NFL Gamecock Roundup: Alshon with the first pitch

- Alshon Jeffery threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field yesterday, and didn't limp off the field. I guess he really is ready for this Sunday!

- Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco recently visited with kids staying at Childrens' Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, helping cheer them up and giving a bit of his time to help them out. Just a great thing to see from a former Gamecock.

- Captain Munnerlyn has become one of the most vocal members of the Minnesota Vikings, always candid about what the defense has planned for their opponents, and what went right and wrong during a game. Yesterday, Munnerlyn described the defenses biggest strength--going after the quarterback. "It changes a whole lot. Those guys don't want to get hit," Munnerlyn said. "They're the face of their franchise -- I call them the 'money guys.' They don't want to get hit, they try to get the ball out real fast, and in the back end, we just try to cover up and make plays." The Vikings have forced the fourth-quickest throws in the league in the past two weeks, an average of 2.24 seconds, and opponents have tried just five passes of 20 yards or longer. That's tied with the Cardinals and Seahawks for the fourth-fewest in the NFL.

- Spencer Lanning was among three punters that the Carolina Panthers worked out yesterday. Ultimately, none were signed, but it's not surprising to see Lanning making the rounds for franchises regretting their special teams decisions. 

- The Dallas Cowboys released guard Ronald Patrick from its practice squad Tuesday, replacing him with defensive end Lavar Edwards. Patrick has been on-and-off the Cowboys roster, so I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being their go-to if they experience issues with depth on the line late in the season.

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Player Team Pos. #
Antonio Allen+ New York Jets S 48
Rory Anderson+ San Francisco 49ers TE 48
Jasper Brinkley New York Giants LB 54
Damiere Byrd* Carolina Panthers WR 70
A.J. Cann Jacksonville Jaguars G 60
Jadeveon Clowney Houston Texans OLB 90
Jared Cook St. Louis Rams TE 89
Chris Culliver Washington Redskins S 29
Justice Cunningham* St. Louis Rams TE/FB 4
Mike Davis San Francisco 49ers RB 20
Patrick DiMarco Atlanta Falcons FB 42
Bruce Ellington San Francisco 49ers WR 10
Clifton Geathers+ Pittsburgh Steelers DE 98
Stephon Gilmore Buffalo Bills CB 24
Melvin Ingram San Diego Chargers OLB 54
Alshon Jeffery Chicago Bears WR 17
T.J. Johnson Cincinnati Bengals C 60
Johnathan Joseph Houston Texans CB 24
Jamon Meredith Tennessee Titans OT 79
Captain Munnerlyn Minnesota Vikings CB 24
Corey Robinson Detroit Lions OT 70
Connor Shaw+ Cleveland Browns QB 9
Darian Stewart Denver Broncos S 26
Ryan Succop Tennessee Titans K 4
D.J. Swearinger Tampa Bay Buccaneers S 36
Devin Taylor Detroit Lions DE 98
Dylan Thompson* San Francisco 49ers QB 13

* = Practice Squad
+ = Injured