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Jake Brendel
Free agent
Personal information
Born: (1992-09-10) September 10, 1992 (age 29)
Madison, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:299 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school:Plano East (Plano, Texas)
Career history
* Dallas Cowboys ( 2016)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Second-team All-Pac-12 (2014, 2015)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:21
Games started:3
Player stats at

Jacob William Brendel (born September 10, 1992) is an American football center who is currently a free agent. He played college football at UCLA. Brendel was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

Early life

A native of Plano, Texas, Brendel attended Plano East Senior High School, where he played on the offensive line his junior and senior seasons and served as team captain, after playing defensive line as a freshman and sophomore. Regarded as a three-star recruit by, Brendel was listed as the No. 15 center prospect in his class.[1]

College career

After redshirting his initial year at UCLA, Brendel became a fixture at center after spring practice and started all 14 games for the Bruins in 2012.[2] He was named first-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News,, and Football Writers Association of America,[3][4][5] and second-team Freshman All-America by College Football News.[6] As a junior in 2014, he was team's most experienced offensive lineman. After missing the season opener against Virginia with a knee injury, he returned to start the rest of the season.[7] Brendel was named to the All-Pac-12 second team.[8] He requested an evaluation of his NFL draft stock, but decided to return for his senior year,[7] when he again earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors.[9] The three-time team captain finished his UCLA career with a school record of 52 starts.[10] Brendel graduated from UCLA in Spring 2015 with a degree in Business Economics. He was named to the first-team All-Pac 12 Academic team.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

After going undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft, Brendel signed with the Dallas Cowboys on May 6, 2016.[10] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Cowboys.[11] The next day, he was signed to the Cowboys' practice squad.[12] He was released from the practice squad with an injury settlement.[13]

Miami Dolphins

On October 12, 2016, Brendel was signed to the Miami Dolphins' practice squad.[14] He was promoted to the active roster on November 19, 2016.[15]

On September 2, 2018, Brendel was placed on injured reserve.[16] He was activated off injured reserve on November 2, 2018.[17] He played in four games, starting three at left guard and center due to injuries, before being placed back on injured reserve on December 12, 2018.[18]

Denver Broncos

On April 18, 2019, Brendel signed with the Denver Broncos.[19] He was released on August 31, 2019.[20]


  1. "Yahoo Sports: Ranking - offensive centers 2011". Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  2. "Jake Brendel is UCLA's man in the middle". August 16, 2012.
  4. " 2012 All-Freshman Team". Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  5. "FWAA > News > Freshman All-America Team". Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 13, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Wang, Jack (January 15, 2015). "Life after Brett Hundley begins now for UCLA football". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on January 20, 2015.
  8. Klein, Gary (December 2, 2014). "USC places five players, UCLA one on All-Pac-12 first team in football". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on December 3, 2014.
  9. Kaufman, Joey (December 1, 2015). "UCLA DT Kenny Clark on All-Pac-12 first team; eight Bruins on second team". The Orange County Register. Archived from the original on December 2, 2015.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Archer, Todd (May 2, 2016). "Cowboys have two draft visitors among undrafted deals". Archived from the original on May 3, 2016.
  11. Helman, David (September 3, 2016). "Three Former Draft Picks Among Cowboys' Cuts; McFadden Moved To NFI". Archived from the original on February 22, 2018.
  12. Helman, David (September 4, 2016). "Cowboys Sign Sanchez, Release Showers; 7 Added To Practice Squad". Archived from the original on August 15, 2017.
  13. "Cowboys Waived C Jake Brendel From Practice Squad With Settlement".
  14. Poupart, Alain (October 12, 2016). "Notebook: Butler back in familiar position; other notes". Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  15. Kelly, Omar (November 19, 2016). "Dolphins cut CB Chris Culliver; elevate center Jake Brendel from practice squad".
  16. "Miami Dolphins Make Roster Moves". September 2, 2018.
  17. "Dolphins Activate Jake Brendel, Place Cordrea Tankersley On IR". November 2, 2018.
  18. "Dolphins Sign Hroniss Grasu". December 12, 2018.
  19. DiLalla, Aric (April 18, 2019). "Broncos sign OL Jake Brendel and CB Trey Johnson, release CB Craig Mager".
  20. DiLalla, Aric (August 31, 2019). "Broncos make series of roster moves to reach 53-man limit".

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