One is trying to make a team as an undrafted free agent, while the other is a lock to make the team as his team’s first-round selection in May’s NFL draft.
And both Houston Texans linebacker Max Bullough and Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard each turned in solid outings in the first preseason games of their careers.
Bullough made some plays in the Texans’ 32-0 setback, while Dennard made his mark while on the field for the Bengals in their loss.
Here’s a look how the two rookies and other former Michigan State players fared in the opening week of the NFL preseason.
Johnny Adams, Indianapolis – The cornerback had three tackles for the Colts in their 13-10 loss to the Jets
Edwin Baker, Cleveland – The running back had three carries for nine yards in the Browns’ 13-12 loss at Detroit.
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh – The second-year running back had three carries for 18 yards and a reception for six yards in the Steelers’ 20-16 loss to the N.Y. Giants.
Max Bullough, Houston – The rookie linebacker had six tackles, including two for loss, in the Texans’ 32-0 loss to Arizona.
Kirk Cousins, Washington – The Redskins QB was 9 of 13 passing for 103 yards and a TD in a 23-6 win over New England Patriots
Kellen Davis, N.Y. Giants – The tight end had a catch for nine yards in a 20-16 win over Pittsburgh.
Darqueze Dennard, Cincinnati – The rookie cornerback had four tackles and a sack in a 41-39 loss to Kansas City
Brandon Fields, Miami - The Dolphins punter landed two kicks inside the 20 and averaged 47.5 yards on six punts in a 16-10 loss to Atlanta
Bennie Fowler, Denver – The rookie receiver had a catch for 17 yards for the Broncos in a 21-16 win over Seattle
Will Gholston, Tampa Bay – The second-year defensive end had two tackles in a 16-10 loss to Jacksonville
Tyler Hoover, Indianapolis – The Colts defensive tackle had a tackle in a 13-10 loss to the N.Y. Jets
Brian Hoyer, Cleveland – The quarterback completed 6 of 14 passes for 92 yards in the Browns’ 13-12 loss to Detroit.
Keshawn Martin, Houston – The receiver had a catch for six yards and returned a kick for 24 yards in a 32-0 loss to Arizona.
Brandon McKinney, Indianapolis – The defensive tackle had one tackle in the 13-10 loss to the Jets
Domata Peko, Cincinnati – The veteran defensive lineman had a tackle in a 41-39 loss to the Chiefs
Trenton Robinson, Washington – The third-year defensive back had six tackles for the Redskins in their win
Drew Stanton, Arizona – The veteran quarterback completed 11 of 17 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown in a 32-0 win over Houston.
PHOTOS: Top photo is from the Cincinnati Enquirer and shows Domata Peko in on a sack against the Kansas City Chiefs. The other photo of Brian Hoyer was taken by the AP