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Arkansas Natives Ready For 2022 NFL Season

9/7/2022 / Posted by Bobby Swofford

On the eve of the new NFL season, 14 players who suited up in Arkansas during their high school days are ready for football at the highest level. The Broncos, Jaguars, Packers and Patriots all have multiple players from the Natural State on their initial roster heading into the season opener while the 49ers, Bengals, Saints, Steelers and Titans all boast an Arkansan. Patriots tight end Hunter Henry highlights the group as he has 246 career receptions for nearly 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in his six year career. Joining Henry in New England is fourth round pick and McClellan graduate Pierre Strong Jr. Three former Fayetteville Bulldogs are among the players from Arkansas to be on the initial roster as linebacker Dre Greenlaw is back with the 49ers while Brandon Allen returns to the reigning AFC champion Bengals. Defensive lineman Akial Byers will start the season with the Packers on the injured reserve list. Warren's Treylon Burks became the most recent first round draft pick from the state of Arkansas and looks to take over the number one receiving role for the Titans after a draft day trade that shipped their top target, AJ Brown, to the Eagles. Three rookies from Arkansas made the team for the Jaguars as seventh round draft pick Montaric Brown from Ashdown made the 53-man roster. Greenwood native Grant Morgan and Crossett graduate Gregory Junior were both signed to the Jacksonville practice squad following training camp. 49ers - Dre Greenlaw - Fayetteville Bengals - Brandon Allen - Fayetteville Broncos - McTelvin Agim (PS) - Hope Broncos - Damarea Crockett (IR) - Little Rock Christian Jaguars - Montaric Brown - Ashdown Jaguars - Gregory Junior (PS) - Crossett Jaguars - Grant Morgan (PS) - Greenwood Packers - Akial Byers (IR) - Fayetteville Packers - Kiondre Thomas (PS) - Northside Patriots - Hunter Henry - Pulaski Academy Patriots - Pierre Strong Jr. - Little Rock McClellan Saints - Dylan Soehner (PUP) - Prairie Grove Steelers - Tre Norwood - Northside Titans - Treylon Burks - Warren