A few notes on former Hurricanes in the NFL:
Former Canes ready: As you may remember, this week’s Dolphins-Chargers game means something to Denzel Perryman.
Perryman, who grew up in Coral Gables and played down the street at UM from 2011-14, was irked his hometown team passed him by in the NFL draft. The rookie linebacker plans to get it “on and popping,” as he told San Diego reporters in May.
Becoming a starter midway through the season, Perryman is tied for third on the team with 60 tackles (45 solo, six for loss) and has one sack and one forced fumble.
When the Dolphins play host to the Patriots on Jan. 3, another former Hurricane may be in enemy colors. New England claimed wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (2007-10) off waivers from Atlanta on Wednesday, adding a productive receiver to a banged-up position group.
Hankerson was placed on injured reserve earlier this month because of a hamstring injury, but that is now healed. He had 26 catches for 327 yards and three touchdowns in eight games with the Falcons before getting hurt. New England is waiting for Julian Edelman to recover from a broken foot.
Former UM tight end Asante Cleveland (2010-13), who was signed to the Patriots’ 53-man roster late last month, has played in the team’s last three games and has a 1-yard reception, the first of his career.
Meanwhile the Giants, who released former Canes safety Brandon Meriweather (2002-06) on Wednesday, are trying to figure out what to do at left tackle without Ereck Flowers (2012-14). Flowers left Monday’s game against the Dolphins because of an ankle injury. However, as he’s proven to the New York media, Flowers is a tough dude (UM beat reporters were well aware of this).
Henderson ailing: Former Hurricanes offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson is battling Crohn’s disease, the Buffalo News reported. Henderson, who played at UM from 2010-13, had been starting at right tackle for the Bills before he was listed on the team’s injury report with an “illness.” Crohn’s is defined by the Mayo Clinic as “an inflammatory bowel disease.” The Buffalo News report cited a source saying Henderson has lost nearly 20 pounds. Henderson (6-7, 331), a former five-star recruit, had a rocky UM career and struggled as a rookie but improved in his second season.
Olsen on Richt: Carolina tight end Greg Olsen (2004-06) shared a few thoughts on Miami’s hiring of Mark Richt (among other things) in an interview with Uproxx Sports:
“I think it’s going to be great for us,” Olsen said of the Richt hire. “Obviously there’s a lot of guys from Georgia [in the NFL], and SEC being as big as it is down here [in Charlotte], and we’ve seen the success that he had and the ability he had to keep the program at a high level. That’s what Miami needed. They needed a national name and a national product. Hopefully he can bring some of those qualities and traits back to Miami and make them competitive again.”
Stat check: Cleveland’s Travis Benjamin is fourth in the NFL in punt return yards (296, 11.4 per return) and has a 78-yard touchdown … Olsen is the leading receiver among ex-Canes, with 969 yards and six touchdowns on 65 catches. Next up: Benjamin (867 yards, five touchdowns on 58 grabs) and Jacksonville’s Allen “Undrafted, For Some Reason” Hurns (863 yards, eight touchdowns on 84 receptions) … The Dolphins’ Lamar Miller (762 yards, four touchdowns on 151 carries) is outgaining Indianapolis’ Frank Gore (762 yards, four touchdowns on 210 carries) for the rushing lead among ex-Canes … Sack leader? Olivier Vernon of Miami (6.5) …