There’s going to be a sizable Wyoming contingent in the NFL this fall.
Whether those players grew up in the Cowboy State or played for the University of Wyoming (or both), there’s plenty of in-state flair on the gridiron. As of this week, all NFL teams have now kicked off their team minicamps, signaling that the league’s offseason is slowly but surely winding down.
The star names with Wyoming connections are still around, of course, but there will be some familiar faces to UW fans trying to make an impact on their first go-rounds in the NFL this year — plus a few names that originally made their mark playing prep football in Wyoming.
Here’s a look at how the offseason has gone for every NFL player with a Wyoming tie — UW, high school or both — that’s currently contracted to a team in the league:
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills (UW)
Once Laramie’s secret under center, Allen is no secret now, breaking the all-time record for passer rating in a single postseason with a 149.0 in this past year’s AFC playoffs. Nonetheless, it didn’t end in glory for the former Cowboy as Buffalo lost a classic Divisional Round game to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in January.
Allen, who turned 26 last month, still has plenty of time on his side toward finally making a deep playoff run. And after the Bills bolstered up their offense by picking up All-Pro guard Rodger Saffold, productive wideout Jamison Crowder and tight end O.J. Howard, it’s probably the best team he’s played with in his young pro career, too.
Logan Wilson, LB, Cincinnati Bengals (UW/Natrona County HS)
The Casper native made his hometown proud by being one of Cincinnati’s defensive anchors, which made a surprising run to the Super Bowl before being defeated by the Los Angeles Rams. Wilson had a breakout season in his second year with the Bengals, leading the team with 100 total tackles in the regular season despite missing four games.
The former Mustang and Cowboy turns 26 next month and is likely due for a big payday soon as he enters the third season of his four-year rookie deal. The trick for the Bengals front office is to make it work while expensive extensions also likely loom for the team’s other young stars, such as quarterback Joe Burrow and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. For now, however, Wilson appears to be taking some time to rest up from offseason shoulder surgery — including by spending some time back in Casper earlier this year.
Chad Muma, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (UW)
The most high-profile rookie coming out of UW this season, Muma — a 6-foot-3 linebacker and son of former Cowboy Ty Muma — was picked 70th overall by Jacksonville in April’s NFL Draft, joining a former teammate in Laramie (Andrew Wingard) on a Jags defense that struggled mightily as the team finished with the league’s worst record.
Muma was picked at nearly the exact same spot his college predecessor in Wilson was two years earlier, though expectations for the Colorado native are likely tempered a bit by the fact Jacksonville is still trying to recover from the tumultuous tenure last year of now-fired coach Urban Meyer. Still, Muma was an Associated Press Third Team All-American for a reason.
Marcus Epps, S, Philadelphia Eagles (UW)
The former sixth-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings has seemingly carved out a spot in the Eagles’ rotation since being picked up by the team following its waiver claim for him in 2019, finishing with 62 tackles and an interception a year ago for Philly as it made the playoffs.