Five former Eastern Michigan football players have found themselves on NFL teams as undrafted rookie mini-camp invitees.
They are as follows:
DB Willie Creear – New York Giants
RB Bronson Hill – New York Jets
DB Kevin Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers
TE Tyreese Russell – Detroit Lions
QB Rob Bolden – Detroit Lions
OL Lincoln Hansen – Detroit Lions
While all five players are undrafted free agents, they were not signed by the teams as such and instead were invited to take part in the rookie camp and will have to make the roster past the camp or be cut.
Creear joins the Giants after spending two years with the Eagles after being a junior college transfer. Creear recorded 112 tackles, two interceptions, and 14 pass break-ups in his career at EMU.
Bronson Hill joins Creear in New York, but with the other team, the Jets. Hill spent three years with EMU and rushed for 2,357 yards on 421 carries with 11 touchdowns while also catching 37 passes for 526 yards and four touchdowns.
Safety Kevin Johnson goes to Pittsburgh, a team in dire need of safety depth. Johnson had 12 starts as an Eagle, recording 151 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass break-ups.
Both Tyreese Russell and Rob Bolden won’t have to travel very far to take part in an NFL rookie mini-camp. The two former Eagle teammates were invited by the Detroit Lions to take part. Russell recorded 101 catches for 1,417 yards and 11 touchdowns. Bolden spent one season at EMU after having prior stops at both Penn State and LSU. In his lone season at EMU, Bolden completed 41-of-95 passes for 399 yards with four touchdowns and nine interceptions.