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Edgar Jones makes a tackle in the Ravens final preseason game at the Atlanta Falcons. (Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Ravens)
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Three Former Southeast Players Earn NFL Roster Spots

Sept. 1, 2007

By Tyler Koonce, Assistant Football Contact

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Three former Southeast Missouri State football players survived final cuts by making the 53-man roster on their respective NFL teams. Eugene Amano enters his fourth season with the Tennessee Titans while Edgar Jones and Dimitri Patterson enter their first seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs.

Amano, who won the Rimington Award as the top center in I-AA following his senior season in 2003, made the Titans roster as a center for the fourth consecutive season. During his first three seasons, he has played in 47 games, making three starts. He is currently listed as the backup center on their depth chart, behind All-Pro Kevin Mawae.

Jones, who was a first team All-American last season after leading I-AA with 12 quarterback sacks, impressed Ravens coaches with his pass-rushing ability as an outside linebacker. During the preseason, he made eight tackles, including 1.5 sacks against the New York Giants. During his four-year Southeast career, he made 109 tackles, including 73 solo stops and 16 sacks as a defensive end. He made 24 tackles for losses of 126 yards. Jones signed with the Ravens as a free agent on May 4.

Patterson, a second team All-American in 2003 after leading the Ohio Valley Conference with six interceptions and 12 passes broken up, made 14 tackles and broke up a pass from his cornerback position for the Chiefs during the preseason. He was featured in the HBO series, Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Kansas City Chiefs, where coaches raved about his coverage skills and open-field tackling ability. Patterson played in three games for the Washington Redskins in 2005, recording one interception that was returned 20 yards against the Dallas Cowboys. He also earned a spot on the Minnesota Vikings practice squad last season.


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