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Report: 133 players on NFL rosters come from an FCS school

Small school football has become a huge outlet for NFL teams to find talent. According to a report made by STATS writer By BRIAN OREFICE, 133 players on NFL rosters came from an FCS school, with 45 making a practice squad.

An analysis of Week 1 rosters shows 133 players who played at current FCS schools made an NFL team’s 53-man squad – including at least one on each of the league’s 32 teams.

There are another 45 players on NFL practice squads, and a remarkable eight head coaches – 25 percent of the league – with FCS roots: Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis (Idaho State), Houston’s Bill O’Brien (Brown), Jacksonville’s Gus Bradley (North Dakota State), Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin (William & Mary), Dallas’ Jason Garrett (Princeton), Minnesota’s Mike Zimmer (Illinois State), New Orleans’ Sean Payton (Eastern Illinois) and Philadelphia’s Chip Kelly (New Hampshire).

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