Daniels, who finished his Blue Devil career last fall, is a rookie with the St. Louis Rams and is listed as a second unit free safety on the team's depth chart.
Lewis, Duke's all-time leading passer who played in Durham from 2006-09, is in his third professional season and second year with the Cleveland Browns. He is listed as Cleveland's third string quarterback behind Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy.
The veteran of Duke's NFL corps, Mannelly starts his 15th pro season -- all with the Chicago Bears. A Duke lineman from 1993-97, he is the Bears' all-time leader in games played (215). In addition, he is tied with Doug Buffone (1966-79) and Bill George (1952-65) for most years of service in a Bears uniform (14) and will break record with an appearance during the 2012 regular season.
Rey, a former All-ACC linebacker at Duke from 2006-09, is in his third season with the Cincinnati Bengals and is charted as the second team weakside linebacker. A key member of Cincinnati's special teams units, Rey played in all 16 games last season.