By ROY LANG III, Journal Sports
Today we complete our look at the area stars who play in the NFL.
A reminder: An area the size of Dallas/Fort Worth would have to boast more than 200 NFL players to match the per capita production of Northwest Louisiana. Los Angeles County would have to provide more than 400 players. There are only 1,696 players on the NFL’s 53-man rosters.
Thursday, we chronicled how eight locals in the NFC fared in 2021 and detailed their 2022 contract situations. Here is a look at the eight in the AFC (in alphabetical order).
L’Jarius Sneed, Kansas City (25, S, Minden)
Started career-best 15 games for the Chiefs and collected two interceptions. The fourth-rounder is now halfway through his rookie contract – four years, $3.929 million.
Marquez Stevenson, Buffalo (23, WR, Northwood)
Rookie played five games for the Bills and mainly served as a punt/kick returner when he saw action. He was inactive for both of Buffalo’s postseason games, but has just begun his four-year, $3.652 million rookie deal.
Trent Taylor, Cincinnati (27, WR, Evangel)
Terrific comeback story culminated in a Super Bowl appearance with the Bengals – he’d already been to one with San Francisco. Taylor hauled in the game-tying 2-point conversion in the AFC title game and was a rock for the Bengals as their punt returner. Former fifth-round pick of the 49ers played his first year in Cincinnati on one-year, $920,000 and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2022. Appears to be healthy and could be a force again.
Jerry Tillery, Los Angeles Chargers (25, DL, Evangel)
Played in 16 games (started 15) and posted a career-best 4.5 sacks. First-round pick in 2019 will play for another contract in 2022, the final segment of his four-year, $11 million rookie contract. There is a team option for a fifth year.
Ar’Darius Washington, Baltimore (22, S, Evangel)
The rookie signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent after the draft. The former Eagle made the team with an impressive preseason. He appeared in three games in 2021 and made one tackle before his season was cut short due to a broken foot. He’s set to enter Year 2 of a three-year, $2.44 million deal.
Tre’Davious White, Buffalo (27, DB, Green Oaks)
Recorded just one interception with the Bills in 2021, a career-low, but played just 11 games after he suffered a torn ACL against New Orleans on Thanksgiving. The two-time Pro Bowler completed the first year of a four-year, $69 million contract.
Greedy Williams, Cleveland (24, DB, Calvary)
After missing the entire 2020 season, Greedy played 16 games for the Browns in 2021 and collected his first two NFL interceptions. He also amassed 10 passes defended (tied for team-best) despite making just eight starts. Opposing quarterbacks had just a 74.0 rating when throwing toward the former LSU star. The former second-round pick seems to have found his stride and enters the final segment of a four-year, $6.458 million rookie deal.
Brandon Wilson, Cincinnati Bengals (27, DB, Calvary Baptist)
A bittersweet campaign culminated in a Super Bowl appearance for Wilson’s Bengals. The former Cavalier served as the team’s kick returner for nine games before his season ended prematurely with a torn ACL. Wilson made one start in the secondary in Week 4 vs. Jacksonville. In 2022, the former sixth-round pick will complete a two-year, $4.125 million contract.