Undrafted UMass football players sign NFL contracts

  • Undrafted UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel was invited to Indianapolis Colts mini camp.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa) 

  • Undrafted UMass defensive back Randall Jette signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Undrafted UMass wide receiver Marken Michel was signed to a free agent contract by the Minnesota Vikings. (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)

@MattVautourDHG
Published: 5/1/2016 7:07:49 PM

While Tajae Sharpe was the only UMass football player to get drafted, a handful of others have a chance to crack NFL rosters.

It’s been a well-worn path from Amherst to the NFL in recent years for undrafted players. Victor Cruz, James Ihedigbo, Marcel Shipp, Jeremy Cain and Josh Samuda headline a collection of former Minutemen to crack NFL rosters without being drafted.

Cornerback Randall Jette and receiver Marken Michel each signed free agent contracts. If they make NFL rosters, they’ll be rivals, as Jette signed with the Green Bay Packers and Michel joined the Vikings.

Blake Frohnapfel, Robert Kitching and Kassan Messiah each earned invitations to rookie mini camps, where they’ll essentially audition to be brought back for fall camp.

Frohnapfel will go to Colts camp, where he’ll try to back up starting quarterback Andrew Luck. Quarterback meetings in Indianapolis could be think tanks if the ex-Minuteman cracks the roster. Frohnapfel will have a bachelors degree and two master’s degrees when he arrives and Luck has a degree in architectural design from Stanford.

Kassan Messiah, who grew up in Newark, New Jersey, will try to become a pro not far from there. He earned a rookie camp invitation from the New York Giants.

Defensive lineman Robert Kitching was invited to Baltimore Ravens rookie camp.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage




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