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Seahawks sign former Hard Knocks star EZ Nwachukwu, 4 others

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There were five new players on the field for the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday and while camp bodies added in August are rarely recognizable, at least one of the new guys has some name recognition: Former Houston Texans wide receiver EZ Nwachukwu. The team has yet to make an official announcement, but media members were quick to point out the new jerseys on the field this weekend.

EZ, whose legal name is Uzoma, played college football at Texas A&M from 2009 to 2012, starring as a true freshman with 40 catches for 708 yards and six touchdowns. His production went down after that though and Nwachukwu went undrafted in 2013, signing with the Texans and staying on the practice squad for two seasons. He then became one of the most charismatic and watchable players for Hard Knocks last year before getting cut in the “season finale.” He signed with the Miami Dolphins but only stayed for a week — Nwachukwu most recently played for the BC Lions earlier this year.

The other players signed include:

  • Joe Sommers, a tight end released by the Chicago Bears this week. He’s 6’3, 240 lbs, and played at UW-Osh Kosh.
  • Kache Palacio, a linebacker who played at nearby Washington State. He went undrafted this year and was released by the LA Rams.
  • Troymaine Pope (if that is indeed who it is), was an undrafted free agent out of Jacksonville State. He had a mini-camp invite from the Kansas City Chiefs. Pope rushed for 1,788 yards and 19 touchdowns last season.

No word yet if they’ve also signed Charles James II. (Just kidding, he’s still on the Texans.)