It was a good week for former Wagner Seahawks in the pros.
With NFL teams trimming their rosters down to 53 players apiece, former Wagner linebacker Julian Stanford earned one of those coveted roster spots. Stanford, who enters his fifth season in the NFL following stints with Jacksonville, Detroit and Tampa Bay, signed a futures/reserve contract with the Jets this past winter.
Dominique Williams, Stanford’s former teammate at Wagner, made the Jets’ preliminary 53-man roster, but was released one day later. One of the NEC’s all-time leading rushers wasn’t out of work for long, however, as the Jets signed Williams to their practice squad later in the week.
While Stanford and Williams were auditioning for Gang Green, another former Wagner Seahawk was battling for a return to the big leagues. Right-handed relief pitcher Andrew Bailey, a former two-time American League All-Star, hadn’t earned a save at the MLB level since 2013.
After performing well for the Salt Lake Bees, the Angels’ AAA affiliate, Bailey earned a return ticket to the bigs and seems to have solidified the back end of Los Angeles’ bullpen.
With Freddie Bishop getting cut, look for LB Julian Stanford to make the 53. Flashed a lot in preseason #Jets
— NY Jet Fanatic (@NYJetsFanatics) September 3, 2016
We have signed 4 to our practice squad & waived TE Brian Parker (failed physical)
— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 6, 2016
Angels have announced C Juan Graterol & LHR Cody Ege have been recalled & RHR Andrew Bailey has been selected to roster. All 3 were with SLC
— Angels (@Angels) September 2, 2016
Here is a story about new Angels closer Andrew Bailey, velocity readings, and an Oakland Coliseum security guard https://t.co/0j9rvAqBOB
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) September 7, 2016
Read more about it…
Andrew Bailey picks up first save since 2013 – Los Angeles Daily News (Jeff Fletcher)
Dominique Williams signed to New York Jets’ practice squad – Staten Island Advance (Jim Waggoner)
Two former Wagner College players earn spots on Jets’ roster – Staten Island Advance (Jim Waggoner)