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ho Verde) or Bengals Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict (Corona Centennial), who received rich contract extensions in the offseason.
Others, such as Kansas City safety Daniel Sorensen (Colton) were firmly on the bubble. Sorensen, 24, was an undrafted rookie out of BYU and entered Chiefs camp as just another player trying to make the roster.
But the 6-foot-2, 208-pounder not only earned a roster spot with a strong camp and preseason, but has a chance to start at strong safety in the regular season with Eric Berry battling a heel injury.
“He’s come up and done a really nice job,” Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton told the Kansas City Star. “He’s been a very physical player in the box. There was a crack early in (a preseason game) and he came up and did a good job setting there with the crack block.
“He’s the kind of guy … you’ve watched him improve in practice a lot.”
Sorensen’s older brother Brad wasn’t so lucky. The elder Sorensen, a quarterback, was cut by the Chargers on Saturday, one of 11 local players who fell short in their bids to make NFL rosters.
Brad Sorensen (Colton/SBVC) was the Chargers third-string quarterback last season after they picked him in the seventh round of the 2013 draft.
Other notable cuts include Green Bay center Garth Gerhart (Norco) and Philadelphia running back/kick returner Kenjon Barner (Riverside Notre Dame).
Colton and Rancho Verde tied for the most players of any area school to make an NFL roster, with four apiece. Norco was next with three.
Teams had to trim their rosters to 53 players by 1 p.m. Saturday

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