ATLANTA -- As the 2017 National Football League season kicks off tonight, four Georgia State football alumni are on NFL rosters.
Former Panther Albert Wilson will be in action in tonight's NFL Kickoff Game as his Kansas City Chiefs take on the New England Patriots.
Placekicker Wil Lutz enters his second season with the New Orleans Saints, who open on Monday Night Football at the Minnesota Vikings, while fourth-year offensive tackle Ulrick John and the Arizona Cardinals play Sunday at the Detroit Lions.
Rookie wide receiver Robert Davis begins the season on the Washington Redskins practice squad.
More on the four current #PantherPros:
ALBERT WILSON (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), WR, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: The fourth-year wide receiver is the Panthers' longest-tenured NFL veteran. After a record-setting college career that spanned Georgia State's first four seasons (2010-13), Wilson joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2014.
Last season, Wilson had 31 receptions for 279 yards and two touchdowns, along with one rushing touchdown on a punt return vs. the Atlanta Falcons. His career receiving totals are 82 receptions for 990 yards and four touchdowns.
ULRICK JOHN (Hinesville, Ga.), T, ARIZONA CARDINALS: Another member of Georgia State's inaugural football team of 2010, John enters his fourth NFL season and second with the Cardinals. The offensive tackle was originally drafted in the seventh round by the Indianapolis Colts in 2014. After a season on injured reserve, he saw his first action with the Miami Dolphins in 2015 and then moved to Arizona in 2016. He started three games for the Cardinals last fall.
WIL LUTZ (Newnan, Ga.), PK, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Lutz enjoyed an outstanding rookie season with the Saints in 2016 despite signing with the club just days before the regular season began. Georgia State's career scoring leader in four seasons (2012-15) with the Panthers, he was an undrafted free agent in 2016, originally signing with Baltimore before moving to the Saints. He made 28 of 34 field goals in 2016 and was twice named NFL Special Teams Player of the Week.
ROBERT DAVIS (Warner Robins, Ga.), WR, WASHINGTON REDSKINS (Practice Squad): A three-time all-conference selection and Georgia State's career leader in receptions (222) and receiving yards (3,391), Davis became the fourth Panther to be drafted after the Redskins selected him in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
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