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From the Plains to the pros: Emory Blake

Editor's note: Auburn has a rich history of sending players to the NFL. Starting today, beat writer Ryan Black takes a look at each former Tiger that finds himself on an NFL roster (or should be once free agency and training camps shake out). The series will begin with those who have already been in the league for more than one season and conclude with the latest crop of players to land in the NFL, either through the draft or as an undrafted free agent.

Emory Blake, St. Louis Rams

Position: Wide receiver

Drafted: Undrafted in 2013; signed by Rams as an undrafted free agent and spent last season on practice squad

Career stats (through one season): No stats in regular season games; made two receptions for 16 yards in preseason last year

2014 outlook: Well, things could be worse for Blake, who was Auburn's leading receiver in both 2011 and 2012. After going undrafted, he signed with the Rams, one of three Auburn alums to join the team after not getting selected in last year's draft. (The other two were linebacker Daren Bates and tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen.) While Bates made the team, Blake was cut when the Rams had to trim things down for their 53-man roster. Hope wasn't lost, however, as Blake ended up re-signing and becoming part of St. Louis' practice squad in October, where he remained for the rest of the season. At the moment, sticking with the practice squad looks to be his best bet. No, it's not glorious — everyone wants to be on the official roster, of course. But to carve out a place there, Blake will have to beat out some stiff competition.