Two former Auburn players are trying to secure a spot in the NFL squad as unconverted recruits were exempted on Thursday, when the New England Patriots released winger Nick Coe and Pittsburgh Steelers launching winger Spencer Nigh.
The patriots abandoned Coe when they announced the signing of Lamar Miller. Miller was a twice-1,000-yard racer and 2018 Pro Bowl player who missed out on the 2019 season after suffering a knee injury in a Houston Texans pre-season game.
Despite hitting 4.89 seconds and 40 yards with a weight of 291pounds in the NFL Scouting Combine tournament, Coe was yet to play and sign for New England on May 5.
Coe left Auburn with one qualifying season remaining after making 15 tackles, with three defeats, in 2019. In 2018, Coe had 27 tackles, 13.5 tackles when losing. and seven times in the net for the Tigers. He started 10 games in 2018 and one in 2019.
Steelers gave up Nigh to remove a spot on the list to run back to Jaylen Samuels, who made his reserve / COVID-19 appearance after 11 days of stay. Samuels has had 431 pitches and 73 receptions over the past two seasons for Pittsburgh.
As a substitute to win a scholarship in the fourth season and play H-back and full-back at Auburn, Nigh started nine games in 2019, when he caught 2 passes within 33 yards and 2 yards.
Nigh has been working with Steelers since signing the contract on April 30.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.
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