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Kyle Friend
Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1994-04-03) April 3, 1994 (age 26)
Place of birth: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Temple
Undrafted in 2016
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Jets ( 2016)*
Career highlights and awards

Kyle Allen Friend (born April 3, 1994) is an American football center who is currently a free agent.[1][2] He played college football at Temple and signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

Early yearsEdit

Friend attended Cumberland Valley High School where he was selected to the 2010 and 2011 Associated Press All-State first team and 2011 Harrisburg Patriot-News All-Area first-team. He was named to the 2011 Harrisburg Patriot-News All-Area first-team and 2011 Mid-Penn All-Conference. He was named Defensive Player of the Year and helped Cumberland Valley High School football team win back-to-back district championships in 2009 and 2010.

Professional careerEdit

Coming out of Temple, Friend was projected by the majority of NFL draft experts and scouts to be selected in the seventh round or be signed as a priority undrafted free agent.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 305 lb 5.09 s 1.71 s 2.86 s 4.69 s 7.48 s 28½ in 8 ft 6 in 41 reps

New York JetsEdit

On April 30, 2016, Friend signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent following the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft.[3][4] On August 28, 2016, he was waived by the Jets.[5] He was re-signed to the practice squad on October 26, 2016.[6] He was released by the Jets on November 1, 2016, but was re-signed on December 20, 2016.[7][8]

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

On February 14, 2017, Friend was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers.[9] He was waived on September 2, 2017 and was signed to the Steelers' practice squad the next day.[10][11]

Carolina PanthersEdit

On May 14, 2018, Friend signed with the Carolina Panthers.[12] He was waived on September 1, 2018.[13]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

On October 17, 2018, Friend was signed to the Arizona Cardinals practice squad.[14] He was released on October 26, 2018, but was re-signed four days later.[15] He was released on November 7, 2018.[16]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On December 18, 2018, Friend was signed to the Cleveland Browns practice squad.[17] The Browns signed Friend to a futures contract on January 2, 2019.[18]

Friend was waived by the Browns on April 29, 2019.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Kyle Friend". https://www.panthers.com/team/players-roster/kyle-friend/.
  2. "Kyle Friend" (in en). http://www.nfl.com/player/kylefriend/2556532/profile.
  3. "Cumberland Valley alumnus Kyle Friend signs UFA deal with New York Jets". cumberlink.com. http://cumberlink.com/sports/high-school/football/cumberland-valley-alumnus-kyle-friend-signs-ufa-deal-with-new/article_aa51a0ba-2241-522f-8083-7dc46ae766b9.html. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  4. "Jets Undrafted Free Agent Tracker". ganggreennation.com. http://www.ganggreennation.com/2016/4/30/11545782/jets-undrafted-free-agent-tracker. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  5. Allen, Eric (August 28, 2016). "Jets Release 11, Place Devin Smith on PUP List". https://web.archive.org/web/20170904064038/http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/article-9/Jets-Release-11-Place-Devin-Smith-on-PUP-List/6f800d0a-1d49-4460-80a4-37be8440e361.
  6. Lange, Randy (October 26, 2016). "LB Cliett, C Friend Signed to Practice Squad". https://web.archive.org/web/20171117065724/http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/article-randylangefb/LB-Cliett-C-Friend-Signed-to-Practice-Squad/56350a02-67c7-45db-8e3e-d42f4f74646b.
  7. Greenberg, Ethan (November 1, 2016). "Jets Add T Davis & WR White to Practice Squad". https://web.archive.org/web/20171125223121/http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/article-7/Jets-Add-T-Davis--WR-White-to-Practice-Squad/5af31d29-d67f-4dcd-a6c9-6ddb82c3a9b0.
  8. Greenberg, Ethan (December 20, 2016). "Jets Place Winters and Catapano on IR". https://web.archive.org/web/20170805015527/http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/article-7/Jets-Place-Winters-and-Catapano-on-IR/a0b73b0f-e286-4665-8add-bab05456673b.
  9. Varley, Teresa (February 14, 2017). "Sons of 2 HOFers among 6 players signed". https://web.archive.org/web/20170911024516/http://www.steelers.com/news/transactions/article-1/Sons-of-2-HOFers-among-6-players-signed/c657e0dc-3503-4913-9aff-b06c7c69ef76.
  10. "Steelers trim roster to 53". September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on January 17, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20180117184517/http://www.steelers.com/news/transactions/article-1/Steelers-trim-roster-to-53/1611796e-088e-41cb-97f4-8a08469496f1.
  11. "Steelers announce practice squad". September 3, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20171123173515/http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Steelers-announce-practice-squad/ce611cc3-6cc3-4b0c-a408-6af722283b01.
  12. Henson, Max (May 14, 2018). "Panthers sign four tryouts, waive Zack Sanchez". https://web.archive.org/web/20180516103045/http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-sign-four-tryouts-waive-Zack-Sanchez/2d9e6a71-6e1e-41eb-a432-e5f9dde06198.
  13. Voth, Bill (September 1, 2018). "Panthers trim roster to 53". https://www.panthers.com/news/panthers-trim-roster-to-53.
  14. "Cardinals cut G Will House from practice squad, sign OL Kyle Friend". Cards Wire. USA Today. October 17, 2018. https://cardswire.usatoday.com/2018/10/17/az-arizona-cardinals-practice-squad-will-house-kyle-friend/.
  15. Urban, Darren (October 26, 2018). "With Phil Dawson Ailing, Matt McCrane Added To Practice Squad". https://www.azcardinals.com/news/with-phil-dawson-ailing-matt-mccrane-added-to-practice-squad.
  16. "Cardinals sign reciever [sic Montay Crockett to practice squad"]. November 7, 2018. http://arizonasports.com/story/1727274/cardinals-sign-reciever-montay-crockett-to-practice-squad/.
  17. "Browns sign OL Kyle Friend to practice squad". December 18, 2018. https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/browns-sign-ol-kyle-friend-to-practice-squad.
  18. "Browns sign nine players". January 2, 2019. https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/browns-sign-nine-players.
  19. "Browns release C Kyle Friend". April 29, 2019. https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/browns-release-c-kyle-friend.

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